“It’s all here waiting for you.” – @GabrielleScrimshaw
Last week, Mackenzie staff were captivated by Aboriginal Professional Association of Canada (APAC) co-founder, Gabrielle Scrimshaw, named by @HuffingtonPost
as “one of three young Aboriginal Canadians to watch for”, who told an emotional story of her rural Saskatchewan upbringing to an MBA from Stanford and a Gleitsman Fellowship at the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard University
According to Scrimshaw, indigenous representation is less than 1% in Canadian companies, which drove her to found APAC after graduating from undergrad program at U of Saskatchewan, with the goal to gather at least 10 women in a room. Within a year, that goal was met – 200 strong. To Gabrielle and APAC, it was evident there was a need for community support. In 2018, three out of ten indigenous youth are under 15. By 2026, 400,000 will be eligible to enter the work force. Scrimshaw implored, “help them find economic sustenance to become sovereign nations.” APAC now provides career guidance, networking support and holds events such as their Pathways to Partnerships, where they promote pathways to success, sharing best practices and profiling success stories. As a result of their efforts, the non-profit organization is now considered a global thought leader in indigenous leadership and has been profiled by the New York Times, @Forbes
and The Globe and Mail, among others.
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