Cheryl Cardinal graduated from the University of British Columbia, earning a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in Political Science and History. She is an entrepreneur who has focused on fostering mutually beneficial relationships with Indigenous Communities and the energy and mining sectors. Currently the president and CEO of the Indigenous Center of Energy (ICE), Cheryl continues to cooperatively work with Indigenous representatives from the United States, Australia, New Zealand and Canada, focusing on specific key risk areas, including climate change, sustainability, renewable energy, mining, international trade, and oil and gas.
In 2015, Cheryl was recognised for her work with the Indigenous peoples by the United States Department of State. Through the International Visitor Leadership program, Cheryl travelled to 5 cities in three weeks, meeting with progressive Native American Tribes and emerging leaders in the US. She is the Managing Director of the Aboriginal Youth Business Leadership Foundation and is a member of the Indigenous Advisory Committee for the Alberta Women in Science Network’s Power to Choose program.
Cheryl Cardinal is Cree/Coast Salish and is a member of the Sucker Creek Cree Nation in Alberta, with family ties to Tsartlip and Snuneymuxw First Nations in British Columbia.