Fiona Kirkpatrick

Fiona Kirkpatrick Parsons
Senior National Advisor / kā-nīkānīt,* Deloitte Indigenous

Fiona is Senior National Advisor / kā-nīkānīt* with Deloitte Indigenous, advising on Deloitte’s work with Indigenous businesses and communities, and providing overall guidance to firm leadership around issues that matter to Indigenous peoples. She is also a passionate champion of Deloitte’s Reconciliation Action Plan, the first of its kind in corporate Canada. She is also a sought-after speaker, conference panelist, and moderator. She is a proud nehithaw-iskwew (Woodland Cree woman) and member of Lac La Ronge First Nation, Treaty 6 Territory, northern Saskatchewan, now living in beautiful Kjipuktuk (Halifax), on the unceded, traditional territory of the Mi’kmaq. When she first joined Deloitte in 2016, she led the marketing team for Deloitte’s Atlantic practice and spearheaded the firm’s initial steps toward reconciliation, advocating for the establishment of what would later become six Downie Wenjack Legacy Spaces within the firm across Canada, honouring residential school survivors and those who didn’t make it home. Fiona’s career spans four decades and two provinces, with leadership positions in the media, public, and private sectors. She has held roles as facilitator, manager, writer, communications/marketing practitioner, graphic designer, and has volunteered her time to mentor entrepreneurs, new Canadians, as well as Indigenous students. She is the chair of the 2023 North American Indigenous Games, set to be the largest multi-sport and cultural event in Atlantic Canada’s history. A passionate community-builder and volunteer, she has also chaired the renowned Halifax Comedy Festival; was president, International Association of Business Communicators-Maritime Chapter; has held director positions on several non-profit boards in both Halifax and Calgary and currently volunteers for several non-profits. Atlantic Business Magazine named her as one of Atlantic Canada’s Top 25 Most Powerful Women in Business (March/April 2021 issue). She was recently elected to the board of directors for the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB). She is married to Dr. Michael Parsons, an environmental geochemist, and is mother to Ella, who is attending Dalhousie University. *kā-nīkānīt means ‘the one in front’ or ‘the leader’ in Cree

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