Forward Summit | EAST

If your business works or wants to work more effectively with the Indigenous community - this is an event that you don’t want to miss! Forward Summit is a national gathering of Indigenous and non-Indigenous thought leaders who are committed to Indigenous prosperity through Truth and Reconciliation.

SEPTEMBER 27, 2023
LISTED IN EASTERN TIME ZONE
8:30 AM - 8:45 AM

Welcoming Address, First Nations & Métis Blessings

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Speakers
8:45 AM - 10:00 AM

The Future is Youth

2023 Youth Delegation
10:00 AM - 10:45 AM

Fireside Chat - The Roadmap to Indigenization

Speakers
10:45 AM - 11:15 AM

Morning Coffee Break

11:15 AM - 12:30 PM

The Significance & Importance of Understanding Treaties

Speakers
11:15 AM - 12:30 PM

The Evolution of the Energy Industry – From Oil & Gas to Advancements in the Renewable Energy Sector

Speakers
11:15 AM - 12:30 PM

Building a Better Future -- Indigenous Architecture, Trades, & the Art of Building with Culture

Speakers
12:30 PM - 1:45 PM

Lunch & Networking Break

1:45 PM - 3:00 PM

Indigenous Women Leading the Way in the Workforce Panel

Speakers
3:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Afternoon Coffee Break & Networking

3:30 PM - 4:45 PM

Ethics of Indigenous Engagement

Speakers
3:30 PM - 4:45 PM

Wealth Must Come with Health

Speakers
3:30 PM - 4:45 PM

Healing the Environment

Speakers
3:30 PM - 4:45 PM

Financing a Wealthier Future - Breaking Down Workforce Issues

Speakers
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Opening Night Reception

SEPTEMBER 28, 2023
LISTED IN EASTERN TIME ZONE
8:30 AM - 9:00 AM

Welcoming Back Address / Opening Keynote

Speakers
9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

Major projects in Canada & Taking joint Ventures to the Next Level

Speakers
10:15 AM - 10:45 AM

Morning Coffee & Networking

10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

Community Capacity Building & Sharing Between Nations

Speakers
10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

Procurement & Effecting Positive Change

Speakers
10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

Creating Space for Youth in the Workforce

Speakers
12:00 AM - 1:30 PM

Lunch and networking Break

1:30 PM - 2:45 PM

STEM and the Future of Work

Speakers
1:30 PM - 2:45 PM

Mining for Money & Economic Prosperity

Speakers
1:30 PM - 2:45 PM

Urban Versus Rural Needs in Eastern Canada & Beyond

Speakers
1:30 PM - 2:45 PM

ACE – Acquirement, Connectivity & Engagement Breaking Down Workforce Issues

Speakers
2:45 PM - 3:15 PM

Afternoon Coffee & Networking

3:15PM - 4:30 PM

Future Economic Outlook for 2023 & Beyond Panel

Speakers
4:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Closing Remarks

Meet the leading companies
joining us at Forward Summit | EAST!
Our partners represent the best in business! Through their repeated commitment and generous support they champion the advancement of economic reconciliation in Canada!.
[ THE VISIONARIES & LEADERS ]
[ THE SPONSORS ]
[ THE EXHIBITORS ]
Meet the Leadership Council for Forward Summit | EAST!
The Venue

Casino Rama Resort is a premier gaming & entertainment destination and Ontario‘s only First Nations Resort casino. Located on Rama First Nation, a progressive community rich in history, the property was built and designed to pay homage to the culture and proud heritage of Rama First Nation!

How to get involved!
(A few ways to secure your participation in Fall 2023)
Become a partner

Gain access to a network of committed industry partners from both the public and private sectors! Learn more about how you can get involved below.

Partner with Forward Summit out East!

Our available partnership opportunities are high-value, prominent brand exposure packages specifically designed to help you meet your strategic goals! 

Forward Summit prides itself on being the meeting place
that drives economic reconciliation forward through meaningful dialogue in an intimate setting.

Our Mission

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.

Our Purpose

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. 

Our Rich Community of Partners...
From the finance industry to staffing, government-led initiatives, telecom and oil & gas, there is no shortage of industries present amongst our past and present partners.
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