Agenda at a Glance

May 25, 2022

Time Session Speakers Location
8:30 AM - 9:00 AM Opening Keynote
Welcoming Address
Hal Eagletail - Host
Livia Manywounds - Host
Lana Johnson - Hybrid Host
Doreen Bergum - Elder
Lawrence Gervais - President, Metis Region
Event Centre Main Stage
9:00 AM - 10:15 AM Panel Discussion: Leading the Way – inspirational Indigenous women and perspectives on the current economic landscape. Moderator - Krystal Abotossaway - President - APAC
Chief Crystal Smith – Haisla Nation
Bobbie Racette – CEO Virtual Gurus
Raylene Whitford – CEO Canative Energy President Cassidy Caron – President, Métis National Council
Event Centre Main Stage
10:15 AM - 10:45 AM MORNING COFFEE & NETWORKING Sponsored by: Untitled (115 x 60 px) (1) Event Centre
10:45 AM - 12:15 PM
Sponsored by:
Forward Summit Indigenous Youth Council: Indigenous young people from across the country meet to discuss where they want to see the future economic opportunities. Moderator - Paul Robitaille – Sustainable Forestry Initiative
Aubrey-Anne Laliberte-Pewapisconias – University of Saskatchewan
Nathan Crow – University of Lethbridge
Sarah Dixon – University of Northern British Columbia
David Cook – OYEP
Gage Young – OYEP
Ballroom E
10:45 AM - 12:15 PM The Ethics of Indigenous Engagement: Connecting Indigenous community with industry and organizations is all about the relationship and the understanding of relationships. Come together to discuss true and meaningful engagement. Moderator - Jorge Aviles – Manager, Indigenous Partnerships & Development - ATCO Gas
Bren Little Light
– Little Light Consulting
Ira Provost – Consultation Manager - Piikani Nation
Billie Fortier – Associate - MLT Aikins LLP
Carl Archie – Canim Lake Band
David Johnson – HATCH
Event Centre
10:45 AM - 12:15 PM
Sponsored By:
Master list FS- Partners and Sponsors 2022
STEM, Tech & The Future of Work: A roundtable discussion lead by Actua that centres around increasing future opportunities for Indigenous youth in Stem focused careers. Moderator - Doug Dokis – Actua
Andre O’Bonsawin – Actua
Todd Hirsch – ATB
Debbie Green - Suncor
Cristi Adams – Creative Fire
Denis Carignan – Co-Founder, PLATO Testing
Deanna Burgart –Indigenous Engineering Inclusion Inc
Ballroom CD
These presentation sessions provide tailored business solutions available in a range of areas, designed to help you find opportunities to grow your business.
10:45 AM - 11:15 AM GLJ Ltd and CMR Consulting - Indigenous Leadership and Inclusion for ESG & Sustainability Commitments and Reporting: With the rising demands for ESG (Environment, Social, Governance) & Sustainability commitments and reporting for the Energy Industry, whether public or private company, or from the lens of a community, there is increasing alignment for Indigenous leadership in recognition of rights and inclusion. We see these commitments in all three areas of E, S, and G.

Environmental - we see biodiversity and the focus and positive impacts on ecological preservation, recognizing traditional land use at the forefront.

Social - Indigenous engagement and relationship building is primary, which includes Indigenous leadership, communities, Indigenous and Band-owned businesses, and the increase of training and employment for Indigenous youth.

Governance - has a strong emphasis on partnerships and investment opportunities with Indigenous communities and businesses, as well as supply chain opportunities.

There are also increasingly more growth opportunities for IEESG Reporting which includes Indigenous and Economic commitments and metrics, taking a holistic approach to Indigenous inclusion and “Indigenous Ways of Knowing and Being”. Also, by applying an international lens through the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), reporting aligns global indicators that are essential to the future sustainability of our world.
Jointly Presented by: – Sarah Skett, PhD, Sustainability Reporting & Community Development, CMR Consulting Inc. – Communications. Management. Resilience


