President & CEO, Indspire
“Groundbreaking” is the most apt description of Roberta Jamieson’s long career. A Mohawk woman from the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory, in 1976 she became the first Indigenous woman ever to earn a law degree in Canada. She was the first non-Parliamentarian to be appointed an ex officio member of a House of Commons committee, and she spent a decade serving as the first woman Ontario Ombudsman. She was also the first woman to be elected chief of the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory, where she still resides with her family. With numerous awards and honours to her name, her current role as president and CEO of Indspire has brought her journey full circle: the Indigenous-led charity invests in the education of Indigenous people for the long term benefit of these individuals, their families and communities, and Canada.
A woman with an incredible decades-long legacy of making an impact on her community and the country, we recognize Roberta as a Top 25 Woman of Influence Lifetime Achiever.