Leadership Council

Meet the wide selection of speakers carefully selected with the guidance of our Leadership Council. Our speakers range from industry professionals to thought-leaders in the global and national discussions around economic reconciliation.

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Leadership Council

The Leadership Council plays a vital role in shaping the Forward 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 do?

Identifies

Identify emerging policy issues & provide guidance on a variety of business development challenges affecting Indigenous communities.

Informs

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

Advises

They review the full proposed agenda ahead of publication to provide any feedback, and advise the conference team on speakers selection.

Meet our 2024 Forward Summit | WEST Leadership Council Members:

Jorge Avilés

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

Kirsten Ryder

Director, Indigenous and Diversity Engagement
The Banff Centre

Doug Dokis

Director, National InSTEM Program
Actua

Billie Fortier

Partner
MLT Aikins LLP

Jeff Provost

Leader, Indigenous Relations
MCW Consultants Ltd.

John Blanchette

Community and Indigenous Engagement Advisor
Enbridge

Raylene Whitford

Chair, Indigenous Advisory Council
TC Energy

Carrie Manitopyes

Human Resources Manager
Grey Eagle Resort & Casino

Deanna Burgart

Co-Founder & President
IndigiSTEAM

Deborah Green

Senior Specialist Advisor, Indigenous Workforce Development
Suncor Energy

Leanne Hall

CEO
Creative Fire

Elizabeth Romo Rábago

Environmental Practitioner & Impact Entrepreneur
Ciclomanias LP

Patrick Twinn

Manager, Indigenous Relations
ATB Financial

Mary French

President
All Nations United

Clinton Belcher

President & Chief Executive Officer
Canadian Ecotourism Services

Winona Lafreniere

Director National Energy Business Centre of Excellence
Indian Resources Council

Annie Korver

Founder & Principal
Rise Consulting

Jeremy Thompson

CEO and President
Eagle Spirit Business Development

Alita Murowchuk

Indigenous Community Engagement Advisor Canada
AECOM

Ryan Robb

Executive Vice President of Corporate Affairs and Partnerships
Riversdale Resources

Tyler Mitchell

Manager, Indigenous Relations
CN

Mindy Henyu

Indigenous & Community Relations
Infinitely Iskwew Consulting Ltd

Lawrence Gervais

Director, Indigenous Relations
Phoenix Energy Services

Richard Piche

President
Cascade Projects

Jean Dube

Indigenous Community Engagement Liaison
SAIT

Sarah Jacknife

Senior Manager of Indigenous Corporate Development
Rogers Communications

Meet our 2024 Forward Summit | EAST Leadership Council Members:

Jeff Provost

Leader, Indigenous Relations
MCW Consultants Ltd.

Mary Wabano-McKay

Vice-President Nyaagaaniid – Anishinaabe Initiatives, Equity and Student Success
Algoma University

Doug Dokis

Director, National InSTEM Program
Actua

Clinton Belcher

President & Chief Executive Officer
Canadian Ecotourism Services

Mary Kelly

Manager, Community Relations
Agnico Eagle Mines

Wade Griffin

National Director for Indigenous Engagement
BGIS

Victor Pelletier

AVP, Private Client Group
Beutel Goodman

Jeremy Thompson

CEO and President
Eagle Spirit Business Development

Tim Laronde

National Director, Indigenous Strategies
Chandos Construction

David Johnson

Director – Indigenous-Led Projects and Partnerships
EastPoint

Karen Restoule

Vice President
Crestview Strategy

Hillory Tenute

Executive Director
Canadian Roots ExchangeLP

Daniel Fuentes

Business Specialist
Carolinian Canada

Gail Brant-Terry

Ridge Road Training & Consulting
Principal Consultant and Co Founder

Barret Dokis

Senior Policy Analyst
Robinson Huron Waawiindamaagewin

Annie Korver

Founder & Principal
Rise Consulting

Annie Korver

Founder & Principal
Rise Consulting

Jorge Avilés

Manager, Cross-cultural & Indigenous Relations
ATCO Gas

Meet our 2024 Forward Summit | WEST COAST Leadership Council Members:

Chief Roy S Jones Jr

Chief
Skidegate Haida Gwaii

Angela Ferguson

Vice President, Indigenous Services Group
AON

John Blanchette

Community and Indigenous Engagement Advisor
Enbridge

Karen Ogen

CEO
First Nations LNG Alliance

Tim Laronde

National Director, Indigenous Strategies
Chandos Construction

Lauren Remple

Senior Manager, Inclusion and Diversity
Rogers Communications

Steve Wilson

Owner
Indigenous Project Management Corp

Gene Ouelette

Client Account Manager, Indigenous and Transportation, Canada Federal
AECOM 

Len Pierre

Owner, Managing Consultant
Len Pierre Consulting

Darian Kovacs

Founder & CEO
Jelly Marketing

Annie Korver

Founder & Principal
Rise Consulting

Jorge Avilés

Manager, Cross-cultural & Indigenous Relations
ATCO Gas

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