Live! Nov 2 & 3, 2021
Grey Eagle Event Centre
Save the date! We are pleased to announce Forward Summit will be returning in 2021 at the Grey Eagle Event Centre on Tsuut’ina Traditional Territory. New! Registration is now open. We will be offering both a live event and virtual access. Stay connected. Sign up to be the first to receive updates from Forward Summit including speaker and workshop announcements and registration information.
Forward Summit's Purpose
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.
We are committed to delivering an outstanding and safe experience for attendees at Forward Summit and Workforce Forward. Our commitment to safety includes requesting proof of double vaccination or a negative rapid COVID-19 test prior to gaining access to the conference, reduced room capacity, enhanced cleaning and safe food and beverage handling. We also encourage safe behaviours such as physical distancing, mask usage, no hand shaking and daily self health screening.
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.
With over 500 event attendees representing both indigenous and non indigenous organizations & leaders - 91% stated the conference resulted in new business opportunities
Over 100 thought leaders gathered to share insights and knowledge.
40+ Indigenous Communities
Delegates traveled from across Canada to attend Forward Summit.
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
- Investment and financial community members
- 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.
Download the Forward Together Research Report
Learn about the key themes that emerged from the conversations at Forward Summit 2019.
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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