Denis Carignan


PLATO Testing Group of Companies

Since 2016, Denis has been at the forefront of creating information technology employment and career opportunities for Indigenous Canadians across Canada. Over the past 4 years, PLATO Testing has trained and employed over 100 Indigenous Canadians in New Brunswick, Ontario, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia. The company now has trained Indigenous Testing Resources working in their 5 th year as IT professionals for business and government clients across North America. Denis’ work with PLATO Testing is under a bilateral arrangement organized under Interchange Canada.

Substantively, Denis is a federal public servant and has worked in Indigenous programming for over 20 years on the Prairies and in Atlantic Canada. A member of the Pasqua First Nation in Saskatchewan, Denis has brought an Indigenous perspective and worldview to the leadership team of a national group of IT services companies. PLATO Testing has won numerous national and regional business start-up and social enterprise awards since its creation in 2016.


What can I do? Authentic leadership to create inclusive spaces for BlPOCQ.

06/11/2020 14.15 - 14.55

FWD50 in the MixChannel 5Breakout session

We’ve all seen empty statements about diversity and inclusion. We all claim to be anti-racists, but things aren’t changing, why aren’t BIPOCQ candidates applying to our jobs, why aren’t they staying in our organizations? Why aren’t they rising up to leadership positions?

How are we suppose to design digital programs, services, and systems for everyone if we can’t... read more