Indigenous Place Making Council
Board Members


JP Gladu

president & ceo, canadian council for aboriginal business

Jean Paul (JP) Gladu is the President and CEO of the Canadian council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB) based in Toronto. Anishinaabe from Thunder Bay, JP is a member of Bingwi Neyaashi Anishinaabek. 

JP speaks extensively not only across Canada but internationally as he shares the challenges and successes of Aboriginal business in Canada today. Currently, JP serves on the Colleges and Institutes Canada (previously ACCC), the Northern Policy Institute, Canadian Foundation for Economic Education, is an advisory member to the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, a committee member to the Provincial Forest Policy Committee and was recently appointed to Ontario Power Generation’s Board of Directors. In 2014, he was identified as a Diversity 50 Board Ready Candidate from the Canadian Board Diversity Council and a recipient of the Community Service Award – Transformation Awards from Diversity Magazine.


Sarah Midanik

executive director, native women's
resource centre of toronto

Sarah Midanik is a Métis professional who is passionate about building capacity within the Indigenous community. Sarah is the Executive Director at the Native Women’s Resource Centre of Toronto (NWRCT), a charity dedicated to providing resources and support to urban Indigenous women and their families. Prior to NWRCT, Sarah was a fundraiser at Indspire, a national charity working to advance education outcomes for First Nation, Métis, and Inuit students. 

Sarah is an active volunteer within the Indigenous community, sitting on many advisory councils including the Aboriginal advisory counsel for the City of Toronto, the Toronto Indigenous Health Advisory Circle, and the Toronto Police Service. Sarah currently sits on the board of the Association of Fundraising Professionals as the Young Professional and was also a Fellow in AFP’s Fellowship in Inclusion and Philanthropy program. She has also served on the Founding Council for the Young Indigenous Professionals, and as a mentor for the Inclusion Works program with the Aboriginal Human Resource Council.

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Dr. Duke Redbird

Dr. Duke Redbird is a celebrated Indigenous intellectual, poet, painter, broadcaster, filmmaker and orator. He brings his breadth of cultural knowledge and artistic practice to the benefit of a global audience.

Dr. Redbird is instrumental in the implementation of innovative multimedia technologies, bringing an Indigenous approach to arts education, that is rooted in his pioneering work at OCAD University. His legacy stretches far beyond his work in Canada. His art has been exhibited and his poetry has been published and translated in anthologies around the world.

Presently, Dr. Redbird is an Advisor to the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) in the field of Indigenous Art & Culture; and the Curator of an inaugural art exhibition called Debwewin (Truth) of the Museum, Fine Art Collection and Archives of the TDSB. He is also an Advisor on the Board of Director’s of Toronto’s Jumblies Theatre and the Banff Centre for the Arts.


Lisa George

Bank of montreal, diversity & inclusion strategic initiatives manAger - capital markets

Lisa George is Mi’kmaq from Corner Brook Newfoundland, she has a keen interest in urban Indigenous issues, social innovation, relationship management and community relations.

Lisa is currently with BMO Capital Markets as Strategic Initiatives Manager overseeing Diversity and Inclusions in Capital Markets nationally. She is responsible for thought leadership in the development of strategic plans by identifying opportunities for improvement in Diversity and Inclusion projects. Lisa has over 15 years’ experience in business management and talent management.  “To me, leadership is about inspiring others and building a vision that others can achieve as a team.” Lisa is a Member of the Advisory Board for the Native Women's Resource Centre of Toronto, a Civic Action Divercity Fellow and Co-Founder of the Public Accessory Commission.

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Denise Williams


Denise is Coast Salish from Cowichan Tribes on Vancouver Island. She is an advocate for social justice and has spent her career seeking out opportunities to play a role in the advancement of Indigenous sovereignty and social change. For the past ten years Denise has worked under the mandate of First Nations communities to address specific capacity building efforts in education and technology.

As Executive Director for the First Nations Technology Council Denise has worked to create a social enterprise business model for the Technology Council while connecting with First Nations communities across the province to discuss digital technologies. She believes strongly in the power of digital technologies designed and controlled by First Nations and in the transformative change it supports in building strong, healthy and thriving communities.


Calvin Brook

Brook Mcilroy

Calvin Brook is an architect, planner and urban designer and co-founder of Brook McIlroy, a multi-disciplinary practice with offices in Toronto, Winnipeg and Thunder Bay. Brook McIlroy is the first architectural, planning and landscape practice to be certified by the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business's Progressive Aboriginal Relations (PAR) program .

