Executive Director, Indigenous Innovation Institute
Jace (she/her) is a nomadic Métis woman who has dedicated her life to building community spaces for self-determination.
As a BC trained teacher Jace has cultivated an expertise in the co-creation of culturally relevant, trauma-informed, and place-based education. As a systems thinker and change agent, Jace authored a national STEM Education strategy influencing the outreach programs of 33 post-secondary institutions through her previous work with Actua Canada. Teaching in public, non-profit, and industry contexts, Jace’s teaching has reached more than 1.25 million learners from coast to coast to coast.
Jace stepped into the world of ecommerce in 2017, and led the creation of Shopify’s onboarding and training for their research and development teams, notably launching RnD Camp, an onboarding accelerator for all new employees, and RnD Media – an on-demand educational media strategy to support their international expansion and continuous learning of employees.
In 2019, Jace championed a new area of work for the ecommerce company, creating her role as the Lead for Indigenous Entrepreneurs, and formed a global network of Indigenous entrepreneurship education hubs to support the rise of Indigenous economic wellbeing globally.
As a fierce advocate for Indigenous entrepreneurs, Jace has travelled the globe and spoken to 70,000 people in order to co-create the conditions necessary for Indigenous entrepreneurs to thrive. In 2019, Jace was recognized as a BMW World Responsible Leader.
Her role as the Executive Director of the Indigenous Innovation Institute, allows Jace to braid her STEM, Education, and Ecommerce experiences together to rise to the responsibility of co-creating a community space for Indigenous-led technology innovation.