Meet Gillian!

Gillian Hynes

Director of Reconciliation, Inclusion and Strategy

RISE Consulting


Gillian is a visitor in Treaty 7 Territory, Region 3 of the Métis Nation in Alberta, in Calgary with her partner and two young children. As a settler, she is doing the work to listen, learn, reflect, and act in Reconciliation, in her role as the Director of Reconciliation, Inclusion and Strategy at Rise Consulting. Through her work at Rise, she is a Reconciliation Practitioner, working with Corporate Canada to respond to the Calls to Action. She supports the development and implementation of economic and social Reconciliation strategies and action plans, co-creating with organizations and Indigenous communities. Gillian brings experience from the energy industry, the non-profit world, and small to mid-size growth organizations, specializing in people strategy and business strategy. Gillian holds a Masters of Business Administration as well as a Certificate in Social Impact from Queens University. She is a 2021 United Way Culbert Family Award Winner for her philanthropic leadership, a 2019 Young Women in Energy award winner for her impact on the Energy industry, and a 2019 Canadian HR Awards Woman of Distinction Nominee for her innovative approach to Human Resources. In 2021, Gillian was recognized as an emerging leader in the Daily Oil Bulletin’s Rising Stars Class for her human centric approach in the Energy Industry. She lives her commitment to advancing an equitable and inclusive society for all equity-deserving groups, serving as the President for Ask Her YYC, and as a coach for Fora’s Young Women on Boards program. Gillian is also an instructor at MRU, amplifying dialogue about inclusive workplaces with university students. 

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