Bio of Rodney Nelson, PhD (ABD), C.Dir, PAED, CAPA

Rodney is the current CEO of the Global Governance group and a professor at Carleton University. He teaches within the Center for Initiatives in Education within the Faculty of Social Science where he also co-coordinates the Aboriginal Enriched Support Program. Rodney also works with AFOA Canada teaching ethics, performance measurement and reporting to Aboriginal leaders. He came to Carleton from his position as a former senior manager at the Conference Board of Canada. Considering himself a corporate anthropologist, he has over 20 years experience working with both the public and private sectors including an appointment as the ethics officer for the Public Services of Canada. His work includes; board governance, Aboriginal governance, strategic planning, ethics, economic development, community/corporate partnership development and traditional Indigenous knowledge. Rodney is a board member of AFOA Canada and  Chair of FirstPlan Benefits.

Rodney has presented to the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues on corporate partnership development with Indigenous people and has represented Canada at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) symposium on pandemic planning. He was past chair of the Council on Corporate Aboriginal Relations, past chair of The Pandemic Preparedness Working Group and former Co-Chair of the Public Enterprise Governance Centre.
Rodney has published several papers on economic development, governance and education including; "Incorporating Traditional Knowledge into Board Governance",  "Anthropologist as Mediator", "Exploring Indigenous Struggles in Education Delivery", "From Vision to Venture: The Story of Five Successful Aboriginal Businesses” and “The Value of Aboriginal Cultural Industries to Aboriginal Peoples and Canada.”

Rodney was recently honoured as a member of the Canadian Board Diversity Council's Diversity 50. A list of the 50 top corporate directors for Canada’s fortune 500 organizations.

Rodney’s PhD research is in combining Indigenous knowledge and corporate governance. He holds a Master’s degree in medical and corporate anthropology and two Bachelor of Arts degrees in psychology and sociology. He is also a certified Chartered Director from the Directors College (McMaster's Degroote School of Business). Rodney also holds the  Professional Aboriginal Economic Development designation and is a Certified Aboriginal Professional Administrator.

Rodney is Anishinabe and resides in Ottawa, Canada with his wife, son and daughter.


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