My name is Gary D.J. Gerbrandt (LinkedIn), and I aspire to be a changemaker. My aim in life is to help make the world a better place, by building equal, decarbonized systems that reject the legacies of white supremacy and colonialism.
I was born in Kingston on October 24, 1992, to my loving parents Rob Gerbrandt and Bonnie North. From 2000 to 2010, I was a child actor. In 2010, I was valedictorian for my graduating class at Innisdale Secondary School; in 2014, I graduated cum laude in history and ethnic studies from Harvard College.
From 2014-2018, I worked at Bain & Company in Toronto, and across North America; in 2016, I spent 5 months working in Johannesburg. After Bain, I attended UC Berkeley’s Master of City Planning program from 2018-2019, during which I researched innovative home finance at the Terner Center. I dropped out and spent six months on a 20,000-mile all-electric road-t.rip with Hampton and Tegan.
Most recently, I moved to Vancouver as COVID began to join Rivian‘s Corporate Strategy team, where I have worked on our accessories portfolio, infotainment partnerships, international manufacturing plan, and consumer ecosystem.
Per @Khelsilem‘s 2021 Territorial Acknowledgment Resolution:
I recognize this as Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh territory. I am committed to seeing their territory, including lands and waters, returned or compensated for. #LandBack
I have lived my entire life as a white settler on colonized land in what are now called Canada, America, and South Africa. I believe in the restoration of traditional resources and stewardship to the Indigenous peoples who have protected our planet’s lands and waters since time immemorial.
|From/to||Territories of||Colonial name||Context|
|1992-1999||Huron-Wendat & Haudenosaunee||Kingston, ON||Upper Canada Treaties|
|1999-2004, 2005-2010||Haudenosaunee, Ojibway/Chippewa, & Anishnabek||Barrie, ON||Upper Canada Treaties|
|2004||Anishnabek, Huron-Wendat, Haudenosaunee, & Ojibway/Chippewa||Brampton, ON||Upper Canada Treaties|
|2010-2014||Massachusett||Cambridge, MA||HUNAP website|
|2014-2016, 2017-2018||Ojibway, Anishnabek, & Mississaugas of the |
|Toronto, ON||Upper Canada Treaties|
|2018-2019||Chochenyo Ohlone||Oakland, CA||Ohlone land|
|2020-||Musqueam, Squamish, & Tsleil-Waututh||Vancouver, BC||Land Back|