Forward Summit Co-Chair, JP Gladu, welcomes over 500 delegates to the inaugural event and gives his thoughts on the importance of Economic Reconciliation

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535 Participants

Forward Summit welcomed over 500 delegates, speakers, exhibitors and speakers over three days.

100+ Speakers

Over 100 thought leaders gathered to share insights and knowledge.

40+ Indigenous Communities

Delegates traveled from across Canada to attend Forward Summit. Over 40 Indigenous communities gathered in Calgary, Alberta.

32 Exhibitors

Delegates were greeted by a sold-out exhibition during lunch and networking breaks. The exhibition floor was the apex of conversations and transactions.

Save the Date: April 28-29, 2020

On April 28-29th, 2020, the Forward Summit community will join together again to continue the important conversations surrounding Economic Reconciliation and Indigenous prosperity. Be part of the emerging summit and network with hundreds of Indigenous and industry thought-leaders. Learn about the evolving path to economic growth for remote and urban communities. Sign up for the Forward Summit newsletter to receive the latest information on topics, speakers and special events.

2020 Partners


Teck Resources discusses community relationships and agreements on major Frontier Project.

LNG Canada and Gitxaala Nation discuss the evolution of their relationship.

Minister Shannon Phillips delivers welcome address and announces the next round of Renewable Electricity Program (REP) and it’s Indigenous focus.

Entrepreneur and Dragon’s Den “Dragon” W. Brett Wilson delivers lunch keynote to Forward Summit delegates.

Tata Consultancy Services and Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business release report on approach to bridging emerging digital technologies to Indigenous businesses and communities.

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

3-Day Conference Schedule

26 panels, keynotes, workshops and roundtables delivered by 100+ Indigenous and industry thought-leaders.

Exhibition Hall

Delegates and exhibitors congregated on the exhibition floor to meet, chat and share their stories.

Opening Night Reception

Attendees gathered to network.


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