The Leadership Council

Our Leadership Council brings together a cross-sectoral group of established and emerging Indigenous leaders from across Canada.

Comprised of individuals who are deeply committed to advancing economic reconciliation and uniquely qualified to work collaboratively to address the most challenging issues pertaining to Indigenous prosperity, our Leadership Council lends their time and expertise to help inform and develop the Forward Summit conference program, and advise on prioritizing specific issues within a broader subject area

The Leadership Council plays a vital role in shaping the Summit agenda, and organizing the speakers and moderators. We lean on them to educate us on the most pressing challenges and trends found between communities and industry.

What the Leadership Council does:

Identifies

They help us identify emerging policy issues and provide guidance on a variety of business development challenges affecting Indigenous communities 

Informs

They serve as a resource of expertise as questions surrounding specific topics arise and offer a well rounded, wide spectrum vantage point into Indigenous economies

Advises

They review the the full proposed agenda ahead of publication to provide any feedback if necessary,  and advise the conference team on who to prioritize as speakers 

Meet the 2022 Leaders!

Annie Korver
Annie Korver

Founder & Principal
Rise Consulting

Chief Roy Jones
Chief Roy S. Jones Jr

Chief
Skidegate Haida Gwaii

Doug Dokis
Doug Dokis

Director, National InSTEM Program Actua

Billie Fortier
Billie Fortier

Associate
MLT Aikins LLP

Gwen Bridge
Gwen Bridge

Principal
Gwen Bridge Consulting Ltd.

Kirsten Ryder
Kirsten Ryder

Director of Training and Development
Stoney Tribal Administration

Jeff Provost
Jeff G. Provost, BA, PAED

Indigenous Business Relations Manager
Bird Construction

Jessica Vandenberghe
Jessica Vandenberghe

Assistant Dean, Engineering Community and Culture
University of Alberta

Jorge Avilés
Jorge Avilés

Manager, Indigenous Partnerships & Development
ATCO Gas

Lawrence Gervais
Lawrence Gervais

President
Métis Nation of Alberta – Region 3

Mahesh Jayaraman
Mahesh Jayaraman

Manager, International Capacity Development and Training
University of Calgary

Monica Rovers
Monica Rovers

CEO
Global Connect Corporation

Patrick Twin
Patrick Twin

Manager, Indigenous Relationst
ATB Financial

Paul-emille Mcnab
Paul-Emile Mcnab

VP, Business Development & Membership Experience
Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business

Raylene Whitford
Raylene Whitford

Director
Canative Energy

Ryan Robb
Ryan Robb

CEO
Stoney Tribal Administration

2023 Forward Summit
Leadership Council

COMING SOON!

Through extensive research and recommendations, we invite some of Canada’s top Indigenous economic development leaders to join the Leadership Council to make an impact in our conference programming. We are currently in the process of inviting the best and brightest to join Forward Summit 2023 as leaders. Check back regularly for any updates! 

Gwen Bridge speaks during the Community Capacity Roundtable Discussion
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