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Amber Boyd, BSc., EPC, RPR

Executive Director

Amber holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology, a Human Resource Management Certificate and a Creative Writing Certificate from the University of Calgary. She is a Registered Professional Recruiter, and before joining the VJKF team was responsible for finding Indigenous talent for Indigenous-led organizations across Canada.

She brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the Verna J. Kirkness Foundation, having worked in finance, human resources, marketing, event planning, business development, and fundraising. Her previous employers include Fidelity Investments, RBC Dominion Securities, and Spirit Omega. Amber has been a corporate trainer for over 18 years and has previously worked as the Executive Director ofUps and Downs — the Calgary Down Syndrome Association. She is a proud citizen of the M├ętis Nation of Alberta, a published author, and is passionate about working with Indigenous Peoples in Canada.

Morgan Laboucan, BA.

Program Coordinator

For over 5 years, Morgan has continued to be a noteworthy presence for the Verna J. Kirkness Education Foundation. Morgan attended and graduated the VJKF Program as a student in 2016 and worked as a summer student for the Foundation in following years as she was completing her studies at the University of Calgary. In 2018 Morgan joined the Board of Directors for a three year term in hopes of bringing a young, Indigenous, female voice to aid in the mission of the Verna J. Kirkness Education Foundation. Having completed her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Philosophy in 2021, Morgan was hired as the Foundation’s Program Coordinator in January 2022. 

Having been an on-site coordinator in previous years, Morgan brings a substantial set of skills, knowledge, and familiarity pertinent to the role as Program Coordinator. Morgan is eager and excited to be back working with our students, learning their stories, and encouraging others to learn about and give back to community.  

Morgan is a proud member of the Driftpile Cree Nation and is passionate about working with Indigenous Peoples in Canada.


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To increase the number of Indigenous students graduating from pure and applied science, engineering, and mathematics programs in Canada. Charity Registration #822843629 RR 0001

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