Speaker

Tim Laronde

National Director, Indigenous Strategies
Chandos Construction

Meet Tim:

Tim, originating from the Nipissing First Nation within the Robinson Huron Treaty area, boasts over 25 years of experience in the business services sector. His expertise spans business development, negotiation strategies, and fostering capacity through meaningful engagements with Indigenous communities. Tim’s professional journey predominantly unfolded in the financial services industry, where he specialized in investments, commercial lending, and corporate trustee responsibilities for Indigenous Trusts.

In 2021, recognizing an opportunity to foster economic prosperity and collaborate with Indigenous Nations on their path to self-determination, Tim transitioned into the construction industry. As the National Director of Indigenous Strategies at Chandos Construction, his mission involves bolstering Indigenous capacity by increasing procurement and enhancing talent within Indigenous communities.

Beyond his professional pursuits, Tim is deeply committed to sharing Indigenous history and values through cultural awareness discussions, presentations, and speaking engagements with a focus on appropriate engagement with Indigenous communities. He has actively served as Secretary Treasurer for the Anishnawbe Health Foundation in Toronto since 2018 and has held positions on the Board of Directors for the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business. Tim’s commitment to community service is further demonstrated through his involvement as a Community Trustee with the Nipissing 2013 Boundary Claim Trust.

Tim’s dedication to continuous learning is evident in his completion of the AFOA Harvard Business School program, “Leading People and Investing to Build Sustainable Communities,” where he shares his insights and experiences with Indigenous communities. In recognition of his expertise and advocacy, Tim was honored with a seat on the Board of Directors for Kindred Works in 2023, a company addressing housing challenges and climate change.

Tim’s advocacy extends to championing wealth creation for Indigenous peoples and supporting Indigenous women in leadership roles and trades. His enduring passion lies in giving back to and empowering Indigenous communities through knowledge sharing and mentorship initiatives.

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