Sheila O’Neill

Sheila, Coordinator of Indigenous Research and Training at AES Inc., is a member of Qalipu Mi’Kmaq First Nation and has a strong background in communications, community engagement, post-secondary instruction, program development, and recruitment.

Throughout her extensive career as an educator, Sheila has worked as a Communications Instructor with College of the North Atlantic (CNA) in both Newfoundland and Labrador, and at CNA’s campus in Doha, Qatar, in the Middle East. While at CNA, she also worked with the Program Development Office and the Dean of Academics and Applied Arts in the successful development and implementation of two new post-secondary programs.

As a founding member and past President of the Newfoundland Aboriginal Women’s Network, Sheila had a role in securing over $1.2 million in federal and provincial funding. As part of this role, she was called to appear as a witness before a Standing Committee on Violence Against Aboriginal Women.

As Coordinator of Aboriginal Student Success at Memorial University, Sheila used her solid background in Indigenous issues, post-secondary education, and student recruitment to support initiatives to improve the retention and graduation rates of Aboriginal students through coordination, development, and implementation of programming that fostered Aboriginal student success, as well as culturally relevant support services.

Sheila has five years of experience working as a Communications Specialist with Canada’s Model Forest Program and has ten years of experience as Coordinator of a federally funded employment preparation program.

She was co-principal investigator of a research paper on Grassroots Empowerment of Aboriginal women and is currently co-authoring a book on William Cormack’s journey across Newfoundland in 1822.

Sheila’s strengths lie in education, relationship building, and public speaking.


Bachelor of Education Memorial University (1984)

Bachelor of Arts (English) Memorial University (1983)