Conference Sessions & Speakers 

Cybersecurity Within the Indigital Revolution

Leon Morris, JEDI & Ki’tpu Cybersecurity and Technology Services

Band Councils, Indigenous organizations, businesses and our community members all need to be cyber aware and cyber secure. Our nations are very vulnerable to hacking attempts from community members, media, governments (municipal / provincial /federal), law enforcement, foreign threat actors and "script kiddies". The following topics will be covered: What is Cybersecurity? What is Cyber-Secure? What is a baseline and why do we need one? How do we perform one? What is Ethical Hacking, Black Hat Hacking, Grey Hat Hacking and Pentesting? Why do we need this and who do we hire? What is encryption? Bit Locker? Principles of Least Privilege? How do we protect our most vulnerable community members?                    

Leon Morris was born in the United States and moved to Canada at the age of 11. He is a Mi'kmaq and grew up on the Sipekne'katik First Nations in Nova Scotia. He graduated from Dalhousie University and has over 30 years' experience in the Information Technology Industry. With 20 of those years teaching for various universities, community colleges, private career institutions and first nations community organizations. Currently, he is the IT Coordinator for Joint Economic Development Initiative (JEDI), Lead Instructor of an Indigenous Cybersecurity Program for College communautaire du Nouveau-Brunswick and Part-time Workplace Essential Skills facilitator/instructor for NBCC. With over 20 current industry certifications combined with his extensive knowledge and experiences, he has the ability, experience, and passion to teach all - regardless of age, backgrounds, or experience levels. His greatest achievements thus far are his 2 daughters, 2 stepchildren and 3 grandsons, whom he affectionately refers to as his " Mini-Me' s". An avid sailor, scuba diver, backyard mechanic and metal forger. He has a demonstrated passion and natural ability for all aspects of mechanical and electrical engineering.

 


 

Engraved on Our Nations: Indigenous Economic Tenacity

Dr. Fred Wien, Dalhousie University; Christopher Googoo, We’koqma’q First Nation; Mary Doucette, Cape Breton University; David Newhouse, Trent University; and Dr. Wanda Wuttunee, University of Manitoba

This panel presentation will amplify the long history of resilient Indigenous economic activity in Canada that is largely undocumented. The presentations will begin with a centering of Indigenous economic history followed by stories of positive engagement with challenges that have led to demonstrable success. They showcase tenacity, not only by Indigenous business leaders, their communities but also for their regions. Stories that will be shared include: a model of community economic development by Membertou First Nation, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia that has lessons of broad application; Atlantic Canada’s Indigenous entrepreneurial resilience is highlighted through stories of the persistence that was necessary before government programs; and Tahltan Nation, BC has a storied past, initially marked by poverty and discrimination, then moving deliberately to reclaim their livelihood on their terms, with exceptional success.

Dr. Fred Wien, Professor Emeritus at Dalhousie University, he is highly regarded for collaborating with Indigenous leaders and scholars to undertake the research they need in order to create evidence-based policies and practices. Journal of Aboriginal Economic Development editorial board member.

Mary Beth Doucette, Membertou Band, Assistant Professor and Purdy Crawford Chair in Cape Breton University’s Shannon School of Business, Sydney, Nova Scotia.

Christopher Googoo, We’koqma’q First Nation, CEO Ulnooweg Development Group, Millbrook, Nova Scotia.

David Newhouse, Onandaga, Professor and Director, Chanie Wenjack School for Indigenous Studies, Trent University, Peterborough, Ontario Canada. Journal of Aboriginal Economic Development editorial board member.

Dr. Wanda Wuttunee, Red Pheasant Cree Nation, Professor Emerita, Department of Indigenous Studies, University of Manitoba. Journal of Aboriginal Economic Development editor-in-chief, editorial board.

 


 

Governance is a Tool not a Weapon: Learning Useful Skills to Make Boards Work for You

Cora Bunn, Catalyste+

With organizations navigating an increasingly complex world and working tirelessly to achieve their missions, strong governance at the board level is a critical factor for success. Good governance is holistic and acknowledges the interconnectedness that exists between a board, the organization, the community, and the community's traditional knowledge. To be successful, organizations both big and small need to have good governance: it helps their management teams make good decisions, protects them from risks, and takes on an operational role during times of change and transformation. Catalyste+ has been partnering with Indigenous organizations across Canada to develop and deliver governance training and we learned about some of the major board governance issues and challenges. In this interactive workshop, we will share some best practices on how to run an effective Board, what are good policies to follow, and how to prepare new members.

Cora Bunn is a Community Relations Officer with Catalyste+. She is responsible for the Funding Application Support Program (FASP) and forming strategic partnerships to support Indigenous-led organizations and their members. Her work also supports First Nations, Inuit and Metis governments that require capacity and appropriate governance systems and structures for the successful delivery of programs and services to their communities. Cora is a proud Métis woman, and a citizen of the Métis Nation of Ontario. She has served her Métis community in various capacities including two terms as Grand River Metis Council President, two terms as Métis Nation of Ontario Women's Council Regional Women's Representative, Indigenous Education Councils and Indigenous heritage festivals. Currently, as an elected women's representative, Cora serves on the Governance Committee and acts as Secretary for the council. 

Corporate Governance

Glenn Fleetwood, BDO Canada LLP

The presentation will focus on the following:

  • What is governance and what is it all about?
  • What is the role of the Board of Directors and what is their relationship to Chief and Council
  • Why the right economic development/corporate structure will yield fruit beyond just profits
  • Corporate Trusts and why are they important and how do they benefit membership and
  • economic development

Glenn is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA), a legacy Certified General Accountant (CGA) and is currently completing his MBA at the University of Fredericton. He holds his Public Sector Certificate from CPA Canada and is considered an advanced user and preparer of Financial Statements under Public Sector Standards (PSAS). With over twenty-five (25) years of Executive Management, Resource Management and Accounting experience in not-for-profit, manufacturing and government services, Glenn brings a diversity of experience to BDO’s Indigenous Executive Management Services Team. He is an active champion of good governance and timely financial reporting. Glenn believes that to be an effective provider of financial services and financial information, you must be an effective and engaged storyteller. Glenn has spent the last eight years working with Indigenous Communities and organizations helping them define and achieve success through developing strong governance models, policies and controls, planning, annual operating and capital budgets and robust financial reporting.

 


 

How Online Marketing, Video Storytelling and Community Engagement Transformed My Indigenous Business

Mallory Rose, Tribal Trade Co.

How can Economic Development Officers support Indigenous entrepreneurs to be innovative, resilient and successful? This workshop will share actionable tools and strategies for EDOs to share with aspiring and existing entrepreneurs in their communities, in order to generate more leads for their businesses, and build a brand that stands out. I will share the top 10 actionable strategies I used to generate over 100,000 email subscribers, 40,000 subscribers on YouTube, and an online community of over 36,000 users. These strategies transformed my business as an Indigenous entrepreneur, and the tools and resources I used can be implemented immediately with entrepreneurs in your community.

Mallory Rose is an anishinaabe-kwe, Ojibway woman from Curve Lake First Nation and founder of Tribal Trade Co. As an online content creator, specializing in Indigenous wellness, cultural education, and community engagement, her expertise is in developing practical learning tools aimed to grow awareness, appreciation, and resilience of Indigenous people, communities, and allies. Mallory is the creator of Smudge Circle, Resiliency Transformation Week, and the Truth & Reconciliation Workshop Series. She’s delivered online workshops, and engagement sessions to over 25,000 participants relating to Indigenous Cultural Awareness, Identity Re-connection, and Truth & Reconciliation. Mallory holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Wilfrid Laurier University, majoring in Marketing and Brand Communications. As a single mother, Mallory enjoys spending time with her son and grandma, as well as learning about the latest trends in marketing and media.

 


 

How to Complete Due Diligence on New Ventures

Tim Keating, Keating Business Strategies Ltd.

The workshop will walk participants through the steps, tools and techniques professionals use to conduct due diligence on new community-based ventures. It will provide an overview of the due diligence process and its importance in assessing and managing risks associated with new ventures. Participants will work through case studies to objectively evaluate new opportunities presented to a community. Topics will include financial due diligence, technology evaluation, market assessment, corporate and governance and other issues used in completing due diligence.

Tim grew up on a small mixed farm near Estevan Saskatchewan and attended the University of Saskatchewan where he obtained degrees in Regional and Urban Development (Planning) and in Economics, including an Agribusiness Management Certificate. He worked throughout Saskatchewan as an Economic Development Officer for First Nations and rural communities and is a Registered Professional Planner and Member of the Canadian Institute of Planners. Tim later accepted a position as Agribusiness Manager with Alberta Agriculture and Food in the Peace Region of Alberta and then moved to Red Deer where he worked as an investment officer for the Alberta Value Added Corporation (AVAC Ltd.) Tim went back to university and obtained a Master of Business Administration degree and continued to work in the areas of economic development and agribusiness for MNP and as Agribusiness Manager for Montana First Nation. Tim is the principal of Keating Business Strategies, a lead edge rural economic and agribusiness management consulting firm. Tim is married to his wife Lana and has three wonderful children. Tim enjoys spending time in the outdoors and on his acreage.

 


 

Supporting the Power and Potential of Indigenous Women Entrepreneurs

Shannon Pestun, Women Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub; Magnolia Perron, National Aboriginal Capital Corporations Association; Nicole Travers, Ulnooweg Development Group; and Elaine Chambers, däna Näye Ventures

Targeted support is necessary to help Indigenous women entrepreneurs achieve their entrepreneurship dreams. Join this session to learn about the barriers that Indigenous women are overcoming in business, new initiatives and programs to support women’s participation in business, and the importance of ensuring equitable and inclusive services. You’ll hear from the National Aboriginal Capital Corporations Association (NACCA) and its network of Indigenous Financial Institutions on their recently launched Indigenous Women Entrepreneurship (IWE) Program and micro-loan fund that is supporting Indigenous women entrepreneurs across the country.

