There are a few Canadians, who can contribute as much practical, well rounded, and down to Earth experience to the current leadership challenges faced by communities and industries than Lydia Courteoreille.
A proud and accomplished Indigenous woman, Lydia is a leader in every respect: in her own life, in her community and in her previous profession as a safety specialist in the Canadian energy sector. She has inspired, established, and raised leaders throughout her 26-year career in Health and Safety Management.
Lydia is committed to bridging the gap between her two worlds, her Indigenous and Non-Indigenous communities. In 2020, Lydia was elected as a Councilor to the Mikisew Cree First Nation in Treaty 8 Territory and prides herself as being an authentic leader. Lydia is well known for her determination and commitment to being a strong voice for the indigenous community and developed a successful on the land, by the land wellness and healing camp for indigenous youth, women, and elders.
With All Around Consulting, Lydia has developed a unique and practical leadership program that empowers and inspires indigenous leaders to lead with confidence and authenticity. She shares the importance of indigenous leaders prioritizing the values of indigenization, bridge-building, community service, as well as the necessity of on the land learning programs and sustainability.
Lydia understands and has lived the unique challenges Indigenous leaders face such as the consequences of generational trauma and the balance of traditional values in a modern world. Challenges that can be overcome by inspiring indigenous leaders to utilize qualities like knowledge and self-assured identify, which includes knowing and being proud of one’s history, land, and community.
Lydia credits her industry and leadership success to her confidence in her indigenous identity. An identity that respects others and demonstrates appreciation and gratitude to the environment that shaped her. Today, this appreciation has her giving back fulltime by sharing her leadership struggle and lessons with others.