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Keegan Leahy, Director

Keegan Leahy, Director

Founder 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 is committed to partnering with Indigenous workers to empower their communities to become self-sufficient in training programs, clean energy transition projects, and employment opportunities to combat environmental racism. It falls to all of us to continue the work of healing and reconciliation in our communities and our organizations. Our relationship with the land and the people who live here shapes who we are. It is in the spirit of reconciliation and honouring the past that we recognize treaties and agreements wherever they are and wherever we work.

We also acknowledge all peoples who live, work, and play on this land, and who honour and celebrate this territory.
As individuals and teams we may make mistakes along the way, but we are dedicated to growth, openness, compassion, and forgiveness. These principles in our work are essential to building successful and healthy relationships with individuals, communities, organizations, and governments.

We look forward to building a path to lead us to a better relationship with Indigenous nations and the environment around us based on peace, friendship, and respect.