Magnolia Perron is the Indigenous Women and Youth Lead at the National Aboriginal Capital Corporations Association. She holds a Graduate Diploma in Indigenous Policy and Administration from Carleton University and a Masters in Indigenous Nationhood at the University of Victoria where she focused on entrepreneurship and economic development in Indigenous communities. Magnolia has experience in advocacy, research, policy, and program development and has worked with many Indigenous non-profit organizations including the BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres and the First Nations Information Governance Centre. Magnolia is from Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory and a proud member of the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte.

Shannon Pestun is a proud Cree Métis woman entrepreneur and courageous leader who is breaking barriers to advance an inclusive and sustainable economy. Recognized for creating innovative funding models and solutions that challenge the status quo, Shannon is one of Canada’s most sought-after finance consultants and a trusted voice on women’s entrepreneurship for educators, government, industry and the media. She was one of the first women in the country to lead a women’s banking strategy and one of seven women appointed to serve on Canada’s women entrepreneurship expert panel. Shannon is the Co-founder of The Finance Cafe, the CEO of Pestun Consulting and the Senior Advisor for Business and Finance for Canada’s Women Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub. Shannon is committed to bolstering Indigenous economic prosperity and wellness by driving regional economic growth and bringing an Indigenous-centred approach to her work. In 2020, she created the Gifting Circle Bursary for Indigenous women entrepreneurs, the first community-funded bursary that supports Indigenous women who pursue entrepreneurship.

Nicole Travers works with Ulnooweg as a Business Support Officer for Indigenous Women Entrepreneurs, she is of l’nu and settler decent.  Born and raised on the West Coast of Newfoundland in Little Port, the youngest daughter of Terry and Ruth and grew up on and in the water as most children do in a traditional fishing family.  Nicole is also a small business owner and artist where her work is set in using sustainable and environmentally friendly practices. 

Elaine Chambers was born and raised in Whitehorse, Yukon, and currently resides in Champagne, Yukon.  She is a member of the Champagne & Aishihik First Nation and of the Crow Clan.  Over the past Thirty-six years Elaine has been employed with däna Näye Ventures and since 1996 has been the General Manager. däna Näye Ventures is an Aboriginal Financial Institution which serves the Yukon and Northern B.C. Ms. Chambers sits on the Board of Director of the National Aboriginal Capital Corporation Association (NACCA) representing the North and is currently the secretary. She also sits on the following Board of Directors and is Chair: Dakwakada Development Limited Partnership, Chair; RAB Energy Group Inc. (Northerm Windows and Doors), Kilrich Industries. Ms. Chambers has represented the Yukon on the Cando Board of Directors and is Secretary Treasurer. Elaine is the proud mother of two grown children, Odessa and Tina and has 3 Grandchildren.

 


 

Becoming a Champion of Change in Your Community

Sonia Molodecky & Jerry Asp, Global Indigenous Development Trust

This interactive and dynamic workshop will begin with the Tahltan Story as told by Tahltan Nation Development Corporation (TNDC) founder and Canadian Mining Hall of Fame Inductee, Jerry Asp, “From Affluence to Poverty to Affluence”. He will take participants through the steps, challenges and lessons learned, of how they went from 98% unemployment and low education standards to ZERO unemployment, above the national average in education standards, multi-million-dollar businesses, with 8 divisions and 28 joint-venture partnerships. TNDC continues to be recognized 35 years later as one of the leading Indigenous businesses in Canada, as environmental stewards and supporting holistic community development. Jerry will lead participants through practical applications to begin to actualize these steps into practice. Lastly, participants will engage in an exploration of the latest in innovations and technologies to support a values-based approach to economic development. Jerry highlights having a Champion in the community to drive the vision to fruition was instrumental. We hope to leave participants with tools to take the next step in their communities, whether they are just starting out or well on their journey, and the belief that anything is possible.

Jerry is committed to enhancing the quality of life for Indigenous people through the creation of new business opportunities and development of skills and capacity in the community. Jerry was President and founding member of the Tahltan Nation Development Corporation (1985), the largest native-owned and operated heavy construction company in Western Canada building it to a $60 million corporation with 8 divisions and 29 joint-venture partnerships in the mining industry. Today, the Tahltan Trust Fund holds $120 million for future generations from these opportunities. Jerry is credited with taking their Nation from 98% unemployment to 0% unemployment through equitable partnerships and business opportunities. Jerry’s success includes negotiating the first Impact Benefit Agreement in BC with the Golden Bear Mine, the first native–owned independent power producer contract with BC Hydro and a new health facility to serve the Dease Lake area. Jerry has also applied his leadership skills to serve the public. Jerry was instrumental in bringing the Aboriginal Toolkit for Mining to fruition which in 2007 won the International Award as the best Aboriginal mine training document in the world, from UNESCO. Jerry was a founding member of Canadian Aboriginal Minerals Association (CAMA) (1991-Nov 2013) where he served as Vice President; was appointed to sit on the Yukon Mining Advisory Board in 2011; and in 2018 was appointed to the Multi-Stakeholder Advisory Body on Responsible Business Conduct by the Minister of International Trade. Jerry has been awarded the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada Skookum Jim award which recognizes Indigenous achievements in the mineral industry; received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal March 5, 2013, the Frank Woodside award from AME BC (2015) the Inspired award for Business and Commerce (2017), and in 2020 was inducted into the Canadian Mining Hall of Fame. As founder of the Global Indigenous Development Trust, Jerry actively shares his knowledge and experience with communities across the Americas, Africa, Scandinavia and Australia.

Sonia is a lawyer with more than 15 years’ experience in international law, business and community economic development. Sonia started her career as a corporate finance lawyer at two of Canada’s top law firms focusing on natural resources, renewable energy and infrastructure, specifically public-private partnerships. Since then, Sonia has done business in more than a dozen countries, bridging ancient knowledge systems and modern ways, and supporting in economic development efforts. Sonia has also worked in human rights law for the Public Defender’s Office in Argentina, as legal advisor to the Prime Minister of Ukraine, and for the President of the Commission of Human Rights and Justice in Mexico. In 2013, Sonia co-founded the Global Indigenous Development Trust that connects indigenous communities to share experiences and wise practice, to be decision-makers in the development of their lands and resources, and in re-building natural leaders and economies. Sonia is also founding director of Mno Aki Land Trust and Spirit Rock Resources Corp. which are empowering sovereignty over land, wealth, and resources. In 2019, Sonia led in the creation of the University of Toronto’s Center for Global Engineering Reconciliation Through Engineering Initiative (RTEI) - a collaborative, ‘two-eyed seeing’ approach to applied research in the areas of energy, housing, water, food and transportation infrastructure founded in life systems. Sonia recently published a book entitled, “A New Human Story: A Co-Creators Guide to Living our True Potential” that hopes to inspire youth to co-create a world in harmony with life. She lives in the country where she grows her own food, forages, and works with our Mother Earth to continue to uncover her secrets.

 


 

Climate Change Adaption: Interactive 3D Community Modelling

Barry Stevens, Stevens Solutions & Design Inc.

Stevens Solutions & Design Inc - 3D Wave Design (Mi’kmaq owned) has developed close relationships with environmental, First Nations and applied geomatics research groups, particularly in relation to wildland fire and inland flood risk assessments and global warming induced sea-level rise prediction and simulation. Through this work, SS&DI/3D Wave Design has coded proprietary LiDAR ingestion software and created an interactive 3D visualization approach that readily communicates scientific wildland fire and flood data and analysis for easy and rapid comprehension. This offering is beneficial to First Nation governance, decision makers, band councils, funding agencies, community members and EOC-EMO/Firefighting personnel alike.  SS&DI/3D Wave’s interactive 3D modeling is also being used for commercial fisheries wharfs planning, fin and shellfish aquaculture site planning including user interactive environmental data, visualizations of tidal, wind and wave clean energy sites for decision making and funding. SS&DI/3D Wave has also been used for stress testing road, bridge and water and wastewater treatment locations. Communities are actively implementing infrastructure projects and climate change mitigation strategies with the assistance of this software. This Indigenous designed software will be demonstrated.

As a Mi’kmaq Acadia First Nation community member, Barry has held positions in both management and engineering roles in advanced development laboratories, anti-submarine warfare product design, HF communications, business development and consulting, training, product sales, and production management. At his last place of employment, he was V.P. of Operations. In 2001, Barry launched Stevens Solutions & Design Inc. (SS&DI) and has supplied communications and custom electronic hardware designs/software solutions for use in corporate communications, instruction and eLearning, security, defence, government agencies, global corporations, non-profits, and Indigenous organizations. Barry has sat on numerous Indigenous and non-indigenous boards and committees including: as a regional zone Chief for the Native Council of Nova Scotia; NCNS Indigenous Citizenship committee member; Nations in a Circle indigenous heritage and culture society, founding Board Member; NS Indigenous Tourism Enterprise Network, founding Board Member; Coastal Action Foundation Board Member; JEDI Indigenous Entrepreneur Consultant / Mentor; Mahone Bay Museum Advisory committee member; Indigenous Consultant for NSCC’s CPET educational program; Indigenous Consultant for Canada’s Ocean Super Cluster AOSP Vitality program. Barry’s traditional Mi’kmaq petroglyph artwork has been acquired by the Smithsonian’s Museum of the North American Indian. Barry resides with his wife Mary, in Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia.

 


 

Transforming Indigenous Procurement - Results from the 2023 Cando Survey on Indigenous Procurement and Capacity Needs and Introductions to Government Support

 

Danielle Aubin, Indigenous Services Canada & Ray Wanuch, Cando (Moderators); Irene Henriques, York University; Bob Anderson, University of Regina; Rick Colbourne, Carleton University; Ana Maria Peredo, University of Ottawa; Tim Dymond, Indigenous Services Canada; and Aaron Bower, Public Services & Procurement Canada

“Survey says” …During this session, lead academic researchers will provide the 2023 Cando Procurement Survey results and analysis. The survey gathered feedback on Indigenous business and community participation in procurement opportunities from the Cando network and EDOs from coast to coast to coast. Following the survey results, Indigenous Services Canada and Procurement Assistance Canada will provide an overview of federal procurement modernization initiatives and key information for EDOs and Indigenous businesses to access the annual 25-Billion-dollar federal procurement market.   

