Denis Carignan is currently President of PLATO Testing (Professional Aboriginal Testing Organization), President and CEO of Kiya Mâka Consultants Inc, and Managing Director of PLATOSask Testing Inc. All three are technology companies founded to provide leadership in addressing Canada’s technology talent shortage by creating meaningful training and careers First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Canadians.
Denis’ efforts to build Indigenous IT Careers was recently highlighted in the University of Regina’s Alumni magazine: https://www.degreesmagazine.ca/answering-the-call2/2019/06/03/.
Denis has over 20 years’ experience in executive management with the Government of Canada and has worked extensively with Indigenous communities, organizations in Western Canada and in Atlantic Canada. Denis participated in the 2015 Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference and currently serves on the conference’s board of directors as one of two Indigenous Directors. Denis holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the First Nations University in Saskatchewan and earned a bilingual English/French certification through the Government of Canada in 2007 and 2015.
Denis is a father of four and member of the Pasqua First Nation in Treaty Four (Saskatchewan).