Denise is Coast Salish from Cowichan Tribes on Vancouver Island and is the Executive Director of First Nations Technology Council. She is an advocate for social justice and has spent her career seeking out opportunities to play a role in the advancement of Indigenous sovereignty. She is known for her early involvement and leadership in new and innovative initiatives addressing reconciliation and economic development leveraging technology and within the technology space. For the past ten years Denise has worked under the mandate of First Nations communities and leadership in British Columbia to address specific capacity building efforts in education and technology. She has worked federally, provincially and locally with a genuine approach to collaboration and partnership development that builds strong networks capable of moving critical initiatives to the forefront. Denise has an MBA from Simon Fraser University and specializes in social enterprise business development. Denise volunteers locally on the downtown eastside as President of the Urban Native Youth Association and as a member of the Board of Directors for the Minerva Foundation.