Our Vision

Grounded in collective action and knowledge, the Reconciliation and Responsible Investment Initiative (RRII) supports investment decision-makers in aligning their financial assets with Indigenous and community values.

Guided by Indigenous investors and Indigenous-led organizations, RRII mobilizes both non-Indigenous and Indigenous institutional investors to use their voices and capital to promote positive economic outcomes for Indigenous peoples. These outcomes include improved Indigenous employment, support for Indigenous entrepreneurs, increased partnerships with Indigenous communities, and respect for Indigenous rights and title.

Our work ensures Indigenous rights, values and aspirations are reflected and upheld in investment policies and practices, including in relationships with advisors and asset managers.

Call to Action 92: Business and Reconciliation

Our approach is grounded in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Principles of Reconciliation and Call to Action 92, which states:

We call upon the corporate sector in Canada to adopt the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples as a reconciliation framework and to apply its principles, norms, and standards to corporate policy and core operational activities involving Indigenous peoples and their lands and resources.

Our Team

Our team brings together subject matter and lived experience experts, passionate about progressing reconciliation around the world.

Mark Sevestre



In 2006, Mark became one of three founding members of the National Aboriginal Trust Officers Association. Serving in several roles, including Board Member, Committee Chairman and President, Mark is currently serving as Founding Member and Senior Advisor to NATOA. NATOA is a Charitable organization, dedicated to providing knowledge and capacity building on trust funds and investment for Indigenous communities. Mark is leading the Reconciliation and Responsible Investment Initiative in partnership with Share Canada which is linking Indigenous Values to Indigenous Investing as well as helping Non-Indigenous Investors utilize their portfolios to achieve the goals of Reconciliation in Canada. Mark is an Advisory Board Member of First Peoples Worldwide at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Mark also currently serves as the General Manager of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation Community Trust since 1999. Mark has served as a Branch/Financial Services Manager with the Bank of Montreal opening a branch within the Onyota’aka (Oneida) First Nation near London, Ontario. Mark is a graduate of Mount Allison University (1991) and began his working career within the Federal Government.

Mark is Mohawk and resides in the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory. Mark volunteers his time coaching as an Assistant Coach with the McKinnon Park Secondary School Blue Devil Football team in Caledonia, Ontario.

Shannon Rohan

Chief Strategy Officer, SHARE

Shannon has over 20 years of experience in responsible investment, cooperative development and sustainability with experience working in Canada, South Africa and Latin America. Shannon has helped build SHARE’s investor network to include foundations, Indigenous trusts, universities, pension funds and faith-based investors with over $90 billion in assets under management.

Shannon advises asset owner boards in their implementation of responsible investment policies and practices and oversees strategic projects for SHARE. She on the board of the First Peoples’ Cultural Foundation and the proxy voting service provider GIR.

She has a Master of Arts degree in International Affairs from the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Simon Fraser University.

Joseph Bastien



Joseph is Anishinaabe (Ojibway) from Wiikwemkoong Unceded Territory, and has over 15 years of experience working with Indigenous communities and organizations across Canada and internationally, including the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO), the British Columbia Ministry of Energy and Mines, the Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres (OFIFC), the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB), and the Organization of Canadian Nuclear Industries (OCNI). Joseph has also advised municipal, provincial, federal, and foreign governments on stakeholder relations, and economic development strategies.

Joseph has a Bachelor of Social Science in Political Science and Aboriginal Studies from the University of Toronto, and a Master of Art in Political Science from Western University (M.A., Political Science).


Gabriela Ruiz



Gabriela provides the Responsible Investment Leadership program with research, analytical, and administrative support in initiatives related to reconciliation, housing affordability, racial justice and equity, and decent work.

Before joining SHARE in 2021, Gabriela held a Project Research Analyst position at the Economic and Social Research Consortium (CIES) in Lima, Peru, where she promoted dialogue between academia, government, the private sector, and civil society to make meaningful changes in public policies.

Gabriela holds a Master of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of British Columbia. At UBC, she conducted research on the state’s role in the emergence of Indigenous social movements in their fight over the environmental impacts of oil extraction in the Peruvian Amazon. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Government from the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú.

Riya Sirkhell

Program Officer, Reconciliation and Racial Equity, SHARE

Riya works in the Reconciliation and Racial Equity programs in the Responsible Investment team at SHARE. She has over 5 years of experience in policy advocacy, research, project management and communications in international development across Canada, India, Australia, and Nepal. She has undertaken various research and advocacy projects on intersectional issues including diversity, equity & inclusion, modern slavery, child rights, sustainability, gender equality, public health and education.

Her prior professional experience includes working with consulting firms, First Nations communities, non-profits, UN agencies and academic institutes in diverse capacities. Most recently, she led programs on racial justice for immigrants and newcomers in British Columbia and been the communications associate for a Stó:lō Nation. Riya was a researcher in a major study analyzing trends in corporate leadership post social justice movements such as BLM and #MeToo in North America.

She is passionate about building synergies between public policy and inclusive development. Being a first-generation South Asian immigrant, she is interested in advancing the voices of women of colour in professional, educational, and social contexts.

Riya holds a Masters in Public Policy and Global Affairs from the University of British Columbia and a Bachelor’s in Political Science from the University of Delhi, India.

Our Partners

The Reconciliation and Responsible Investment Initiative is a partnership between the National Aboriginal Trust Officers Association (NATOA) and the Shareholder Association for Research and Education (SHARE).