Roberta Jamieson, 2018 BCIT Honorary Doctorate of Technology
Credits: British Columbia Institute of Technology
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. As an accomplished expert in alternative dispute resolution, she also served as a Commissioner of the Indian Commission of Ontario.
Under Ms. Jamieson’s leadership, Indspire has flourished. Indspire is a national Indigenous-led registered charity that invests in the education of Indigenous people for the long-term benefit of these individuals, their families and communities, and Canada. 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. In 2016/17 Indspire awarded $11.6 million through 3,764 scholarships and bursaries to Indigenous students across Canada.
An innovative K-12 Indspire Institute was launched providing support to educators and communities working to improve educational outcomes with culturally grounded curriculum and techniques. Ms. Jamieson is also the Executive Producer of the annual Indspire Achievement Awards, a nationally broadcast celebration of the successes achieved by Indigenous people. Indspire was selected by the Financial Post as one of Canada’s Top 25 Charities worthy of a donation in 2014 and 2015 and rated as a Four-Star Charity by Charity Intelligence Canada.
Ms Jamieson, a long time advocate for greater diversity on corporate boards, is a member of Hydro One’s Board of Directors and a member of Gender Equality Advisory Council for Canada’s G7 Presidency. She has earned numerous awards, including, most recently, YWCA’s President’s Award and admitted into the Women’s Executive Network’s “Canada’s Most Powerful Women” Hall of Fame. 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 and has been a strong advocate for BCIT.
In 2017, Ms. Jamieson provided a video testimonial for BCIT Honorary Doctorate recipient David Tuccaro. She also attended the 2017 BCIT Distinguished Awards dinner.