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The power of partnership takes centre stage at Forward Summit 2022

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Andrew Snook

Rock to Road
Mar 31, 2022

The Forward Summit 2022, in association with the Canadian Council of Aboriginal Business, featured a panel that focused on the value of true partnerships between industry and Indigenous communities.


Forward Summit Providing Every Indigenous Community in Canada with Virtual Access to the Conference

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Forward Summit

The Hill Times
Feb 16, 2022

CALGARY, ALBERTA March 1, 2022 – Many Indigenous peoples in Canada continue to face barriers that affect their ability to participate fully in the programs.


McKay Métis Contracting LP Acquires Athabaska Corp. Assets for $21 Million

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Billie Fortier

MLT Aikins
March 2, 2022

Roughrider is an energy services company based in Fort McMurray, Alta., specializing in managing, distributing and storing diesel and lubricants in the oil sands region of the province. McKay Métis Contracting LP has acquired the assets of Roughrider and its subsidiaries.

Canada’s only Indigenous flight school remains resilient after fire

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John Lawless

Global News
Mar 4, 2022

Joseph Akulujuk comes from Pangnirtung, Nunavut, a community that’s a half-hour’s flight north of Iqaluit. He enrolled at First Nations Technical Institute to become a pilot. The technical institute in Tyendinaga offers the only training program for Indigenous pilots in Canada

Creating space for Indigenous and non-Indigenous business

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Jay Koblun

Road to Road
Sep 30, 2021

JP Gladu asked that to a room full of business owners and managers at the Ontario Road Builders’ Association Convention and AGM (ORBA), encouraging them to create workplaces where Indigenous communities can manage wealth, rather than poverty.

Make Indigenous economic reconciliation a priority

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Harold Calla, C.T. Jules, and Ernie Daniels 

The Hill Times
Feb 16, 2022

A new fiscal relationship needs to be based on sharing direct revenue raising powers to improve the ability of First Nations as governments to debt finance.

Focus on the future: Building trust with Canada’s Indigenous business community

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Todd Evans

June 19, 2020

In Canada, there are more than 50,000 Indigenous-owned companies. Comprised of three groups—First Nations, Métis and Inuit—this dynamic and robust business community contributes in excess of $30 billion annually to Canada’s economy.

Summit Shares Vision for Way Forward

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First Nations Drum

Mar 27, 2019
First Nations Drum

The Forward Summit was a good distraction from the chaos in world affairs. The February 26-28 event attracted a gathering of industry professionals, bankers, consultants, a dragon, and Indigenous people seeking better communication and participation in today’s economy.

Forward Summit Paves A Path For Economic Reconciliation

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John Copley

Alberta Native News
May 23, 2019

(ANNews) – The Forward Summit was initiated and hosted by five founding partners: Connect Partnership Group, Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business, Alberta First Nations Treaty 7 Chiefs Association, Stoney Nation and Pimee Well Servicing. It took place at the Calgary Telus Convention Centre.

Mikisew Cree say Frontier oilsands mine deal includes vote on future development

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CP, The Canadian Press

The Calgary Herald
Feb 28, 2019

The industry relations director for the Mikisew Cree First Nation says the community’s support of the massive Frontier oilsands open pit mining project includes an ongoing voice in how future development unfolds.

Summit aims to build better relationships between First Nation economies and Canadian industries

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Livia Manywounds

CBC News
Feb 26, 2019

More than 50 First Nation communities will be represented with more than 400 Indigenous and non-Indigenous participants at the national Forward Summit this week in Calgary.It’s a three-day conference starting Tuesday that aims to build better relationships between First Nation economies and Canadian industries.

Gerry Forbes: Community, business leaders looking to move region forward

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Gerry Forbes

Calgary Sun
Jan 17, 2019

The Indigenous-led conference will be covering things like hydrocarbons as part of the economic reconciliation, trailblazing and having honest conversations on the clean-tech industry with First Nations communities and the barriers preventing growth.

Infrastructure bank launches Indigenous development initiative

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Mia Robson

BNN Bloomberg
Mar 19, 2021

The bank announced Friday that it will offer loans of at least $5 million for up to 80 per cent of the capital cost of projects in key area including energy security, access to safe drinking water, reliable internet access and public transportation.

Q&A With Raylene whitford

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Raylene Whitford

Founder, Canative Energy
May 13, 2022

The economics of partnerships are straightforward and are well-understood by everyone around the table. We also have many educated and experienced Indigenous Professionals working for our Nations, industry and government. 

Q&A With Jordan hatton

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Jordan Hatton

Director of Economic Development , Bingwi Neyaashi Anishinaabek
May 13, 2022

What I find most interesting, exciting, and, yes, surprising about the future of economic partnerships between Indigenous communities and non-Indigenous businesses is that now more than ever.

Q&A With Bobbie Racette

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Bobbie Racette

Founder & CEO , Virtual Gurus
May 13, 2022

It’s exciting to think about the power of combining Indigenous approaches with best practices from businesses in a range of sectors. I think it’s something as a society that we are only now ready to start exploring .

Q&A With Billie Fortier

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Billie Fortier

Associate , MLT Aikins
May 13, 2022

I think we are moving beyond the “check the box” mentality and instead of moving towards a space where non-Indigenous businesses seek out partnerships with Indigenous businesses because they see them as equal partners and, quite simply, good at what they do.

Q&A With Deborah Green

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Deborah Green

Indigenous Workforce Development Advisor, Suncor Energy
May 13, 2022

Partnerships are based on relationships that lay the foundation of trust and integrity, vital to economic partnerships. I am excited about Indigenous-owned businesses and organizations standing strong on their own.

Q&A With Mackenzie Brown

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Mackenzie Brown

Director of Industry Development, Indigenous Tourism Alberta
May 13, 2022

Indigenous Tourism Alberta (ITA) is a non-profit organization devoted to helping grow and promoting authentic, sustainable, and culturally rich Indigenous tourism experiences we want to share with the world. ITA was created to enhance economic viability.

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