Hazel Harrison is from the Inuvialuit Settlement Region of the Northwest Territories. She is a Canadian businesswoman and upcoming author of “Making Smoking History”. She has studied Business at McMaster University and holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Carleton University. Hazel is CEO of Smart Addiction Technologies and is the creator of Quit My Way, an evidence-based smoking cessation app featured on CBC, PR-Inside, and other prominent publications. Along the way, Hazel has developed strong skills in mobile app design and user interface/user experience (UI/UX) in mobile app development.
Starting her entrepreneurial career as a restaurant owner at 24 years old, a REALTOR® at 37, while simultaneously starting up a paving company for her family, Hazel has worked with Indigenous organizations for over 15 years in areas of non-profit, education & training, Department of National Defence and most recently with the Federal government at the Specific Claims Tribunal.
Her main strengths in helping your business to succeed are the following vital traits:
- Resourcefulness: Hazel loves the challenge of solving problems and developing creative, out of the box ideas.
- Relentlessness: “You’re not beat, if you’re still trying” is the motto she lives by.
- Emotional Supportiveness: Hazel grew up in a northern community with 16 brothers and sisters, where most of her family spent years in the residential school system; she deeply understands the cycle that many Indigenous communities face each day.