Each year, Vision Quest chooses distinguished members of the Indigenous business community to be recognized as Honourary Chair, and we’re pleased to announce that Sheila North Wilson will be our Honourary Chair for 2017.
Sheila North Wilson – MKO Grand Chief
Sheila North Wilson is a member of Bunibonibee Cree Nation and was elected as Grand Chief of Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak (MKO) in September 2015. Previous to this, she enjoyed a career as the Chief Communication Officer at Assembly for Manitoba Chiefs, a CBC journalist and CTV correspondent, an economic development officer, a radio personality, and a Cree translator. She holds two diplomas in Business Accounting and Rural Development with a focus on community development, a certificate in radio and television broadcasting, and a diploma in Creative Communications.
Sheila is a gifted writer, a Radio Television Digital News Association award winner, and a Gemini Award nominee. She is passionate about the issue of missing and murdered Indigenous women (MMIW). With this in mind, she created the hashtag #MMIW which is now commonly used on social media. She continues to work closely with families, friends, as well as Indigenous and non-Indigenous leaders to advance the political will to address racism and the issues around violence against Indigenous people.
Sheila was featured in Chatelaine Magazine as one of the Top 30 Women of 2015 and by media personality Ace Burpee from Virgin Radio as one of the Most Fascinating 100 Manitobans to Watch.