Colleen Sherry – Vice President of Sustainability MSc MBA MSL, GLJ Ltd.- Your Global Energy Partners
Ballroom AB
11:15 AM - 11:45 AM Sponsored by: ISC_identifier-header-en Innovations Solutions Canada – Innovate, Create and Get to Market Innovative Solutions Canada is an innovation funding program that focuses on early stage R&D and late-stage prototypes. With a combined funding of $140M, they offer support through two distinct streams: Challenge Stream and Testing Stream. Join this Information session to learn more about the program and funding opportunities that could be right for you or your business.
Canada Digital Adoption Program – Give your Business a Digital Edge
The new Canada Digital Adoption Program (CDAP) provides $1.4 billion in grants and 0% loans to help small and medium-sized Canadian businesses (SME) digitize their businesses. The ‘Grow Your Business Online’ grant helps SMEs take advantage of e-commerce opportunities, while the Boost your Business Technology helps businesses with the development and implementation of digital adoption plans and leverage youth placements to help implement new digital tools.
Presented by – Julien Charbonneau, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

Patrick Seguin – Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada
Ballroom AB
11:45 AM - 12:15 PM Sponsored By: 01 BDC Presents – “Finding the right support in the Indigenous ecosystem” A fireside chat with Monica James, Regional Manager, Client Diversity at BDC and guest, Jason Thompson, owner of Superior Strategies and Warrior Wear. Monica James – BDC
Jason Thompson – Superior Strategies & Warrior Wear
Ballroom AB
12:15 PM - 1:30 PM NETWORKING LUNCH Sponsored by: Untitled (115 x 60 px) (2) Event Centre
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM Panel Discussion: The Principled Approach – The panel discussion puts the spotlight on Indigenous businesses that revolve around integrating Indigenous culture and principles. Hear from leaders with different perspectives and approaches that creates strong successful business while retaining the tradition and culture at the heart and soul of the Indigenous people. Moderator Kelly Lendsay - Indigenous Works
Stephen Buffalo – Indian Resource Council
Annie Korver – Rise Consulting
Travis Meguinis - Natural Law Energy
Eugene Badger - Pimee Well Servicing
Event Centre Main Stage
3:00 PM - 3:30 PM AFTERNOON COFFEE & NETWORKING Sponsored by: Untitled (115 x 60 px) (1) Event Centre
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM Energy Gridlock: Access to markets continues to challenge industry and Indigenous communities, strong partnerships have been formed between both with hope of creating equitable partnerships. How can everyone work better together to progress energy security? Moderator - Cristi Adams – Creative Fire
Shannon Joseph – CAPP
Steve Saddleback – Indian Resource Council
Chief Mel Grandjamb – Fort McKay First Nation
Chief Roy S Jones Jr – Skidegate Haida Gwaii
Miles Joliffe – Independant Consultant
Event Centre
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM Indigenous Tourism Recovery & Growth: As the hardest hit of all Industries with a long way to go toward recovery, explore how Indigenous Business and communities are picking up the pace once more. Re-establishing and building successful and sustainable economic tourism opportunities Moderator Keith Henry – Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada (ITAC)
Darian Kovacs – Jelly Digital Marketing & PR
Eric Watson – Kaydence Capital Corp
Malcolm MacPherson – Clark Wilson LLP
Kirsten Ryder – Stoney Tribal Administration
Ballroom E
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM Métis – The Forgotten Economic Engine: The Métis economic potential is powerful, join this roundtable to discuss the challenges and opportunities in growing the Métis economy with business and community leaders. Moderator - Annie Korver – Rise Consulting
Richard Piche – Cascade Projects
Lawrence Gervais – Regional President - Métis Nation of Alberta
President Cassidy Caron – President, Métis National Council
Sharon Sawchuk – Rupertsland Institute
Ballroom CD
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Sponsored by:
Growing Partnerships Through Sustainable Forest Management: It brings together both Industry and community to openly discuss what true partnerships can look like. A deep dive into the challenges, learnings and future opportunities in the sustainable forest management sector. Moderator - Paul Robitaille – Sustainable Forestry Initiative
Jason Mogilefsky – Forestry Manager at Spray Lake Sawmills
Tanis One Spot – Tsuut’ina Nation
Dean Assinewe – Sustainable Forestry Initiative
Jacob Handel – Senior Indigenous Director - Sustainable Forestry Initiative
Ballroom AB
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM OPENING NIGHT RECEPTION Official Host: Untitled design (1) Event Centre

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