The Voices of
Forward Summit

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.

Forward Summit | EAST 2024 Speakers

We don’t pay to play. Our speakers are carefully chosen with the guidance of our Leadership Council.

Featured Speakers:

Chief Ted Williams

Rama First Nation

Hillary Thatcher

Senior Director, Project Development Indigenous Infrastructure
Canada Infrastructure Bank

Tracy Primeau

Founder & Principal
Agile Bear

Denise Pothier

Chief Operating Officer
Canadian Council for Indigenous Business


Our 2024 Forward Summit | EAST Speakers:

Penny Favel

VP, Indigenous Relations & Sustainability
Hydro One

John Beaucage

Counsel Public Affairs Inc.

Denise Pothier

Chief Operating Officer
Canadian Council for Indigenous Business

Teresa Edwards

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

Tim Laronde

National Director, Indigenous Strategies
Chandos Construction

Jeff Provost

Leader, Indigenous Relations
MCW Consultants Ltd.

Eladia Smoke

Principal Architect
Smoke Architecture Inc.

Former Chief George Kakeway

Elder and Protocol Advisor, Former Chief of Wauzhushk Onigum

Heather Wolf Ear

Indigenous Recruiting Lead

Alexandra Cropp

Innovative Indigenous Health & Governance Specialist
Thunderbird Solutions

Jason Murray

President and Managing Partner
BIPOC Executive Search

Margaret Kenequanash 

Wataynikaneyap Power

Sarah Morris Lang

Manager of Social Equality Initiatives, Responsible Investment
BMO Global Asset Management

Tracy Primeau

Founder & Principal
Agile Bear

Dana Martin

Vice President of Indigenous Financial Services

Matt Jamieson

Chief Executive Officer
Six Nations Of The Grand River Development Corporation (SNGRDC)

Sophie Baran

CEO & General Partner
Bare Capital

Dwayne Nashkawa

Strategic Advisor
Nipissing First Nation

Mary Kelly

Manager, Community Relations
Agnico Eagle Mines

Dennis Kirkness

Council Member
Tataskweyak Cree Nation

Mary Wabano-McKay

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

Hillory Tenute

President & CEO
Lodge Consulting

Trina Maher

Bridging Concepts

Mallory Rose

Creative Director
Tribal Trade Co.

Victoria McKenzie Grant

Moving Red Canoe

Chelsey Johnson

Communications Manager
Ontario First Nations Technical Services Corporation

Melanie Debassige

Executive Director
Ontario First Nations Technical Services Corporation

Michelle Francis-Denny

Manager of Indigenous Relations and Community Engagement (East)
Bird Construction

Jade Psutka

Senior Manager, Indigenous Enablement & Recruitment
KPMG National Inclusion & Diversity Team

Shannon Watt

Canadian Propane Association

Buffy Handel

First Nations Economic Development Specialist
Nour Private Wealth

Christine Channer

Founder & Principal
Channer Consulting & Training

Denis Carignan

PLATO Testing

Jacob Dockstator

Executive Director
Sioux Lookout Friendship Accord Economic Development Corporation

Lynne Couves

Program Director, Renewables in Remote Communities
Pembina Institute

Ben Borne

Communicator & Leader
Symmetry Public Relations

Mélanie Corriveau

Corporate Director, Community Relations
Agnico Eagle Mines

Jorge Avilés

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

Jeremy Thompson

Eagle Spirit Business Development

Tammy Moyse

Owner | Principal Consultant
Moyse & Associates

Somia Sadiq

Narratives Inc.

Lucas King

Director, Territorial Planning Unit
Grand Council Treaty #3

Deanna Burgart

Associate Professor
Schulich School of Engineering

Catherine Langille

Indigenous Relations Coordinator
Sustainable Forestry Initiative

Alexandra Armstrong

Analyst, Indigenous and Regulatory Affairs
Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada

Fiona Kirkpatrick Parsons

Owīhtamakīw (Advisor)
Fiona Kirkpatrick Parsons Consulting

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