Jeffrey Cyr

For nearly 20 years, Jeffrey Cyr has provided strategic leadership for Indigenous, not-for-profit and government organizations. He is Métis and from the traditional territory of the Métis Homeland in the Red River Valley (St. Norbert) in Manitoba and a proud husband and father of five. He is currently Vice-President of the Indigenous Innovation Initiative at Grand Challenges Canada; a Managing Partner of Raven Indigenous Capital Partners, CEO of the Raven Indigenous Impact Foundation; Vice-Chair of the Finance and Audit Committee of the Ontario Trillium Foundation; Managing Director of Lacerte and Cyr Indigenous Solutions (an Indigenous management consultancy firm); sessional lecturer at Carleton University in Public Policy; and the Senior Director of Partnerships for the Moose Hide Campaign, a grassroots campaign to end violence against women and children. Mr. Cyr has been active in supporting Indigenous social innovation and building Indigenous social finance mechanisms in Canada.

He is the former Chair of the Institute Advisory Board for Indigenous Peoples Health at the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. He was the Executive Director of the National Association of Friendship Centres (NAFC), where he provided national leadership for a network of 117 Friendship Centres and eight Provincial and Territorial Associations - the most significant off-reserve Indigenous service delivery structure in Canada. He has dedicated most of his career to the betterment of Canada’s Indigenous people. Prior to his current role, he worked for organizations such as the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs, the Manitoba Métis Federation and as a Senior Advisor for Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada. Additionally, he has extensive experience in the Privy Council Office on federal-provincial negotiations and the implementation of Indigenous rights. He previously served as Director of International Relations for International Policing with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP).

He was a member of the Canadian Council on the Social Determinants of Health, a Canadian Indigenous representative at the United Nations Permanent Forum for Indigenous Peoples and has been working within like-minded urban Indigenous organizations in New Zealand, Australia and the United States. Most recently, he was a member of the Advisory Circle for the development of Carleton University’s new Graduate Diploma in Indigenous Policy and Administration.

A graduate of the University of Manitoba, Mr. Cyr holds a Bachelor of Arts in Asian Languages and Politics and Masters of Arts (with distinction) in Political Studies/International Relations.