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Lerato Chondoma

Vancouver based Community Development Professional

Born in Maseru

Lerato Chondoma is a recent MBA graduate from the Beedie School of Business at Simon Fraser University and has interests in community development and Aboriginal business. Prior to moving to Vancouver, Lerato practiced as a candidate attorney and legal consultant in South Africa, specializing in Labour Law and Employment Equity. She has several years experience in stakeholder management, legal consulting and community Development with Aboriginal Peoples in Canada. She has worked with several multi-national corporations across a wide range of industries including professional services, mining, telecoms, construction, financial services and government.

Lerato currently works as the Community Liaison for Ahp-cii-uk Community Society. Ahp-cii-uk (Nuu-chah-nulth for “going the right way”) is a multi-sectoral leadership initiative involving partners from First Nations communities, government agencies, philanthropies, corporations, businesses and academic institutions. The initiative is a consensus-based, community-driven approach that works with First Nation community members to raise the level of capacity, economic opportunity and hope in these communities, with a view to improve the quality of life in partner First Nation communities.

Lerato has a B.Com and an LLB from Rhodes University in Grahamstown, South Africa and an MBA from the Beedie School of Business at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada. She enjoys working with Aboriginal Youth around British Columbia, Canada encouraging their interests in slam poetry, spoken word and the writing and recording of rap music.

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500 Granville St, Vancouver, Canada, V7Y 1K8

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Current Position(s)

Associate for the Executive MBA in Aboriginal Business and Leadership Program | Beedie School of Business | Simon Fraser University
Vancouver, Canada | 2011 - present

Academia, Education and Training

Working as part of a team to set-up and roll out the first cohort of the Executive MBA in Aboriginal Business and Leadership Program at the Beedie School of Business, Simon Fraser University.

The Executive MBA in Aboriginal Business and Leadership explores contemporary business issues and knowledge while recognizing that the traditional protocols and ways of understanding the world are also growing and changing as new generations assume responsibility for moving forward. The program includes the core concepts and knowledge included in most MBA programs, but it does so in a way that respects that other forms of knowledge and ways of knowing are also important.


Community Liaison: Ahousaht, Ehattesaht and Tshesaht | Ahp-cii-uk Community Society
Vancouver, Canada | 2010 - present

Social Development and Community Services

Ahp-cii-uk is a new way for Aboriginal communities to work with mainstream society to reach their visions. Ahp-cii-uk builds long-term relationships between First Nations, corporations, government, and other organizations to develop community economic and social projects at the grass roots.
Through Ahp-cii-uk, the three Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations of Ahousaht, Ehattesaht and Tshesaht have developed visions and chosen social and economic development projects suitable to their long-term goals.

In my position I am a liaison between the community and the partners of the initiative. I ensure that the community stays on the course to complete projects and that they have access to resources required to successfully implement and complete their projects.

I also hold the position of Administrator of the Ahp-cii-uk Community Society. In this position, I write and compile quarterly and annual reports for partners of the initiative as well as reports for external funders. I research and write funding proposals for Ahp-cii-uk and in some instances for the communities that Ahp-cii-uk works in. I manage and supervise all independent contractors that work with Ahp-cii-uk, manage the payroll and human resources as well as the Society’s financial books. Finally, I manage marketing of the Ahp-cii-uk Initiative through our website and other forms or marketing documents.

Previous Position(s)

Associate | Heidrick & Struggles
Johannesburg | 2007 - 2008


Reported to Office Managing Partner; responsible for a full range of research and writing of company, position, and person profiles and strategy documents for executive search assignments and market research projects.

Legal Consultant | Build it Maseru
Maseru | 2006 - 2007

Building, Construction and Engineering

Legal Consultant specializing in Labour Law and employment equity.

Candidate Attorney | Labour Law | Smith Tabata Attorneys
East London | 2004 - 2006

Law Practice and Legal Services

Covered areas of civil litigation, debt collections and contract drafting. Specialized in Labour law and employment equity.

Educational history


St. Michael's School for Girls, Bloemfontein, South Africa (1998)


York University, Canada

Toronto, Canada | 2009 - 2009

Business Courses - Business Administration

Beedie School of Business, Simon Fraser University

Vancouver, Canada | 2009 - 2011

Master of Business Administration - General

Rhodes University

Grahamstown | 1999 - 2002

Bachelor of Commerce - Management and Law

Rhodes University

Grahamstown | 1998 - 2002

Bachelor of Law - Labour Law




Robyn Imray, Partner Hedrick & Struggles

"“Lerato was a joy to work with; she is articulate, committed and passionate about her work. Quick to learn, she is not afraid to use her initiative and often comes up with creative new approaches. She takes ownership of her projects showing great resilience and follow-through. Lerato is a strong team player who was well liked by her peers. I have no hesitation in recommending her. Please contact me direct should you require any further information.” July 8, 2011" - 2011

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