Dr. Irene Henriques is a Professor of Sustainability and Economics and Area Coordinator of Economics at the Schulich School of Business, York University, section editor at the Journal of Business Ethics, Deputy Editor, Organization & Environment, and former Co-Editor of Business & Society. As Chair of the Joint Public Advisory Committee for the Commission for Environmental Cooperation, Professor Henriques helped bring together Indigenous peoples from across North America to share their sustainability-related best practices and success stories. Research in understanding the nexus between sustainable development, clean innovation and Indigenous entrepreneurship is key in attaining sustainable prosperity in Canada and abroad.

Dr. Robert Anderson is an internationally recognised scholar on Indigenous entrepreneurship and sustainable development of Indigenous peoples. He has argued that developmental aspirations of Indigenous people are shaped by four key factors: (i) a desire by Indigenous people to improve their socio-economic circumstances through participation in the global economy ‘on their own terms’, (ii) increasing recognition of the rights of Indigenous people to have at least some control over activities on their traditional lands, (iii) the shift to a new, flexible global economy in which local aspirations and objectives can play a more significant role and iv) the growing importance of entrepreneurship as a means for achieving these objectives that are well aligned with an emerging global trend of sustainability, and ‘blended value’ enterprises.

Dr. Ana Maria Peredo is a Canada Research Chair tier 1 and Full Professor of Social and Inclusive Entrepreneurship at the Telfer School of Management. She is also a Professor (on leave) of Political Ecology at the School of Environmental Studies and was also Director of the Centre for Co-operative and Community-Based Economy at the University of Victoria, Canada. Dr. Peredo’s work has contributed to understanding the ways communities can address poverty by constructing rewarding and sustainable livelihoods out of resources in their distinctive cultures and environments. She draws on her academic training in Anthropology and Management and extensive experience in the Andes of her native Peru to explore alternative economies and their impact on the social and environmental aspects of community.

Dr. Rick Colbourne is the Assistant Dean, Equity and Inclusive Communities and Assistant Professor, Indigenous Leadership and Management at Carleton University’s Sprott School of Business and a member of the Mattawa/North Bay Algonquin First Nation with Algonquin, French, English and German descent. He is an award-winning educator and Fulbright Fellow (Visiting Research Chair in Indigenous Entrepreneurship), who has taught at universities in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom and Europe. His research interests center on Indigenous entrepreneurship, hybrid venture creation, economic development and Indigenous business ecosystems as a means to support Indigenous communities to facilitate self-determination, self-governance and foster community socioeconomic health and wellbeing.

Danielle Aubin has led the Transformative Indigenous Procurement Strategy Directorate at Indigenous Services Canada since 2021. For 9 years prior to that, she was responsible for the development, consultation, negotiation and implementation of new procurement policies for the Government of Canada as the Director of Procurement and Materiel Policies at Treasury Board Secretariat in the Office of the Comptroller General. Danielle holds a Masters of Arts in Public Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Canadian Studies from Queen’s University.

Aaron has been a member of the federal public service for more than 17 years, working mostly at Public Services and Procurement Canada, with a brief stint at Indigenous Services Canada. The bulk of his career has been in the field of Communications, but he also worked in management with both PSPC Atlantic’s Strategic and Issues Management team and the Corporate Operations team. He joined Procurement Assistance Canada Atlantic as a Senior Research and Policy Advisor in January 2022. Aaron has worked with high-performing teams on a variety of award-winning projects over the years, including: the Sydney Tar Ponds and Coke Ovens Remediation Project, the Acadia Park Disposal Project, and the former Mine Site Closure Program. Aaron has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Dalhousie University, and a Bachelor of Public Relations from Mount Saint Vincent University.

Tim works in the Transformative Indigenous Procurement Strategy Directorate at Indigenous Services Canada where he manages the Procurement Strategy for Indigenous Business and the Indigenous Business Directory. He provides policy advice and guidance to the procurement community, as well as supports and educates Indigenous business owners looking to sell their goods and services to the Government of Canada. Prior to working with Indigenous Services Canada, Tim was with Public Services & Procurement Canada where he was focused on the development of standard templates and tools for contracting officers to include in their solicitations to increase the representation of Indigenous businesses and Peoples in federal procurement. He also led the implementation of the Nunavut Directive, providing support to contracting authorities working on procurement files in Nunavut and other Modern Treaty areas. Tim is a veteran of the Canadian Forces, holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and a Masters of Public Administration from the University of Manitoba.

 


 

Mining Equals Economic Development Opportunities for Indigenous Communities

Robert Stewart, Professional Geoscientist & Paul Macedo, Cando

This interactive workshop will highlight examples of Indigenous communities that have benefitted from economic activities related to the mining sector. Participants will learn about the life cycle of modern mining from the prospectors and explorers who start the process through mine development and mining to mine closure and reclamation of the site. Examples of Indigenous communities involved with business opportunities related to each step of the life cycle will be profiled with an emphasis on the Atlantic provinces. The workshop will use information from online mining webinars produced by Cando and its partner, Natural Resources Canada, for eight provinces across Canada. Participants will learn how to use the wealth of information provided online by Cando as shown by those related to the mining sector.

Paul Macedo is a graduate of the University of Alberta where he received a B.Ed. and MBA. After graduating, Paul spent 25+ years working in marketing and communications for an Indigenous communications organization. Paul has extensive knowledge of Indigenous communities - particularly in Alberta and western Canada. Paul has worked with governments of all levels as well as with corporations and non-profit organizations in developing effective and culturally sensitive strategies to communicate with Indigenous people throughout Canada. Paul is excited to promote the tremendous work that Cando does as a leading authority on Indigenous economic development. In his role as Communications Director, Paul oversees the relationships between Cando and its many partners in government and the corporate sector. Paul also oversees the development and distribution of all Cando communications including website(s), e-newsletters, Cando Connect magazine, plus all of Cando's growing social media channels. More recently, Paul has assumed the lead role for Cando's marketing and sponsorships / fundraising for Cando's various events, special projects and overall programming.

Robert - Mi’kma’ki has been the extended family’s home for over 200 years and his own family has been based here for over half his life.  His career was discovering and evaluating a wide range of mineral opportunities for over 50 years across Canada and internationally as a geologist, prospector, and Professional Geoscientist (P.Geo.).  In this time, there have been revolutionary changes in the geological understanding of mineral resources and more importantly; how to best explore, discover and develop mineral resources with community support and minimum environmental impact.  Bob continues his long-standing interest in refining best professional practices for Canadian geoscientists and engineers as a Subject Matter Expert on the National Professional Practice Examination Advisory Committee.  In 2021, Geoscience Canada recognized his long-standing service to the geoscience profession with their Fellowship designation.

 


 

Supporting Indigenous Economic Development and Businesses through Exports

Todd Evans, Export Development Canada; Rick Lambe, Baffin (Niqitaq) Fisheries; Calvin Butler, Glooscap Seafoods; and Paul Langdon, Ulnooweg Development Group

Trade was an important contributor to Indigenous prosperity and self-sufficiency well before the arrival of the first settlers.  Supported by their own unique expertise, technologies and access to resources, nations across Turtle Island were successful traders.  As modern-day Indigenous businesses and communities work to restore lost prosperity and financial sovereignty, many are looking to international trade to help achieve those goals. With Canada representing less than 2% of global demand, export markets offer opportunities for First Nations, Inuit, and Métis companies to grow their business, and contribute to building self-sufficiency, economic development and community prosperity.  However, the obstacles many Indigenous communities and companies face are impeding access to those export opportunities.Moderated by Export Development Canada, panelists from Baffin (Niqitaq) Fisheries and Glooscap Seafoods will explore these challenges, and discuss strategies to help Indigenous companies through the journey to grow their businesses through exporting.

As National Lead for Indigenous Exporters, Todd’s role is to advance Export Development Canada’s understanding of the needs and challenges of the Indigenous business community, and to lead EDC’s strategy to support the growing export needs of Indigenous businesses. Prior to taking on his current role in 2019, Todd was a principal with EDC’s Economics team. His previous positions at EDC include director of economic analysis and forecasting, and director of the corporate research department. Before joining EDC in 1997, Todd worked with various public and private sector organizations including Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada, the Economic Council of Canada, the Conference Board of Canada and HLB. Todd has a BA degree in economics and statistics from Memorial University of Newfoundland and a MA degree in economics from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. Originally from Newfoundland and Labrador, Todd is proud of his Mi’kmaw culture. He is a traditional pow wow dancer and plans to spend a lot more time on the pow wow trail when he retires.

Paul joined the Ulnooweg team in late 2015 as Major Projects Officer and led that portfolio until early 2019 when the Strategic Initiatives portfolio was created. With other key Ulnooweg team members the Strategic Initiatives Portfolio is focusing on partnership and relationships to elevate Indigenous participation in the Entrepreneurial and Innovation space. Prior to Ulnooweg his career has extended across Canada being engaged by territorial, provincial and federal government development agencies. His most recent position was in academia where Paul lectured in entrepreneurship and Indigenous economic development at Indigenous post-secondary institutions. Paul also brings to Ulnooweg the experience of impact benefits agreement negotiations. Paul is an Alumni of Acadia, with a BBA, was born and raised in King County, and is an active member of several Chambers of Commerce, sits on several local boards and volunteers his time as a business advisor to two local organizations. Paul and his wife Cathy reside in Wolfville, NS; they have two daughters, three granddaughters and a grandson. 

Rick Lambe has been in the Seafood industry for 8 years. He started in 2015 with Baffin Fisheries as Sales Director and was also named COO in 2017. In April of 2023 Baffin launched an independent sales company called Baffin Seafood, and opened an office in Aalborg Denmark to assist in developing overseas sales. Lambe was named as CEO of the new company putting a greater focus on end markets internationally and bringing in external sales to build Baffin Seafood brand.

