Rhonda Forgues – Spirited Ways Consulting

Rhonda’s background and experience crosses a variety of different sectors including government, non-profit community-based organizations and the private sector.

Rhonda is the founder of Spirited Ways Consulting. An Indigenous (Metis) owned business that supports non-Indigenous organizations and businesses on their reconciliation journey. Rhonda also provides organizational development support including strategic, annual, program planning and related processes and systems and project management.

Most recently, Rhonda joined the Indigenous Chamber of Commerce as the General Manager, where she is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Chamber as well as the growth and sustainability of the organization. Rhonda has been diligently working on enhancing the organization’s capacity as well as it’s member offerings.

Previously, Rhonda led the City of Winnipeg’s Journey of Reconciliation in a role that spanned over 13 years. As a part of the senior management team Rhonda was responsible for leading the implementation of the Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action, the implementation of the MMIWG Calls for Justice, the Indigenous Accord, the Indigenous Youth Strategy, Welcoming Winnipeg and various projects that include Indigenizing City Hall.

Rhonda also held a role of Senior Project Officer with Aboriginal and Northern Affairs and the Intergovernmental Affairs Department with the Province of Manitoba; as well as the Aboriginal Programs Manager with SEED (Supporting Employment and Economic Development) Winnipeg and various other roles in private corporations.

Rhonda’s education includes a Masters in Municipal Leadership, Business Administration, Entrepreneurship, Credit Union board training, CANDO certification and extensive training in community development.

She also has several years of board and volunteer experience with organizations such as the Manitoba Community Services Council, Kildonan United Church, Huron Child Care Inc. and Assiniboine Credit Union.