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Denise Williams

Denise Williams

Chief Executive Officer, First Nations Technology Council, Canada

Denise Williams currently serves as CEO of the First Nations Technology Council – an Indigenous-led, non-profit organisation established in 2002 and based in North Vancouver that supports Indigenous sovereignty in the technology and innovation sectors.

Through a number of different initiatives, the First Nations Technology Council works directly with First Nations communities in British Columbia to help build and access Internet, mobile services, and other digital and connected technologies.

Denise Williams also serves as Board President of the Urban Native Youth Association, and sits on a number of other boards including the First Mile Connectivity Consortium, InnovateBC, and Simon Fraser University. She is a 2020 Mentor with the Pierre Elliot Trudeau Foundation, and has held several advisory roles in a number of Federal Government organizations (including the Status of Women Canada’s Indigenous Women’s Circle, Policy Horizons Canada’s Deputy Minister Steering Committee, and with the Governor General of Canada). She has spoken at Solve – MIT events as part of the Leadership Team for the Indigenous Communities Fellowship.

Ms Williams is a Coast Salish member of the Cowichan Tribes on Vancouver Island, and is of both First Nations and Scottish ancestry. She holds an MBA from Simon Fraser University.

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