Calvin manages the Glooscap Ventures seafood portfolio including the band's fishing vessels, lobster holding facilities and Seafood brokerage, which serves various domestic and international markets. Before coming to Glooscap, Calvin worked as a consultant with Nova Scotia Business Inc. while there he gained experience across multiple industries, helping numerous organizations grow and improve. With his diverse background and international network, he provides strategic guidance on a range of matters, from marketing and finance to human resources and exporting. Calvin earned his Commerce degree and Human Resources certificate from Saint Mary's University before beginning his career in the seafood industry. He has worked as a commercial fisher, seafood buyer, processor, and exporter in Nova Scotia, giving him a "table to plate" knowledge of the sector. Calvin has been instrumental in launching two seafood brands – www.nsseafood.com and www.seafoodfromcanada.ca - two tools allowing Nova Scotia seafood companies to export to over one hundred countries. Calvin loves to talk about how Nova Scotia seafood is known for its high quality, sustainability, and great taste so much his wife and 3 kids have his seafood pitch memorized!  Calvin is known throughout the province for providing practical, purposeful guidance to help companies improve international seafood sales, operations and more.

 


 

Indigenous Green Economy Initiative

Tarra Wright Many Chief, Acosys Consulting Services Inc.

With the support of the Government of Canada and Cando, the Indigenous Green Economy Initiative aims to support the increased participation of Indigenous communities, businesses, and suppliers in the green economy. This initiative will support the development of a broad and robust ecosystem of businesses, resources, and connections that are required to establish a Green Indigenous Entrepreneurship Ecosystem in Canada. The Indigenous Green Economy Initiative will support the increased participation of Indigenous suppliers and businesses through the development tools, references, and partnerships that provide high value to Indigenous suppliers and businesses, entrepreneurs, Indigenous communities, Government (provincial, and federal), and industry with the intent of increasing the frequency, variety, and number of opportunities for Indigenous businesses to participate in the emerging green economy.

Tarra Wright Many Chief is a member of the Blood Tribe (Kainai Nation), ana member of the Blackfoot Confederacy. Tarra earned her Bachelor of Management from the University of Lethbridge, with a focus on accounting and First Nations Governance. Tarra is a Senior Consultant with Acosys Consulting Services Inc and has been supporting projects with Acosys since 2021. She has been working with Indigenous communities and leadership on a wide variety of projects spanning multiple sectors for nearly 10 years, focusing on supporting Indigenous participation in the economy.

 


 

Economic Development Corporations, Strategic Partnerships & Joint Ventures: Structuring, Governance, Taxation and Sovereign Wealth Planning

Gary Kissack & Brian Gosse, Fogler, Rubinoff LLP and Leonard Rickard, Siksika Group of Companies

This workshop will review the following: best practices in structuring the ownership of economic development entities and special purpose entities for operating businesses, investments, partnerships and joint ventures, including taxation considerations for corporations and limited partnerships; governance frameworks for economic development entities which balance operational independence, transparency and accountability, including the key governance documents which accomplish these objectives; strategic business and sovereign wealth planning considerations, including in respect of asset mapping, procurement, strategic partnerships and joint ventures, diversification and capitalization; and case studies of Indigenous economic development success stories. This workshop covers a number of the themes and topics for workshops set out in the Call for Conference Presenters.

Gary represents a number of Indigenous Communities, and their institutions across Canada on business transactions, the formation of economic development groups and other matters focused principally on governance and wealth creation. Gary often works as co-counsel to leading national law firms specializing in Aboriginal law who focus on land claims negotiations, Aboriginal and treaty rights advocacy, and consultations with government and industry. Gary provides advice on major commercial and industrial developments and impact benefit agreements throughout Canada, including in respect of infrastructure, energy transmission, renewable energy generation, logistics and transportation projects. Gary is recognized as a leading lawyer in Aboriginal law in the Best Lawyers in Canada legal directory.

Brian has a broad and varied business law practice. He represents clients in a range of industries including energy and technology and, as a member of Foglers’ Corporate Group, regularly advises on mergers and acquisitions, debt and equity financings, and other business transactions. In addition, Brian advises clients on a variety of corporate matters including structuring, governance and statutory compliance, shareholder and director meetings, directors’ liability, and a number of business ownership matters including shareholder and partnership structures and agreements, succession planning, and creditor-proofing. As a member of Foglers’ Indigenous Practice Group, Brian acts for Indigenous Communities on a variety of business matters including the formation and governance of economic development groups, impact benefit agreements, acquisition and financing transactions, and the negotiation of joint ventures, partnerships, and other commercial arrangements for a broad range of private and public sector projects.

Leonard is a leader in First Nation economic sustainability and partnership development with 20 years of experience. With a proven track record in business development, small business financing, training & HR development, he has worked in both the non-profit and for-profit sectors for both Indigenous communities and Corporate Canada. He aims to foster inclusion of Indigenous communities in development opportunities with the goal of improving Indigenous prosperity. He is currently the President and CEO of the Siksika Group of Companies.

 


 

Reconnecting Indigenous Economic Development Corporations, Communities and Entrepreneurs with Agriculture and Food in Canada and Beyond

Shaun Soonias and Monica James, Farm Credit Canada

Please join Farm Credit Canada in a discussion about opportunities in Canada’s agriculture and food sector.  FCC is the only lender 100% invested in Canadian agriculture and food.  With over 100 offices across Canada, and 64 years of experience, FCC is focused on how we can support and grow Indigenous agriculture and food projects. From non-timber forest products and traditional harvesting and gathering, to wine and forestry, FCC finances more that just grains and oilseeds and livestock.  From the field to the back of the grocery store or restaurant, FCC is your partner. 

Shaun is a member of Red Pheasant Cree Nation, a signatory of Treaty 6 located south of Battleford, SK. As Director of Indigenous Relations, his focus is on activities that will enable economic development for Indigenous communities, including increasing participation in and access to capital for primary production through the agri-food and agribusiness value chains. Shaun also builds intersections for growth, understanding, learning, employment, partnership, research and knowledge dissemination between government, industry, non-profits, academia and Indigenous stakeholders through FCC’s national network of partners and industry stakeholders. Shaun joined FCC in 2019, eager to be part of the agriculture industry and work with Indigenous individuals, communities and economic development corporations as they build and revitalize their agriculture projects. He has 25 years of experience in social and economic development work and held senior positions with the Saskatchewan Indigenous Economic Development Network, Saskatoon Regional Economic Development Authority, the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations, Saskatchewan Advocate for Children and Youth, the University of Saskatchewan and the department of Justice.

 


 

Indigenous Investment - How Do Managers of Economic Development Corporations Make the Right Decisions?

D’Arcy O’Farrell, Carleton University

Community-owned business and Economic Development Corporations have become essential elements of the Indigenous EDO’s toolkit. Management of these organizations is a complicated endeavor that requires a broad range of knowledge and skills in leadership, culture, awareness, business, finance, and planning.  For the new manager, learning the ropes can be a huge challenge.  Without help, some managers may fail and their businesses may disappear. Are you an experienced manager of Indigenous community-owned business?  Do you have experiences you could share that might help the next generation of managers to be successful? Join us for a roundtable session where experienced leaders may share their knowledge, experiences, and stories about economic development and community-owned business. Leaders will be asked to provide guidance about what works, what doesn’t, and what they think new managers need to know in order to be successful.

D’Arcy O’Farrell is a PhD candidate in financial economics whose thesis asks questions about how IEDC managers may make investment decisions given that the tools developed out the neo-classical economics literature are inappropriate in this context.  This thesis also asks questions about the origin of the movement toward Indigenous Economic Development Corporations and Community-owned business, the societal function these institutions perform, and the important elements of successful implementation of this strategy where economic development is defined according to Indigenous values and beliefs. 

 


 

Pushing the Envelope for Indigenous Participation in Procurement - The Atlantic Sciences Enterprise Centre Project

Moderator - Mark Dokis, NACCA; Kristy Barnaby, Barnaby and Associates; Nadine Benard, Indigevisor Ltd.; Stanley Barnaby, JEDI; Ryan Francis, ACOA; Chris Major, PSPC; and Paul Steward, Pomerleau Construction

Indigenous partners and project leads have rewritten the art of the possible by establishing a 23% Indigenous Participation requirement for the largest federal government project in Atlantic Canada since the building of the Confederation bridge.  Join subject matter experts to discuss their experiences during the planning and development of the ASEC building construction project in Moncton, New Brunswick, and how best practices and lessons learned can be applied to future projects.  

Mark Dokis is a member of the Dokis First Nation in Northeastern Ontario and has been with the National Aboriginal Capital Corporations Association as Senior Advisor responsible for Special Projects and Procurement, since 2017. He graduated with honours from Laurentian University with a Bachelor of Arts in geography. He went on to earn certificates in economic development and business management, board and trust administration. Mark has over 35 years of experience in the Indigenous economic, business, procurement and financial services fields. Mark is a Trustee for the Okikendawt Hydro and Dokis First Nation Community Trust and a Board Director with the National Aboriginal Trust Officers Association. In his free time, Mark enjoys staying at his cottage on Lake Nipissing, hunting, fishing, and curling.

Kristy Barnaby is a proud community member of the Mi’gmag community, Nataoaganeg in New Brunswick. She holds a Bachelor of Science, a Master of Health Administration and is currently completing her postgraduate studies in Quality Management at Harvard University in Massachusetts. Ms. Barnaby’s training in Quality Management is preceded by her 17 years of professional and research experience in project management, Indigenous historical and contemporary issues pertaining to Indigenous law, Aboriginal Inherent Rights, and Treaty Rights. Ms. Barnaby has contributed to collaboratively authored national and regional Indigenous research and governance guidelines. She holds a seat on the Nova Scotia College of Pharmacists Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Board where she advises on the development of Indigenous KPI’s and monitoring tools. Ms. Barnaby is well-versed in the application of Treaty, TRC and UNDRIP in the fields of Human Resources and Quality Management. Ms. Barnaby holds a Certified Health Executive (CHE)- and soon a Certified Indigenous Human Resources Professional (CIHRP) designation, from the Canadian College of Health Leaders and Aboriginal Financial Officers Association of Canada, respectively.

