Métis Women's Council on Economic Security

Sharon Anderson

Sharon Anderson is a member of the Gift Lake Metis Settlement, where she serves as the Programs and Services Director. Previously she was a caseworker for KTC Child and Family Services and a Community Engagement Coordinator.

Sharon has a Bachelor of Social Work and has volunteered with Northern Lakes College’s Community Education Committee, the Metis Settlements Child and Family Services Authority Board, the Provincial Aboriginal Advisory Committee for Children Services, and the Community Engagement Committee for Children’s Services, Northern Alberta Development Council.

Brenda Blyan

Brenda Blyan’s interest in the economic security of Metis women spans several decades.

She has an Indigenous Leadership, Governance and Management Excellence certification from the Peter Lougheed Leadership Institute, has participated in the Metis Nation of Alberta’s local government and volunteers for initiatives benefiting Metis women and other community members. As the Manager of Aboriginal Business Development with Civeo, she continues to advocate for opportunities for Metis women and community members.

Candice Calliou

Candice Calliou is the Head Start Coordinator on the Paddle Prairie Metis Settlement and has been for 23 years. She graduated from the Early Learning and Childcare Diploma program at Northern Lakes College and was the Chair for the local Northland School Division school board off and on for 20 years. She’s also worked for Athabasca University as the community coordinator.

Candice has always been an advocate for her community and promoting education by serving on boards.

Angela Carifelle

From the Peavine Metis Settlement in northern Alberta to the world of business and politics in Edmonton, Angela Carifelle is a woman of trust and distinction in her community.

Angela is the Operations Manager for Teck Era Engineering Consulting. She has a Bachelor of Administration and more than 15 years in leadership roles. Her work has focused on community development, giving her extensive knowledge on grant and service agreement management, policy development, HR management, budgeting and relationship-building.

Lisa Higgerty

More than 15 years ago, Lisa Higgerty started a career advocating for the victims of sexual abuse, resulting in the Mamowichihitowin, an innovative holistic program in rural Alberta unique to Canada. She has since expanded the mandate of the program to cover all types of domestic violence in west-central Alberta. Lisa also volunteers for local charities and provincial initiatives and spends time with her family. Lisa has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Grant MacEwan University.

Valerie Kaufman

Of Metis/Dene’ descent, Val Kaufman retired from the Department of Canadian Heritage as a senior manager of Aboriginal Programs. She was a board member for the Child and Family Services Authority in Region 6 and has coordinated the National Native Arts and Crafts shows.

She received the Esquao Award, the Queen’s Jubilee Medal for service to the Metis community, a City of Edmonton Salute to Excellence Award for volunteerism and a Federal Public Service Exceptional Contribution Award for Outstanding Collaborative Relationships.

Angela Ladouceur

Angela Ladouceur is a member of the Buffalo Lake Metis Settlement. She is currently the General Manager at Settlement Investment Corporation. In her 15 years at the organization, she has demonstrated a high level of competence while supporting Metis Settlement Entrepreneurs in their economic endeavours. Angela ensures her clients are successful by implementing sound business development and appropriate, sufficient training. Her work in this area has resulted in some well-deserved recognitions.

Alberta Malcolm

Currently retired, Alberta Malcolm chose an untraditional career in a highly technical and male-dominated field as a power engineer. She has a 4th Class PE Certificate from Keyano College and worked at Syncrude for 25 years. Alberta also worked as a teaching assistant at Keyano College in a GED Adult Education outreach program for Fort McKay residents.

As a power engineer, trainer and liaison for industry and Keyano College, Alberta was exposed to the issues Indigenous women face while trying to educate themselves and their children.

Chantal Sirois-Clegg

Chantal Sirois-Clegg is a program coordinator for the Grande Cache Community Learning Centre and provides contract services to Indigenous organizations. She is a member of the Grande Yellowhead Public School Division Education Council, the Victor Lake Cooperative, the Aseniwuche Winewak Nation and the Mountain Metis Nation Association.

Chantal is certified in management by the Canadian Institute of Management, has a diploma in management and is pursuing her Bachelor of Management.

Shirley Steenberg

Shirley Steenberg was born in Inuvik, Northwest Territories.

Shirley has a Bachelor of Administration from Athabasca University and is a member of the Professional Aboriginal Women in Industry association. Currently, she is working with Akita Drilling in Calgary and is proud of her accomplishments. She still has family ties in Tuktoyaktuk and visits her family there to reunite and share traditional foods, stories and laughter.

Sandra Sutter

Sandra Sutter is the Aboriginal Partnerships Manager for Tarpon Energy Services and CGT Industrial Services.

Sandra’s worked with the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations and the Battlefords Area Tribal Chiefs. She is on the Aboriginal Friendship Centre of Calgary’s Senate, is a member of the National Association of Friendship Centres’ National Negotiating Committee and Impact Society’s Board, and is an advisor to the Canadian Energy Executives Association YES Team, Careers: The Next Generation, Momentum and NetPositive.

Rachelle Venne

Rachelle Venne is the CEO of the Institute for the Advancement of Aboriginal Women with experience in the non-profit, corporate and government sectors.

Rachelle was a member of EndPoverty, Edmonton’s Aboriginal Roundtable, and Implementation Road Map Team and one of six Canadian NGO delegates selected to attend the UN Commission on the Status of Women in 2017. She has received the Queens Diamond Jubilee Medal and been appointed to the Alberta Order of Excellence Council and the St. Alberta Community Advisory Board.