Madeleine Redfern is an Indigenous woman involved in high tech and innovation. She is actively involved in transformative technologies in telecommunications, transportation, and energy. Currently, Madeleine is the president of Amautiit: Nunavut Inuit Women’s Association, president of the Ajungi Consulting Group, chair of the Nunavut Legal Services Board, advisor to the Canadian Nuclear Laboratories, co-chair of the Gordon Munk Arctic Security Program, and a board member of Maliiganik Legal Aid. She is also a former Trudeau Foundation Board Member/Trudeau Foundation Mentor.
As a businesswoman and a strong social advocate for transformative initiatives, Madeleine has a great deal of governance and volunteer experience with Indigenous and Inuit organizations, including, but not limited to, the Inuit Non-Profit Housing Corporation and the Tungasuvvingat Inuit Community Centre, and she is one of the founding members of Wabano Aboriginal Health Centre and Inuit Head Start in Ottawa. Madeleine was also the executive director of the Qikiqtani Truth Commission, a commission that reviewed the “effects of federal government policies on Eastern Arctic Inuit” between the 1950s and 1980s.
Madeleine is from Iqaluit, Nunavut, and a graduate of the Akitsiraq Law School, holding an LLB from the University of Victoria. She was the first Inuk to be given a Supreme Court of Canada clerkship. Madeleine’s advocacy, professional, and governance work showns her dedication and passion toward the development and delivery of programs assisting Indigenous, Inuit, northerners and Canadians that reflect their values, needs, and priorities. Madeleine received the Indspire Award for Public Service to acknowledge and celebrate all her hard work, commitment, and contributions.