Gabrielle Scrimshaw, Co-Founder of the Aboriginal Professional Association of Canada, MBA Student at Stanford GSB (Class of 2017), and MPA candidate at Harvard Kennedy School (Class of 2018).
Gabrielle Scrimshaw is a young professional with a passion for creating social impact. Named "One of 3 Young Aboriginal Canadians to Watch" by the Huffington Post, Gabrielle was born in Northern Canada and is a proud member of the Hatchet Lake First Nation. Over the past decade, she has studied international business and policy in Australasia, Asia, the Americas, Africa, and Europe. In 2010, Gabrielle became the youngest Associate accepted into one of Canada's most competitive post-graduate finance programs at the Royal Bank of Canada. Shortly thereafter, Gabrielle co-founded the Aboriginal Professional Association of Canada, a non-profit organization now considered a global thought leader in indigenous leadership.
"The most impactful advice I've received happened when I was thinking of making the leap to running my non-profit organization full time. I had been running it as a volunteer since it's founding and it was growing nationally, making it a lot to manage on top of a full-time job. The leap required resigning from my job in finance and an uncertain future. However, I was passionate about the community work we were doing. A family member and mentor, Wayne Dunn (President and Founder of CSR Training Institute), told me: 'trust the same luck, hard work, and attitude that got you here will get you where you need to go.' It made me realize that in life there are no guarantees, just decisions you work hard to make right. A month later I made the leap to running the non-profit organization full time and it was one of the best decisions of my life so far."