Oct 22-23, 2024   •   Vancouver, BC

Forward Summit | WEST COAST

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We’re doing 2024 bigger and better than ever. We’re partnering with Workforce Forward to bring the Indigenous Inclusion community to Forward Summit.

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With the guidance of our Leadership Council, our conference agenda is in the works! Want to be the first to know when we release our agenda? Sign up to get updates:

Agenda

Day 1: May 14

Traditional Drummers

Opening Blessings & Welcome Addresses

Speakers:

Hal Eagletail,  Host/MC
Livia Manywounds, Host/MC

Elder Dr. Reg Crowshoe, Elder, First Nations Blessing
Elder Rosemary Crowshoe, First Nations Blessing
Doreen Bergum, Métis Elder, Métis Nation of Alberta Region 3 – Métis Blessing
Chief Roy Whitney, Chief of Tsuut’ina Nation, Treaty 7

Keynote Speeches

Sponsor:
Speakers:

Deputy Grand Chief Ramona Horseman, Deputy Grand Chief of the Treaty 8 First Nations of Alberta

National Chief Cindy Woodhouse Nepinak, National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations (AFN)

Building a Better Today: Voices of Indigenous Youth

Sponsor:

Speakers:

Moderator: Colby Delorme, President, Imagination Group of Companies
Roderick W, Indigenous Youth Panelist
Gabby J, Indigenous Youth Panelist
Kaden C, Indigenous Youth Panelist

Benji B, Indigenous Youth Panelist

Morning Coffee & Networking

Sponsor:

Powering Canada Forward to Net Zero

Speakers:

Moderator: Peter Lafontaine, Board Chairman, Rainforest Energy Corp
Amber Big Plume, Manager, Business Development and Projects, First Nation Power Development Inc.
Former Chief Billy Morin, Managing Director, Axxcelus Capital
Amelia Harman, Associate Lawyer
Jason Schulz, Executive Director, Strategic Advisory Services, Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation

Digital Economy: The Impact of the Digital Divide & Technological Disruption on the Indigenous Economy in Canada, Including AI & Ethical AI

Sponsor:

Speakers:

Moderator: Lawrence Gervais, Director, Indigenous Relations, Phoenix Energy Services, Inc.
Keeta Gladue, Manager of Indigenous Research Services, University of Calgary
Brandon Ringham, Senior Consultant, Creative Fire
Jill Kowalchuk, K-12 Education Advisor, Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute (amii)

Beyond the 5%: The Power of Procurement

Speakers:

Moderator: Philip Ducharme, Vice President, Entrepreneurship & Procurement, Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business
Tim Laronde, National Director Indigenous Strategies, Chandos Construction
Aaron Lambie, CEO, Nisto
Jeff Provost, Leader Indigenous Relations, MCW Consultants Ltd.
Tammy Moyse, Owner, Principal Consultant, Moyse & Associates

Culture, Community and Kinship: Leveraging Tourism as an Economic Driver

Speakers:

Moderator: Buffy Handel, First Nations Economic Development Specialist, Nour Private Wealth
Terry Goertzen, Vice President, Economic Development, Travel Alberta
Michael Robert, CFO, Willow Lake Métis Nation
Carrie Armstrong, Director of Industry Development, Indigenous Tourism Alberta
Kimmy Houle, Environment/Economic Development Director, Blackfoot Confederacy Tribal Council

Networking Lunch

Sponsor:

Amplifying the Voices of Others: Indigenous Women as Trailblazers and Changemakers in a Quest for Progress

Sponsor:
Speakers:

Moderator: Amanda Ens, Head Indigenous Talent Strategy, BMO Financial Group
Geena Jackson, Executive Producer, Bears Lair TV
Hope Regimbald, Lead, Indigenous and Stakeholder Relations, LNG Canada
Annie Korver, Founder and Principal Rise Consulting Ltd.
Grand Chief Kahsennénhawe Sky-Deer,
Grand Chief of the Mohawk Council of Kahnawà:ke

Afternoon Coffee and Networking

Sustainable Forestry Initiatives

Sponsor:
Speakers:

Moderator: Paul Robitaille, Senior Indigenous Relations Advisor, Sustainable Forestry Initiative
Jacob Handel, Director, Forest Carbon Origination, Finite Carbon
Tanis OneSpot, Executive Director – Lands, Tsuut’ina Nation
Jacob Taylor, CEO, Indigenous Aerospace

