Jennifer Moore Rattray, B.A., M.P.A.

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Jennifer Moore Rattray is Chief Operating Officer at Southern Chiefs’ Organization and a proud citizen of Peepeekisis Cree Nation. In 2023, she was appointed Ministerial Special Representative to the Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations, to provide recommendations on the implementation of Call for Justice 1.7, and the creation of a National Indigenous and Human Rights Ombudsperson.

Previously, Jennifer was Executive Director of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, and before that, an Assistant Deputy Minister with the Province of Manitoba. From 2004 to 2014, she spent a decade at the University of Winnipeg, becoming its first Associate Vice-President, Indigenous, Government and Community Affairs. Believing access to education can create a more equitable Canada, she identified ways to break down barriers and promote access to post-secondary education.

Before her career in public service, Jennifer was an award-winning television journalist and she is one of the first Indigenous people to anchor the television news in Canada.

Jennifer holds a joint Master of Public Administration degree with distinction from the University of Winnipeg and the University of Manitoba, and is a graduate of the ICD.D Program and the Executive Program at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto.

In addition to The Gordon Foundation, Jennifer is a director on the boards of CBC/Radio-Canada, the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR), and Canada’s National History Society. She is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors and the International Women’s Forum.

Jennifer is a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and the Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee Medal.