With a solid foundation in management and overall business strategies, Danielle returned to school in 2008, at the age of 38 and completed a Bachelor of Public Relations degree at Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax. From creating and building a communications department in one of Canada’s most progressive First Nations to playing in the old boys club of corporate Calgary, Danielle has gained invaluable experience from many varying viewpoints.
Danielle had the amazing opportunity to begin her communications career with Membertou and was fortunate to have worked closely with Chief Terry Paul as well as Senator Dan Christmas. Building the Destination Membertou application in 2012 with Jennifer Deleskie is one of her greatest memories as it created the opportunity to build up the communications department and to tell those “Good stories”! The time Danielle spent in Membertou was some of the best of her career.
In late 2013, Danielle and her family moved to Calgary where she was tasked with leading the charge for Indigenous engagement for a multinational logistics company. She had the opportunity to travel to every coast and every corner of this country to meet with Indigenous communities. From the friendships that she made and the work that she did together with the communities, Indigenous and community relations became her passion.
Since 2017, Danielle and her company, DHPR Incorporated, has been working with various small to large scale businesses across Canada to build their own Indigenous Relations strategies. Her mandate is to hire Indigenous people, train, and mentor them and then move them into strategic roles within her client companies. She believes that Indigenous people should be leading Indigenous relations teams across the country. Some of DHPR’s clients are The Cahill Group, EllisDon, Superior Propane, ATCO and Honeywell. Projects her company and her clients are working on are the Maritime Launch Services here in NS, NSCC, Goldboro LNG , Nutrien Pot Ash Mine in Saskatchewan, Voisey’s Bay in Labrador and Port Hawkesbury Paper Wind Project.