2019 Youth Summit Presenters & Entertainment
Jamie Carriere better known by her entertainment and stage name DJ Rebellion. She has managed to grow a strong listening audience through her empowering and uplifting DJ vibes -her style is a mix of high energy, groove and base house.
DJ Rebellion says, “She loves seeing and feeling people enjoy the sound.” Becoming a DJ has had its challenges Jamie had to break through barriers and heavily advocate for herself to make her presence known in the industry, especially as a young Indigenous female - from Cumberland House Cree Nation, Saskatchewan.
Behind all of the music performances and appearances Jamie is an aspiring student at the Night Vision Academy where is investing into her education with a focus in sound design. She has a drive to create beats and wishes to take her sound to the next level along with her business. Jamie credits her success to following her passion for dancing and love of listening to drum, bass and tech house music throughout her life.
The Poundmaker singers are a Cree Northern straight style singing group from the Poundmaker Cree Nation in Saskatchewan. Poundmaker singers are a powwow and Round Dance drum and singing group, Originated from Poundmaker Cree Nation, Saskatchewan.
The group started in 2007 with brothers Clyde and Lyle and Cornell Tootoosis of the Poundmaker Cree Nation, included members originate from the Treaty 6 area.
These include Benji Weenie, Chris Scribe, Allan Bonaise, Grey Eagle Cardinal, Gene Cardinal, Preston Gamble, Teddy Bison, Donny Speidel, Gerald Baptiste, Amos Yazzie, Colin Starblanket, Aaron McGilvery and Kent Ayoungman.
Anita Boyle - Certfification Coordinator (East) Cando
Anita is from the Metepenagiag Mi’kmaq Nation in New Brunswick. She is a graduate from the University of New Brunswick where she earned a Master in Adult Education degree along with a Bachelor of Arts and Education degree. She also holds a diploma in Human Resource Management, and recently became certified under the Canadian Career Development Foundation.
Anita's has extensive experience and skills in Economic Development, Community development, Indigenous Education and Training, and Women's issues . Anita facilitates training and workshops across a range of topics including Career counselling, Guiding Circles, and Community planning.
Anita is the certification coordinator for eastern Canada for Cando.
Mallory Graham was born and raised in her home community of Curve Lake First Nation. She completed her Honors Bachelor of Business Administration degree at Wilfrid Laurier University. After competing in a New Venture Creation business pitch competition and winning the KPMG Award in Entrepreneurship, for RezPoints Rewards, Mallory launched the coalition loyalty program for her parents' businesses in Curve Lake. Mallory Founded RoseysTradingPost.com in 2013 - an online retail store with a brick and mortar location in Curve Lake, offering indigenous products including lifestyle clothing, footwear, accessories, and giftware. Mallory has since worked as a marketing and business coach for entrepreneurs and startup businesses to achieve their goals. In March, Mallory launched her YouTube channel to share entrepreneurship advice and digital marketing education. She works with startup businesses to develop and execute their digital marketing strategy.
Marissa Lawrence - CEDI Senior Program Officer
Marissa works for Cando (the Council for the Advancement of Native Development Officers) as the Senior Program Officer for the First Nation – Municipal Community Economic Development Initiative (CEDI). Her role includes working with First Nation – municipal partnerships across Canada to establish sustainable and respectful relationships and to develop joint community economic development initiatives and land-use plans.
Marissa has a rich background of designing and convening community-bridging intercultural dialogue and educational programming. Marissa holds a BA in Communications, Minor in Dialogue from Simon Fraser University (SFU), Dialogue and Civic Engagement Certificate from SFU, and is a Cando-certified Technician Aboriginal Economic Developer (TAED).
Judy is a highly motivated, high-energy educational consultant with a demonstrated track record for fostering learning and promoting multicultural diversity. She is a recipient of an Excellence of Teaching Award and the Alberta Centennial Medal for innovative approaches to education and the promotion of cultural diversity.
Judy is from a family of 9 children: 4 biological siblings of Scandinavian descent and 5 adopted from varied multicultural backgrounds. Many years later, the family learned three of the children were part of the 60’s Scoop. Many commented her family looked like the United Nations. Her Mom early identified that the First Nations siblings needed to learn about their heritage and so Judy’s journey began along with them. During that time, she was traditionally adopted into a family from the Samson Cree Nation and over time she has learned the beauty and strength of the First Nations People by actively participating in many traditional ceremonies and the teachings of Plains Cree Spiritual Leaders. Judy and her husband Roy were finalists at the 2016 Emerald Awards for promoting the sacredness of water in Central Alberta that had International impact.
