Chastity Davis

Forty under 40 winner 2017: Owner and consultant, Chastity Davis Consulting, Age 33

As owner of a West Vancouver-based social enterprise, Chastity Davis is focused on reciprocity, advocacy and building bridges between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people.

Having founded Chastity Davis Consulting six years ago, Davis is a sought-after consultant and public speaker. She has extensive knowledge of First Nations rights and title, and Canadian First Nations law, socio-economic and environmental issues. Davis has worked with more than 125 Indigenous communities and top companies in Canada and the U.S.

Davis leads and manages federal and provincial environmental assessment regulatory processes for capital projects on behalf of corporations in First Nations communities. She has also helped several organizations understand the Truth and Reconciliation Commission report and its 94 calls to action.

The social entrepreneur attributes her success to her approach to life. As a woman of Aboriginal and European descent, Davis strives to incorporate her First Nations culture, traditions and values into her modern-day life.

“I am committed to being a change agent in both my personal and professional life,” she said.

Davis spends about half of her time in advocacy work. On the Minerva Foundation for BC Women’s board of directors since 2007, Davis has also chaired the provincial Minister’s Advisory Council on Aboriginal Women since 2015 and has been a member of that council since its inception in 2011. She co-founded the Professional Aboriginal Women’s Network and co-created the Uplifting Indigenous Families Fund, in partnership with the Vancity Community Foundation, to support Indigenous families of missing and murdered women and girls in Canada.

Davis strives to raise awareness about the importance of investing in the health and wellness of Indigenous women.

“I believe the single most urgent, and silent, issue facing Canada is the violence that Indigenous women face every day,” she said. “If adequate investment was made in the health, wellness and safety of Indigenous women in every province, territory and community, we would see an enormous and groundbreaking shift in all areas of this country.”

Birthplace: Comox

Where you live now: Vancouver

Highest level of education: Master of arts in intercultural and international communication, Royal Roads University

Currently reading: Looptail: How One Company Changed the World by Reinventing Business by Bruce Poon Tip

Currently listening to: Trust in the Heart, Krishna Das

When you were a kid, what you wanted to be when you grew up: Prime minister of Canada

Profession you would most like to try: Host of an international travel television or Netflix show

Toughest business or professional decision: The business and professional decisions that have been most difficult for me have been the ones that involve saying no to what wasn’t 100% in alignment with my life’s purpose. Sometimes there have been lots of good reasons to say yes to business and personal opportunities that appear to have lots of benefits but aren’t in total alignment with my life mission

Advice you would give the younger you: Take time to connect and listen to your heart. It will never lead you astray

What’s left to do: Expand my current business to have further reach and impact, continue to advocate for optimal health and wellness for Indigenous women, visit the remaining two continents that I haven’t yet visited (and lots of places in between), write a book on heart-centred leadership and become a mother

Join us to celebrate the 2017 Forty under 40 Awards on January 23, 2018, at the Vancouver Convention Centre. For tickets and event info visit http://www.biv.com/events/40under40 

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