Stanley Barnaby is the CEO of the Joint Economic Development Initiative (JEDI), a leading Indigenous organization dedicated to working with partners to foster Indigenous economic development in New Brunswick. With a passion for Indigenous business and economic development, Stanley also took on the role of President at the Council for the Advancement of Native Development Officers (Cando) in 2021. Cando is a national organization dedicated to leading community economic development. Proud member of the Mi’gmaq Listuguj First Nation in Quebec and born in New Hampshire, USA, Stanley chose Fredericton as his home while studying Business at the University of New Brunswick. In addition to his B.B.A, Stanley also holds a First Nation Business Administration certificate, Technician Aboriginal Economic Development certification, Professional Aboriginal Economic Developer certification, Management Development Program certificate, and a master’s certificate in Project Management. Community is at the heart of Indigenous business and economic development; therefore, wise practice includes planning with the next 7 generations in mind. Stanley supports future business development and capacity building by supporting mentorship for youth and by including elders and knowledge holders in his planning.

Chris  is a Regional Manager - Indigenous Project Procurement at PSPC. Chris has a B.Sc. in Geology and Biology. He has been in the role for 6 months, prior to this he worked in the environmental field with Environmental Services for the past 15 years working mainly on the Pacific Coast. Prior to this Chris was with DND -Formation Safety and Environment managing the safety and environmental quality assurance and audit program for two years and prior to that he was in private environmental consulting for 4 years. When not at work you can find him in the woods or on a river fly fishing.  He is a Newfoundlander living off the rock and has 3 great kids and a beautiful wife.

Nadine is a visionary Mi’kmaq entrepreneur from the We'koqma'q First Nation, currently residing in Sydney. She is a progressive leader, recognized for her exceptional work in Indigenous engagement and procurement across Atlantic Canada. Nadine is the CEO and Founder of Indigevisor Ltd, a consulting firm that provides support to organizations looking to develop their Indigenous communication and engagement strategies and establish Indigenous Benefit plans for infrastructure projects. Over the years, Nadine has held various roles in Indigenous NGOs, Municipal and Provincial Governments, specializing in Diversity and Inclusion departments and Anti-Racism initiatives. Her extensive experience has made her an expert in the construction, renewable energy, forestry, and mining sectors. Nadine is currently the co-chair for Tribe Network’s Board and is a past board member of the NS Advisory Council on the Status of Women, Feed NS, and the NS Police Review Board. Nadine studied Mi’kmaq Studies and Business from Cape Breton University, has 2 diplomas from the Coady Institute at St.FX in Aboriginal Leadership and Indigenous Women in Community Leadership, and is an active Kairos Blanket exercise facilitator.

Ryan’s civil servant careers spans over 17 years in various federal and provincial government agencies and departments. Having worked in the areas of community health planning, communications, consultation, the duty to consult, and fisheries management, Ryan currently is a program officer with ACOA with an emphasis on Pan-Atlantic economic development projects. Originally from Elsipogtog First Nation, Ryan currently resides in Moncton, NB with his wife and two children.

 


 

Implementing Innovation: Indigenous Homes Innovation Initiative - Abegweit Success Story

Ray Wanuch, Cando; Bethany Knockwood and Tyler Gould, Abegweit First Nation

The Indigenous Homes Innovation Initiative, led by an Indigenous Steering Committee, is being implemented by Cando in partnership with Indigenous Services Canada (ISC). The Initiative is enabling First Nation, Inuit, and Métis Nation innovators to implement innovative housing solutions in rural, urban, and remote Indigenous communities. In January 2020, 24 projects were selected from 342 submissions, to participate in the Accelerator phase. The Accelerator phase enabled innovators to refine their project ideas to meet defined eligibility criteria. Projects then moved to the Implementation phase, some conditionally, and as conditions are met, they are eligible for additional funding to support implementation. One of the projects that has moved into Implementation is the Abegweit Passive Solar Housing Complex. Abegweit will design and build three passive solar homes in the community to accommodate young, single adults and three or four families. The build aims to support energy independence and incorporate energy efficiencies to minimize energy costs. The idea aims to have the complex certified to meet the Canadian passive house standards. Further Abegweit intends to build these homes with its own construction crew, providing meaningful employment for its members and developing greater capacity within its community.

Bethany  is Mi’kmaq and a member of Abegweit First Nation residing on Scotchfort Reserve in Prince Edward Island. Bethany is a single mother to a 2-year-old boy named Elias. Before working for Abegweit, Bethany received her Medical Secretary Degree from Holland College. She later went on to successfully run a social enterprise called Epekwitk Lanyards. Currently, Bethany is the Housing & Infrastructure Office Manager for Abegweit First Nation. She has been employed in Abegweit’s housing department for the past three years. Bethany has a passion for improving her community through her work in housing. She has completed her first year of First Nation Housing Professional Association Certification. In 2018, Bethany was appointed as Chair of Abegweit’s Housing Advisory Committee. 

As a proud member of Abegweit First Nation, Tyler serves his community of Abegweit as the Director of Economic Development. In this role, Tyler has managed multiple capital projects, housing developments, and strategic initiatives for the community, supporting Abegweit through a significant period of socioeconomic growth. Tyler managed the development of a 4.4-million-dollar commercial center on reserve land, supported a 6-million-dollar active transportation development, and has assisted in various housing projects, including the development of passive-solar homes through Cando. Prior to joining Abegweit, Tyler spent several years in the private sector providing consulting services to public and private-sector clients, specializing in project management, business planning, strategy, and feasibility analysis. As a consultant, Tyler has worked with government agencies, municipalities, First Nation communities, tribal councils, SMEs, social enterprises, entrepreneurs, and Canadian newcomers helping his clients meet and exceed their business/community development goals. Tyler supported the development of Mi’kmaq Printing & Design, an award-winning Indigenous social enterprise in Charlottetown, PEI, and helped establish the Indigenous Tourism Association of PEI, which he now co-chairs. Tyler also co-chairs Indigenous Services Canada’s Atlantic Economic Development Advisory Committee.  He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Prince Edward Island and a Master of Business Administration degree from Laurentian University.

Born in Edmonton, AB, raised on the Paddle Prairie Métis Settlement, and is of First Nations descent from the Ermineskin Cree Nation, Ray Wanuch obtained a Bachelor of Management degree from the University of Lethbridge in 1989. He also possesses the Technician and the Professional Level Certification from Cando. Current Executive Director of Cando, Ray celebrated 18 years in his current position this past May. Prior to working with Cando, Ray was the CEO of Settlement Investment Corporation and currently serves on Settlement Investment Corporation’s board. He then moved on to facilitate and manage the Métis Settlements Economic Viability Strategy, which received international recognition for sustainable development. Ray’s volunteer work includes being appointed to the Alberta Water Council by the Métis Settlements General Council; as well as serving as the former Cando Co-President and director representing Alberta. He has also served on the Kainai health board and currently advises the Changing Horses board of directors, a group of medical professionals and friends from the Kainai 1st Nation who wish to address addictions stemming from drug, alcohol and the current Opioid crisis. Ray has recently joined NGCI, an economic development corporation serving the Ermineskin Cree Nation. Ray is married to Nola Wanuch from the Enoch Cree Nation and has three children and five wonderful grandchildren.

 


 

Indigenous Peoples Economic and Trade Cooperation Arrangement (IPETCA): Empowering Indigenous-led, Government Enabled International Economic Development

Moderator - Raymond Wanuch, Cando; Dale LeClair, Indigenous Representative; Kingson Lim, Global Affairs Canada; and Francesca Nassif, Global Affairs Canada

In 2021, four APEC economies, Aotearoa New Zealand, Australia, Canada, and Chinese Taipei came together to conclude negotiations on the Indigenous Peoples Economic and Trade Cooperation Arrangement (IPETCA), which entered into effect on March 23, 2022. Why is this significant? While trade arrangements between tribes and Peoples have always existed, IPETCA is the first global, co-operation based instrument that is Indigenous-led and government enabled. IPETCA establishes a framework for facilitating cooperation between among economies to identify and remove barriers to Indigenous Peoples’ economic empowerment and participation in trade and is open for other economies to join. This Panel, composed of the four Indigenous and government representatives on the Canadian delegation at the IPETCA Interim Body, will talk about how IPETCA fits into Canada’s inclusive trade policy approach, the work at IPETCA so far, what their individual and collective visions are, and how you could get involved with both Global Affairs Canada’s trade work and IPETCA as it moves forward into the Partnership Council.

Born in Edmonton, AB, raised on the Paddle Prairie Métis Settlement, and is of First Nations descent from the Ermineskin Cree Nation, Ray Wanuch obtained a Bachelor of Management degree from the University of Lethbridge in 1989. He also possesses the Technician and the Professional Level Certification from Cando. Current Executive Director of Cando, Ray celebrated 18 years in his current position this past May. Prior to working with Cando, Ray was the CEO of Settlement Investment Corporation and currently serves on Settlement Investment Corporation’s board. He then moved on to facilitate and manage the Métis Settlements Economic Viability Strategy, which received international recognition for sustainable development. Ray’s volunteer work includes being appointed to the Alberta Water Council by the Métis Settlements General Council; as well as serving as the former Cando Co-President and director representing Alberta. He has also served on the Kainai health board and currently advises the Changing Horses board of directors, a group of medical professionals and friends from the Kainai 1st Nation who wish to address addictions stemming from drug, alcohol and the current Opioid crisis. Ray has recently joined NGCI, an economic development corporation serving the Ermineskin Cree Nation. Ray is married to Nola Wanuch from the Enoch Cree Nation and has three children and five wonderful grandchildren.

Kingson is currently Manager, Strategic Indigenous Engagement at Global Affairs Canada, working for both Trade Policy and the Trade Commissioner Service. He is on secondment from Indigenous Services Canada where he was a manager in Economic Development Policy, leading on various international and domestic activities. Kingson has almost 20 years of experience with the Government of Canada working on various international, Indigenous, domestic, and corporate files in over ten departments and agencies. Prior to ISC, Kingson was at Fisheries and Oceans Canada where he was responsible for developing potential transformation options for the Freshwater Fish Marketing Corporation. In previous roles, Kingson has also been involved in concluding the first-ever Canada-European Union Air Transport agreement, rolling out the $4 billion Infrastructure Stimulus Fund, and protecting North Atlantic right whales in the Gulf of St. Lawrence from ship strikes. Kingson has a B.Com (Hons.) in Public Policy and Public Management from the University of Ottawa and a MA in European Political and Administrative Studies from the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium.

