Conference at a Glance

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Forward Summit is unlike any conference. Participants come from all over Canada to learn about truth,  support reconciliation, and play a major role in Indigenous economics. The energy is high, and the intimate environment creates a safe space to ask questions and talk about the critical next steps.

Who You'll Meet

Thought-leaders

Forward Summit brings together thought-leaders, economic development officers, and Indigenous champions from across Canada.

INDUSTRY

Canada’s major industries are at the table exploring opportunities for collaboration and learning about both truth and reconciliation.

COMMMUNITIES

In 2019, over 40 different Indigenous communities came to Forward Summit to share their stories and participate in conversations around Indigenous prosperity.

Program Highlights

DAY 1 - Tuesday, April 28

CHIEFS & CHIEF EXECS PANEL

INSPIRATIONAL WOMEN'S SERIES

NATION TO NATION

MAJOR PROJECTS

INDIGENOUS YOUTH IN STEM

INDIGENOUS TOURISM

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DAY 2 - Wednesday, April 29

GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES PANEL

YOUTH PERSPECTIVES PANEL

NATURAL RESOURCES

ENTREPRENEURIAL & TECH

POWER OF PROCUREMENT

HYDROCARBONS

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Participant Testimonials

I felt the Forward Summit was/is the right event at the right time to help raise awareness of the growing position of indigenous business opportunities and entrepreneurial-ism. This event brought together a significant representation of a very diverse community from across western Canada and beyond, a host of exceptional speakers and the rooms were full of very interested delegates. A great event, well organized, well laid out and a stepping stone to many future events.
Mark Salkeld
Cleantek industries inc.
Great Speakers and Location , enjoyed the speakers and overall experience I had at the Forward Summit!
Amber Big Plume
Terracon Geotechnique Ltd.
The conference was inspiring and provided many new contacts working in the forefront of their industries and building fantastic Indigenous partnerships along the way.
Gwen Bridge
Gwen Bridge Consulting Ltd