Shannin Metatawabin is the CEO of the National Aboriginal Capital Corporations Associations (NACCA), with previous roles as Executive Director of the Ontario First Nations Technical Services Corporation and as Manager of Aboriginal Affairs and Sustainability with De Beers Canada.
Wacheay. My name is Shannin Metatawabin, a Cree member from Fort Albany First Nation of the Mushkegowuk Inninow. My wife Sienna MacMillan is of the Whitebear and Sakimay First Nations in Saskatchewan and we have four children.
I am the grandson of Theresa and Abraham/ Barney and Pat, son of Edmund and Joan, and brother to four extremely successful Indigenous leaders; Albalina, Jassen, Cedar and Terry. Our family’s history has been well documented in my father’s book Up Ghost River.
Economic Development empowerment is my passion. I thrive on project and team management, organizational efficiency, business development and community consultation. I earned my BA in Political Science from Carleton University where I also played football for the Ravens.
I was raised on an isolated First Nations community, my Moshum (Grandfather) is over 100 years old and does not speak more than a handful of English words. He was one of the last of the great trapping economy. I speak fluent Cree. My father is an award-winning author and the recipient of two honorary doctorate degrees. He entered school at the age of 7 and continued to his master’s degree.
Professionally, I began at CIBC as a business development officer for the Aboriginal Business Canada program. As a business developer, I assisted 250+ businesses start up and expand. Currently, I am the Chief Executive Officer at the National Aboriginal Capital Corporations Association (NACCA), one of the largest social finance networks of Aboriginal Financial Institutions (AFI) in the world. The network of nearly 60 AFIs focus on providing business developmental lending to the indigenous community and have thus far lent 3B+, and are on track to do so much more with the right capital.