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No matter where you’re at on the journey towards empowering Indigenous economies.



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.

That's a Wrap on Forward Summit WEST 2024

With sold-out participation and a visit from the National Chief, Forward Summit | WEST 2024 brought together over 1000 participants, 100+ speakers, and 200+ communities for a groundbreaking event focused on Indigenous-led dialogue and economic reconciliation.

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92% of our partners made new business connections.

Immerse yourself in the standout moments and dive deeper into attendee feedback to see what resonated most. You’ll gain insights and hear what our partners had to say in our comprehensive report.  


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National Chief Cindy Woodhouse Nepinak Opens Forward Summit | WEST 2024!

The trailblazing leader from Pinaymootang First Nation, Chief Cindy Woodhouse Nepinak is the youngest woman and mother to hold the position of National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, and joined Forward Summit | WEST to lead the opening address.

Learn more about the program by viewing the 20+ sessions led by experts and leaders.


Experience The Summit

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


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 that has been reported 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.

100+ Visionary Speakers


Mark Little

Owner & Co-Founder

Chief Roy Whitney

Tsuut’ina Nation

Geena Jackson

Executive Producer, Creator, Core Judge
Bear’s Lair

Jennifer Ezekiel

Vice President of ESG & Strategy
CDN Controls

Grand Chief Kahsennénhawe Sky-Deer

Grand Chief
Mohawk Council of Kahnawà:ke

Terry Goertzen

Vice President, Economic Development
Travel Alberta

Mary Kelly

Manager, Community Relations
Agnico Eagle Mines

Denise Pothier

Chief Operating Officer
Canadian Council for Indigenous Business

Matt Jamieson

Chief Executive Officer
Six Nations Of The Grand River Development Corporation (SNGRDC)

Sarah Morris Lang

Manager of Social Equality Initiatives, Responsible Investment
BMO Global Asset Management

John Beaucage

Counsel Public Affairs Inc.


Dana Martin

Vice President of Indigenous Financial Services

Chief Roy S Jones Jr

Skidegate Haida Gwaii

Mary French

All Nations United

JP Gladu


Gwen Bridge

Gwen Bridge Consulting

Monika Wilson

Senior Manager Indigenous Consulting

Katie Kachur

Vice President Government Relations, West
Canadian Propane Association

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.


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 only.


The Events

Forward Summit |

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

Forward Summit |

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

Forward Summit |

  • Oct 22-23, 2024
  • Vancouver, BC

Official Partners


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


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

Forward Summit Participant

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


Mindy Henyu

Director of Sustainability & Strategic Partnerships
Surepoint Group

Tyler Mitchell

Manager, Indigenous Relations

Alita Murowchuk

Indigenous Community Engagement Advisor Canada

Winona Lafreniere

Director National Energy Business Centre of Excellence
Indian Resources Council

Mary French

All Nations United

Jean Dube

Indigenous Community Engagement Liaison

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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.


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.


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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