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Assistant Professor, Indigenous Business, Simon Fraser University

Dr Dara Kelly is from the Leq’á:mel First Nation, part of the Stó:lō Coast Salish. She is an Assistant Professor of Indigenous Business at the Beedie School of Business, SFU. She teaches in the Executive MBA in Indigenous Business and Leadership program, and on Indigenous business environments within full-time and part-time MBA programs. She conducts research using research methodology emerging from Coast Salish philosophy, protocols and worldview. Dr Kelly’s research helps fill in gaps in the literature on the economic concepts and practices of the Coast Salish and other Indigenous nations. She has presented in numerous conferences and public spaces in an effort to challenge conventional economical practices and inform positive change by drawing on knowledge of Indigenous economics. She is Co-Chair of the Indigenous Caucus at the Academy of Management and serves on the board of the Association for Economic Research of Indigenous Peoples.


  • 2018–present
    Assistant Professor, Indigenous Business, Simon Fraser University


  • 2017 
    The University of Auckland, Doctorate of Philosophy

Professional Memberships

  • Academy of Management Indigenous caucus