Surviving to Thriving: Community Healing & Economic Development

Sponsor:
Speakers:

Moderator: Jeremy Thompson, President, Eagle Spirit Business Development

Teresa Edwards, Executive Director & In-House Legal Counsel, Legacy of Hope Foundation
Brent Dodginghorse, Dodginghorse Ranch  
Audrey Weasel Traveller, Cultural Education Advisor, Manitou Asinîy–Iniskim-Tsa Xani Inc.
Angela Grier, Registered Provisional Psychologist, Tsuut’ina Health Services

The Indigenous Conservation Economy and Ethical Finance

Sponsor:
Speakers:

Moderator: Devin Gambler, Principal Owner, Pamihtâw Consulting Inc.
Jonathan Hordo, Partner, EY
Justin Bourque, Founder and President, Âsokan Generational Developments
Andrew Gaudry, Business Development Associate, Broderick Capital

Indigenous Energy: Continuing to Advance Indigenous Participation in the Oil & Gas Industry

Speakers:

Moderator: Tyler Mitchell, Team Lead, Indigenous Relations, TC Energy
Jennifer Ezekiel, Vice President, ESG & Strategy, CDN Controls
Jonathan Wright, CEO, NuVista Energy
Shelley Calliou, Lands and Resources, Researcher, Kelly Lake Cree Nation
Amanda Robert, Senior Advisor, Indigenous & Community Relations, Suncor

Opening Night Reception

Sponsor:

Day 2: May 15

Welcome Address

Speakers:

Ioana Giruca, CEO, CPHR Alberta

Keynote Speech:
From DEI to Belonging: The Question for True Inclusion

Speakers:

Rod Miller, Partner, deVille Partners

“Nothing About us Without us”: Drawing Strength from Diversity

Sponsor:

Speakers:

Moderator: Michelle Fournie, Founder, Sacred Four Communications
Deborah Green, National Specialist, Indigenous Workforce Development, Suncor Energy
Jeremy Thompson, Indigenous Relations, Iconic Power Systems
Robert Doane, Senior Director, CBC/Radio-Canada Indigenous
Patrick Twinn, Director, Indigenous Relations, ATB Financial

Morning Coffee & Networking

Bridging the Equity Gap: How to Structure Joint Ventures & Major Projects

Speakers:

Moderator:Billie Fortier, Partner, MLT Aikins
Monika Wilson, Vice President, Investments, Fort McKay Landing
Sandy Jackson, Business Development Manager, Pimee Well Services
Reg Potts, Indigenous Business Consultant,
Reg Potts & Associates
Mark Little, CEO & Co-Founder, Jotson Inc.

Ethics of Indigenous Engagement & Unconscious Bias

Sponsor:

Speakers:

Jorge Avilés, Senior Advisor, Cross-cultural & Indigenous Relations, AiM Land Services
Sheryl-Ann Carscadden, Founder and Owner, Sundance Source Consulting
Buddie Dixon, Indigenous Engagement Liaison, Disaster and Emergency Management Partnering 4 Resilience, ATCO Frontec

Crafting Indigenous Reconciliation Strategies

Sponsor:

Speakers:

Moderator: Anne Harding, Owner at Forum Community Relations, Inc.
Christy Morgan, Reconciliation Strategy Manager, TELUS  
Lisa San Filippo, Provincial Secretary, Economic Development & Tourism, Otipemisiwak Métis Government
Nievelina Carmona, HR Consultant, MNP (Formerly The Jouta Performance Group Inc.)

