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Sprott School of Business,

International Business,

Carleton University


Excited to teach in the Sprott School of Business MBA program. This is a really great program and I am happy to share any information.

Continuing my work helping businesses during the pandemic. Sprott school of business can help! Just get in touch with me.

I just finished a presentation to CANNEXUS Conference on Working in a Diverse World: How to Develop Cultural Diplomacy for Success.

Dr. Rodney Nelson

Faculty member at

Sprott School of Business,

International Business

Carleton University


"There are too many fun things to do in this world and so little time!"

I have had a varied and chaotic career journey so far being a musician, entrepreneur, professor, CEO, senior manager, director on boards, ethics officer, economic developer, graphic designer, pandemic expert and more. It had been an interesting journey and a lot of fun. One never knows where their career takes them so I just followed my bliss. 

I have ten years experience teaching at the University level including supervision of research projects, Masters theses and chairing PhD defenses. I was awarded the Teaching Excellence Award and have maintained consistently high teaching evaluations. I am also an experienced academic administrator. I have been privileged to hold several positions including being a members of the Senate Financial Review Committee, MBA Curriculum Redesign committee, Bachelor of International Business Task Force. I am also the past chair of Carleton’s Aboriginal Education Council, Coordinator of the Aboriginal Enriched Support Program, member of the Carleton University Institute on the Ethics of Research with Indigenous Peoples, Advisory board for the Centre of Indigenous Research Culture and Education.

I have over 30 years of experience in both public and private sectors with experience working with senior officials including Ministers, CEO's and corporate directors of Crown Corporations in areas of governance, ethics, policy and sustainability.

Excellent ability to lead and conduct research. This includes extensive personal experience conducting interviews and collecting oral histories in Canada and internationally. I have overseen several multi-million dollar research budgets and grants over my career.

I pride myself in being an expert in cross-cultural and inter-cultural communications and enjoy working with NGO’s, Governments, Indigenous communities and corporations worldwide. I have extensive international travel experience and enjoyed many cultural exchanges in over 40 countries. I have spent extended periods or lived in Canada, Unites States, Thailand and France.

I have a passion for board governance and I have excellent experience as a board member, chair, as well as working on executive, audit, governance and nominating committees.


Current Work Experience

Past Board Experience 

Past Work Experience


Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Carleton University/ Trent University, Department of Indigenous and Canadian Studies

An interdisciplinary approach combining, Indigenous governance and business


Chartered Director (C.Dir.)

McMaster University; DeGroote School of Business, The Directors College

Certificate for director education required to be an effective board and committee member.


Master of Arts (MA) in Anthropology

Carleton University; specialized in Cultural and Medical Anthropology


Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Sociology/Anthropology

Carleton University; specialized in cultural and Medical Anthropology


Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Psychology

Carleton University; specialized in Clinical and Social Psychology


Professional Aboriginal Economic Development Certificate (PAED)

Council for the Advancement of Native Development Officers


Certified Aboriginal Professional Administrator (CAPA)

Aboriginal Financial Officers Association



I have been affiliated with Carleton University for over 30 years and proud of it

I have a love for  teaching and working with communities and people from around the world

Board governance is a passion of mine and every board is unique

My Resume