Nicole Baker – COMING SOON
Indigenous Business Relations at Bird Construction
Nicole Baker is a nêhiyaw iskwew (Cree woman) from Red Pheasant Cree Nation and works as the Indigenous Business Relations Coordinator with BIRD Construction. Her role is to support Indigenous community engagement focused on economic development, employment, and infrastructure projects. Over the past ten years, she has helped in building Indigenous relations among governments, communities and Industry.
Nicole has worked with Indigenous communities, in various capacities including program development, and project implementation. Her career has focused mainly on Indigenous training and employment initiatives that support capacity building and educational attainment. Nicole has previously worked at the University of Alberta, the Government of Alberta and Tribal Chiefs Employment and Training Services Association. She has also co-facilitated Indigenous Awareness training with the Alberta Public Service Commission.
Nicole is also on the Board of Directors for the Creating Hope Society of Alberta to support Indigenous people impacted by the Child Welfare system, through healing, support, reconciliation, and community connectedness. She is most excited when she gets to work collaboratively with stakeholders, Indigenous groups and youth.
Work and impact
How is sustainability/social impact integrated in your work?
What are your past and current areas of focus in a few words?
How did you enter this space?
Did you always want to work in the impact space?
What are you most excited about that has been happening in your industry/field for the past few years?
Are there any misconceptions about your profession or industry?
Life and aspirations
What does a typical workday look like for you? What’s your work-life balance like?
What parts of your job do you find most challenging?
What’s next for you, what are your long-term goals (if you have any)?
Advice for the next generations
What are 3 key skills required in your position?
Whether it’s from your own path or the ones from your colleagues and friends who have a similar profession, how important is it to have a specific degree to be able to work in your industry/profession?
What are some personal characteristics that you value in someone you’re interviewing/working with?
Knowing what you know now, would you have done something differently with respect to your career? If not, why and what is your best life or career advice for youth?