Nicole McLaren is an accomplished Indigenous professional in the mining industry with over 16years of senior experience in geology, corporate sustainability, Indigenous Peoples relations,and economic development. Nicole brings an extensive knowledge of mining operations, industry supply chains and procurement, and business development coupled with a passion for sustainability and ESG reporting. Nicole began her career as a project geologist running uranium exploration and drilling projects in northern Saskatchewan and Nunavut before moving into senior advisory roles in sustainability and community relations with BHP Billiton and Teck Resources.
Nicole holds two bachelor’s degrees from the University of Saskatchewan in Paleobiology andArchaeology, and will receive her Masters of Business Administration in 2025 from theUniversity of Illinois’ Gies School of Business.
Nicole is also an accomplished and award-winning Indigenous entrepreneur having been awarded Startup Canada’s National Indigenous Business of the Year (2018), BC AchievementFoundation’s Indigenous Business of the Year (2020), and Pow Wow Pitch Business of the Year(2021). She was also a finalist in the Small Business BC’s Premier’s People’s Award (2021) and the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade’s Business Resilience Regional Export Plan of the Year(2020).
Nicole sits as a selection committee member on the Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia’sReconciliation Award, and she is the Founding Chair of the Indigenous Women’s BusinessNetwork, an organization that provides business support to Indigenous women business owners across Canada.
Nicole joins Falkirk in a new role as Sustainability Lead and will be assisting our clients in navigating the broad, intersectional discipline of risks related to their environmental, social and governance (ESG) practices.