Director of Finance
Jessica Barry is a nêhiyaw-iskwew from Chakastaypasin Band, located in Treaty 6 territory and has been employed with Cando since 2009. Jessica’s is a recent graduate from the University of Alberta, with a Bachelor of Arts in Native Studies with a minor in Women’s and Gender Studies and a Aboriginal Governance and Partnership Certificate. She also recent attained her Technician Aboriginal Economic Developer Certificate. Furthermore, Jessica holds an Accounting Diploma (2009) and a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree (2013) through NAIT. Education has always been an important part of her
Her career path started in 2008, when she was accepted for a position at the Canadian Native Friendship Centre as an Aboriginal Liaison, this position allowed her to work with Indigenous youth and enhance their job placement in the work field. At this time, she felt that it was important to work towards empowering youth and continue to work within the Indigenous community. This valuable experience has opened many doors for her and she had the opportunity to continue to work with youth at Cando, facilitating the Aboriginal Business Dream Catcher Program geared towards Aboriginal youth and
Over the past 9 years, Jessica has held positions with Cando such as the National Conference Coordinator and Finance Assistant and eventually into the Director of Finance role. Her responsibilities include administration of the full accounting cycle for both Cando and NIEEF’s financial affairs; also assisting with the delivery of Cando workshops and conferences across Canada.
Telephone: 780.990.0303 ext. 232