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Rose LeMay

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Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

CEO of the Indigenous Reconciliation Group (IRG)

Rose LeMay is an unrelenting champion for the inclusion and wellbeing of Indigenous peoples. As a facilitator and trainer in cultural competence and anti-racism, she has supported thousands of Canadians from coast to coast to coast to deepen understanding and capacity for reconciliation. When speaking to her audience, she can take people through difficult topics of racism and reconciliation to find common ground and hope for the future.

Keynote Speeches

Virtual Keynotes & Webinars
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The Weight of Reconciliation in Canada

Reconciliation offers an opportunity for corporate leaders to build cultural competence for solid relationships with Indigenous leaders, using their influence as allies.  

What can your organization do tomorrow to contribute to reconciliation?

Evolving Expectations of Reconciliation in Health

When media started to report on the discovery of unmarked graves of Indigenous children at the sites of former residential schools, Canada turned the page to a new chapter in the era of reconciliation.

There is now a palpable weight and responsibility to understand enough of the past to be an effective change agent for the future. It starts in healthcare but doesn’t end there.

It’s time for sector leaders to use their influence as allies and be a part of the change for reconciliation.

Platform Plus Presentations

Unique formats and ways to connect with audiences.
Indigenous Cultural Competence & Humility
The Indigenous Reconciliation Group (IRG) offers a variety of online courses for both leaders and organizations. Find out more: https://www.the-irg.ca/onlinecourses/

Audience reviews:

  • Rose's presentation was excellent, we thought it was very insightful and inspired really thoughtful conversations. We are really happy with how the presentation went and we received great feedback from our colleagues who attended the event. - Policy/Economic Officer, Transport Canada
  • For Red Dress Day, BASF's employee resource groups hosted a virtual event and invited Rose LeMay to speak. From our first contact, Rose was extremely easy to work with. We were impressed by her curiosity about our proposed event and her genuine consideration of the subject to ensure she was the right fit. The event's subject matter was sombre in nature; however, Rose had a wonderful way of balancing the seriousness of the subject with a message of hope and a call to action for the future. Our event was strictly virtual, yet Rose was so genuine in her speech that she immediately connected with the audience. Her talk was heartfelt, knowledgeable, strong and also kind. We received great feedback from our employees and would love to collaborate with Rose for future events.
    - Bilingual Communications Specialist, BASF Canada
  • This is a very heavy subject and you did such an amazing job of sharing some history and awareness to many attending this event. Your talk was inspirational and needed. - Senior Advisor, Indigenous Talent Acquisition at BMO Financial Group
  • Rose's keynote at the annual Catalyst Canada event was fabulous. Authentic, inspiring and engaging. Reconciliation is a heavy topic and Rose's approach is frank and real. Her manner engages and empowers allies to do more and do better. Highly recommend. - CEO, Catalyst Canada
  • The highlight at the event was Rose LeMay and her presentation on National Day of Reconciliation. - Canadian Dental Hygienists Association Summit

Speaker Biography

I am Tlingit from the Taku River Tlingit First Nation in Northen British Columbia, granddaughter of Susie Anderson, Crow Clan. My father was from Carcross/Tagish and my grandfather was James Dickson. My name is Bi’di, given to me by Kwakwaka’wakw Chief Oastakalagalis ‘Walas ‘Namugwis (Peter Knox) from T’asix’s (Fort Rupert) and his wife Mabel Knox.

Rose LeMay is an accomplished speaker with keynotes to international mental health conferences, department and ministry retreats and more. On topics of Indigenous inclusion and anti-racism, on leading reconciliation, on finding your vision of Canada, Rose can raise hope and sense of team for your organization.

Rose has a regular column in The Hill Times, Canada’s politics and government news service.

Rose has over 20 years of experience in policy and program development in health and mental health development in government and non-profit sectors. She was the founding chair of the Wharerātā (fare’eh rata) Group, an international network of Indigenous leaders and their allies working in mental health and addictions. She is a Certified First Nations Health Manager, and Certified in Prosci Change Management. Rose is a board member on the Canadian Coalition for Police Reform.