LEAD Fall 2020

Racism and Social Justice

Denley McIntosh & Cheryl Bear

Morning Session:  Denley McIntosh

Afternoon Session:  Cheryl Bear

Denley McIntosh

As the CEO of Unlimited Mileage Group Inc.—an organization that focuses on helping organizations improve both their business and culture—Denley’s goal is to provide leadership that engages and empowers staff, leverage his experience in cultural transformation, and share best practices within the HR community known today as People Development. He helps organizations including ministries to envision creating safe spaces for staff and management who see the value of diversity, inclusion and equity; and practicing those values themselves as a high-performing, inclusive and anti-racist organization.

For over 15 years, Denley has drawn upon his various experiences as a pastor, executive coach, public servant, project manager, engineer, social scientist, theologian, and community leader to relate to various stakeholder groups and deliver on their needs. Denley currently acts in the role of Inclusion and Understanding Advisor for The Meeting House.

Cheryl Bear

Cheryl Bear, from Nadleh Whut’en First Nation, is well known as an important and respected voice on behalf of Canada’s Indigenous peoples, a speaker and teacher who has traveled to over 600 Indigenous communities in Canada and the United States sharing her songs and stories. She also visits non-Native communities (schools, government, churches and businesses) holding workshops to raise awareness and understanding of Indigenous issues.

Cheryl is a founding board member of NAIITS, an Indigenous learning community. She is also an Associate Professor at Regent College in Vancouver, BC. Cheryl has an earned Doctorate from The King’s University in Los Angeles, and Master of Divinity degree from Regent College. Her doctoral work presents an approach to First Nations ministry from the foundations of Indigenous worldview and values. She believes that leaders who are more fully informed about Indigenous worldview, culture and values will see a dramatic increase in their effectiveness in ministering to Indigenous people in North America as well as the practical missiological and theological principles explored can be implemented in any cross-cultural ministry context.

Learn more about her work at cherylbear.com.