Fiona Kirkpatrick-ParsonsSenior National Advisor, Deloitte Indigenous

    Fiona is Senior National Advisor / kā-nīkānīt with Deloitte Indigenous, advising on Deloitte’s work with Indigenous businesses and communities, and providing overall guidance to firm leadership around issues that matter to Indigenous peoples. She is also a passionate champion of Deloitte’s Reconciliation Action Plan, the first of its kind in corporate Canada.

    She is a proud nehithaw-iskwew (Woodland Cree woman) with Scottish settler heritage and a member of Lac La Ronge First Nation, Treaty 6 Territory in northern Saskatchewan, now living in beautiful Kjipuktuk, Mi’kma’ki (Halifax, Nova Scotia), on the unceded, traditional territory of the Mi’kmaq.

    ​When Fiona first joined Deloitte in 2016, she led the marketing team for Deloitte’s Atlantic practice and spearheaded the firm’s initial steps on the path of reconciliation. Fiona’s career spans four decades and two provinces, with leadership positions in the media, public, and private sectors. She also volunteers her time to mentoring Indigenous youth and young professionals, entrepreneurs, and new Canadians.

    She is the chair of the 2023 North American Indigenous Games, the largest multi-sport and cultural gathering in Atlantic Canada’s history, and sits on the board of the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB) and the 2025 Canada Games in St. John’s, NL. Fiona has also chaired the renowned Halifax Comedy Festival; was president, International Association of Business Communicators-Maritime Chapter; and has held director positions on several non-profit boards in both Halifax and Calgary. She continues to volunteer her time with charities, including the Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia (Community Grants Selection Committee) and the BMO Ride For Cancer event in support of the QEII Foundation (Leadership Cabinet). Atlantic Business Magazine named Fiona as one of Atlantic Canada’s Top 25 Most Powerful Women in Business in 2021 and she was named by PowHERhouse Impact Media Group as one of their top ten 2021 Changemakers.

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