The Ignite Team



Firecircle Ignite Mentor

Patti Balsillie

BA, ICD.D, Management Consultant


Patti joined our Firecircle team in January 2023 and brings with her over twenty-five years’ experience working with and serving the North, the tourism industry, First Nations and non-profit communities. She is a passionate strategist, facilitator, builder of capacity, a community mentor and advocate of women in leadership and business.

For the past thirteen years Patti has worked tirelessly to support innovation that builds capacity throughout Northern Canada. She is recognized nationally and internationally for her expertise in the development of sustainable rural and remote tourism initiatives and her commitment to good governance – great outcomes.

Patti has successfully worked with Federal, Territorial and First Nations governments, private sector and non-profit organizations in the areas of business planning and innovation, governance, project management, strategic planning, and stakeholder engagement. Patti recently completed a five year term as a Director with Destination Canada and has over two decades of work with Yukon and national Boards, committees and Trusts.

Patti holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Saint Mary’s University, is a Certified Association Executive and is a Certified Corporate Governor with the Institute of Corporate Directors, completed her professional designation as Corporate Director and recently completed an on-line certificate program from MIT Sloan in Design Thinking.

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