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Roberta L. Jamieson
O.C., I.P.C., LL.B., LL.D. (Hon)
President & CEO, Indspire
Executive Producer, Indspire Awards
Roberta Jamieson is a Mohawk woman who has enjoyed a distinguished career of firsts. She was the first First Nation woman in Canada to earn a law degree; the first non-parliamentarian appointed an ex-officio member of a House of Commons Committee; the first woman Ombudsman of Ontario; and the first woman elected Chief of the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory, where she continues to reside with her family. An accomplished expert in alternative dispute resolution, Roberta also served as Commissioner of the Indian Commission of Ontario.
Under Roberta’s leadership, Indspire has flourished. Raising funds from government, corporate and private sectors, Indspire’s annual disbursements of bursaries and scholarships to support Indigenous students in post-secondary education have increased sevenfold. Since 2004, Indspire has provided over $100 million in financial support to 35,000 students and on average, 90% of students who have received funding have graduated from a post-secondary institution. Roberta is also the Executive Producer of the annual Indspire Achievement Awards.
Roberta, a long time advocate for greater diversity on corporate boards, is a former member of Gender Equality Advisory Council for Canada’s G7 Presidency and Hydro One’s Board of Directors.
She has earned numerous awards, including, most recently, YWCA’s President’s Award and Women’s Executive Network’s “Canada’s Most Powerful Women” Hall of Fame, as well as 26 honorary degrees. In 2015, Ms. Jamieson was recognized by the Public Policy Forum for the outstanding contributions she has made to the quality of public policy and good governance.
She is an Officer of the Order of Canada.