Recognizing Excellence


As part of The Aboriginal Professional Association of Canada’s (APAC) founding pillars, Recognizing Excellence includes sharing success stories from Aboriginal professionals and students across Canada. Role models are an important aspect in our community. At APAC, we showcase amazing Aboriginal professionals through our Recognizing Excellence program.

Featured Member


This February we recognize Patrice Mousseau. Patrice is the owner of Satya Organic Skin Care. A product and a company she created to help her daughter and others suffering from skin issues. Her background is radio and television news but when Patrice’s daughter needed help, she put all of her focus into creating something to help her. “I’m an “accidental entrepreneur” and I love helping people everyday.”


Read the full interview today,


We are proud to be recognizing your work and sharing it with hundreds of  members across Canada. Provided the candidate meets the following criteria, kindly email with your nomination and will we provide you with a questionnaire for the nominee to complete. Send the completed form accompanied with a headshot and social media handles (Twitter, LinkedIn, etc.) to


Nominations for Recognizing Excellence are open year-round. Only APAC members are eligible for this program; however, you do not need to be an APAC member to make a nomination.


Recognizing Excellence is open to all Indigenous peoples (First Nations Status and Non-Status, Métis or Inuit) currently residing in Canada. Other criteria include:

  • nominees must be existing members of APAC;
  • self-identifies as an Aboriginal professional;
  • demonstrates outstanding leadership within the Aboriginal community in Canada;
  • employed or self-employed, full-time or part-time students, and retired professionals are eligible.

Download the nomination form here.

Nomination Form

Past Featured Members

Recognizing Excellence: 2017

February Member Profile:
Michael Etherington, Cultural Manager, Native Canadian Centre of Toronto

January Member Profile:
Darlene Johnson,  Cofounder, Stoking the Fire Org. (StFO)

Recognizing Excellence: 2016

November Member Profile

Veronica Johnny, Professional Singer, Songwriter

October Member Profile

Sean Stiller, Canadian-Secwepemc Filmmaker and Student

September Member Profile

Quazance Boissoneau, Aboriginal Liaison Officer for Humber College and Anishinaabe of Garden River First Nation

May Member Profile

Carey-Leigh Thomas
Elementary School Teacher for Indian and Northern Affairs Canada

April Member Profile

Adam Kahgee
Contracts Administrator, Bruce Power

March Member Profile

Dr. Jaris Swidrovich
Lecturer, College of Pharmacy and Nutrition, University of Saskatchewan

February Member Profile

Collin Faubert
Lead Negotiator, Department of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada

January Member Profile

Billy-Ray Belcourt
Student, University of Alberta and Rhode Scholar.

Recognizing Excellence: 2015

December Member Profile
Adam Hopkins
Director, First Peoples House of Learning, Trent University.

November Member Profile
Ryan Jimmy
Research Coordinator, First Peoples First Person Indigenous hub.

October Member Profile
Kandice Baptiste
Senior Project Coordinator, Council of Ontario Universities

September Member Profile
Jesse Thistle
First Story, Rupertsland Institute: Metis Centre of Excellence, National Representative for Aboriginal Homelessness at Canadian Observatory on Homelessness, and Independent Historical Researcher.

August Member Profile
Grace Esquega
Coordinator of Special Projects, Humber College- Aboriginal Resource Centre

July Member Profile
Dr. Glen Sharpe,
Associate Professor, Schulich Faculty of Education, Nipissing University

April Member Profile 
Konrad Kucheran
Founder & CEO, Minogin Financial

March Member profile
Megan Hill
Student, Harvard Business School

Recognizing Excellence: 2014

November Member Profile
Promise Homes Skinner
Lawyer, Aboriginal Law Program Coordinator, Faculty of Law at the University of Toronto

October Member Profile:
Jarret Leaman, St. Manager Strategic Initiatives

June Member Profile:
Laura Arngnanaaq, an accountant at Brookfield Properties Canada

May Member Profile:
Jesse Wente, Director of Film Programmes for TIFF Bell Lightbox.

April Member Profile:
Krystal Abotossaway, Diversity Recruitment Coordinator at RBC

March Member Profile:
Lisa Monchalin, the first Aboriginal woman in Canada to hold a PhD in Criminology, and current instructor at Kwantlen Polytechnic University in British Columbia.

February Member Profile:
Jamie Hammersmith, Lawyer, Maurice Law Barristers and Solicitors

January Member Profile:
Marc Labelle, University of Toronto med student

Recognizing Excellence: 2013

December Member Profile:
Alison Benedict, Aboriginal health consultant

November Member Profile:
Todd Kuiack, former Canadian Ambassador

October Member Profile:
Angela Toweda Magiskan, Virtual Assistant

September Member Profile:
Terry Swan, Deputy Director of Aboriginal Initiatives and Education, Right to Play

July-August Member Profile:
Veronica Johnny, The Johnnys

June Member Profile:
Shaunna Demars, Student, Ryerson University

May Member Profile:
Elisa Levi, Executive Director, Circle on Philanthropy and Aboriginal Peoples in Canada

April Member Profile:
Victoria Grant, Moving Red Canoe

March Member Profile:
Denise Booth, Student, Ryerson University

February Member Profile:
Mark Rutledge, Owner, MHR Studies

January Member Profile:
Natalie Bomberry, Director of Client Experience, Pilot PRM

Recognizing Excellence: 2012

March Member Profile:
David Abbott, Ojibway-Métis with CIBC Mellon

April Member Profile:
Sage Paul, Denesuline with imagineNative Film + Media Arts Festival

May Member Profile:
Barry Payne, President and CEO of Adirondack Group of Companies

June  Member Profile:
Jennifer Bolton, Gladue Caseworker with Aboriginal Legal Services of Toronto

July Member Profile:
Lisa Charleyboy, Freelance Writer/Blogger/Communications Specialist and VP Communications at APAC

August Member Profile:
Janet Janvier, Aboriginal Relations Advisor,  TransAlta

September Member Profile:
Robert Jolicoeur, Aboriginal Relations Advisor,  TransAlta

October Member Profile:
Jason Ryle, Saulteaux, Executive Director, imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival

November Member Profile:
Kira Thompson, Owner and Operator, The Brow House

December Member Profile:
Dan Shaule, Researcher and Document Manager, Olthius Kleer Townshend – LLP