I had the opportunity last week to meet Gabrielle Scrimshaw, President and Co-Founder of Aboriginal Professional Association of Canada, a professional network she co-founded for indigenous people at the 2014 Economic Developers Council of Ontario Conference where she was a keynote presenter. Gabrielle not only inspired a room of 300 economic development professionals, but also aboriginal communities across Canada.
From Left to Right:
(Heather Lalonde, CEO, EDCO, Gabrielle Scrimshaw, President & Co-Founder, Aboriginal Professional Association of Canada, Cheryl Peters, EDCO Director & 2014 Conference Chair, David Martin, Senior Advisor, Ontario Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs)
Gabrielle has done something truly creative and quite remarkable, and most impressive when you consider how young she is. In less than two years, she has more than 450 members in her association connecting people and businesses across Canada to indigenous talent . If you have not heard Gabrielle’s story, I encourage you to watch her 90 second clip about her life and then I encourage you to share this story with anyone of importance in your life and the broader business community, for it truly is a story worth retelling.
Gabrielle’s story and mission in life is aligned with Mississauga’s economic development strategy goal of becoming a knowledge economy, that capitalizes on our diversity of people and cultures and engages civic leaders and local businesses to leverage networks and create opportunities for business investment and talent attraction.
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