Mélanie Paul

Melanie Circle (1)
President, Co-President and Executive Director & Co-Founder, Inukshuk Synergy, Akua Nature & Cercle Mocassins et Talons Hauts

Mélanie Paul has over 20 years of experience in the world of business.  She holds a bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Université Laval and joined the family business in 2002 where she carried out various roles. In 2013, Mélanie studied specific business and management courses at the UQUAC before registering at the École d’Entrepreneurship de Beauce (EEB). In 2015, Mélanie was the first Indigenous graduate of the EEB.

Mélanie has a long list of business and social commitments in which she has been involved. She was Vice-President of the Société de Développement Economique Ilnu and Co-President of the Roberval Chamber of Commerce and Industry. In 2015, she accepted the role of ambassador for the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean Region as part of the Prospérité.Québec campaign launched by the Conseil du Patronat du Québec.

Mélanie was named President of the First Nations Table by the Couillard Government following the Regional Economic Summit held in 2015.

In May 2018, she won the Entrepreneur of the Year Award from the Conseil du Patronat du Quebec.

In 2019, she was appointed to a panel of experts to compile a research report and recommendations to improve the inclusion of the Indigenous workforce in companies in Québec.

In November 2020, she was recognized by Femmessor as being among 100 businesswomen in Québec who can change the world with respect to the sustainable objectives of the UN.

More recently, she has taken part in major events as a speaker and trainer, recognized for her specific knowledge and experience in the entrepreneurial development of Indigenous women, Indigenous workforce inclusion among Quebec enterprises and the creation of partnerships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people.

Proud mom of three children — Guillaume, 27, Aurélie, 21 and Mélina, 16 — Mélanie cherishes the deep values that have guided her and other First Nations individuals and wishes to transmit these values to millennials: solidarity, mutual aid, sharing, self-respect, respect for others and respect for nature.  

There is a common thread throughout the numerous activities in which Mélanie has been involved, which is to change people's perceptions. In every field in which she has worked, Mélanie has never hesitated to say that she is Indigenous as a way of demonstrating that First Nations people are represented, that they can succeed in business and are willing to work in partnership with non-Indigenous people, because being Indigenous is not a constraint, it is an IDENTITY.