Indigenous Technological Empowerment

Speakers:

Moderator:Dennis Kirkness, Council Member, Tataskweyak Cree Nation
Sarah Jacknife, Co-Founder, (Re)rooting Indigenous Leadership Inc.
Gregory John, President and Leading Executive Officer (LEO), Unimaize Technologies Inc.
Leah Bartko, Senior Manager, Partnerships and Events, First Nations Technology Council

Promoting Diversity and Inclusion by Redefining Professionalism in the Workplace

Speakers:

Deanna Burgart Associate Professor, Schulich School of Engineering.
Cristi Adams,  Executive Director & CEO, Indian Oil and Gas Canada, Indigenous Services Canada
Donovan Praymayer, Engineering Student, Schulich School of Engineering, University of Calgary
Mickey Macdonald, Engineering Student, Schulich School of Engineering, University of Calgary

Networking Lunch

Sponsor:

Reshaping Modern Economies: Indigenous Economic Innovation

Sponsor:
Speakers:

Moderator: Chelsie Klassen, Global Director, Community Engagement, HATCH
Cliffton Cross, Council Member, Frog Lake First Nation
Annmarie Garbie, National Practice Leader, Indigenous Services, BFL Canada
Travis Meguinis, Commander & Chief of Red Nation Oil & Gas & Natural Law Energy

Chana Martineau, CEO, Alberta Indigenous Opportunities Corporation (AIOC)

Afternoon Coffee and Networking

Food Sovereignty & Agriculture: Traditional Ecological Knowledge

Sponsor:

Speakers:

Moderator:Elizabeth Romo-Rabago, Co-Founder, Ciclomanias
Kevin Van Lagen, Rural Development and Education Consultant, BDO Canada
Chief Don Smoke, Chief, Dakota Plains Wahpeton Oyate
Garett Strawberry, Economics Development Manager, O’Chiese First Nation
Taylor Behn-Tsakoza Community Liaison and Research Coordinator, Tu Deh-Kah Geothermal

Fueling a New Economy: Hydrogen and Nuclear Power

Speakers:

Moderator: Mindy Henyu, Senior Manager, Indigenous Relations, Aecon Group Inc.

Guy Lonechild, Chief Executive Officer, First Nations Power Authority
Clayton Heck, Chief Operational Officer / Chairman Sipihko Energy Inc.
Kennedy Bear Robe, Partner, Gowling WLG

Indigenous and Industry Partnerships: Creating Economic and Employment Opportunities

Sponsor:

Speakers:

Moderator: Jorge Avilés, Senior Advisor, Cross-cultural & Indigenous Relations, AiM Land Services
Tanya Rexin, Indigenous Relations Manager, ATCO Frontec
Don Ross, CEO, George Gordon Developments
Leona Bird, Auntie in Residence, Jansen Discovery Lodge

Business Collaboration: Indigenous Recruitment & Retention Strategies

Sponsor:

Speakers:

Business Collaboration:(Employment Strategies– Recruitment, Retention, Mentoring and developing Indigenous Talent)
Moderator: Cori Maedel, Partner MNP (Formerly The Jouta Performance Group Inc.)
Miranda Beaton, MBA, Senior HR Advisor & Special Projects, Fort McKay First Nation
Heather Wolf Ear, Indigenous Recruiting Lead, Soogadin

Best Practices in Workforce Engagement:
Allyship & Antiracism Training

Speakers:

Allyship and Antiracism Training:
Allyship and antiracism training focused on Indigenous ways of thinking is an important step
towards fostering understanding, respect, and collaboration between Indigenous communities
and the broader society.
Moderator: Inez Ashworth, Founder & Lead Strategist, Inclusive Concepts Inc.
Don McIntyre, Dhillon School of Business , University of Lethbridge
Alita Murowchuk, Lead Indigenous Group and Reconciliation Activator, Canada, AECOM

Building Capacity in Community & Indigenous Inclusion

Speakers:

Deanna Dunham, Director, Indigenous Initiatives and Equity Programs, Kids Help Phone
JP Gladu, Principal, Mokwateh
Patrick Hibbitts, Senior Vice President, Fort McKay Landing LP

Building Capacity in Community & Indigenous Inclusion

Speakers:

Deanna Dunham, Director, Indigenous Initiatives and Equity Programs, Kids Help Phone
JP Gladu, Principal, Mokwateh
Patrick Hibbitts, Senior Vice President, Fort McKay Landing LP

Building Capacity in Community & Indigenous Inclusion

Speakers:

Deanna Dunham, Director, Indigenous Initiatives and Equity Programs, Kids Help Phone
JP Gladu, Principal, Mokwateh
Patrick Hibbitts, Senior Vice President, Fort McKay Landing LP

Building Capacity in Community & Indigenous Inclusion

Speakers:

