My name is Chipewyan “Chip” McCrimmon (nunï) and I am a Treaty 8 member of Deninu K’ue First Nation in the Northwest Territories. I was born in Toronto, raised throughout Saskatchewan, and went to Bloomington, Indiana (USA) to play high school lacrosse. I then moved to St. Catharines, Ontario where I completed my bachelor’s degree in political science and played for the Men’s Lacrosse team at Brock University.
I have recently moved to Halifax, Nova Scotia after completing the Masters of Management, Innovation & Entrepreneurship program from the Smith School of Business at Queen’s. In the program, I co-founded HeroHub which is a charitable ecosystem that creates a greater social impact by connecting individuals to charities, non-profits, and their opportunities. My mission & vision with HeroHub is to disrupt and innovate the non-profit industry by providing everyone with the tools to help make a difference in their local communities and across the World.
This past September, I completed NEXT Canada’s NEXT 36 program – which is comprised of the 36 most promising entrepreneurial undergraduate & graduate students, as well as recent grads from across Canada; who they believe have what it takes to build Canada’s next narwal (Narwhal – billion-dollar Canadian company ex. Shopify). As apart of the program I have since co-founded FALC0N-X which is a CleanTech startup that helps local landfills reduce pollution by providing an add-on technology that captures, separates, and purifies their greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs). With this waste gas we then produce renewable natural gas, renewable ethanol, and carbon offset credits that can be sold to major emitters of greenhouse gases to counteract their impact on the environment.
In my free time, I am a Semi-Professional Artist that specifically works with wood as my medium for wood-burning. I am proud to be self-taught and have made great strides since formally committing to this in 2016. In 2019, I was commissioned by the City of Kingston to create the physical awards for the Mayor’s Arts Awards, and I have since been commissioned to do the 2020 awards as well. Feel free to check out my work at www.intricateburns.com
Although I have recently completed a bachelor’s & master’s degree – my traditional teachings have come from hunting, fishing, and trapping in the bush of Northern Saskatchewan where I was also influenced by Woodland Cree culture as well. I am very proud of my Indigenous heritage and I strive to be a great representative of my family and my people.