Conference Resources

17th Annual National Youth Panel

  • Josh Montana, George Gordon First Nation, SK
  • Mackenzie Brown, Sturgeon Lake Cree Nation, AB
  • Nathan Crow, Kainai First Nation (Blood Tribe), AB
  • Nolan McAllister, Métis Nation - British Columbia, BC
  • Shayla Raine, Kisipatnahk Tribe, BC
  • Shayna Uhryn, Métis Nation - Saskatchewan, SK

8th Annual Women in Business Panel

Access to Capital: Finding the Right Financial Partner, David Boisvert, Peace Hills Trust; Chief Darcy Bear, Whitecap Dakota First Nation & Dawn Madahbee Leach, National Indigenous Economic Development Board

Building a Proposal for Your Food Sovereignty Project, Branavan Tharmarajah, The Growcer

Business Model Circle: An Innovative Entrepreneurial Model, Dr. Brent Ramsay and Jack Smith, University Canada West

CEDI Panel: With the Beat of the Drum, Three Communities, One Heart: First Nation - Municipal CEDI Partnership

Celebrating 30 Years of BMO’s Indigenous Banking Unit, Clio Straram, BMO Financial Group

Celebrating Milestones, Milton Tootoosis, Chairman of the Board, Saskatchewan Indigenous Economic Development Network

Cooperatives, a Model for Doing Business Your Way, Together, Trista Pewapisconias, Co-Operatives First

Economic Developer of the Year Award Presentations

Individual EDO Category

Indigenous Private Sector Business Category

Community Category

Economic Reconciliation Through Industry-Indigenous Partnerships, Steven Vanloffeld, eSupply Canada & Wade Griffin, BGIS

Game on! Building a Sustainable and Resilient Indigenous Economy, Jesse James, First Nations Tax Commission and Norm Lavallee, Tulo Centre of Indigenous Economics

Getting Ready to Take Your Business Global, Todd Evans, Export Development Canada; Monica James, BDC & Tara Scheurwater, Manitoba & Saskatchewan Regional Office of the Trade Commissioner Service

Homeownership in Action - Building on Ideas, Harold Tarbell, Tarbell Facilitation Network & Deborah Taylor, First Nations Market Housing Fund

Implementing Innovation: Indigenous Homes Innovation Initiative (IHII) Saskatchewan Success Stories, Cynthia Desjarlais, Muskowekwan First Nation; Rachelle Holterman, Holterman Waller Strategy Inc.; Shaun Dyck, Central Urban Metis Federation, Inc.; and Will Goodon, Manitoba Metis Federation

Indigenous Entrepreneur Ecosystem, Rocky Sinclair & Terry Coyes, First Nations Social Enterprise Foundation

Indigenous Procurement Panel

  • Mike Ricci, Indigenous Services Canada
  • Kear Porttris, QM Environmental
  • John Johnstone, Public Services & Procurement Canada
  • Cassandra Dorrington, CAMSC
  • Ross Holden, Babcock Canada

Innovative Indigenous Agriculture Projects Lead by Indigenous Companies, Non-profits and Individual Entrepreneurs

Miyoskamin: Grounded in Indigenous Innovation, Samantha Ouellette, Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies

Moving from Lessons to Leaders in Agriculture, Shaun Soonias, Farm Credit Canada

Natural Resources Canada Panel

Positioning Your Nation for the Fourth Industrial Revolution, Charmaine McCraw, ORIGIN

Ross Holden, Babcock Canada

Tara Scheurwater, Manitoba & Saskatchewan Regional Office of the Trade Commissioner Service

The Future of Federal Public Procurement - How Will it Create Opportunities for Your Community?, Daniel Sandoz, John Johnstone & Tim Low, Public Services & Procurement Canada

Untapped Revenue Sources, Robert Campbell, MNP