Deanna Dunham, Director, Indigenous Initiatives and Equity Programs, Kids Help Phone
JP Gladu, Principal, Mokwateh
Patrick Hibbitts, Senior Vice President, Fort McKay Landing LP

Building Capacity in Community & Indigenous Inclusion

Speakers:

Deanna Dunham, Director, Indigenous Initiatives and Equity Programs, Kids Help Phone
JP Gladu, Principal, Mokwateh
Patrick Hibbitts, Senior Vice President, Fort McKay Landing LP

Building Capacity in Community & Indigenous Inclusion

Speakers:

Deanna Dunham, Director, Indigenous Initiatives and Equity Programs, Kids Help Phone
JP Gladu, Principal, Mokwateh
Patrick Hibbitts, Senior Vice President, Fort McKay Landing LP

Building Capacity in Community & Indigenous Inclusion

Speakers:

Deanna Dunham, Director, Indigenous Initiatives and Equity Programs, Kids Help Phone
JP Gladu, Principal, Mokwateh
Patrick Hibbitts, Senior Vice President, Fort McKay Landing LP

speakers

More Speakers Announcements
Coming in July 2024...

Industry experts and inspiring thought-leaders, our speakers are hand-selected by our Leadership Council to represent the topics that matter most right now. 

Guy Lonechild

CEO
First Nations Power Authority

Chief Billy Morin

Managing Director
Axxcelus Capital Advisory

Amber Big Plume

Manager, Business Development and Projects
First Nation Power Development Inc

Jorge Avilés

Manager, Cross-cultural & Indigenous Relations
ATCO Gas

Tim Laronde

National Director, Indigenous Strategies
Chandos Construction

Jeff Provost

Leader, Indigenous Relations
MCW Consultants Ltd.

Tanya Rexin

Indigenous Relations Manager
ATCO Frontec

Diane Gray

President
Prairies Economic Development Canada (PrairiesCan)

Don Ross

CEO
George Gordon Developments Ltd.

Paul Robitaille

Senior Indigenous Relations Advisor
Sustainable Forestry Initiative

Amanda Ens

Head, Indigenous Talent Strategy
BMO

Aaron Lambie

CEO/President
Nisto

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Leadership Council

Our content is guided and put together with the guidance of over twenty experts, community leaders, and passionate individuals recognized by the public.

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Please note, The travel period begins Tuesday, October 15, 2024 and ends Wednesday, October 30, 2024.

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Blessings & Welcome Address

Opening Blessings & Welcome Address

Day 1    8:30AM – 8:45AM

Honouring the Land:

The conference will commence with the opening blessings from local Indigenous leaders in recognition of their land.

climate governance

Chief Roy Whitney

Chief of Tsuut’ina Nation, Treaty 7

Doreen Bergum

Metis Elder, Metis Nation of Alberta Region 3

Keynote

Keynote Speech

Day 1    8:45AM – 9:00AM

Kicking off the Conference:

We will have the opportunity to hear some gracious and motivational remarks that will set the tone and inspire us for the upcoming experience that is the two days at Forward Summit |WEST 2024!

Sponsor:

Grand Chief Arthur Noskey

Grand Chief of Treaty 8 First Nations of Alberta

Panel Discussion

Building a Better Today: Voices of Indigenous Youth

Day 1   |   9:00AM – 10:15AM

Session Description:

There is great potential for Indigenous youth and their active participation in economic and leadership roles. In an era of Truth and Reconciliation fostering inclusivity and creating space for Indigenous youth in the workforce is crucial for building a more equitable and sustainable future. Hear from young Calgary Board of Education Indigenous leaders about what Economic Reconciliation means to them and how Industry can be more inclusive.

Sponsor:

Roderick W.

Grade 10
Student

Kaden C.

Grade 11
Student

Gabby J.

Grade 12
Student

Benji B

Grade 12
Student

Colby Delorme

President
Imagination Group of Companies

Panel Discussion

Powering Canada Forward to Net Zero

Day 1   |   9:00AM – 10:15AM

Session Description:

By aligning interests, fostering collaboration, and creating opportunities; institutional investors, Indigenous communities, and industry can collectively drive transition towards a net zero economy while advancing a sustainable, inclusive, and equitable energy future. This session will focus on wind and solar, critical minerals and other natural resource projects and initiatives 

Former Chief Billy Morin

Managing Director
Axxcelus Capital Advisory

Amber Big Plume

Manager, Business Development & Projects
First Nation Power Development Inc.

