Kerry Black

Personal Statement:

“It’s an honour and privilege to serve on the Board of the OFNTSC. I am humbled at the opportunity to share my engineering experience and dedication to advancing reconciliation, working collectively towards building strong and sustainable Indigenous Nations.”


Over the course of her career, Kerry has gained invaluable experience and exposure to infrastructure issues in First Nations across Canada. Kerry's experience has allowed her to gain recognition, both nationally and internationally, as a skilled researcher, passionate teacher, and proficient communicator. She is passionate about empowering and bettering the lives of others, most notably in Indigenous communities.

Kerry is an inter-disciplinary engineer and has an extensive understanding of First Nations culture and history, as well as political structures, regulatory regimes, technical protocols, and a strong understanding of the urgent and emerging issues facing First Nations. She has also established a successful consulting company, offering strategic technical and policy advice to Indigenous organizations and clients across Canada. 

She is also an Assistant Professor and Canada Research Chair focused on working with and for Indigenous Communities on infrastructure-related issues, fostering community-based solutions and utilizing decolonized methodologies. Her work over the past twelve years has resulted in successful partnerships with the private sector, public sector, and non-Governmental organizations, in particular Indigenous organizations. Her experience across Canada and presence at national and international conferences has given her a breadth of knowledge and a large network of colleagues and peers.
Kerry has spent much of her personal and professional time working as a volunteer on increasing diversity in science and engineering, sustainability initiatives and programs, and community development.