Chief Strategy Officer
Shareholder Association for Research and Education
Shannon has worked for over 15 years in the area of responsible investment, seeking to leverage the power of capital to build a more equitable, sustainable and inclusive economy. At SHARE, Shannon supports leadership among asset owners including pension funds, foundations, Indigenous trusts and universities to develop and implement responsible investment policies and practices. Shannon also leads strategic projects for SHARE including the Valuing Decent Work Initiative and the Reconciliation and Responsible Investment Initiative. Prior to joining SHARE, Shannon worked with Canada’s cooperative and credit union sector and also in South Africa with the Johannesburg-based African Institute of Corporate Citizenship where she helped to establish the Centre for Sustainability Investing. Shannon has conducted training with the International Finance Corporation and sat on the African Task Force of the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative.
Project Manager, Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business
Samantha obtained a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Degree in Global Development Studies from Queen’s University. She has a strong background in diversity and inclusion – having held the position of Manager, Member and Client Relations for the Women’s Executive Network (WXN) and the Canadian Board Diversity Council (CBDC). As Project Manager for the CCAB Research Department, Samantha has extensive experience in proposal and grant writing, project management, and client relations. Most recently, Samantha was part of a team that conducted over 100 in-person interviews across Canada with First Nations and Métis business and community leaders on the topic of community economic development. She has considerable experience leading small and large-scale research projects from start to finish – including workplan organization, questionnaire design, in-depth interviews and focus group execution; data organization and analysis; and report writing. In addition to her research responsibilities, Samantha provides crucial support for CCAB’s ongoing government relations strategy – particularly in the area of Indigenous procurement.
Samantha is an active member of the Indigenous Advisory Committee for the Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC), a national not-for-profit with the mission to strengthen Canada’s digital advantage in a global economy.
Director, Research and Government Relations
Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business
Max has a background in Human Rights, business development and finance. He began his career working for Human Rights Watch in Toronto and New York. He later worked in the financial services industry, performing derivatives administration and valuations analysis in Toronto. Max went on to organize micro-finance and community savings programs in marginalized areas of Bogota, Colombia. While he lived in Colombia, he began a digital asset transfer company.
Since 2011 Max has been working for the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business, conducting research on Aboriginal businesses. The department has grown to become a center for data and thought leadership on Indigenous economics. Max sits on the consulting committee for the OECDs project Linking Indigenous Communities with Regional Development, The Federal Governments working group on Indigenous Trade and is on the board of directors for the National Aboriginal Trust Officers Association (NATOA). His work has informed the Government of Ontario’s $95 million Indigenous Economic Development Fund, Federal and provincial policy, corporate strategy as well as academic research.