Peter Lafontaine

Chairman
Rainforest Energy Corp

Amelia Harman

Associate Lawyer

Jason Schulz

Executive Director, Strategic Advisory Services
Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation

Roundtable

Digital Economy: The Impact of the Digital Divide and Technological Disruption on the Indigenous Economy in Canada, Including AI and Ethical AI

Day 1   |  10:45AM – 12:15PM

Session Description:

Addressing the digital divide and leveraging technology, including AI, in an ethical manner, can present both challenges and opportunities for Indigenous communities in Canada. Strategic initiatives that prioritize inclusivity, respect cultural values, and empower Indigenous participation in the digital economy are essential for ensuring a positive impact. This cutting-edge session discusses: Investment in Infrastructure, Digital Literacy Programs, Cultural Inclusion in Tech Development, and Support for Indigenous Innovation.

Sponsor:

Lawrence Gervais

Director, Indigenous Relations
Phoenix Energy Services, Inc.

Keeta Gladue

Manager of Indigenous Research Services
University of Calgary

Brandon Ringham

Senior Consultant
Creative Fire

Jill Kowalchuk

K-12 Education Advisor
Amii

Roundtable

Beyond the 5%: The Power of Procurement

Day 1   |   10:45AM – 12:15PM

Session Description:

the power of Indigenous procurement goes beyond economic transactions; it has the potential to foster self-determination, cultural preservation, and holistic community development. By recognizing and supporting Indigenous businesses, societies can contribute to a more inclusive and equitable future. This informative session provides insights into Industry responsibilities and keeping up with federal mandates, Procurement readiness for communities, measuring and monitoring the procurement process, and the challenges and opportunities associated with the Indigenous Business directory.

Tim Laronde

National Director, Indigenous Strategies
Chandos Construction

Jeff Provost

Leader Indigenous Relations
MCW Consultants Ltd.

Moderator: Philip Ducharme

Vice President, Entrepreneurship & Procurement

Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business

Tammy Moyse

Owner, Principal Consultant

Moyse & Associates

Aaron Lambie

CEO & President
Nisto

Roundtable

Culture, Community and Kinship: Leveraging Tourism as an Economic Driver​

Day 1   |   10:45AM – 12:15PM

Session Description:

Tourism in Alberta continues to soar and is a driver for economic gain throughout the entire province. Indigenous communities in Alberta have been increasingly leveraging the tourism industry to share their cultural traditions and generate economic benefits. Through storytelling, successful projects, and forward-thinking plans, they are creating opportunities for cultural exchange while contributing to community prosperity.

Moderator: Buffy Handel

First Nations Economic Development Specialist

Nour Private Wealth

Michael Robert

CFO

Willow Lake Métis Nation

Carrie Armstrong

Director of Industry Development

Indigenous Tourism Alberta

Terry Goertzen

Vice President, Economic Development

Travel Alberta

Kimmy Houle

Environment/Economic Development Director

Blackfoot Confederacy Tribal Council

 

Panel Discussion

Amplifying the Voices of Others: Indigenous Women as Trailblazers and Changemakers in a Quest for Progress

Day 1   |  1:30PM – 3:00PM

Session Description:

Indigenous women have played a crucial role in shaping their communities and contributing to the broader economic landscape. Their resilience, wisdom, and unique perspectives bring valuable insights to various sectors. Hear from these inspirational Indigenous women who have made significant contributions and their perspectives on the current economic landscape.

Sponsor:

Geena Jackson

Executive Producer, Creator, & Core Judge
Bear’s Lair

Amandas Ens

Head, Indigenous Talent Strategy
BMO

Hope Regimbald

Stakeholder Relations Lead
LNG Canada

Annie Korver

Founder and Principal
Rise Consulting Ltd.

Grand Chief Kahsennénhawe Sky-Deer

Grand Chief of the Mohawk Council of Kahnawà:ke

Roundtable

Sustainable Forestry Initiatives

Day 1   |  3:30PM – 5:00PM

Session Description:

This session brings together forest sector organizations, communities, and non-profits to discuss what true partnerships and collaboration can look like that balance effective environmental stewardship with economic and community interests. Through effective collaboration, sustainable forest management can help address a myriad of local and global issues, including carbon capture, biodiversity and climate resiliency, and economic self-determination in Indigenous communities.

