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Gabrielle Scrimshaw

Indigenous Leadership & Education Expert

Gabrielle Scrimshaw is a young professional with a passion to create social impact. Born and raised in Saskatchewan, Gabrielle is a member of the Hatchet Lake First Nation. She has studied international business and policy in Australasia, Asia, the Americas and Europe. She co-founded a national not-for-profit for Aboriginal Professionals and was named the 2013 First Nations Youth Achiever by Indspire.

Toronto, Ontario, Canada


Footprints in the Snow
Because Gabrielle is First Nations, she was born with some daunting numbers stacked against her. She was 8x more likely to commit suicide than the average Canadian, 3x more likely to be unemployed, be underfunded in her quest for education, and more likely to drop out of high school than finish it. In the face of these raw circumstances, she worked hard to follow her heart. She became the youngest Associate in one of Canada’s most competitive finance programs, was the first in her family to complete post-secondary education, travelled to 20 countries on five continents, worked with Heads of State and started a national organization for Aboriginal Professionals. This inspirational tale discusses how she did it, what motivates her, and why ‘each step we make is a responsibility to those that follow.’

Indigenous Leadership & Education: Our Shared Canadian Journey
Aboriginal people are the fastest growing demographic in Canada, growing at more than twice the rate of non-Aboriginals.  This presentation focuses on how Aboriginal people are growing in numbers, educational rates, and what it means for the Canadian economy. She will share stories from her personal journey while linking it to the broader Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal context.

Why Aboriginal Leadership Matters
Let’s talk numbers. There is a business case for Aboriginal leadership in Canada. This presentation focuses on the economic lift that investing in Aboriginal leadership, education, and youth will provide. Learn about how Aboriginal people are growing businesses, working in organizations across Canada, and what it means for our economic circumstances. The rest of the world knows about the Aboriginal business case in Canada, you should too.

Idle No More 101
In the winter of ‘12/13 an indigenous human rights movement swept Canada and the world. It took Social Media by storm and caused a media frenzy. Most Canadians knew of a hunger strike, protests, and an omnibus bill. How did it organize? What was its purpose? Why should it matter to most Canadians? In this presentation Gabrielle breaks down who, what, when, where, and most importantly, they why, of the Idle No More movement.


Indspire's First Nations Youth Recipient

  • ...she was fantastic. Many people could identify with her story. Many folks were fighting back tears. The conference was a great success, thanks to great presentations and Gabrielle’s was one of the very best. Her presentation was real and passionately delivered. I believe that she got a lot out of it as well. I would recommend her highly. I also think she would be great at talks for high school kids. - Manager, Community Development and Training, Government of the Northwest Territories
  • Gabrielle was incredibly well received. She got a standing ovation from the crowd, and there were some people whom she obviously moved as there were some people with tears. People are still talking about her, and I know some people have told colleagues in other Canadian jurisdictions that they should probably hire her to talk at their seminars.

    - Coordinator, Labour Market Training Labour Development & Standards, Education, Culture & Employment
  • What I'm going to carry forward the most from your talk is to remember how easy it is to make a lasting and meaningful impression on someone in a mentorship kind of way, and to try to recognize and seize these opportunities. It is great to see you as a role model not just for Aboriginal people but also for young women professionals like myself.

    - Attendee, Greatness in Leadership
  • I just wanted to let you know how much people enjoyed your moderating the panels at our convention last week. The panels were very engaging and people really enjoyed the flow.

    - Canadian Labour Congress
  • Gabrielle was so inspirational for our event! She received a standing ovation... and most importantly, she made me cry! And it was beautiful! She has such a personal way of connecting with her audience, and all of it comes from her heart. Gabrielle was truly moving.

    - Events Director, United Nations Association in Canada
  • Gabrielle really touched everyones heart with her honesty and openness; and I know she even had me in shivers the whole time. Her stories tied into the theme and were really appreciated at a conference when the speakers are so so different.

    - Dietitians of Canada Conference
  • Your presentation was informational, motivating and thought-provoking…You have such amazing presence and wisdom for someone so young

    - VP, Operations, Atlantic and Eastern Ontario, Farm Credit Canada
  • Gabrielle did an AMAZING job today. She received a standing ovation at the end of her keynote and many many people commented that it was the best and most inspirational speaker we have had!!!! She had the audience hanging on every word.....and they are a tough crowd.

    - Director of Instruction, Burnaby School District

Summary Profile

Gabrielle Scrimshaw is an inspiring and engaging young speaker, who regularly presents and provides input to large North American corporations, professional associations, academic institutions, and non-profit organizations. She is also a regular contributor for some of Canada’s largest national media outlets, and has been profiled by Forbes, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, and CTV, among others.

Born and raised in Northern Saskatchewan, Gabrielle is a proud member of the Hatchet Lake First Nation. She has studied international business and policy in Australasia, Asia, the Americas and Europe. In addition, Gabrielle became the youngest Associate accepted into one of Canada’s most competitive post-graduate finance programs. In 2011 Gabrielle was selected as one of Toronto’s twenty-five up-and-coming city leaders through Civic Action’s DiverseCity Fellowship.

That same year Gabrielle co-founded the Aboriginal Professional Association of Canada. The organization is of its kind in the Greater Toronto Area and offers services and programming to First Nations, Métis and Inuit professionals.

Prior to this Gabrielle was a program leader and volunteer with one of Canada’s premier youth programs, Junior Team Canada, where she led trade missions to Peru, China and Malaysia.

Gabrielle was also selected as a Canadian representative for the G8/G20 MY SUMMITS program in 2010 where she facilitated over 120 international youth delegates. Also through the program Gabrielle was chosen as one of four young professionals to attend the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) and CEO Summits in Japan as a Voices of the Future delegate. There she discussed foreign policy and international trade with public officials, including Prime Minister Harper, as well as Fortune 500 Chief Executives.

Gabrielle is the first First Nations representative to be selected for the honour in Canada’s history. Gabrielle is passionate about diversity, leadership and innovation. As the first in her family to pursue post-secondary education and travel the globe, she is a believer in what hard work and a positive attitude can accomplish. Most recently, Gabrielle was honoured as Indspire‘s 2013 First Nations Youth Recipient, considered the highest honour the Indigenous community bestows upon their own achievers.  

Happy National #IndigenousPeoplesDay! (2018-06-21 04:24:43)
@Braindigenous I’m sorry you had to go through that Jason. Your daughter is lucky to have such a great role model as a dad. (2018-06-18 11:30:51)
Salty. https://t.co/vfRAoYUyXK (2018-06-14 10:44:34)