Susy Denny is from Eskasoni First Nation in Nova Scotia. She is currently enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts program, specializing in Mi’kmaq Studies at Cape Breton University. Susy is fluent in both Mi’kmaq and English. As a research assistant with Purdy Crawford Chair, her responsibilities involve indexing an audio recording of a sharing circle focussed on business and researching words in Mi’kmaq that pertain to business.
Erin Bragg is a recent Cape Breton University graduate residing in Sydney, NS. An English Honours student, her responsibilities at the Purdy Crawford Chair include drafting business case studies and composing teaching notes regarding Aboriginal entrepreneurship and economic development in Canada. Erin is a Mavis Gallant Award and Shauna Gillis Prize winning writer, as well as the 2017 CBU Silver Medal for achieving the highest academic standing in the Bachelor of Arts program.
Carter Bown is from Sydney, NS. He is currently enrolled as a BBA student concentrating in economics at Cape Breton University. During his co-op placement with the Chair, he will be providing assistance for the national In.Business mentorship program and populating the new CRM with participant data. In his free time, he enjoys a fun game of squash and/or tennis.
Breagh Potter is from Sydney, NS and is currently working as a student research assistant with the Purdy Crawford Chair in Aboriginal Business Studies. Her responsibilities involve designing and developing teaching resources and supporting the development of Aboriginal business case studies. Breagh has recently completed a Bachelor of Education from Acadia University and is enrolled in her second year of the Masters of Social Work program at McGill University in Montreal. Breagh is dedicated to furthering her research and practice in the areas of Indigenous curriculum, Aboriginal social work theories and practices, and educational community outreach.
Kateri Stevens (Sa’n) is a Mi’kmaw woman from Eskasoni First Nation, NS. She is currently in the first year of the Master of Business Administration in Community Economic Development program at Cape Breton University. She previously graduated from Cape Breton University with a Bachelor of Arts in 2012 and has also completed the Indigenous Women in Community Leadership program at the Coady Institute of St. Francis Xavier University, as well as the Business Administration program at Nova Scotia Community College. Kateri is currently working as a research assistant focussed on writing Aboriginal business case studies for the Chair.
Nina Kent is currently enrolled in the MBA in CED. She is an Anishinabe-Kwe from Obashkaandagaang First Nation, Ontario and did her undergraduate degree in CESD at Algoma University. She sits on the advisory committee for the Purdy Crawford Chair in Aboriginal Business Studies as a student representative. As a student research assistant, Nina is responsible for collecting building dates of economic development for the 5 communities in Unama’ki. These entries are used to generate three resource of a database, timeline and mapping tool all to be utilized by community members, business students, and case writers. When she isn’t working toward completing her education, Nina volunteers her time as a jingle dress performance dancer sharing her culture and story behind the healing dance in various events in Cape Breton.
Cheryl Subject is currently working as an assistant with In.Business: A National Mentorship Program for Indigenous Youth. Cheryl previously completed a Hotel and Resort Operation diploma program and a Bachelor of Business Administration degree. She moved to Cape Breton from Perth, Ontario in 2004. Cheryl is currently enrolled as a business student studying accounting at Cape Breton University. Her previous work experience includes planning and organising meetings and events with the Delta Sydney hotel and administering Skills Development and Wage Subsidy contribution agreements with Employment Nova Scotia. As an assistant for In.Business, Cheryl is assisting with the launch of the program on a national level.
Nicole Johnson is a Mi’kmaw from Eskasoni First Nation, NS. She is currently in the fourth year of the Bachelor of Arts program in Mi’kmaq Studies and Psychology at Cape Breton University. In the future, Nicole hopes to enroll in the Bachelor of Education program here at CBU. She is currently working as a research assistant with the Purdy Crawford Chair in Aboriginal Business Studies. Her research in 2014 focusses on the impact of the Marshall Decision on the development of a Mi’kmaw commercial fishery.
