Wednesday, November 20, 2019 - 12:30pm
Jackman Law Building, Moot Court Room


Please join the Career Development and Indigenous Initiatives Offices as we welcome lawyer and First Nations advocate Caitlin Tolley. This event is open to the public. Lunch will be served. Please join us!

We are grateful to the Law Foundation of Ontario for their support of the IIO and the IIO Speaker Series. Miigwetch!

Speaker Bio

Caitlin Tolley is Algonquin from Kitigan-Zibi, Quebec. She grew up on reserve and following moved away to pursue her post-secondary education. Caitlin obtained a Bachelor of Social Science and a Juris Doctor from the University of Ottawa. During law school, Caitlin completed the intensive program in Aboriginal lands, resources and governments at Osgoode Hall Law School. She also worked in the office of Senator Murray Sinclair on Parliament Hill. She articled at a large financial institution and completed a litigation secondment at a global law firm in Toronto. Caitlin was called to the Ontario bar and has since been working in-house at a financial institution.

Prior to attending law school, Caitlin was elected onto Chief and Council in Kitigan-Zibi. She was also a member on the Assembly of First Nations National Youth Council. She was appointed by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs to participate in the International Visitor Leadership Program where she was mandated to meet with Native American tribes.

She was recognized by the Public Policy Forum as the “Emerging Leader of the Year” in 2018. Caitlin was a former runner up to Miss Indian World at the Gathering of Nations Pow-Wow in 2016. She continues to remains connected to her community and culture as a jingle dress dancer. Caitlin is an accomplished public speaker and has given a TEDxTalk, spoken at We Day and has appeared before the Senate Committee on Aboriginal Peoples.

Caitlin will discuss navigating the financial services industry as an Indigenous lawyer and leader.