Meet Lisa!

Lisa Schmidt

Chair, Indigenous Inclusion Network

PwC Canada


Lisa is a proud MNA Region 3 citizen and member of the Okotoks, Alberta community. Born and raised in the Red River territory, it’s nearly 18 years since she and her family journeyed to her current hometown. Together with her husband Troy, they have a combined family of nine children, ages 14-24 and one son-in-law. Connection, community and validation are Lisa’s favourite words. As Chair of PwC Canada’s Indigenous Inclusion Network, Lisa creates environments that feel psychologically safe to build connections and positive outcomes. For Indigenous peoples including First Nations, Inuit and Métis this means self-identifying; and voicing their shared perspectives as part of what PwC calls, ‘communities of solvers’ for their clients. Lisa hosts IIN events, including sharing circles, Elder visits, speakers and trainings. And as a strategic advisor to firm leadership, she shares insights from her lived experience to support their Reconciliation Action Plan Roadmap. As a community builder, Lisa coaches teams of partners supporting top priority clients. Her work includes design thinking workshops, and is certified trainers in SDI, Scrum and Salesforce. In her community, as a Métis Okotokian, Lisa volunteers to support the Town of Okotoks in their response to the TRC Calls to Action, National Inquiry into MMIWG Calls for Justice, and UNDRIP initiatives, including the Peace Pole Project, park naming and the Teepee Transfer project. Most recently, she worked with the Town and Métis leadership on the official commemoration of Métis week! Lisa has organized numerous events for Métis people to connect including jigging workshops, drum circles and Michif lessons. She is an entrepreneur at heart, having many micro-businesses, and has supported her children in starting up their own. Lisa is excited to bring her passion for connection and community, Indigenous sovereignty and Métis self-determination, culturally appropriate governance and economic development, as a moderator at Forward Summit. 

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