Kyle Simon is a Mi’kmaq from Wagmatcook First Nation, NS. He is entering his second year of the Bachelor of Business Administration program at Cape Breton University (CBU). Kyle is also a two time graduate of the Business Network for Aboriginal Youth (BNAY), which was established in 2011 by the Purdy Crawford Chair in Aboriginal Business Studies at CBU. Upon graduating from high school, he was hired as a junior mentor in the BNAY. Currently Kyle is working as a student intern with the Purdy Crawford Chair. One of his main responsibilities involves interviewing Aboriginal post-secondary graduates, and then creating student profiles, which will be used to help with the Chair’s ongoing recruitment efforts to the study of business.
Originally from Sydney Mines, Stephanie McCormick graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from CBU in 2014. Her research focuses on the historical and cultural significance of the Mi’kmaw reserve Malagawatch, which is one of five Mi’kmaw reserves on Cape Breton Island. Her research is supported by the Purdy Crawford Chair in Aboriginal Business Studies in partnership with Parks Canada, CBU’S Louisbourg Institute, and the Unama’ki Institute of Natural Resources. Her final report will be used to assess the potential of Malagawatch as a national historic site.
Tamara Young is from Pictou Landing First Nation, NS. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Mi’kmaq Studies from CBU and is currently enrolled in the MBA in CED. Tamara works on a collaborative project between the Purdy Crawford Chair in Aboriginal Business Studies, Membertou First Nation, and the Native Nations Institute. Her responsibilities involve research on land management practices in First Nation communities across Canada, with the ultimate goal of helping Membertou create their own Land Management Act.
Katie MacLeod is currently working as a research assistant with the Purdy Crawford Chair in Aboriginal Business Studies. Her responsibilities are associated with the development of the textbook Aboriginal Business in Canada. Katie is a recent graduate of the MA in Anthropology program at Carleton University and will be starting a Ph.D in Anthropology at Dalhousie University in the fall of 2013. Her research focuses on mixed-blood and métis identities in Nova Scotia and how these identities are situated with Canada. Katie completed her B.A (Hons.) in Anthropology at Dalhousie University in 2011 and her research focused on urban Acadian identities in Nova Scotia.
Rebecca Scirocco-Paul is a Mi’kmaw student from Membertou, NS. She has recently graduated from the Indigenous Women in Community Leadership program from the Coady Institute at St. Francis Xavier University. This program inspired her to continue her education. Rebecca is currently finishing her last year of her Bachelor of Arts in Community Studies degree at CBU, and from there she will continue on to obtain a Bachelor of Education from CBU. Her goal is to teach within a First Nation community, hopefully her own. Rebecca is currently working as a research assistant with the Purdy Crawford Chair in Aboriginal Business Studies. Her responsibilities include note taking for meetings and transcribing meeting notes.
Carl Archie is Secwepemc from Canim Lake, BC. He is a fourth year Business Administration student (major: Economics; minor: New Venture Creation) at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, BC. Carl is currently working as a student intern with the Purdy Crawford Chair in Aboriginal Business Studies. He will explore standard Canadian business practices and how they differ from Aboriginal business in Canada and review the impact of the Indian Act on economic development for First Nations across Canada. Carl’s work will make an important contribution to what will be Canada’s first textbook on Aboriginal business, currently under development by the Purdy Crawford Chair.
Jenna Bernard is a Mi’kmaw student living in the community of Membertou, NS. She has recently graduated from Sydney Academy high school (honors) and will begin her Bachelor of Business Administration Degree at CBU in the fall of 2012. Jenna was one of 21 Aboriginal students to successfully complete all of the requirements for the inaugural Business Network for Aboriginal Youth mentorship program, which was established by the Purdy Crawford Chair in Aboriginal Business Studies at CBU. Jenna is currently working as a student intern with the Purdy Crawford Chair. Some of her responsibilities include using social media to spread the word regarding the Business Network for Aboriginal Youth to Aboriginal students who will be attending high school in 2012/13, helping to come up with possible activities for future use in the program, as well as providing support in other ways to ensure that the program will be even more successful next year.
