Keegan Leahy, Director

Keegan LeahyFounder of the Turtle Island Foundation

Keegan is a seasoned financial professional with over twenty-five (25) years of experience in the business community, specializing in aboriginal and project finance, facilitating the economies for indigenous communities, businesses, and entrepreneurs alike.

A member of the Naotkamegwanning First Nation in Northwestern Ontario and a combat veteran of the United States Air Force. He holds two master’s degrees in business; with a Global MBA and a MSc in Disruptive Innovation from Hult International Business School and is also an accomplished pilot.

His work has him travelling around the world in support of developing countries and indigenous groups’ economies through the building of sustainable communities’ and renewable energy projects. Currently consulting the nations in Cambodia, Samoa and Canada on their energy transitions, his passion for the planet and its inhabitants has always been a priority. Service to others and his community has always been a core value, as such in 2011, he founded the Turtle Island Foundation, a non-profit focused on economic reconciliation and the betterment of indigenous citizens throughout Canada and the world.

When Keegan isn’t travelling, he resides at home on Lake of the Woods, Ontario. He enjoys activities such as boating, flying and hiking - successfully summiting Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania in early 2021. He then fills any remaining free time with one of the handful of volunteer organizations he serves.

Iron & Earth was founded and operates on Indigenous land within Treaty Six Territory and Métis Region 4 in amiskwaciy-wâskahikan (in Nehiyawewin/Cree), so-called Edmonton. The home of many Indigenous Peoples including the Nehiyawak/Cree, Tsuut’ina, Niitsitapi/Blackfoot, Métis, Nakota Sioux, Haudenosaunee/Iroquois, Dene Suliné, Anishinaabe/Ojibway/Saulteaux, and the Inuk/Inuit.

We pay our respects to all Indigenous Peoples of this land. Through their spiritual and practical relationships with the land, a rich heritage for our learning and our life as a community has been created and maintained. We recognize that the transition to a low-carbon future must be led by Indigenous Peoples and that there will be no justice unless we acknowledge and repair our relationship with the land.

We are committed to responding to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Calls to Action and upholding the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and acknowledge that we are always learning and unlearning practices that minimize harm and lead to the development of trust between us and Indigenous Peoples across Nations and urban centers.