Darren Harper is the Co-Founder and President of Maawandoon Inc. and a leading specialist in National Indigenous & Community Engagement. His expertise help bring certainty to proposed resource development and energy projects across Canada, through facilitating meaningful relationships between business’ and Indigenous communities. This includes discussions concerning Improving the Duty to Consult and Process of Business’ Role in Reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples.
Darren has over ten years of experience producing and implementing stakeholder engagement strategies for complex projects. He is currently leading high-level advisory, consulting and engagement services to TransCanada Pipelines Ltd. Darren has also worked with resource sector companies in mining, hydro & transmission, oil & gas pipelines and energy companies throughout.
He has promoted informed decision-making and financial sustainability throughout his comprehensive career, including the restructuring of several organizations to align with these principles. Darren has similarly participated in discussion with various Indigenous Peoples from around the world, such as the Philippines, Indonesia and the Aboriginal Peoples of Australia.
Darren benefits from a deep family history in politics, working within sectors of Provincial, Federal and Indigenous governments. He is currently affiliated with the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs and attends the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII). Darren has great respect and admiration for his late uncle, Elijah Harper, whom Darren and Elijah had a close personal and business relationship. Darren is currently working towards his designation as a Certified Management Consultant.”