Shawna Boyer is an Anishnaabe kwe (Ojibwa woman) from Mississaugi First Nation, ON. She has been living in Sydney since 2009, when she began her university studies here at CBU. Shawna then transferred into the Bachelor of Professional Arts in Governance, Law and Management at Athabasca University. In 2011, Shawna was one of 12 Aboriginal women to complete the first cohort of the Indigenous Women in Community Leadership program from the Coady Institute at St. Francis Xavier University. This opportunity involved the delivery of five emerging leadership workshops to youth in Membertou First Nation. Shawna is currently working as a student intern with the Purdy Crawford Chair in Aboriginal Business Studies. Her responsibilities include transcribing interviews, researching successful partnerships within the Unama’ki region, conducting interviews, and compiling stats regarding Aboriginal university business students in Canada.
Lenny McKay is an Anishinaabe from Sagkeeng, MB. Lenny is a third year commerce student (major: Aboriginal Business Studies) in the Asper School of Business at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg. Lenny has extensive experience with Aboriginal youth business programming having been part of the Martin Aboriginal Education Initiative and having been a competitor in and intern working for the BDC’s E-Spirit National Aboriginal Youth Business Plan competition. Currently, Lenny is working with the Purdy Crawford Chair to help enhance the Chair’s Business Network for Aboriginal Youth program.
Vernon Migwans is from M’Chigeeng First Nation on Manitoulin Island, ON. He is a second year Bachelor of Commerce (Major: Accounting) at Humber College in Toronto, ON. Vernon is currently working as a student intern with the Purdy Crawford Chair in Aboriginal Business Studies. His responsibilities involve the compilation of a web-based teaching resource kit that will provide links to existing Aboriginal case studies and resources on topics covered in traditional “Intro to Business” courses.
Pamela Paul is currently enrolled in the Masters of Business Administration program at Cape Breton University (CBU). Pamela is from the Mi’kmaw community of Membertou and a recent graduate of the Bachelor of Arts Community Studies program at CBU. Her work with the Purdy Crawford Chair includes travelling to Vancouver as a student representative for a conference on the University of British Columbia’s Ch’nook Initiative. This program focuses on increasing Aboriginal participation in post-secondary business education studies in the province of British Columbia and Canada. In addition, Pamela is a mentor with the Business Network for Aboriginal Youth, which, like Ch’nook, is focused on increasing Aboriginal participation in business studies at the university level. Pamela was inspired to enrol in the MBA in Community Economic Development (CED), with a First Nations Option because she feels that this particular program would be beneficial to the future of the people of her community and all other Aboriginal communities. She feels that Aboriginal communities are in need of educated business students in order to lead the next generation of people into the future. In the future, Pamela looks forward to working for the Purdy Crawford Chair, on various research projects, as well as recruiting fellow Mi’kmaw into the MBA program.
Natasha Bernard was a student research assistant with the Purdy Crawford Chair in Aboriginal Business Studies during the summer of 2011. She worked closely with her partner, Yu-Ting Isabella Yuan, to collect primary data from key stakeholders for the study of Membertou economic development model. Natasha recently graduated from Cape Breton University with a Bachelor of Community Studies and is currently enrolled in the Bachelor of Education program at CBU.
Yu-Ting Isabella Yuan
Yu-Ting Isabella Yuan was the Student Research Assistant with the Purdy Crawford Chair in Aboriginal Business Studies during the summer of 2011. She worked closely with her partner, Natasha Bernard, to collect primary data from key stakeholders for the study of Membertou economic development model. Isabella has more than eight years of work experience in the private, not-for-profit and public sectors. Her interests include international business, community economic development, equity issues and immigration policy. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Chinese Literature from National Sun Yat-sen University in 1996 and a Bachelor of Laws from National Taiwan University in 2003. Isabella is currently enrolled in the Master of Business Administration in Community Economic Development at Cape Breton University, and is a member of the Advisory Council to the Minister of Immigration of Nova Scotia.