Zaffia Laplante is a member of the Métis Nation of Ontario, and the CEO and Founder of Hempergy She is in year final year of Global Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University, and is passionate about capacity building with indigenous peoples.

As an indigenous woman and student-entrepreneur, Zaffia is interested in understanding how indigenous land-based knowledge and the use of biotechnology can be used to mitigate the effects of climate change across Indigenous communities in Canada.

Zaffia is passionate about supporting environmental stewardship, indigenous sovereignty and land reclamation as a pathway for reconciliation and seeks to promote environmentally and culturally sustainable practices nation-wide for current and future generations.

She is currently exploring the field of alternative energy, agriculture and data analytics in order to understand how technology can be used to restore the land.