Thank you for joining us at Forward Summit

535 Participants

Forward Summit welcomed over 500 delegates, speakers, exhibitors and speakers over three days.

100+ Speakers

Over 100 thought leaders gathered to share insights and knowledge.

40+ Indigenous Communities

Delegates traveled from across Canada to attend Forward Summit. Over 40 Indigenous communities gathered in Calgary, Alberta.

32 Exhibitors

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


Teck Resources discusses community relationships and agreements on major Frontier Project.

LNG Canada and Gitxaala Nation discuss the evolution of their relationship.

Minister Shannon Phillips delivers welcome address and announces the next round of Renewable Electricity Program (REP) and it’s Indigenous focus.

Entrepreneur and Dragon’s Den “Dragon” W. Brett Wilson delivers lunch keynote to Forward Summit delegates.

Tata Consultancy Services and Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business release report on approach to bridging emerging digital technologies to Indigenous businesses and communities.

Participant Testimonials

I felt the Forward Summit was/is the right event at the right time to help raise awareness of the growing position of indigenous business opportunities and entrepreneurial-ism. This event brought together a significant representation of a very diverse community from across western Canada and beyond, a host of exceptional speakers and the rooms were full of very interested delegates. A great event, well organized, well laid out and a stepping stone to many future events.
Mark Salkeld
Cleantek industries inc.
By far, one of the best events of its kind. I have had the opportunity of being a guest speaker at many conferences, both in Canada and abroad. The Forward Summit had all the ingredients of a top-quality gathering - from the calibre of the speakers and presenters to the structure of the contents, the Forward Summit met the highest standards.
Jorge Avilés
CWl energy management ltd.

3-Day Conference Schedule

26 panels, keynotes, workshops and roundtables delivered by 100+ Indigenous and industry thought-leaders.

Exhibition Hall

Delegates and exhibitors congregated on the exhibition floor to meet, chat and share their stories.

Opening Night Reception

Attendees gathered to network.