Mary Simon, OC, OQ
For more than 40 years, Mary Simon has been an advocate for Inuit rights and culture in Canada and abroad. She has represented the Inuit to the Government of Canada and the United Nations, and has served in diverse roles throughout her career, including Canadian Ambassador for Circumpolar Affairs and Canadian Ambassador to Denmark.
Mary has provided leadership in multiple organizations, serving as President at the Makivik Corporation, the Inuit Circumpolar Council and Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK), and as chairperson at the Arctic Children and Youth Foundation and the National Committee on Inuit Education.
Among many other distinctions, Mary is an Officer of the Order of Canada and the National Order of Quebec and a recipient of the Governor General’s Northern Medal, the Gold Order of Greenland, the National Aboriginal Achievement Award, the Gold Order of the Canadian Geographical Society and the Symons Medal. She has been inducted into the International Women’s Forum Hall of Fame, and she is a Fellow of the Arctic Institute of North America and of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society.