Ann attended Maskwacis Cultural College and the University of Alberta. She has over 20 years of experience working with Aboriginal communities, non-profit organizations, and for-profit businesses in Alberta, Quebec and Nova Scotia. Beginning her career as real estate administrator, she soon advanced to management and corporate governance. Her business skills were called upon to help set up a Corporate Division for a prominent First Nation and followed that up by establishing a communications department. Looking for more challenges, she relocated her family to the East Coast to work with an ISO certified Indigenous non-profit focused on Aboriginal aquatic resource and oceans management. She supported the organization to meet ISO audit and reporting requirements, conduct community engagement and mentored new hires in project management.
She then was noticed by Assembly of First Nations and she helped establish the Nova Scotia-Newfoundland Regional Chief Office. Upon her return to Alberta she was employed as the Intergovernmental Coordinator and Grand Chief Liaison for Treaty 6 Confederacy. The dual role was challenging and allowed Ann to utilize her varied experience in business and politics and demonstrate her work ethic, skills and abilities to the benefit of the Treaty 6 First Nations.
Ann also operated her own consulting company from 2013 – 2107, where her many projects included business management, business planning, community engagement, collaborative initiatives, strategic planning, project management, facilitation, communications and media relations, policy analysis, policy development, as well as proposal and grant writing. She is currently the Co-Founder and President of V'Rago Solutions Inc.
Most recently Ann was pleased to be appointed Communications and Media Relations Consultant for the World Indigenous Nations Games 2017 and the National Gathering of Elders 2017.