Michele Baptiste is Bear Clan and a member of the Algonquin First Nation of Pikwakanagan in Golden Lake, Ontario. She is a visionary, result-driven leader with over 25 years of promoting and stimulating Indigenous community development at the local and national levels. What she brings to any organization is highlighted in her personal tagline: Strategic collaborations and partnerships, Cross-cultural sensitivity, and Inspiring excellence.
With an exemplary career in Indigenous Relations, Michele has developed strong core competencies in the areas of marketing and corporate communications, human resources, finance, and project management. She has a natural ability to connect easily with people and to communicate at all levels. She is passionate about her work and the opportunity to help Indigenous communities participate fully and successfully in the economy.
Michele has made many contributions to moving corporations forward when it comes to a better understanding of who Indigenous people are and what they contribute. She is a leader in helping to make Canada better by bridging the gap between communities and corporations. Currently, she is the Project manager for the Indigenous Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship for The City of Toronto.
Michele believes in giving back to the community and for over two decades her volunteerism within the Indigenous community has included work with the Native Canadian Centre of Toronto, Aboriginal Legal Services of Toronto, the First Nations Financial Management Board, the Women in Leadership Foundation, the Advisory Committee for the Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards and the Dreamcatcher Charitable Fund.