Francesca is a Trade Policy Officer at the Trade Agreements Secretariat (TCT) in the Trade Negotiations branch. She joined Global Affairs Canada in 2019 and has since worked on a variety of files such as: Trade and Gender, Environmental Assessments of Free-Trade Agreements, the CUSMA Secretariat (formerly NAFTA Secretariat), and more recently as lead officer on Trade and Indigenous Peoples in the Inclusive Trade unit. Francesca also supports on-going trade negotiations on inclusive trade matters.  Key achievements while in TCT include administering the first CUSMA Chapter 10 (Binational Panel Reviews) and Chapter 31 (State-to-State Dispute Settlement) disputes with Canada as responsible section, working on revamping Canada’s EA framework, undertaking the first effectiveness review of a trade agreement (on-going), leading the coordination of Canada’s input for the International Trade Center SheTrades Outlook in 2019. Francesca has a Master’s degree in Public Policy and Public Administration from Concordia University and previously earned her Bachelor’s degree from McGill University with a major in Political Science and a double minor in International Relations and International Development. She enjoys travelling, painting, golf, and most importantly, coffee.

Dale LeClair was appointed to the role of Director, Indigenous and Northern Affairs in December of 2018. In this role, Dale is responsible for Government and Community Affairs for the Northern region and with Indigenous communities across the country. He has taken the leadership role in corporate planning and strategy processes, representing Indigenous issues and identifying major themes and opportunities in future business plans, as well Dale collaborate with human resources to develop strategies and programs for recruitment, selection, retention and development of Indigenous employees to help improve the diversity of Canada Post’s workforce. Dale joined Canada Post with over 20 years of executive management experience, with both public and private corporations. He has held leadership roles at the Assembly of First Nations, Correctional Services Canada, Chief Operating/Administrative Officer to Nations in British Columbia and Saskatchewan, and most recently, the Metis National Council, where he was the Chief of Staff. Dale earned his Bachelor of Law from the University of Ottawa and his Bachelor in Education from the University of Calgary.

 


 

Frameworks, Strategies, and Lessons Learned in Procurement Early Engagement to Maximize Indigenous Participation and Benefits

John Johnstone, Cando (Moderator); Kristy Barnaby, Barnaby and Associates; Mark Dokis, National Aboriginal Capital Corporations Association; Tim Dymond and Danielle Aubin, Indigenous Services Canada; Dennis Brunner and Chris Major, Public Services & Procurement Canada

Today, more federal procurement opportunities are including Indigenous Participation Plans, Benefit Agreements, and other methods to increase Indigenous inclusion in government supply chains.  EDOs have an important role in defining how to get the right mix of benefits for their communities in these agreements. This session will look at the current processes and leading-edge approaches to increase Indigenous participation and benefits. Delegates will also have a chance to participate in a workshop style discussion around how to improve these processes to have more positive impacts in community using current examples and case studies.

Kristy Barnaby is a proud community member of the Mi’gmag community, Nataoaganeg in New Brunswick. She holds a Bachelor of Science, a Master of Health Administration and is currently completing her postgraduate studies in Quality Management at Harvard University in Massachusetts. Ms. Barnaby’s training in Quality Management is preceded by her 17 years of professional and research experience in project management, Indigenous historical and contemporary issues pertaining to Indigenous law, Aboriginal Inherent Rights, and Treaty Rights. Ms. Barnaby has contributed to collaboratively authored national and regional Indigenous research and governance guidelines. She holds a seat on the Nova Scotia College of Pharmacists Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Board where she advises on the development of Indigenous KPI’s and monitoring tools. Ms. Barnaby is well-versed in the application of Treaty, TRC and UNDRIP in the fields of Human Resources and Quality Management. Ms. Barnaby holds a Certified Health Executive (CHE)- and soon a Certified Indigenous Human Resources Professional (CIHRP) designation, from the Canadian College of Health Leaders and Aboriginal Financial Officers Association of Canada, respectively.

Mark Dokis is a member of the Dokis First Nation in Northeastern Ontario and has been with the National Aboriginal Capital Corporations Association as Senior Advisor responsible for Special Projects and Procurement, since 2017. He graduated with honours from Laurentian University with a Bachelor of Arts in geography. He went on to earn certificates in economic development and business management, board and trust administration. Mark has over 35 years of experience in the Indigenous economic, business, procurement and financial services fields. Mark is a Trustee for the Okikendawt Hydro and Dokis First Nation Community Trust and a Board Director with the National Aboriginal Trust Officers Association. In his free time, Mark enjoys staying at his cottage on Lake Nipissing, hunting, fishing, and curling.

Chris is a Regional Manager - Indigenous Project Procurement at PSPC. Chris has a B.Sc. in Geology and Biology. He has been in the role for 6 months, prior to this he worked in the environmental field with Environmental Services for the past 15 years working mainly on the Pacific Coast. Prior to this Chris was with DND -Formation Safety and Environment managing the safety and environmental quality assurance and audit program for two years and prior to that he was in private environmental consulting for 4 years. When not at work you can find him in the woods or on a river fly fishing.  He is a Newfoundlander living off the rock and has 3 great kids and a beautiful wife.

Danielle has led the Transformative Indigenous Procurement Strategy Directorate at Indigenous Services Canada since 2021. For 9 years prior to that, she was responsible for the development, consultation, negotiation and implementation of new procurement policies for the Government of Canada as the Director of Procurement and Materiel Policies at Treasury Board Secretariat in the Office of the Comptroller General. Danielle holds a Masters of Arts in Public Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Canadian Studies from Queen’s University.

Tim works in the Transformative Indigenous Procurement Strategy Directorate at Indigenous Services Canada where he manages the Procurement Strategy for Indigenous Business and the Indigenous Business Directory. He provides policy advice and guidance to the procurement community, as well as supports and educates Indigenous business owners looking to sell their goods and services to the Government of Canada. Prior to working with Indigenous Services Canada, Tim was with Public Services & Procurement Canada where he was focused on the development of standard templates and tools for contracting officers to include in their solicitations to increase the representation of Indigenous businesses and Peoples in federal procurement. He also led the implementation of the Nunavut Directive, providing support to contracting authorities working on procurement files in Nunavut and other Modern Treaty areas. Tim is a veteran of the Canadian Forces, holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and a Masters of Public Administration from the University of Manitoba.

John has joined Cando in 2022 as the Associate Director - Procurement on a long-term assignment from Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) to support the Government of Canada’s commitment to increasing Indigenous participation in federal procurement. Based in Victoria, BC, John provides focused support to Economic Development Officers, communities, and businesses to navigate Government of Canada procurement opportunities. John brings over 20 years of experience with the Government of Canada and has an extensive background in project management, strategic engagement, business development, and economics.

 


 

CEDI Panel: Anku’kamkewey - Commitment to First Nation-Municipal Partnership and Collaboration 

On the ten-year anniversary of the First Nation-Municipal Community Economic Development Initiative (CEDI) program, the CEDI team is excited to welcome representatives from the graduated-CEDI partnership of Paqtnkek Mi’kmaw Nation and the Municipality of the County of Antigonish to share their experience of building and sustaining a First Nation-municipal partnership. They will share about Anku’kamkewey, their Friendship Accord, collaborative community economic development initiatives that they have worked on, and how they have sustained their partnership since graduating from the program in 2019. The CEDI team will also provide a brief overview of the program and wise practice tools. Join us to learn more and celebrate 10 incredible years of First Nation-municipal collaboration!

About the Partnership: Paqtnkek Mi’kmaw Nation and the Municipality of the County of Antigonish participated in the CEDI program from 2016-2019. “CEDI allowed us to build and strengthen our relationships, our knowledge and understanding of how we govern and how we operate day to day as local governments. That process is an important component of reconciliation and will allow us to determine where our collective community goes in partnership through CEDI and beyond."
Warden Owen McCarron, the County of Antigonish

“At first I wasn’t sure of this process. But the ceremony for the Friendship Accord changed my mind. This partnership is important. We’ve never signed anything except the Peace and Friendship Treaty and that Friendship Accord. I promise I’ll do everything in my power to keep this partnership on track.”- Elder and Councillor Kerry Prosper, Paqtnkek Mi’kmaw Nation

Paul (PJ) Prosper is Regional Chief for the Assembly of First Nations and represents the Mi’kmaw Chiefs of Nova Scotia. Prior to his appointment in 2020, he served as Chief of Paqtnkek Mi’kmaw Nation from 2013 to 2020. Paul is a proud graduate of the IB&M Initiative at the Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University. Paul has extensive experience in Aboriginal legal issues from research, litigation, and negotiation perspective. His work has been primarily devoted to advocating for the rights of Mi’kmaw people. Through the years, Paul has worked for several Mi’kmaw organizations in such areas as oral history; Mi’kmaw land use and occupation studies; claims research; citizenship; consultation; First Nations governance; justice; community development; and Nationhood. As an educator, Paul has taught courses for Cape Breton University including Mi’kmaw history, Aboriginal and Treaty Rights, and Mi’kmaw Governance. He has also served on numerous boards and committees with an aim to improving the lives of Mi’kmaw people. Paul has conducted numerous talks and presentations in academic, government, and First Nations institutional settings. He believes in building strong and resilient communities by enabling and empowering its members.

Chief Cory Julian is from the Paqtnkek Mi'kmaw Nation. Chief Cory's vision is to improve the socioeconomics of his community through building partnerships and relationships to forge economic opportunities. Before Cory entered politics, he was a millwright at the Port Hawkesbury Paper Mill. He's been involved in many moving parts since his leadership journey began and envisions economic prosperity for his First Nation. Exercising treaty rights, Cory is an avid hunter and harvester of salmon and eels using a traditional spearing technique. Chief Cory enjoys drumming with his brothers with their drum group Kiju's Boys and powwowing throughout Atlantic Canada. He is a proud father of three beautiful daughters with his spouse Emily. Chief Cory is committed to working collaboratively with Warden Owen McCarron and the County of Antigonish, along with the Mayor of the Town of Antigonish to find win-win-win solutions for all in the region. He is inspired by the Friendship Accord originally established through the CEDI program.  

