CEO, First Nations Technology Council
At the intersection of Indigenous sovereignty, technological advancement and a rapidly expanding technology and innovation economy, in demand of new ideas and new skills, Denise has the privilege of working with Indigenous peoples, governments, academics, technology futurists and social change makers to map the ecosystem that will result in fair and equitable access to the tools and education required for success in the digital age. Denise leads a theory of change that will not only ensure Indigenous peoples are competitive in BC’s technology and innovation sector, but leading in unprecedented ways and growing local digital economies.
With a passion for contributing and volunteering in initiatives and organizations that influence real change and the advancement of truth and reconciliation, Denise proudly serves as the President of the Urban Native Youth Association, member of the Premier’s Technology Council, advisor on innovation to the Governor General of Canada, Vancouver Economic Commission, Minerva Foundation board of directors and on the Simon Fraser University Board of Governors as Alumni-in-Order, where she earned her masters degree in business administration in 2015.
Denise is motivated by a desire to contribute to economic reconciliation in a digital age and is immensely grateful for the opportunity to honour the work of previous Indigenous leaders and serve the future generations that will carry us forward.