Shannon is an award-winning leader and entrepreneur who is breaking barriers to advance an inclusive and sustainable economy. Recognized for creating innovative funding models and solutions that challenge the status quo, Shannon is a trusted voice on women’s entrepreneurship for educators, government, industry and the media. She was one of the first women in the country to lead a women’s banking strategy and one of seven women appointed to serve on Canada’s women entrepreneurship expert panel. In 2018 she was named a SHEInnovator by SHEInnovates Alberta – a pilot chapter for UN Women and in 2019 was a finalist for the Diversity Ambassador of the Year award by Women in Finance – Canada. A proud Cree Metis woman, Shannon created the Gifting circle for Indigenous women entrepreneurs, Canada’s first community-funded bursary that supports Indigenous women who pursue entrepreneurship.