Owen McCarron is the Warden of the Municipality of the County of Antigonish. Warden McCarron has served the community as an elected official for more than 25 years. Relationships, community, partnership, and respect of our natural resources are all vital components of how Warden McCarron approaches leadership. Warden McCarron strives for partnerships that are innovative and built on collective strengths. He believes an understanding of Truth and Reconciliation is essential for building relationships and a trustful, healthy community a community that takes action, not just speaks about it- ‘Reconciliaction’. He recognizes that T&R as a framework and approach does not resonate honestly with all, so strives to move in partnership with insight, respect, and intention to build a strong foundation with the entire community. Warden McCarron is a proud family man who enjoys being involved in his community as a parish lecturer, a member of the curling club and is a champion of 4H and youth development. Warden McCarron is an advocate for a healthy active life and ensuring we have a supportive environment for our collective community to thrive.

Marissa has worked for Cando as the Senior Program Officer for the First Nation – Municipal Community Economic Development Initiative (CEDI) since July 2017. As a member of the CEDI team, Marissa supports First Nation – municipal partnerships across the country to establish respectful and equitable partnerships and to build capacity to engage in joint planning for community economic development and land-use. Marissa has a rich background of designing and convening community-bridging intercultural dialogue and engagement programming. Marissa holds a BA in Communications, Minor in Dialogue from Simon Fraser University (SFU), Dialogue and Civic Engagement Certificate from SFU, is a Cando-certified Technician Aboriginal Economic Developer (TAED), and recently completed the Professional Indigenous Lands Management Certificate through Vancouver Island University.

 


 

Access to Capital - Resurrecting Chakastaypasin

Chief Calvind Sanderson, Chakastaypasin Band; and David Boisvert & Georgina Villeneuve, Peace Hills Trust

Chakastaypasin and four Chiefs signed Treaty 6 in August 1876 at Fort Carlton. In the late 1800’s the Department of Indian Affairs alleged that all Chakastaypasin members had moved off their reserve so in 1898 their names were added to the membership lists of other Bands and their reserve was sold. In December 1998 members of James Smith Cree Nation, descended from Chakastaypasin Band, launched a claim against the federal government arguing that the Chakastaypasin Reserve had be unlawfully surrendered and sold.  Today you will hear how Chakastaypasin is recreating a community by doing it their own way by access capital to start a new community.

As the President and CEO of Peace Hills Trust, with 39 years of experience David Boisvert brings passion and innovation to the banking world that translates into creative solutions for Indigenous, Inuit and Metis Nations throughout Canada. Responsible for overseeing all facets of the organization, David drives the vision, mission, strategic direction, and engagement with the board of directors. He has led the transformation of the organization by aligning day-to-day work values around diversity, inclusion, and accessibility. Exuding a dynamic, effective, and influential leadership style that motivates, David successfully created a new executive team. He then launched his new vision for the trust, credit and financial services division that has quickly become a leader in the financial industry. David volunteers for the Heritage Valley Community League. A native of Edmonton, Alberta, David graduated and received his Civil Engineering diploma from the Northern Alberta Institute Technology. He is a proud member of the Risk Management Association and Institute of Corporate Directors. He is happily married and enjoys all water sports and is often found paddling on his stand-up paddle board on weekends.

Georgina brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in the administration and settlement of First Nation Trusts. Georgina has over 24 years of experience in the trust industry and has been administering First Nation trusts for over 19 years. Georgina is a member of Wesley First Nation. Georgina earned an undergraduate degree in commerce from the University of Calgary and an MBA from the University of Regina. She obtained her MTI (Member Trust Institute) designation through the Institute of Canadian Bankers. Georgina has been a past member of the Regina Estate Council, a former consultant for the Agriculture Institute of Management in Saskatchewan (AIMS) and is currently a member of the Estate Planning Council of Edmonton, STEP, NATOA, CANDO and AFOA. Georgina successfully completed the AFOA Harvard Business School program - Leading People and Investing to Build Sustainable Communities. Georgina prides herself on her dedication to developing strong governance documents supported by proven communication strategies. Georgina has written numerous governance papers. Currently, Georgina wrote and is teaching the curriculum for administering Indigenous Estates both on and off reserve for AFOA.

 


 

Mi'kmaq-owned Partnership in Clearwater Seafoods

Darryl McDonald, Paqtnkek Mi'kmaw Nation; Jenny Morgan, Clearwater Seafoods LP; and Mike McIntyre, Membertou

In January of 2021 the Mi'kmaq Coalition acquired 50% ownership of Clearwater Seafoods and hold the fishing licences in a company wholly-owned by the Mi'kmaq. This fundamentally changed the landscape of the Canadian seafood industry, including Indigenous participation in the offshore clam fishery. Clearwater is equally owned and controlled by the Mi'kmaq Coalition and Premium Brands, with each shareholder participating equally in all aspects of the company including governance, operations, and financial revenues.  The Mi'kmaq Coalition, led by Membertou and Miawpukek, also includes Sipekne'katik, We'koqma'q, Potlotek, Pictou Landing and Paqtnkek. The collective investment of the Participating Communities in Clearwater represents the single largest investment in the seafood industry by any Indigenous group in Canada. The impact of this transformational investment will be felt across Mi'kmaq communities in Nova Scotia and Newfoundland & Labrador for generations to come.

Jenny Morgan of Membertou First Nation is Clearwater’s Indigenous Employment Officer. Prior to joining Clearwater Jenny had worked for over 22 years in healthcare and Employment & training roles for Membertou.  Based out of the new Clearwater office in Membertou, Jenny works directly with Indigenous clients interested in pursuing careers with Clearwater either on vessels or land based. Jenny has a strong, professional work ethic and has years of experience aiding people to navigate the labour force, set goals and focus on their career development.  This background in employment and career development certainly complements her role as Indigenous Employment Officer with Clearwater. Jenny is an integral part of developing and implementing the new Careers Set Sail program. The “Set sails” program has funding from Service Canada and Clearwater that will offer supports for First Nations participants to gain education and training in high demand Marine fields along with paid work experience within Clearwater.

Mike McIntyre received his Chartered Accountant Designation from the Nova Scotia Institute of Chartered Accountants and his Certified Aboriginal Financial Manager (CAFM) designation from AFOA Canada. In his role as CFO for Membertou, Mike advises the Chief, Council and management team on a wide range of topics including project financing, business planning, and identifying and fiscally managing new economic development opportunities. A dual role, Mike manages the financial portfolios of both the government and corporate arms of Membertou. A past AFOA Excellence in Aboriginal Leadership Award recipient, Mike worked on major projects such as the Membertou Trade and Convention Centre, Membertou Fisheries, Highway 125 Interchange, and more recently the Membertou Sport and Wellness Centre, and the Seventh Exchange retail development. In 2021, Mike helped lead the largest investment that an Indigenous group in Canada has ever made into the Canadian fisheries sector; the acquisition of Clearwater Seafoods. On the side of the Mi'kmaq Coalition, he worked alongside Chief Terry Paul and team to realize a 50% ownership stake in North America's largest seafood company, and 100% ownership of Clearwater Seafoods' Canadian licenses. Mike now serves as a board member for Clearwater Seafoods on their board of directors.

Darryl has in-depth knowledge of Indigenous Governance, Resource Management, Community development and Economic Development. From 1998 to April 2003, Darryl was the Governance Coordinator for Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations. He also, has worked in Administration and Management level for over a decade from 2007 to present. Worked for Fond Du Lac Denesuline First Nation, Sheshatshuii/Mushua Innu Nations and presently with Paqtnkek Mi’kmaw Nation as Director of Administration. Darryl is a past Director of First Nations Power Authority, Regina Saskatchewan. Also, a past Manager of Waterfound Limited Partnership, Northern Resource Trucking-Trimac Inc. Skills: Government, Policy, Leadership Development, Economic Development, Strategic Planning, Research, Non-profits, Public Policy, Education.  Darryl has brought over 20 years of work experience to Paqtnkek.  He worked on many projects with Paqtnkek Mi’kmaw Nation on helping with organizational change processes, capacity development and the implementation of policies and laws.  Helped with the Clearwater-Mik’maw Coalition Group of one the largest acquisition of a seafood company owned by a number of Mi’kmaw communities. Education: Cape Breton University, Master of Business Administration (MBA); Research based on Denesuline Knowledge and Community Economic Development: A Study of cultural matching. Published by Shannon School of Business at Cape Breton University. St. Francis Xavier University, Bachelor of Arts Degree: Political Science and Government.

 


 

Economic Growth and Sustainment

Rose Paul, Bayside Development Corporation; Mike McIntyre, Membertou; and Michael Peters, Glooscap Ventures

This session will focus on how to start on the journey to economic empowerment, how to cultivate it and ultimately how to sustain it.

Mike McIntyre received his Chartered Accountant Designation from the Nova Scotia Institute of Chartered Accountants and his Certified Aboriginal Financial Manager (CAFM) designation from AFOA Canada. In his role as CFO for Membertou, Mike advises the Chief, Council and management team on a wide range of topics including project financing, business planning, and identifying and fiscally managing new economic development opportunities. A dual role, Mike manages the financial portfolios of both the government and corporate arms of Membertou. A past AFOA Excellence in Aboriginal Leadership Award recipient, Mike worked on major projects such as the Membertou Trade and Convention Centre, Membertou Fisheries, Highway 125 Interchange, and more recently the Membertou Sport and Wellness Centre, and the Seventh Exchange retail development. In 2021, Mike helped lead the largest investment that an Indigenous group in Canada has ever made into the Canadian fisheries sector; the acquisition of Clearwater Seafoods. On the side of the Mi'kmaq Coalition, he worked alongside Chief Terry Paul and team to realize a 50% ownership stake in North America's largest seafood company, and 100% ownership of Clearwater Seafoods' Canadian licenses. Mike now serves as a board member for Clearwater Seafoods on their board of directors.

