Meet our Indigenous Services team
Our team of Indigenous small business experts are here to provide you with the best resources available to you to make your startup successful. We’re a small but mighty team that has a passion for small business and we’re proud to be part of your entrepreneurial journey and see your business idea come to life!
Team Lead, Business Strategist
Home base: Blood Tribe, Treaty 7 Territory
Norma Jean Wolf Child has over 10 years experience assisting and guiding entrepreneurs in all stages of entrepreneurship and is excited to join Business Link to continue to serve indigenous entrepreneurs in Southern Alberta. Norma is a member of the Blood Tribe, which is part of the Treaty 7 territory and Blackfoot Confederacy. Norma Jean is a very enthusiastic individual and enjoys life’s adventures. Part of her spare time is spent on her Blackfoot Hills Honey and Crafts business, gardening, beekeeping, keeping chickens and now goats. She mostly enjoys spending time with her husband and three children as well as her mom, siblings, nieces, nephews, family and friends who are dear to her.
Robyn Soulier-Ritchot is a First Nations Oji-Cree Women from Treaty 1 Territory – Winnipeg, MB. Her band is Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation. Now residing on Treaty 7 Territory – Mohkinstsis (Calgary, AB). She comes to Business Link with an academic background in Indigenous Social Entrepreneurship and Health and Humans Services Management. She is also the creator and founder of Eagle Medicine.
Robyn is innovative, driven, and passionate about working in the community, and she believe helping entrepreneurs serves a bigger purpose than herself. She possesses a wealth of knowledge and understanding of Indigenous ways of knowing. She wants to create a space for people to feel welcomed and appreciated for their ideas and experiences. Her main focus is economic development for social good and uplifting entrepreneurs to strive and flourish within their business model.
Specialized Services Support Officer
Kolby is a business support officer who has a passion for helping other entrepreneurs achieve their own business goals. While completing his Bachelor of Business Degree in Kamloops, Kolby launched his first crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter.com which was successfully backed by over 100 people from 8 different countries. Since then, Kolby has continued to apply his interest in business. From creating multiple online stores, to working on his own fitness programs to sell online, Kolby constantly embraces an entrepreneurial spirit.
When Kolby is not working on business, you will probably find him hiking somewhere in the Rocky Mountains. He also enjoys mountain biking, snowboarding, and being outdoors.
We are here for the Indigenous community’s small businesses.
We can provide:
- Free small business training delivered in your community or to your Indigenous organization. (minimum of 5 participants)
- Presence at your tradeshows, job fairs, and other entrepreneurial-focused events
- Complimentary mail-outs of our small business guidebooks