Forward Summit | WEST

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.

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Forward Summit | WEST 2023!

The speakers at Forward Summit include leading Indigenous and non-Indigenous business leaders, policy makers, and experts in Indigenous economics, entrepreneurship, and financial development. These individuals bring diverse experiences, perspectives, and expertise to the table, highlighting challenges, opportunities, and promising initiatives. 

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The Leadership Council

The Leadership Council plays a vital role in shaping the Summit agenda, and organizing the speakers and moderators. We lean on them to educate us on the most pressing challenges and trends found between communities and industry.

What the Leadership Council does:


They help us identify emerging policy issues and provide guidance on a variety of business development challenges affecting Indigenous communities 


They serve as a resource of expertise as questions surrounding specific topics arise and offer a well rounded, wide spectrum vantage point into Indigenous economies


They review the the full proposed agenda ahead of publication to provide any feedback if necessary,  and advise the conference team on who to prioritize as speakers 

Meet Our 2024 Council Members!

Deanna Burgart

Co-Founder & President

Deborah Green

Senior Specialist Advisor, Indigenous Workforce Development
Suncor Energy

Annie Korver

Founder & Principal
RISE Consulting

Jeremy Thompson

CEO and President
Eagle Spirit Business Development

Mindy Henyu

Director of Sustainability & Strategic Partnerships
Surepoint Group

The Venue
The Grey Eagle Resort & Casino Event Centre is conveniently located on the west-central side of Calgary on the beautiful Tsuut’ina Nation and serves as a doorstep to the Canadian Rocky Mountains. Their beautiful, modern 4 Star Resort Hotel offers first-class services and amenities.
Stay at the Grey Eagle!

Forward Summit participants receive preferred pricing towards their accommodation.

How to get involved!
(A few ways to secure your participation in Spring 2024)
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.

Alternate Hotel Accomodation
When travelling to Central or Southeast Calgary, Hotel Blackfoot is a full-service vibrant hotel located just minutes from downtown and central to many Calgary attractions. Hotel Blackfoot welcomes business and leisure travellers to rest, rejuvenate, and enjoy visiting Calgary, Alberta.
Stay at the Hotel Blackfoot!

Forward Summit participants receive preferred pricing towards their accommodation.

Demonstrate your influence & support of economic reconciliation in Canada!

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

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