Paul Robitaille

Senior Indigenous Relations Advisor
Sustainable Forestry Initiative

Jacob Handel

Director, Forest Carbon Origination
Finite Carbon

Tanis OneSpot

Executive Director – Lands

Tsuut’ina Nation

Jacob Taylor

CEO

Indigenous Aerospace

Roundtable

Surviving to Thriving: Community Healing and Economic Development

Day 1   |  3:30PM – 5:00PM

Session Description:

The health and prosperity of Indigenous communities are intertwined, emphasizing the importance of a comprehensive approach that addresses not only physical health but also cultural, economic, and environmental factors. Recognizing and respecting the unique values and traditions of each Indigenous community is crucial in developing policies and initiatives aimed at fostering holistic well-being and prosperity. 

Sponsor:

Moderator: Jeremy Thompson

President
Eagle Spirit Business Development

Brent Dodginghorse

Owner
Dodginghorse Ranch

Teresa Edwards

Executive Director, In-House Legal Counsel
Legacy of Hope Foundation

Audrey Weasel Traveller

Cultural Education Advisor
Manitou Asinîy-Iniskim-Tsa Xani Inc.

Angela Grier

Registered Provisional Psychologist
Tsuutina Health Services

Roundtable

The Indigenous Conservation Economy and Ethical Finance

Day 1   |  3:30PM – 5:00PM

Session Description:

The Indigenous Conservation Economy and sustainable finance mechanisms work hand in hand to promote environmental conservation, cultural preservation, and economic development in Indigenous communities. By acknowledging the value of traditional knowledge and integrating it with modern conservation strategies, these approaches contribute to a more inclusive and sustainable model of development.

Devin Gambler

Principal Owner
Pamihtâw Consulting Inc.

Justin Bourque

Founder and President

Âsokan Generational Developments

Jonathan Hordo

Partner

EY

Andrew Gaudry

Business Development Associate

Broderick Capital

Roundtable

Indigenous Energy: Continuing to Advance Indigenous Participation in the Oil & Gas Industry

Day 1   |  3:30PM – 5:00PM

Session Description:

Meaningful Indigenous participation in the oil and gas industry involves not only economic partnerships but also a commitment to environmental sustainability, social responsibility (ESG), and the empowerment of Indigenous Peoples in decision-making processes. Organizations that invest in authentic relationships contribute not only to the well-being of Indigenous communities but also to the long-term success and sustainability of the energy industry.  

Jonathan Wright

President & CEO
NuVista Energy Ltd.

Jennifer Ezekiel

Vice President, ESG & Strategy
CDN Controls

Tyler Mitchell

Manager, Indigenous Relations

CN

Shelley Calliou

Lands and Resources, Researcher

Kelly Lake Cree Nation

 

Amanda Robert

Senior Advisor, Indigenous & Community Relations

Suncor

Keynote

From DEI to Belonging: The Quest for True Inclusion

Day 2    8:45AM – 9:00AM

Session Description:

In this enlightening presentation, Rod explores the pivotal role each individual plays in fostering a culture of genuine inclusion, particularly for our Indigenous brothers and sisters. With a personal story, Rod hopes to help us confront societal barriers and champion the inherent worth of every individual, emphasizing the collective responsibility we all play in creating a pathway towards fostering a sense of belonging for all.

Rod Miller

Partner
deVille Partners

Panel Discussion

“Nothing About us Without us”: Drawing Strength from Diversity

Day 2    9:00AM – 10:15AM

Session Description:

The process of decolonizing spaces and policies requires a deep commitment, ongoing education, and collaborative efforts with Indigenous communities. This panel dives into key points and models related to adopting and implementing principles of Reconciliation and fostering a culture of inclusion. 

