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Posted: June 10, 2022

Sophie Pierre guest speaker for June chamber luncheon

Esteemed Ktunaxa elder Sophie Pierre will be the guest speaker at the Cranbrook Chamber of Commerce’s last luncheon before the summer break June 15.

Sophie, a mother of three and grandmother of five, now spends much of her time as an elder advisor to her community of ?aqam and to the Ktunaxa Nation.

Prior, she served her community of ‘Aqam of the Ktunaxa Nation for 30 years; 26 as elected chief, and for 25 years was the administrator of the Ktunaxa/Kinbasket Tribal Council, now the Ktunaxa Nation Council.

Sophie was recognized with the Order of Canada in 2016; the Order of British Columbia in 2002 and the National Aboriginal Achievement Award in the business category in 2003.

Sophie Pierre was appointed Chief Commissioner of the BC Treaty Commission from April 2009 to 2015 by agreement of the governments of Canada and British Columbia and the First Nations Summit.

Since her retirement in 2015, Sophie has been appointed to various Foundations including the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation as a Mentor, to the BC Achievement Foundation, the Vancouver Foundation and to the BC Parks Foundation.

Sophie’s commitment to good governance, accountability and leadership has been recognized by three honorary degrees from Simon Fraser University, University of British Columbia and University of Canada West.

The June 15 luncheon meeting (11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.) is being held at Prestige Rocky Mountain Resort.

Register here.

Lead image: Sophie Pierre addresses a gathering during the unveiling of “The Children’ statue at St. Eugene Golf Resort and Casino in October 2017. e-KNOW file photo


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