Judy is an avid collector of First Nations artifacts and loves to travel. As a trained investigator for Corrections Service Canada, Judy can often be found working in federal correctional facilities. As well, Judy is a former board member for 16 years on the Citizens Advisory Committee at Pe Sakastew Healing Centre in Maskwacis where the goal is to successfully reintegrate the offenders into the community. She recently retired from Alberta Human Services as a committee member for Social Care Facilities. She enjoys the 14 grandchildren from her blended family with her husband Roy.
Derek Jagodzinsky - LUXX Ready-to-Wear
LUXX Ready-to-Wear is a fashion company based out of Edmonton, Alberta that designs sophisticated, sleek and polished garments for the modern women and men of today.
LUXX is owned and operated by creator Derek Jagodzinsky. Derek has an Indigenous heritage that he heavily draws creative inspiration from and from which he largely derives his values. He obtained his Masters in Industrial Design from the University of Alberta, researching how perceptions about Aboriginal culture can be positively impacted and redefined through design in a modern way. He previously acquired a Bachelor of Design in Graphic Design. His designs have been featured in the Native Fashion Now exhibit that toured throughout the United States of America, including the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian. His collaboration with the visual artist Aaron Paquette will be a permanent exhibit in the upcoming Royal Alberta Museum.
All garments are handmade locally in Edmonton with small quantity runs. LUXX embraces the highest standards of quality and craftsmanship with the highest standard of creativity.
Nicole McLaren - Founder/CEO, Raven Reads
Nicole McLaren is an accomplished community development and public relations professional with over 14 years’ experience developing and implementing innovative engagement and economic development plans for industry in western Canada.
As a Métis woman and economic development advocate from Saskatchewan, Nicole is the pioneer of multiple non-profits including the Indigenous Women’s Business Network, a non-profit society in British Columbia that supports Indigenous female entrepreneurs across the province.
Today Nicole successfully runs her own online business: Raven Reads.
A beautifully curated seasonal subscription box, Raven Reads delivers written works by Indigenous authors and hand-picked items made or designed by Indigenous entrepreneurs and artists. Delivering to over 500 subscribers across the Globe every three months, Raven Reads is the only subscription box with a social purpose that provides quality content promoting positive relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples.
Patricia MacQuarrie - City of Camrose
Patricia MacQuarrie is the current Economic Development Officer for the City of Camrose. Previously, she served 8 years as a Councillor for the City of Wetaskiwin and sat on both the Central Alberta Economic Partnership and Central Alberta Access Prosperity Boards. She is a published author with writing credits in the Globe and Mail, and CBC, and has traditionally published a true crime book. She sat on the Writers’ Guild of Alberta Board of Directors for five years, with two years as Chair. She has experience in applying for, and receiving, grants for both individuals and organizations in the arts sector.
Keith Matthew - Seklep Business Services
Keith Matthew is a member of the Simpcw First Nation and is a former chief of the Simpcw First Nation. He served for five years as chief and five years as Councilor up until December 2010. He has his own company Seklep Business Services and works with First Nations’ communities to negotiate agreements with companies that require certainty of tenure from major projects on unceded traditional territory. As well he has two joint venture companies and is a principal with both Skeetch Arrowhead Contracting Ltd. and Skowtum Services Ltd. Skeetch Arrowhead is involved in mine heavy construction and was awarded a major contract with New Gold Inc. and have finished their second season and has successfully delivered the contract on time and on budget. Skowtum Services specializes in survey, road and bridge design contract work and is currently working on Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain Expansion Project.
Keith was awarded his Certified Aboriginal Economic Developer Certification by Cando at a ceremony in Winnipeg at their annual general meeting in 2013. He also successfully completed BCIT’s Associate Certificate, Venture Program, in 2012.
Brandi Morin - Chief Creative Officer of Mixed Blood Apparel
Brandi is an award-winning Metis journalist from Treaty 6, AB, Canada.
For the last 10 years Brandi has specialized in sharing Indigenous stories, some of which helped spark change and reconciliation in Canada’s political, cultural and social environments.
Her most notable work brought her to the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network National News, the CBC Indigenous and the National Observer.
Brandi won a Human Rights Reporting award from the Canadian Association of Journalists in April of 2019 for her work with the CBC's Beyond 94 project tracking the progress of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's Calls to Action. The award is co-sponsored by Journalists for Human Rights.
In the fall of 2018 Brandi became an entrepreneur, Chief Creative Officer of Mixed Blood Apparel. The clothing brand incorporates Indigenous culture and language in its contemporary designs.
Since then, Brandi has been featured in national and international media stories about the unique appeal of the Mixed Blood brand, including the Toronto Star, Cultural Survival Magazine and The Guardian, to name a few.
Her passion for cultural revitalization, reconciliation and creativity has inspired and empowered countless others to consider taking action to impact the world with their own gifts and creativity.