Deborah Green

Senior Specialist Advisor, Indigenous Workforce Development
Suncor Energy

Michelle Fournie

Sr. Consultant – Decolonization and Reciprocal Relations
Rise Consulting

Jeremy Thompson

Indigenous Relations

Iconic Power Systems

Robert Doane

Senior Director

CBC/Radio-Canada Indigenous

Patrick Twinn

Director

Indigenous Relations, ATB Financial

Roundtable

Bridging the Equity Gap: How to Structure Joint Ventures & Major Projects

Day 2    10:45AM – 12:15PM

Session Description:

Bridging the equity gap in joint ventures and major projects involving Indigenous communities requires a thoughtful and inclusive approach. successful collaboration with Indigenous communities requires a commitment to building relationships based on trust, respect, and shared benefits. Engaging in open and transparent communication, valuing Indigenous perspectives, and adapting project structures to accommodate diverse needs. 

Billie Fortier

Partner

MLT Aikins

Monika Wilson

Vice President, Investments

Fort McKay Landing

Sandy Jackson

Business Development Manager

Pimee Well Services

Reg Potts

Indigenous Business Consultant

Reg Potts & Associates

Mark Little

CEO & Co-Founder

Jotson

Roundtable

Ethics of Indigenous Engagement & Unconscious Bias

Day 2    10:45AM – 12:15PM

Session Description:

Addressing unconscious bias in Indigenous engagement is an ongoing process that requires commitment, self-awareness, and a genuine willingness to learn and adapt. By incorporating these principles into engagement practices, individuals and organizations can contribute to more respectful and equitable relationships with Indigenous communities. 

Sponsor:

Jorge Avilés

Senior advisor, Cross-cultural & Indigenous Relations
AiM Land Services

Sheryl-Ann Carscadden

General Manager
The Indigenous Gathering place

Buddie Dixon

Indigenous Engagement Liaison, Disaster and Emergency Management Partnering 4 Resilience
ATCO Frontec

Future Speaker

To be announced
To be announced

Roundtable

Crafting Indigenous Reconciliation Strategies

Day 2    10:45AM – 12:15PM

Session Description:

Aligning organizational initiatives with the recommendations of Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) Calls to Action can demonstrate a commitment to addressing the legacy of colonialism and promoting reconciliation. Going beyond this commitment is ACTION. This session reflects on creating pathways for Indigenous peoples to succeed within organizations through mentorship programs, leadership training and blending Indigenous values and Indigenous processes into employment and leadership development.  

Sponsor:

Christy Morgan

Reconciliation Strategy Manager, TELUS 

Lisa San Filippo

Provincial Secretary, Economic Development & Tourism, Otipemisiwak Métis Government

Anne Harding

Owner

Forum Community Relations, Inc.

Nievelina Carmona

HR Consultant

MNP (Formerly The Jouta Performance Group Inc.)

Roundtable

Indigenous Technological Empowerment

Day 2    10:45AM – 12:15PM

Session Description:

The integration of Indigenous perspectives into STEM and the future of work is not only an ethical imperative but also a pathway to innovation and sustainable development. Collaborative efforts from governments, educational institutions, industries, and Indigenous communities are essential to ensure a more inclusive and equitable future.

Dennis Kirkness

Council Member, Tataskweyak Cree Nation

Sarah Jacknife

Co-Founder

(Re)rooting Indigenous Leadership Inc.

Gregory John

President and Leading Executive Officer (LEO)

Unimaize Technologies Inc.

Leah Bartko

Senior Manager, Partnerships and Events

First Nations Technology Council

Panel Discussion

Promoting Diversity and Inclusion by Redefining Professionalism in the Workplace

10:45AM – 12:15PM

Session Description:

Redefining professionalism in the workplace, particularly through the lens of equity and cultural safety, is crucial for fostering inclusive environments where all employees feel valued and respected. Here are some key points this engaging session addresses: cultural competency training, microaggressions, flexible work policies, psychological safety, leadership accountability, and measuring progress.

Deanna Burgart

Associate Professor
Schulich School of Engineering

Cristi Adams

Executive Director & CEO, Indian Oil and Gas Canada
Indigenous Services Canada

Donovan Praymayer

Engineering Student
Schulich School of Engineering, University of Calgary

Mickey Macdonald

Engineering Student
Schulich School of Engineering, University of Calgary

Panel Discussion

Reshaping Modern Economies: Indigenous Economic Innovation

Day 2    3:30PM – 5:00PM

Session Description:

The key to self-governance and self-determination is economic development. Hear from a panel of nationally recognised Indigenous Leaders sharing their knowledge and thoughts with us on what shape economic development could take, leaving us with food for thought as we move towards Economic Reconciliation.

