Empowering Indigenous Economies

Learn, connect and be part of the conversation

May 25 & 26, 2022 In-person and Virtual 

Recommendation #92 of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Calls to Action calls on Canada’s corporate sector to support the economic growth of Indigenous communities and peoples. The purpose of Forward Summit is to facilitate a professional and open environment where Indigenous communities, businesses, and thought leaders can gather to build relationships, learn, and share experiences. Forward Summit exists to amplify the voices of Indigenous champions and connect community and industry together to build economic wealth and Indigenous prosperity.


1000+ Participants

With over 1000 event attendees representing both indigenous and non indigenous organizations & leaders - 91% stated the conference resulted in new business opportunities

120+ Speakers

Over 120 thought leaders gathered to share insights and knowledge

100+ Indigenous Communities

Delegates traveled from across Canada to attend Forward Summit.

50+ Exhibitors

Delegates were greeted by a sold-out exhibition during lunch and networking breaks. The exhibition floor was the apex of conversations and transactions.

Who You'll Meet

  • Indigenous thought-leaders
  • Community Chiefs
  • Indigenous business owners
  • Non-Indigenous industry experts
  • Economic Development Officers
  • Senior industry decision makers
  • Government
  • Investment and financial community members

Why Attend

  • Identify opportunities for economic growth within your organization
  • Create and build mutually beneficial relationships with Indigenous and industry decision makers
  • Unrivaled opportunity for 1 to 1 networking
  • Gain knowledge and learn ways to work towards economic development with Indigenous communities
  • Experience expert-led panel discussions that explore successes and challenges 
  • Through our planned 16 round tables, actively participate in meaningful topic driven dialogue that will progress the economic reconciliation agenda.  
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What is Economic Reconciliation?

Watch Forward Summit Co-Chair, JP Gladu, welcome over 500 delegates to the inaugural event and share the significance and opportunities of Economic Reconciliation.

Download the Forward Together Research Report

Learn about the key themes that emerged from the conversations at Forward Summit 2019.

Summit Voices

Forward Summit is a national gathering of Indigenous and non-Indigenous thought leaders who are committed to Indigenous prosperity. From our dedicated Co-Chair to our passionate attendees, economic reconciliation is the goal and Forward Summit is a platform to gather, share, learn, build trust, and reconcile.

We welcome back the leaders of Forward Summit who continue to guide and shape the direction of the event.


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