NSB Logo

Roberta Jamieson

Lawyer & Indigenous Advocate

Roberta Jamieson is known as one of Canada’s important visionaries and leaders. She is a Mohawk woman from Six Nations of the Grand River Territory in Ontario. Roberta is the President and CEO of Indspire, Canada’s premiere Indigenous-led charity, and Executive Producer of the Indspire Awards, a nationally broadcast gala honouring Indigenous achievement.

Hamilton, Ontario, Canada


Realizing Canada’s Promise
A Mohawk and an ardent activist for an inclusive society which thrives on diversity, Roberta speaks frankly and clearly about the challenges that Canada must face to respond to our changing demographics.

Globalisation: What it Means to Real People
The rewards promised are greater employment and higher standards of living – but the question is, for whom? What can be done by public and private sectors to protect the interests of real people?

Governance, Accountability and Human Rights: The New Political Imperatives<
Jamieson explores what the public expects of public servants, and the problems public servants have in meeting the expectations of politicians.

Negotiation and Conflict Resolution: New Ways of Resolving Issues
Jamieson explores the ins and outs of alternative conflict resolution. Is it possible to apply ADR in our schoolyards, families, between people and corporations? ADR has much to offer in creating solid foundations for future relationships while resolving the conflicts of today.

Labour Market Demographics and Potential
Build a blueprint for Canada’s future by enhancing the potential of our country’s fastest growing labour-market demographic; aboriginal youth. Aboriginal youth realize their potential through education, resulting in helping Canadian companies and organizations address recruitment and retention needs within our own communities and borders.

Beyond the Keynote


Council of Ontario Universities | David C. Smith Award

Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal

Indigenous Peoples Counsel Award

National Aboriginal Achievement Award | Law and Justice

Order of Canada

  • Roberta Jamieson was absolutely wonderful. She gave what can only be described as a powerful address, receiving a sustained round of applause at the conclusion. Her comments resonated with our delegates and her challenges to the organization were precisely the themes that originated from the conference and that we need to pursue during the next year. It was a total success.

    - Administrative and Professional Crown Employees of Ontario (AMAPCEO)
  • Thank you for taking the time to get to know our organization and the work we do, and for tailoring your talk to suit our needs...your remarks touched [the audience] deeply and you really made them think about how they do their jobs.

    - Canadian Association of College & University Student Services
  • You spoke to movingly at the Dinner and in case you didn’t notice, the silence and the attention in the room was palpable. Thank you for your inspiring words and the passion you bring with each and every word you say.

    - Pier 21 Foundation

Summary Profile

Roberta has enjoyed a distinguished career of firsts. She was the first First Nation woman to earn a law degree; the first non-parliamentarian appointed an ex-officio member of a House of Commons Committee; the first woman Ombudsman of Ontario (1989-1999); and in December 2001, she was the first woman elected Chief of the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory. Roberta also served as Commissioner of the Indian Commission of Ontario from 1986 to 1989.

With a voice of wisdom, strength and, above all, hope Roberta inspires audiences with a new vision for the future. She is a highly skilled, impassioned and engaging mediator and speaker. Her insightful presentations are infused with enthusiasm and enriched by the knowledge.

Roberta is a dynamic and highly skilled leader with a unique ability to succeed in complex environments. Under her leadership, Indspire is flourishing. Indspire has disbursed almost $79 million through close to 25,000 bursaries and scholarships to Indigenous students since its inception. Indspire’s annual award disbursements have increased sevenfold since Roberta’s appointment. She has extended Indspire’s youth career conferences to all regions of Canada and launched a recognition program for educators of Indigenous students.

Throughout her career, Roberta has fought for rightful land claims and indigenous self-government. She believes everyone is a role model who has the potential to inspire others. Roberta is a vocal advocate for the preservation and enhancement of human rights – indigenous rights in particular – as a vital part of realizing Canada’s potential.

She has been named three times to the Women’s Executive Network’s Top 100 list. She is a Member of the Order of Canada. She serves on the board of directors of Ontario Power Generation and the Elections Canada Advisory Board.