New Visiting Professor of Aboriginal Business Development to teach landmark course

Monday, March 2, 2015

St. Paul's University College is pleased to announce that policy analyst and Aboriginal consultant Michael Fox will be the Visiting Professor of Aboriginal Business Development for Fall 2015, and will teach a new First Peoples and Business Development course. Previously, Michael has taught at Confederation College, as well as at Lakehead and Queen’s universities.

The new course, ENVS 400: First Peoples and Business Development, will be open to all students at the University of Waterloo, but may be especially interesting to those in “X and Business” programs as well as Legal Studies, Economics, History, Anthropology, Engineering, and others that prepare students for future public or private sector leadership. The course will examine how Aboriginal businesses are developed and sustained, the legal and cultural context for new business initiatives between the Canadian public and private sectors and Aboriginal communities, and the perspectives of Aboriginal people on entrepreneurship and economic development.

Michael is currently president of Fox High Impact Consulting, a Thunder Bay-based firm specializing in Aboriginal processes, participation, and partnership deals in the energy and mineral sectors. Most of his clients are Northern Ontario communities.

Michael has also worked as a resource sector specialist with the Nishnawbe Aski Development Fund, an Aboriginal Financial Institution hat assists Aboriginal entrepreneurs and Aboriginal community-owned enterprises. He grew up in the Weenusk First Nation and has lived in North Bay and Timmins. He holds an Honours Political Science degree with a focus on natural resource development and Aboriginal law from Lakehead University.

Michael has been praised for his strategic thinking, business acumen, and community commitment to negotiating agreements that are based on Aboriginal and treaty rights.

“Aboriginal economic development is an increasingly important reality of Canadian life,” says St. Paul’s Principal Graham Brown. "Business and government will hire graduates with the skills, knowledge, and respectful attitudes to operate effectively in this growing area. St. Paul’s believes that Michael Fox is the right person to develop this key area of a sound business education at Waterloo.”

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