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Bringing together Indigenous Communities and Canadian Industry

Our conference brings together the very best of Indigenous and non-Indigenous business & community leaders. Get ready to embrace the limitless possibilities that come with meeting decision-makers from a variety of industries as we collectively chart a new course into the future of leadership and innovation. The stage is set, and we can’t wait to welcome you!

New in 2024

This year we’re partnering with Workforce Forward. A platform that brings together experts on Indigenous workforce development strategies. Workforce Forward programming takes place on Day 2 of each conference.

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Relive The Experience

More than just a conference, Forward Summit has been described as an experience that reignites the spirit through its inspirational speakers, meaningful dialogue and connections.

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Why you should Join

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Visionary Speakers

Learn from carefully selected speakers, industry & community leaders and trailblazers from various sectors.

Indigenous Communities

Experience a unique environment designed for you to connect with business & community leaders from 250+ communities.

Get Inspired

More than just a conference, it is an experience to inspire action.

Valuable Connections

The event attracts prominent participants looking for new partnerships, so every connection you make is highly valuable.

Join a Community

We're an ever-growing network of business partners, neighbours, and trailblazers leading change.

Expand Your Knowledge

Listen-in and participate in discussions with leaders about the most vital of topics.

Our Visionary Speakers

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Tim Laronde

National Director of Indigenous Strategies
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Tanya Rexin

Indigenous Relations Manager
ATCO Frontec

Aaron Lambie

CEO
Nisto

Amber Big Plume

Manager, Business Development & Projects
First Nation Power Development Inc

Guy Lonechild

CEO
First Nations Power Authority

Former Chief Billy Morin

Managing Director
Axxcelus Capital Advisory

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Meet the wide selection of carefully selected speakers that range from industry professionals to thought-leaders in the global and national discussions around economic reconciliation.

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Get the App for Unmatched Connection Opportunities

Not only will you have opportunities to connect during networking breaks, at the exhibition, and our Opening Night Reception, but you will get exclusive access to our networking app. Send invites to participants before, during and after the event.

This platform is available to registered participants.

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The Events

Forward Summit |
WEST

  • May 14-15, 2024
  • Tsuut'ina Nation, Calgary, AB

Forward Summit |
EAST

  • Sept 25-26, 2024
  • Rama Nation, Orillia, ON

Forward Summit |
WEST COAST

  • Oct 22-23, 2024
  • Vancouver, BC

Official Partners

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Our partners align themselves with the mission to advance Economic Reconciliation by helping us bring together Indigenous communities & Canadian industry.

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hear from participants

My spirit was reignited This was my first time attending Forward Summit. I came away feeling like the fire in my spirit was reignited after hearing the Youth and Women's Panels and their stories. Hearing the stories and discussions of my people left me feeling like i am not alone in my feelings being an indigenous women among upper class settler people in the industry

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Emphasized meaningful partnerships Attending Forward Summit 2023 was an incredibly positive experience. The event facilitated valuable networking, emphasized meaningful partnerships, and included Indigenous voices. The summit's program, speakers, and focus on sustainable solutions left me inspired and equipped with new ideas and connections

Mason Diduch, Defence Construction Canada

Everything was outstanding! My associate and I attended for the first time, and we were both very impressed with every aspect of it. Everything was outstanding! From the venue and how smoothly everything flowed, to the content and speakers...the knowledge gained was superb. Thank you!

Zinat Damji, President & CEO, Alliance Trust Company

    Our Leadership Council

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    Mindy Henyu

    Director of Sustainability & Strategic Partnerships
    Surepoint Group

    Tyler Mitchell

    Manager, Indigenous Relations
    CN

    Alita Murowchuk

    Indigenous Community Engagement Advisor Canada
    AECOM

    Winona Lafreniere

    Director National Energy Business Centre of Excellence
    Indian Resources Council

    Mary French

    President
    All Nations United

    Jean Dube

    Indigenous Community Engagement Liaison
    SAIT

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    Our Leadership Council is formed of almost exclusively Indigenous voices that help us guide the content of the conference free of the influence of conference partners or sponsors.

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    Our Mission

    To support the Truth & Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Calls to Action #92 by facilitating dialogue between Indigenous and non-Indigenous leaders from various sectors and communities, and by fostering meaningful partnerships.

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    Our Vision

    To build a prosperous and equitable nation we honour as both Turtle Island and Canada that integrates both Indigenous and Western Ways of Knowing founded on meaningful relationships.

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