Moderator: Chelsie Klassen

Global Director, Community Engagement

HATCH

Cliffton Cross

Council Member
Frog Lake First Nations

Annmarie Garby

National Practice Leader
BFL Canada

Travis Meguinis

C.E.O/Founder, Natural Law Energy

Chana Martineau

CEO

Alberta Indigenous Opportunities Corporation (AIOC)

Roundtable

Food Sovereignty & Agriculture: Traditional Ecological Knowledge

Day 2    3:30PM – 5:00PM

Session Description:

Indigenous Food Sovereignty and Agriculture, rooted in Traditional Ecological Knowledge, represent holistic and sustainable approaches to managing and nourishing communities in harmony with the environment. The preservation and revitalization of these practices are crucial for the well-being of Indigenous peoples and the broader goal of achieving global food security in a sustainable manner. This session highlights learning from Indigenous practices for environmental sustainability, learning from Indigenous way of living off the land for self-sufficiency and how land-based learning promotes the wellbeing of the economy.

Sponsor:

Elizabeth Romo Rábago

Environmental Practitioner & Impact Entreprenuer
Ciclomanias LP

Kevin Van Lagen

Rural Development and Education Consultant

BDO Canada

 

Garett Strawberry

Economics Development Manager

O’Chiese First Nation

Chief Donny R. Smoke

Chief

Dakota Plains Wahpeton Oyate

Taylor Behn-Tsakoza

Community Liaison and Research Coordinator

Tu Deh-Kah Geothermal

Roundtable

Fueling a New Economy: Hydrogen and Nuclear Power

Day 2    3:30PM – 5:00PM

Session Description:

By actively participating in the development and management of hydrogen and nuclear energy projects, Indigenous communities can not only contribute to clean energy solutions but also enhance their economic well-being and self-determination. Collaboration with external partners and a focus on sustainability and cultural considerations are key elements in maximizing the benefits of these opportunities. Hear from key players behind these exciting fuels: what are the challenges, opportunities, and regulatory hurdles.   

Moderator: Mindy Henyu

Senior Manager, Indigenous Relations

Aecon Group Inc.

Guy Lonechild

CEO
First Nations Power Authority

Clayton Heck

Chief Operational Officer / Chairman Sipihko Energy Inc.

Kennedy Bear Robe

Partner
Gowling WLG

Roundtable

Indigenous and Industry Partnerships: Creating Economic and Employment Opportunities

Day 2    3:30PM – 5:00PM

Session Description:

This valuable session will highlight case studies of how Indigenous and industry partnerships can create economic and employment opportunities that allow nations to develop capacity, learn from one another, and develop long-term, meaningful, and sustainable outcomes. Learn about partnerships and working in tandem, providing “wrap around support” to increase employee retention, and implementing successful training programs.  

Sponsor:

Jorge Avilés

Senior Advisor, Cross-cultural & Indigenous Relations
AiM Land Services

Tanya Rexin

Indigenous Relations Manager
ATCO Frontec

Don Ross

CEO
George Gordon Developments

Leona Bird

Auntie in Residence
Jansen Discovery Lodge

Panel Discussion

Best Practices in Workforce Engagement: Business Collaboration: Indigenous Recruitment and Retention Strategies

3:30PM – 5:00PM

Session Description:

Business Collaboration: Employment Strategies– Recruitment, Retention, Mentoring and developing Indigenous Talent.

Cori Maedel

Partner
MNP (Formerly The Jouta Performance Group Inc.)

Miranda Beaton

MBA, Senior HR Advisor & Special Projects
Fort McKay First Nation

Heather Wolf Ear

Indigenous Recruiting Lead
Soogadin

Panel Discussion

Best Practices in Workforce Engagement: Allyship & Antiracism Training

3:30PM – 5:00PM

Session Description:

Allyship and antiracism training focused on Indigenous ways of thinking is an important step
towards fostering understanding, respect, and collaboration between Indigenous communities
and the broader society.

Inez Ashworth

Founder & Lead Strategist
Inclusive Concepts Inc.

Don McIntyre

Dhillon School of Business 
University of Lethbridge 

Alita Murowchuk

Lead Indigenous Group and Reconciliation Activator, Canada
AECOM