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Kaleena Halmai is part Plains Cree and resides in Ottawa, Ontario. She is a young professional with a robust background in International Policy. Prior to Kaleena’s current work at The Native Women’s Association of Canada she was an accredited freelance make-up artist and a salon operations officer- she knows the inner workings of daily business operations.
At the beginning of her formative career in the beauty industry, Kaleena was at the helm of front-of-house business operations. Although she began her professional career in an entirely different function than the one she is in today, she was keen on incorporating the promotion of Indigenous business into her operations through philanthropic events, and knowledge sharing with her colleagues.
Kaleena was awarded NWAC’s CEO Award of Excellence (2019), and through dedication and hard work, has paved her way into the International human rights system. She has used her strengths in research and communication to write many essential documents for NWAC, and create positive relationships with external bodies. Kaleena continues to deepen her knowledge of national and international Indigenous issues through studying at the University of Ottawa for Indigenous Studies.
Loretta DeSousa, from Pikwagnan First Nation, has been an entrepreneur since 2019 and provides Indigenous women entrepreneurs with support in growing and evolving thier businesses.
Through working with NWAC’s Incubator Project and being a business owner, Loretta has fund that resourcefulness and creativity is fundamental to being successful in an evolving business environment. Using this knowledge and experience, Loretta will empower, support and be an asset to Indigenous women entrepreneurs.
She holds a Master of Education, a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Child and Youth Worker Diploma.