Jessie Sutherland

An international speaker, trainer, and consultant, Jessie Sutherland works with organizations and communities to encourage diversity, build belonging and ignite intercultural collaboration. Her approach creates sustainable community change that effectively addresses complex social problems. Jessie’s work has been delivered in over eight languages and has taken her across Canada and around the world to support communities in their efforts to address challenging issues including poverty, homelessness, the overdose crisis, elder abuse, reconciliation, youth engagement and more. Many of her clients go on to win awards for their work in engaging diversity and fostering collaboration for sustainable and lasting change.

As founder of the organization Intercultural Strategies, Jessie helps leaders and groups build cultures of belonging to create change in an inclusive and positive way. She is the innovator of the award-winning Belonging Matters Conversations series and capacity-building framework designed to change mindsets, deepen interconnections, impart greater social capital and build stronger communities. Jessie is a TEDx speaker and author of the book, Worldview Skills: Transforming Conflict from the Inside Out.


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The BC Achievement Community Award models what we all can be doing more of - celebrating and recognizing the talents and contributions of people in our own communities who are doing incredible work.