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.

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 has recently relocated to her home community of Buffalo Lake Metis Settlement, where she works as a Settlement administrator. She has also volunteered for many years within the Métis community as well as participated in the Métis Nation of Alberta Association as the elected provincial vice-president. Brenda earned an Indigenous Leadership, Governance and Management Excellence certification from the Peter Lougheed Leadership Institute, as well as studied law and political science at the University of Alberta. She is currently undertaking a Master of Business Administration program.

Candice Calliou

For more that 20 years, Candice Calliou has been the Head Start Coordinator on the Paddle Prairie Metis Settlement. 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 also worked for Athabasca University as a community coordinator. Candice has always advocated for her community and promoted 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 of 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 survivors 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.

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 a Bachelor of Management.

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, 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 United Nations 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. Albert Community Advisory Board.