Shawna Morning Bull - Manager Business Development at Community Futures Treaty Seven (CFT7)
Shawna Morning Bull is a member of the Piikani First Nation located in southern Alberta. Shawna received a di-ploma in Business Administration and a Certificate in Criminal Justice from Lethbridge College in 1995. She has also attended the Banff Centre for Management.
Shawna is presently employed as the Manager Business Development at Community Futures Treaty Seven (CFT7) in Calgary, Alberta. In this capacity she is responsible for the overall direction, evaluation, and operations of the various development initiatives which the Community Futures Treaty Seven is currently involved in or wishes to pursue. Shawna has been employed by Community Futures Treaty Seven for 4 years. Prior to CFT7 she was a Business Loans Manager with Alberta Indian Investment Corporation and a Business Support Officer with Indian Business Corporation. She is also the Secretary for Piikani Resource Development Corporation Board of Directors, an entity operating on the Piikani Nation to develop, design and implement projects, programs and services for the benefit of her First Nation economy.
Shawna is married to Wade and together they have 5 children. She enjoys attending her children’s activities such as basketball, hockey, mixed martial arts, wrestling and they all enjoy hitting the powwow trail.
Eve O’Leary, PCED.sk TAED
Eve O’Leary is currently the Regional Economic Development Officer for the FDC Regional Economic Development Commission. The commission is an interprovincial-intermunicipal entity that encompasses the City of Flin Flon, the Town of Creighton and the Northern Village of Denare Beach.
With a background in customer service, information technology and management, Eve moved from Ireland to Canada in 2014. She previously held the position of Executive Director for a Downtown Business Association in Saskatchewan.
In 2018, she attended the first ever Indigenous Economic Development Youth Summit hosted by Cando. She has a strong background in relationship-building, self-motivation, strategic planning and governance. She attained her Professional Community and Economic Developer of Saskatchewan Designation through SEDA, as well as TAED certification (Technician Aboriginal Economic Developer) with Cando. She is currently working on attaining her Economic Development Diploma through the University of Waterloo, and her Ec.d with EDAC. Her goal over the next few years is to attain her MBA. She is a fishing enthusiast and lover of the outdoors.
Eve and her husband currently live with their two dogs in Flin Flon, SK.
Tanya Tourangeau - CEDI coordinator
Tanya joined the Cando family from the Government of the Northwest Territories from where she brings valuable corporate public service knowledge from a territory that serves the largest % of First Nation, Inuit and Metis populations. A strategic specialist, she has successfully contributed to many government-wide initiatives that impacted workforce development, talent management, and succession planning.
Tanya has extensive experience designing and developing University and College Business Administration programs and delivering them online and face-to-face to Indigenous students across Canada. As an adult educator for over 10 years, she has the ability to transfer knowledge effectively and instill motivation and confidence in the learner.
Tanya has achieved TAED & Land Management Certifications and has a strong background in continuous improvement methodologies, change management, project management, and information and communication technology (ICT) initiatives.
Tanya is passionate about economic development and loves sharing her knowledge and experience to build capacity.
Hussam Tungekar - Futurpreneur Canada
Hussam Tungekar heads up Futurpreneur Canada’s Alberta team. He has a passion for nurturing economic empowerment in our community.
His background in digital marketing and strategic business development, in both corporate and non-profit organizations, are his key strengths when it comes to helping young businesses succeed.
Hussam’s side hustle is in Strategic Communications consulting, providing services to an international group of clients.
Jeff Ward - Animikii Indigenous Technology
Jeff Ward is the founder and CEO of Animikii Indigenous Technology. Animikii is the largest Indigenous-owned digital agency on Turtle Island. They use technology as a tool to drive positive changes for Indigenous Peoples by building long term relationships and amplifying the voices of Indigenous innovators. Indigenous values guide Animikii's business services; website design, custom software development, design & branding and digital communications.
Jeff is Ojibwe and Métis, originally from Manitoba, and now lives and works in Victoria, BC on the traditional unceded territory of the Lekwungen (Songhees and Esquimalt) Nations. Everything Jeff does in business is geared towards uplifting his family, friends, coworkers, communities and Indigenous Peoples.
Jeff is a thought leader, web designer, software developer, author, speaker and changemaker
Crystal White is a 38-year-old, 4th year student from Enoch Cree Nation. After completing MacEwan University’s Business Management Diploma program in 2016, she realized that the more she learned – the less she knew, so she decided to continue her studies and enrolled in the Bachelor of Commerce program.
Crystal’s dedication to education has enabled her to make the Dean’s List, earned her a membership within the Golden Key International Honor Society and, with a current GPA of 3.75, puts her on track to graduate with Distinction this fall.
Crystal has enjoyed remarkable success in school, but her true passion is to become a Business Consultant and utilize her education to help Indigenous communities and entrepreneurs create their own success stories.
Kyle White - Co-operatives First