Jennifer Moore Rattray is Chief Operating Officer at Southern Chiefs’ Organization, advising on issues and initiatives from Nation building to health transformation. Prior to that, she was Executive Director of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, which delivered a final report and 231 Calls for Justice to the Prime Minister and representatives from each province and territory in June of 2019. Before that, Jennifer was an Assistant Deputy Minister in the Department of Families with the Province of Manitoba, responsible for $860 million annually, 160 staff and policy, programs and services that support some of Manitoba’s most vulnerable. Before becoming a public servant, Jennifer spent a decade at the University of Winnipeg becoming its first Associate Vice-President, Indigenous, Government and Community Affairs. Believing access to education can create a more equitable Canada, she identified and implemented ways to break down barriers and promote access to post-secondary education. In 2012, Jennifer became a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for contributions to education and community.
Prior to her career in public service, Jennifer spent 15 years as an award-winning journalist working for CBC, CTV and others, as well as launching WTN as one of its first network hosts. A proud member of Peepeekisis Cree Nation with roots in Northern Manitoba, she is one of the first Indigenous women to anchor the television news in Canada.
Jennifer holds a joint Master of Public Administration degree with distinction from the University of Winnipeg and the University of Manitoba with a specialization in business and government relations from the Asper School of Business. She is a graduate of the Executive Program at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto.
In addition to Canadian Feed the Children Jennifer sits as a director on the boards of CBC/Radio-Canada and the Manitoba Museum Foundation as well as the Conference Board of Canada’s Indigenous Peoples Roundtable on Skills and PSE. She has volunteered in the community for many years on boards and councils and is active as a speaker, emcee, and moderator.