April 14, 2021
Leanne M. Bellegarde
Leanne hails from Treaty 4 territory in the south of Saskatchewan but grew up in the northern community of Meadow Lake. She completed her law degree at the University of Saskatchewan in 1991 and was admitted to the Law Society of Saskatchewan in 1993 after completing her articles in the Saskatoon offices of MacPherson Leslie & Tyerman.
Leanne’s professional work experience includes, the Government of Canada on the Treaty Land Entitlement Agreement, as a Solicitor with the City of Saskatoon; corporate lawyer with SaskTel in their head office in Regina; the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations; in her own successful private law practice on the Muskeg Lake First Nation Urban Reserve in Saskatoon; with the Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority as the Senior Vice President, Corporate and Legal Affairs; and, as the Director of Aboriginal Initiatives at the N. Murray Edwards School of Business (formerly the College of Commerce) at the University of Saskatchewan, setting strategic direction and leadership for First Nations and Métis students in business programs 5 years.
Leanne was seconded to PotashCorp as Consultant-Aboriginal Strategy in March 2010 and formally accepted the position as the Director, Aboriginal Strategy for PotashCorp on August 1, 2010. PotashCorp has built the world’s largest fertilizer enterprise by capacity on world-class potash resources and high-quality phosphate and nitrogen assets. As the world’s leading potash producer, PotashCorp is responsible for about 20 percent of global capacity. With operations and business interests in seven countries, PotashCorp is an international enterprise and a key player in meeting the growing challenge of feeding the world.