Summit Voices

Meet Our Speakers

In 2022, Forward Summit brought together +120 speakers representing an array of industries to discuss a variety of topics pertaining to the advancement of the Indigenous economy.

Thought-leaders, Chiefs, Elders, Indigenous and non-Indigenous business owners, Economic Development Officers, Senior industry decision makers, Investment and financial community members... you name it! Our speakers are trailblazers in their areas of expertise, who lend their knowledge and provide future focused insights on topics that are relevant to all our stakeholders.

Chief Roy S. Jones
Chief Roy S. Jones 2022 Co-Chair
Chief Roy S. Jones
Chief Roy S. Jones 2022 Co-Chair
Annie Korver
Annie Korver 2022 Co-Chair
Annie Korver
Annie Korver 2022 Co-Chair
Lawrence Gervais
Lawrence Gervais 2022 Co-Chair
Lawrence Gervais
Lawrence Gervais 2022 Co-Chair

We have the honour of working with some of the most respected Indigenous and non-Indigenous leaders who lend their wisdom, share their trials and tribulations, and provide practical advice to empower our audience and inspire a community intent on action.

Our 2022 Speakers

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

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