Cal is a fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, a registered planner with the Canadian Institute of Planners and American Institute of Certified Planers and a LEED certified professional. His work has been recognized with over 40 professional awards both nationally and internationally.
He was formerly Director of the Career Discovery Urban Design Program at Harvard University and an Associate Professor of Urban Design at the University of Waterloo. He is a member of the City of Toronto’s Design Review Panel and a Senior Fellow of the University of Toronto’s Global Cities Institute.

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Dr. Suzanne Stewart

Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair
in Aboriginal Homelessness and Life Transitions, university of Toronto

Dr. Stewart is a member of the Yellowknife Dene First Nation. She is a registered psychologist and Associate Professor of Indigenous Healing in Clinical and Counseling Psychology at OISE/University of Toronto, where she is Special Advisor to the Dean on Aboriginal Education and Interim Director of the Indigenous Education Initiative. Research and teaching interests include Indigenous mental health and healing in psychology (homelessness, youth mental health, identity, and work-life development), Indigenous pedagogies in higher education and psychotherapy practice/training. She is Chair of the Aboriginal Section of the Canadian Psychology Association and is committed to advancing Indigenous healing issues through the discipline of psychology.


Ryan Gorrie

Brook McIlroy

Ryan Gorrie is a native of Thunder Bay and a member of Bingwi Neyaashi Anishinaabek (Sand Point First Nation on Lake Nipigon). A descendant from communities such as Red Rock Band, Fort William First Nation and Rocky Bay First Nation, Ryan has a strong sense of identity. From small to large scales, Ryan has been involved in a variety of design projects for communities, organizations and individuals. From traditionally carved ceremonial pipes for individuals, to health centres, to work on the Thunder Bay Waterfront’s award winning Spirit Garden and Celebration Circle. Moving to Winnipeg in 1998 to pursue post-secondary studies, Ryan became intimately involved in the Aboriginal community at the University of Manitoba and in southern Manitoba. From participating in ceremonies including sweat lodge, sundance and fasting to continued pursuit of attaining pro proficiency in Anishinaabemowin (Ojibwe Language), Ryan strives to ensure the perpetuation of Indigenous culture. Ryan has volunteered many hours working with elders in the community, singing at traditional events such as funerals, weddings, sundances, culture camps, as well as the creation of traditional items for ceremonial use.


Samuel Mukwa Kloetstra

Manager of Operations, Aboriginal
Professionals Association of Canada

Sam Mukwa Kloetstra is an Anishinaabe youth from Mattagami First Nation. He is a strong advocate for the creation of Indigenous spaces, cultural revitalization, and community wellbeing.

Sam has worked with the Ontario Ministry of Education in research on spaces and transitions for Indigenous students in schools. He has been an advisor to Ontario Minister of Education and now presently sits on the Ontario Premier’s Council for Youth Opportunities. Sam continues to work in health and wellbeing. He is a vocal advisor on the Toronto Indigenous Health Advisory Circle and has worked with the City of Toronto and the Toronto Local Health Integration Network on Indigenous space creation. He is currently living in Toronto where he has taken an active role in building and raising the urban Indigenous community.


Daniel M. Millette

Director of strategic planning and communications / first nations lands management resource centre / adjunct professor, carlton university

As a Registered Professional Planner, Daniel specializes in land use planning, land strategizing, and land use - economic development interfacing, with an aim at empowering individual communities through self-governing.  He has worked throughout Canada, within a variety of land frameworks including Treaty and Framework Agreement on First Nation Lands Management. Dr. Millette enhances his planning outlook through several academic and research initiatives:  As a Professional Archaeologist, he maintains a research program on ancient planning techniques and their relevance within contemporary planning models.  He has co-edited a monograph on ancient planning.  At the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture at the University of British Columbia, he taught Architectural History and Theory, Indigenous Design Studios and Environmental Design History.  

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Susane Havelka

Faculty of Engineering
School of Architecture
McGill University

A doctoral candidate at McGill University, Susane investigates Inuit self-built houses and building systems in the Eastern Arctic. Her research integrates the study of cultural landscapes and the use of space by examining how Inuit construct, experience and inhabit their dwellings. By documenting and analyzing specific spatial traditions and constructions, in both government-built settlements and Inuit-built outpost camps, Susane posits Inuit as active spatial agents.

Susane earned a Master of Architecture degree at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation and a Bachelor of Science in Art and Design at MIT.