Jennifer Moore Rattray is Chief Operating Officer at Southern Chiefs’ Organization (SCO), which represents 34 First Nations and more than 81,000 citizens in what is now Manitoba. She is a proud citizen of Peepeekisis Cree Nation.
Prior to joining SCO, Jennifer was Executive Director of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, which delivered a final report and 231 Calls for Justice to the Prime Minister and Premiers in June of 2019. Before joining the National Inquiry, she was an Assistant Deputy Minister with the Province of Manitoba responsible for $860 million annually, and for policy, programs, and services that support some of Manitoba’s most marginalized citizens.
Between 2004 and 2014, Jennifer spent a decade at the University of Winnipeg, and was named its first Associate Vice-President of Indigenous, Government and Community Affairs. In 2012, she received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for contributions to education and the community. Prior to her career in public service, she was an award-winning journalist, working for CBC, CTV, and other networks in Canada and the United States, as well as launching WTN as one of its first network hosts. She is one of the first Indigenous women 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. She is a graduate of the Directors Education Program at the Institute of Corporate Directors and the Executive Program at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto.
Jennifer is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors and the International Women’s Forum. In addition to The Gordon Foundation she serves on the boards of CBC/Radio-Canada, the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR), Canadian Feed the Children, and Canada’s National History Society. She is active as a speaker, emcee, and moderator.