Michele Young-Crook is a two-spirited Algonquin with a mixed heritage. Her extensive experience working with various organizations nationwide over the past 17 years has made her especially adept at serving the needs of corporations and nonprofit organizations. Michele has witnessed firsthand the importance of having proper governance, policy, planning and transparency in place to ensure success for both the organizations and their team and mitigate risk.
While serving as CEO & President of the National Aboriginal Trust Officers Association, Michele played a vital role in developing and launching their Trustee Accreditation Programs. She single-handedly produced their Annual Trust and Investment event for the first seven years. She was a crucial asset in developing their Indigenous Womxn Programs and events, Youth Scholarship with Indspire and capacity building for youth 18-35 for entrepreneurship.
Michele will help to define your organization’s mission, vision, and values and identify your goals. She has helped all levels of business planning, coordinating marketing, business and communications strategies, policy development, and governance. She will ensure that the plan she creates for businesses is thriving and impactful.
Michele is not only a business strategist, but she is also an entrepreneur, comedian, reiki master, and author. Michele is currently partnering on the Inaugural Indigenous Youth Entrepreneur Forum & Job Fair with The Bears Lair & AFOA BC on October 16th – 19th, 2023. Even with her packed schedule, Michele always makes time for causes that matter. Michele is a director on the Board of the Canadian Juries Commission, a director of the Come Back Society, a dinner committee member for the Human Rights Watch, and a creator of Indigenous Women’s Holiday Market with over 90,000 members.
GOVERNANCE & POLICY DEVELOPMENT
KEYNOTE & MC
DIGITAL MEDIA DEVELOPMENT
I have known and collaborated with Michele Young-Crook for over 15 years and we have partnered on multiple projects successfully over this time. Michele’s engagement, commitment and passion are laudable. In my experience, Michele always delivers on what she promises and consistently provides high quality solutions orientated outputs. It is always a pleasure to work together.
Michele donated her expert knowledge and professional creativity skills towards a non-profit initiative aimed at enhancing public safety in an Indigenous community. Michele’s results were eye catching, culturally appropriate and a beautiful representation of the community that will utilize the new initiative. I look forward to future professional collaborations with Michele as she continues to advocate and show relentless commitment for our Indigenous children, youth, women, people and communities throughout Canada.
Michele has been working in partnership with WEKH for about two years and we have had a wonderful experience with her. We have been able to host her as both a facilitator and a speaker at a number of events and she always brings a very personable, energizing presence to the virtual space. We look forward to our continued work together!
Michele created financial planning resources to enable more youth to consider diverse employment opportunities within Canada and abroad. Michele’s resilience, kindness and intercultural intelligence are some of the foundational building blocks that make her successful
Michele took the time to understand our business and was able to work with us on our digital marketing efforts. She did a fantastic job, and she delivered beyond our expectations.