Since our humble beginnings in 2019, Forward Summit has grown at an exponential rate, and just recently welcomed over 1000 participants, 50 exhibitors, 170 Indigenous communities, and 130 speakers from across Canada to Forward Summit 2022 at the Grey Eagle Resort & Casino in Tsuut’ina Nation.
In 2023, we expect attendance to DOUBLE, as we take Forward Summit on the road and head out east in the Fall. Our goal continues to be providing organizations, Indigenous communities and business professionals with the tools and resources necessary to build prosperous, collaborative and competitive business development projects that progress economic reconciliation for Indigenous peoples.
between Canada's industry leaders
& Indigenous communities is
what we're all about!
After hearing Indigenous perspectives on the many gaps and challenges that exist with Indigenous economic development, Miki Reeder and Katie Comb tirelessly went to work lobbying to make change. They realized quickly they needed to use their resources to become relentless allies in the pursuit of economic reconciliation – inspiring them to launch the inaugural Forward Summit in 2019.
Proving it was a meaningful endeavour that empowered Indigenous economies and was critical to Canada’s economic future, our founders grew the Forward Summit team with like-minded colleagues from many different backgrounds who all stand behind allyship, and are passionate about making a difference for Indigenous communities across Turtle Island.
Forward Summit prides itself on being the meeting place
that drives economic reconciliation forward through meaningful dialogue in an intimate setting.
We believe a strong, prosperous and equal Canada for all can only be achieved when industry and Indigenous communities work together.
Broadly mirroring the aims of the Truth and Reconciliation Commissions Call to Action #92, Forward Summit exists to guide significant, national conversations on building respectful relationships, whereby the free, prior, and informed consent of Indigenous peoples would be obtained before proceeding with economic development projects.
Empowering Indigenous economies
Our mission is simple: to create a community focused on action by providing a platform for both corporate Canada and Indigenous Communities to discuss how to work in partnership towards a common goal: to progress economic reconciliation.
Economic reconciliation is a continuous journey involving both Canada’s industry leaders and Indigenous communities as its lifelong travellers.
An Indigenous-led dialogue driven approach
Our panels are presented by Indigenous and non-Indigenous Leaders, highlighting the evolution of corporate and community relationships
Our roundtable sessions centre around the future of a variety of sectors and introduce new subject matter focused on timely economic issues faced by Indigenous communities
Our exhibition brings together Indigenous and non-Indigenous industry champions to showcase how their organization aligns with the Forward Summit agenda