About Converging Pathways
Kallie Wood is Nakota Cree of Carry the Kettle Band First Nation and is the Aboriginal Director at Caronport High School/Briercrest College and Seminary and Owner/Executive Facilitator of Converging Pathways Consulting. She is a mother to three beautiful children and a kookum [Cree meaning grandma]. Her role at Briercrest engages, inspires and allows opportunity for staff, faculty and students to move forward in understanding Indigenous culture, spirituality, and history. She is a fun-loving firecracker of a personality, but has her feet planted firmly on Mother Earth. Kallie is a stimulating and rich communicator and her passionate, authentic, truth-filled and hope-filled communication is creating an expanding awareness of the Indigenous needs across the various cultural expanses of North America. She is constantly exploring new directions in exciting, passionate new ways for Indigenous people. Kallie mentors and counsels Indigenous students to reach personal and academic success as well as leads events to promote Indigenous awareness and knowledge. She, along with her partners, educates corporations and businesses on diversity and business strategies towards a grander vision. Kallie works with Indigenous communities and advises with provincial and federal government for policy review and change, corporate governance, and how to bridge the gap between Western and Indigenous cultures. Her passion, vision, and empathy for her people is unparalleled.
Kallie has facilitated and shared her resilient story of loss of culture, identity, and spirituality across North America. She is a resilient survivor of foster care and assimilation and shares her journey of forgiveness, justice, and reconciliation, bringing hope towards a grander vision for tomorrow’s leaders. Kallie is an advocate for promoting equality of First Nations in our economy, while upholding rich cultural heritage of Indigenous people.
Kallie has an extensive background in finance, business, music, leadership and management. She has a Masters in Leadership and Management and is currently working on her Doctorate.
Kallie has developed and facilitated Indigenous core strategy research in education with a circle of key leaders in the country on Indigenous issues, academics, education, legal, finance, government, and theology. Kallie has been instrumental in facilitating change and advancement for Indigenous people. Trained in and having lived through the reconciliation process, Kallie has taught principles and practices at many colleges, seminaries, high schools, elementary schools and universities in North America.
Kallie’s unique approach to interacting with students and staff in education at all levels is highly respected and regarded. A recognized influential leader committed to Indigenous development, she is a sought after commodity in Indigenous education. Her time contribution to many non-profit organizations and her driven passion for educating diversity to businesses and corporations is exceptional.
Chris is a born and raised Saskatchewan boy whose connection with the province's wide open spaces has left him with the belief that any individual or organization can have a wide open future with the right coaching and direction. A firm believer in the uniqueness and intrinsic value of every individual in an organization, Chris can engage any audience with his common sense directness, and passionate honesty. With more than a decade of experience in daily inspiring and leading teams in designing, developing, and deploying organization-wide initiatives, Chris is no stranger to the challenges of change and the ways to harness the power it can provide.
Chris is a highly regarded non-Indigenous man in Indigenous communities. He has had a naming ceremony and his Cree name is ‘Mistapew’; Big Man – Big Voice – Big Heart, which is a sign of trust and relationship and his importance in the journey forward for Indigenous Peoples. His strength, resiliency and passion for reconciliation from a non-Indigenous perspective is palpable. He brings with that a passion for change in this country that captures the interest of audience members of all ages. He is passionate about the message and as a result motivates audiences to action. Chris’ desire to see and experience reconciliation in this nation drives him forward in creating cultural awareness – to virtually everyone he meets.
He has many years of experience in multiple industries giving him an upper hand in navigation complex multi-layered, multi-department initiatives. Many years of experience working for and with government agencies within Saskatchewan and abroad, giving him the understanding of what will be required to succeed. He has worked with many outside firms and has a renowned character for working with and amongst Indigenous people.
Chris never leaves a project or an organization without creating connections that are lasting and effective in addressing the needs of the client. His commitment to client need means any message, training or education will always go beyond expectations and therefore provide people with a solid foundation for achieving the goals they set out for their organization.
Certifications and Professional Affiliations:
- Certified Lean Six Sigma Blackbelt
- Canadian Association of Professional Speakers
- Myers Briggs Certified
- Corporate Trainer Certified
- Registered Professional Trainer
- Certified Ethics Associate
- Personal Assault Response Trainer