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Tanya Smith

Director, Strategic Initiatives

(Maternity leave backfill)

Tanya is the Director of Strategic Initiatives at the First Nations Technology Council where she guides systemic change between technology and Indigenous sovereignty. She shares leadership in the development of the Indigenous Digital Equity Strategy, supports meaningful policy growth, and manifests impact through philanthropic, academic, government and technology sector partnerships. Tanya’s work is driven by a passion for inclusive change and the opportunity to work with brilliant, caring people. 

Tanya comes to the First Nations Technology Council with over 14 years of experience as a strategist, executive leader, advisor and applied economist. She is dedicated to systems change and has built particular expertise in climate change, inclusive digital economies, socio-economic policy, poverty and inequality, and blockchain technology. She previously worked for the United Nations and World Bank where she supported communities and country governments to design inclusive economies and resilient social protection strategies. In Canada, Tanya has largely worked for Indigenous communities, conducting research, nurturing inter-governmental relations, and providing strategic advisory support on the protection of rights, title and interests. 

Tanya is active within Canada’s blockchain ecosystem as co-founder of a blockchain research and development firm. She continues to advise community organizations on sustainable and inclusive growth, while guiding select financial institutions in their transition to an impact-driven business model.  She holds a Master’s Degree in Development Studies from the London School of Economics, and an honours undergraduate degree in International Development from the University of Guelph. Originally from Xwesam (Roberts Creek), Tanya is honoured to be living on the Skwxwú7mesh-ulh Temíx̱w (Squamish) and shíshálh (Sechelt) unceded territories with her young family.