Sean Willy: The Relationship Coach
After a 20-year career in the resource industry – growing from an underground and mill labourer to a Human Resources manager to a global Corporate Responsibility and Indigenous engagement leader – Sean knows the literal and figurative roads that lead to stronger ties between corporations, communities, Indigenous and non-Indigenous partners.
“It’s really about listening,” he says. “You need to spend time with people, get to know what’s important to them, and build a shared value relationship.
With roots in the Denesuline and Métis communities, Sean has an understanding of the expectations and needs of Indigenous people. Growing up in a mining household, he experienced life in communities across the Canadian Shield – from the Northwest Territories to Nunavut to Alberta to Saskatchewan.
Now he’s helping those communities – and the corporations who partner with people in the north – build a better future.
In his role as Director, Corporate Responsibility at Cameco, Sean developed the strategies and led all negotiations which saw Cameco build upon its successful track record with Indigenous peoples. This led to Sean building partnerships in Australia, the United States, and throughout Canada.
Sean’s greatest career achievement was signing five community-based agreements in Australia and in northern Saskatchewan and completing the most unique legacy trust fund in Canada, the Six River Trust.
He brings a depth of knowledge in Indigenous engagement and inclusion, human resources, communications and government relations – and now he is using that experience to help companies and communities create a more prosperous shared future.
Sean also serves as co-chair of the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business, chair of the highly successful training partnership Northern Career Quest, a director of the Aboriginal Human Resource Council, and a past chair and now member of the Aboriginal Affairs committee of Mining Association of Canada