Join the Voices of Economic Reconciliation at Forward Summit

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Forward Summit

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. The result of the event is to amplify the voices of Indigenous champions and connect community and industry together to build economic wealth and Indigenous prosperity.

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What is Economic Reconciliation?

Forward Summit Co-Chair, JP Gladu, welcomes over 500 delegates to the inaugural event in February 2019 and shares the significance and opportunities of Economic Reconciliation.

Introducing Workforce Forward

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Highlights from 2019

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.

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 community
  • Create and build mutually beneficial relationships with Indigenous and industry decision makers
  • 1 to 1 networking focused on learning and sharing experiences
  • Expert-led panel discussions that explore successes and challenges
  • Discover commonalities and shared values with Indigenous communities and businesses

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-Chairs 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.

Co-Chairs

JP Gladu

President & CEO Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB)
Leadership Council

Jorge Avilés

Manager, Stakeholder & Community Relations CWL Energy Management Ltd.

Mahesh Jayaraman

Manager, International Capacity Development and Training University of Calgary
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Laurence Riel

Senior Advisor, Aboriginal Initiatives & Workforce Planning Pembina Pipeline Corporation

Ryan Robb

Senior Advisor in Stakeholder & Aboriginal Relations Suncor

Kirsten Ryder

Director of Training and Development Stoney Tribal Administration

Jessica Vandenberghe

Indigenous Community Consultant | Project Engineer | Public Speaker | Outreach Volunteer Urban Systems Ltd.

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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.
Great Speakers and Location , enjoyed the speakers and overall experience I had at the Forward Summit!
Amber Big Plume
Terracon Geotechnique Ltd.
The conference was inspiring and provided many new contacts working in the forefront of their industries and building fantastic Indigenous partnerships along the way.
Gwen Bridge
Gwen Bridge Consulting Ltd

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Forward Summit Highlights

The inaugural Forward Summit took place from February 26-28, 2019 at the Calgary Telus Convention Centre in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Forward Summit brought together over

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