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Gabrielle Scrimshaw


Palo Alto, CA, USA

Indigenous Leadership & Education Expert

Gabrielle Scrimshaw is an inspiring indigenous speaker with a passion for inclusion, education, and leadership. She has an MBA from Stanford and is a Gleitsman Fellow at the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard University. Growing up in a small Indigenous community in North Central Saskatchewan, Gabrielle was the first in her family to get a post-secondary education. Raised by a single father, she lived in a community challenged by substance abuse and suicide. Having a career that spanned the private, non-profit, and government sectors, Gabrielle has the ability to connect and inspire diverse audiences of all sizes.

Keynote Speeches

Workplace Inclusion | Building an Inclusive Culture

How, if at all, does building an inclusive workplace for Indigenous peoples differ from building an inclusive workplace for other employees? In this informative and inspirational talk Gabrielle will share insights and data on what Indigenous professionals want in the workplace, and compare it to equity and inclusion best practices. Gabrielle will explore the future of inclusion and tools to help managers better support and develop all employees.

Key Takeaways:
• Supporting Indigenous employees is in line with supporting employees of other backgrounds.
• Insights on how the Indigenous workforce is changing in Canada, and why that matters.

Education | Supporting Educators on their Reconciliation Journey

Many educators want to teach their students about reconciliation, but often feel that they are lacking the training and resources to do so in a way that’s done respectfully towards indigenous communities.  Gabrielle Scrimshaw will help them do so.  As a sought after expert on Indigenous education around the globe, she’s worked with Indigenous communities and organizations around the world.

In this Presentation Gabrielle will provide a framework that empowers educators in teaching an Indigeous curriculum. Gabrielle will leave audiences inspired and give them actionable tools to implement reconciliation in their classrooms and beyond.

Key Takeaways:
• Case studies of classrooms implementing Indigenous reconciliation.
• A toolkit for educators to learn about Indigenous history and develop their curriculum.

Innovation | Technology & Indigenous Futures

In a world where rapid change is being brought about by AI, decentralization, and smartphones, what does the future hold for the diverse array of Indigenous languages, cultures, and traditional ways of life? Gabrielle explores the role technology plays for Indigenous communities in reconciling the past and transforming our shared future.

In this informative presentation, Gabrielle shows audiences some of the powerful ways Indigenous communities are adapting to new technologies to create new opportunities. Participants will leave empowered to pursue new forms of possibility by leveraging technology.

Key Takeaways:
• The best practices of innovative Indigenous communities leveraging technology for change.
• How to be more collaborative with Indigenous communities when developing new technology.

Inspiration | The Maybe Principle: Planting Seeds of Change

Born into a northern Indigenous community, Gabrielle had some daunting numbers stacked against her. She was eleven times more likely to be reported missing, three times more likely to be unemployed, and she was more likely to drop out of high school than finish it.

Through random acts of kindness and strangers planting seeds of “maybe”, Gabrielle was able to change her life and transform her community. In this inspiring talk, Gabrielle will share the Maybe Principle. A simple idea that saved her life, allowed her to become a first-generation student, and start a national non-profit, eventually earning master’s degrees from both Harvard and Stanford.

Key Takeaways:
• How each one of us has the power to transform a life.
• Techniques to motivate those within your community to achieve great things.

Reconciliation | Indigenous Reconciliation in the Workplace

Indigenous inclusion and reconciliation in the private sector have progressed, but still have a long way to go. Achieving this goal is paramount to build a more inclusive Canada.

In this presentation, Gabrielle will establish links between the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action and Diversity and Inclusion initiatives. In addition, Gabrielle will explore case studies from companies like Nike and Twitter, and give managers tools to explore reconciliation for their teams and workplaces.

Key Takeaways:
• How a reconciliation mindset plays out in relation to Diversity & Inclusion initiatives, CSR, and community collaboration.

Platform Plus Presentations

Unique formats and ways to connect with audiences.
Workshop | Team Building & Goal Setting
Gabrielle has worked with Indigenous communities, facilitating workshops bringing in leadership lessons (with an Indigenous lens) from her time at Harvard and Stanford. From goal setting, visioning, to team building, Gabrielle has the facilitation experience to help bring your team to new heights.
Workshop | Understanding Indigenous Voices
Many people need a safe space to learn about Indigenous history, and this workshop provides that. Gabrielle will provide a primer on Indigenous communities, and facilitate a safe-space Q&A to help your team understand topics like reconciliation, residential schools, and Indigenous inclusion.

Audience reviews:

  • 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

Speaker Biography

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.

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.