From an early age, Rose’s grandparents instilled within her a lifelong commitment to help her Mi’kmaw community grow and prosper. That has been her promise, she is a fluent Mi'kmaw speaker, a mother of 8 Children and 15 grandchildren who have been her strongest motivators. As CEO of Bayside Development Corporation, the business arm of Paqtnkek Mi’kmaw Nation, that commitment has fueled a vision to maximize future employment and business creation for Paqtnkek community members and beyond. Rose worked hard with her leadership and teams to develop the first ever tripartite agreement with the Provincial and Federal governments and got awarded the multi-million-dollar highway interchange site. With the completion of Phase One (development of the Bayside Travel Centre), she’s now focused on Phase Two of the highway showcase and working towards the construction of a new business centre. An essential element of the community’s long-term economic vision is their strategic partnerships with corporate stakeholders, such as industry leader Everwind Fuels in a billion-dollar industry with production of Green Hydrogen & Ammonia. It’s an alliance that will drive them towards ‘energy sovereignty’ and becoming a net zero contributor in the fight against global warming and working on the Truth to Reconciliation in building business and sector industry partnerships such as Maritime Launch Services, Signal Gold, and Clearwater Seafoods. Rose became the first Mi’kmaq person to join the board of the Antigonish Chamber of Commerce. Generous with her time, Paul has been a speaker at national events all over Canada and is a volunteer for roundtables that explore the tragedy of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. 

Dan has 24 years in the financial industry and is dedicated to Indigenous banking. He oversees all aspects of market, cultural awareness, and education to further our journey of reconciliation. Focused on achieving growth and prosperity, Dan assists Indigenous customers while seeking to respect cultural differences. Dan is equally passionate on both; improving customers’ economic, social and community betterments and also educating colleagues on history, truth and reconciliation. He has won many BMO awards, including multiple Conference of Stars, however, his proudest accomplishment comes from earning the trust and respect from our Indigenous customers. Learning Indigenous culture, language and customs will continue to be his motivation to better serve our customers and represent BMO.

 


 

Tiičma Enterprises' Economic Resilience & Reconciliation Through Collaboration

Gary Wilson, Tiičma Enterprises; Frank Dragon, KCFN Holdings LP; and Kevin Jules, Tiičma Management Services

This session will speak to the resilience and accomplishments of the Ka:'yu:'k't'h'/Che:k'tles7et'h' First Nations and the Economic development corporation, Tiičma (Teach-ma) Enterprises over the number of decades and recent history. Survived and thrived beyond colonialism and COVID 19. Tiičma Enterprises is a wholly owned group of business of the Ka:'yu:'k't'h'/Che:k'tles7et'h' First Nations (KCFN).

Gary Wilson, a proud Haiɫzaqv Nation member, born and raised in Bella Bella, BC. As CEO and Director of Economic Development of Tiicma Enterprises, Gary provides strategic and operational oversight, planning, budgeting and technical guidance, advice and support to his Sr. Management team and staff. Prior to this Gary was Director Operations at Coastal First Nations - Great Bear Initiative Society. Gary previously worked as Chief Executive Officer for the Huu-ay-aht Development Corporation, General Manager for the Heiltsuk Economic Development Corporation, and a variety of roles with the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce for 14 years, including Regional Manager, Aboriginal Banking, BC & Yukon. Gary is serving a 4th term as President and Chair for the Aboriginal Housing Management Association. Gary was recently appointed as Vice Chair to National Indigenous Collaborative Housing Inc. Board of Directors and Director for Vancouver Island Economic Alliance Board. Gary had received a Bachelor of Commerce class of 2008 from Royal Roads University, Victoria BC and a Master of Business Administration, class of 2016 from Simon Fraser University, Vancouver BC.

Frank is a member of the Gwich’in Tribal Council, Aklavik Indian Band, and enrolled as a member in the Gwich’in Comprehensive Land Claim Agreement, and the Gwich’in Land Act (Bill C-94). His life encompasses all aspects of his rich cultural heritage from his parents. Frank has 20 plus years’ experience in the Drug and Alcohol Addictions field, working specifically with First Nations Youth and Young Adults in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver. He has been involved on numerous Boards including the Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre, Circle of Eagles Lodge, ACCESS Employment Centre, Greater Vancouver Homelessness Initiative, Greater Vancouver Aboriginal Homelessness Initiative, Hoy Creek Housing Co-operative, and Yes Campaign to Ward System. Frank was the Chief Negotiator for Ka:’yu:’k’t’h’/Che:k’tles7et’h First Nations Financial Fiscal Agreement Negotiations on Maanulth Final Agreement. Frank’s passion is working with the Legislative process of the Ka:’yu:’k’t’h’/Che:k’tles7et’h’ First Nations specific to the Constitution and Law Development.

My name is Kevin Jules. My grandmother is late Patricia Nicolaye of Chekleset. My grandfather is late Francis Jules of Kyuquot. My mother is late Susan Jules of KCFN. I have worked for our Nation for 20 plus years. 10 years as a teacher’s assistant and 12 years (3 terms) with our elected Legislative Government. I held the Vice Chief position within our elected government as well as the Economic Development portfolio. I was responsible for being a part of our government-to-government relationships. Speaking with Deputy Ministers as well the Premier of BC. I have spoken to The Premier on behalf of Treaty Nations. I look forward to my new roll with our Nations group of business Tiicma (business with heart) as the Economic Development Officer. I plan on helping our Nation grow and find new opportunities that will enrich our people for generations to come.  

 


 

Renewable Energy Projects Success Stories

Rose Paul, Paqtnkek Mi’kmaw Nation; Jeanette Bear, Maliseet Nation at Tobique; and Kirt Dedam, Mi’gmawei Mawiomi Business Corporation

This session will highlight several local renewable energy projects. Neqotkuk First Nation in western New Brunswick has started making money from its wind farm in the southern part of the province. The first payment came to about $430,000 and Chief Ross Perley expects returns will only get better. The Wocawson Energy Project, near Sussex, named for a Wabanaki legend, a giant mountaintop spirit bird whose wings make the wind makes enough energy to power 5,000 homes but gives Neqotkuk First Nation so much more in return. The Mesgi'g Ugju's'n wind farm, which means "big wind" in Mi'gmaq language, represents 47 wind towers that generate up to 150 megawatts of power. Located in the beautiful territory of Gespe'gewa'gi, along the Gaspe Peninsula in Quebec, the project started operations in December 2016. It was formed through a 50/50 partnership between three Mi'gmaq communities and Innergex, a leader in the renewable energy industry. Rose Paul, CEO of Bayside Development in Paqtnkek, noted the significance of the announcement in advancing economic reconciliation. “For generations, Mi’kmaw were prevented from participating in and benefitting from the economic development of our natural resources. Paqtnkek’s green hydrogen and green ammonia project provides an opportunity to make the dreams of our grandparents a reality. Economic reconciliation through meaningful partnerships in the development of our natural resources will advance our work toward becoming a sovereign nation and ensure prosperity for future generations.”

From the Neqotkuk Maliseet Nation in New Brunswick, Jeanette started in Economic Development in 2014 working for my home community of Neqotkuk. Throughout these years I have had the privilege of obtaining my TAED and now my PAED through CANDO. With this training and experience I have helped my community in the realm of Economic Development in bringing new facets to our Economic Activity along with great employment opportunities for our people. While meeting many new people and learning from other communities by working together to create an even stronger relationship moving forward. Throughout the length of obtaining my PAED I was able to learn a lot of skills and obtain education related to Economic Development, in business and growth. Understanding how other communities and organizations structure their businesses in the First Nation communities has been a very rewarding experience, I hope to continue to grow, learn, and develop more from. 

Kirt has been the project manager at the MMBC since 2019. He has been working on the educational, training, employment, and business aspects of the Mesgi’g Ugju’s’n windfarm. Using his natural ability to communicate and mobilize people, he engaged the Mi’gmaq communities in the MU project by organizing onsite visits of the windfarm and promoting careers in this sector to youth. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Business from the University of New Brunswick. His work experience includes sales, banking, truck driving, heavy equipment operator, forestry, small business start-up consulting, and various entrepreneurial ventures. Back in his home community, he's worked for the Band as Fisheries Coordinator, and Manager. He is also a committee member for his community’s economic development department and is the current president of his children's local daycare centre. Born in Listuguj, he was always exposed to traditional values, as well as substantial political discourse. For Kirt, occupying the ancestral territory is an important part of his life as he spends a lot of time in the woodland at his cabin and on the water.

From an early age, Rose’s grandparents instilled within her a lifelong commitment to help her Mi’kmaw community grow and prosper. That has been her promise, she is a fluent Mi'kmaw speaker, a mother of 8 Children and 15 grandchildren who have been her strongest motivators. As CEO of Bayside Development Corporation, the business arm of Paqtnkek Mi’kmaw Nation, that commitment has fueled a vision to maximize future employment and business creation for Paqtnkek community members and beyond. Rose worked hard with her leadership and teams to develop the first ever tripartite agreement with the Provincial and Federal governments and got awarded the multi-million-dollar highway interchange site. With the completion of Phase One (development of the Bayside Travel Centre), she’s now focused on Phase Two of the highway showcase and working towards the construction of a new business centre. An essential element of the community’s long-term economic vision is their strategic partnerships with corporate stakeholders, such as industry leader Everwind Fuels in a billion-dollar industry with production of Green Hydrogen & Ammonia. It’s an alliance that will drive them towards ‘energy sovereignty’ and becoming a net zero contributor in the fight against global warming and working on the Truth to Reconciliation in building business and sector industry partnerships such as Maritime Launch Services, Signal Gold, and Clearwater Seafoods. Rose became the first Mi’kmaq person to join the board of the Antigonish Chamber of Commerce. Generous with her time, Paul has been a speaker at national events all over Canada and is a volunteer for roundtables that explore the tragedy of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. 

 

Questions? Please contact Svitlana Konoval at skonoval@edo.ca or (780) 990-0303 x 231.