Jarret Leaman

President @Akawe Technologies

Jarret Leaman is a member of Magnetawan First Nation, who is nationally recognized for his public speaking and work addressing Indigenous economic development, technology, reconciliation, 2SLGBTQIA community and the building of leadership capacity within the Indigenous community. He is the co-founder of the Centre for Indigenous Innovation and Technology (CIIT), a non-profit working to increase the presence of Indigenous Peoples in the technology sector, while promoting innovation with an Indigenous lens. Jarret is also the co-founder of Akawe Technologies.

Jarret is a recipient of the Sovereign's Medal of Honour, was named one of the Huffington Posts Top 3 Indigenous Millennials in Canada, and Ten to Watch by the Indigenoimic Institute. Jarret has completed fellowships with CivicAction and Future Cities Canada and participated in the Governor General's Leadership Conference.

In addition to his work with the CIIT and Akawe Technologies, Jarret is a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Governors for OCAD University, Co-Chair of the Pearson Canada Reconciliation Advisory Circle, and a Community Council Member with Aboriginal Legal Services in the area of restorative justice.

March 25th All Things DEI


Moving from Diversity and Inclusion to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Strategic Advisor Jarret Leaman touches on equity’s role in creating an inclusive and diverse workplace, leaning on his incredible experience with various large and small organizations in the energy, resource, and education sectors to promote innovation with an Indigenous lens.

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