Thursday L2L Sessions
Manitoba & Saskatchewan

 L2L Thursday



No new Webinars are scheduled for the summer break.
Please check our Tuesday, Wednesday and Innovate BC schedules.

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Past Webinars: 

June 24, 2021

Workshop Title: 5 Dysfunctions of a Team

Workshop Description:

Your team may be operating well enough, but is it really?  We all know that people are imperfect.  Developing your team to realize their full potential reinforces the perceived "weakest link."  Leadership is required to guide your team to healthy interactions.  Samuel will go through the 5 Dysfunctions of a Team so you may be able to empower all in your organization.    

Presenter: Samuel Minde

Samuel MindeSamuel is tribal citizen of the Ermineskin Tribe.  The Ermineskin Cree Nation is located side by side by side of the Samson Cree, Louis Bull Tribe and the Montana First Nation(s), collectively are the Maskwacis Cree.  The Maskwacis Cree are Treaty 6 Nations located in what is now known as central Alberta in between the major cities of Edmonton and Calgary. 

Samuel’s education credentials are having earned a Master’s degree in Business in Indigenous Business and Leadership from Simon Fraser University Beedie School of Business (2017), a Bachelor of Management from Athabasca University (2007) and a Diploma in Management from Red Deer College (2005). 

Samuels experience is rooted in First Nations governance and strategy.  His entrepreneurial spirit and courage frame his leadership style and relationships, as such, Samuel has served in various Leadership roles and provided and received guidance to First Nations Councils, Boards and Committees.  From 2014 to 2020 Samuel invested his time and energy with the Neyaskweyahk Group of Companies as Chief Executive Officer and from 2011 to 2014 Samuel was an elected leader for the Ermineskin Cree Nation.

Samuel also started a consulting company called “BlueSky Business Design.”  Bluesky Business Design is created to elevate First Nations organizations and entrepreneurs realize a return on investment. From start to finish, we work with you offering independent, highly objective advice to enable you and your organization advance your Vision and Mission.

June 17, 2021

Workshop Title: 
Part 2: Outreach & attracting connections

Workshop Description

Many business professionals are wrapping their minds around how to navigate the “all-digital-all-the-time” place that we find ourselves in. Although social restrictions are easing, the digital economy has advanced to the point where there is no turning back now. In order to become more confident doing business online, Part 2 of the Personal Branding Series shows you how to share information and reach out in a way that attracts like-minded people to you who could become partners, customers and/or a great referral source. Online networking is key to finding and securing new business opportunities and this webinar will help you to become more comfortable and confident meeting others and building relationships online.

Speaker: Loa Fridfinnson

Loa FridfinnsonLoa has 20+ years of entrepreneurial, marketing, technology and sales expertise through her marketing agency Activ8, consulting for emerging private and public companies (Indigenous and non), and not-for-profit organizations in Canada.  She also works with progressive Indigenous communities in B.C. passing along marketing, digital media and sales knowledge to Indigenous entrepreneurs who want to start and grow companies that they are passionate about. Loa created a 15-course business training program that gives Indigenous adults and youth the professional and personal development tools and skills needed to succeed in today's digital economy.  Many of her participants are operating thriving businesses who have been recognized for their achievements at B.C.’s Indigenous Business Awards in Vancouver.  See more about her on LinkedIn.



June 10, 2021

Webinar Title: Sharing our Stories through Indigenous Tourism

Webinar Description: In Alberta, Indigenous tourism was a $130 million dollar industry before the pandemic and is poised for recovery and future growth. Opportunities to work as an Indigenous operator, artisan, chef, and more are on the rise for this up-and-coming sector. In this session, join Indigenous Tourism Alberta to learn about the rapidly growing Indigenous Tourism industry, best practices, and how you or your community can become involved.


Mackenzie Brown:

Mackenzie BrownMackenzie is a First Nations Nehiyaw Iskwew from the Sturgeon Lake Cree Nation and currently resides in Amiskwaciwaskahikan, Edmonton. Brown has a background as a performer, drummer, tourism entrepreneur, philanthropist and advocate for at-risk youth in the Edmonton area in addition to her past roles in Indigenous Tourism Development with both the Government of Alberta and Edmonton Tourism.Brown is well known across Alberta for performing with her mom as “Warrior Women.” Together they drum and teach around Alberta for the Northern Alberta Teachers Conference, the annual Jasper Dark Skies Festival, Youth Dream Catchers Conference, Canada Day, Aboriginal Day festivities and more. In addition to drumming, Brown is also an avid acrylic artist and traditional First Nations crafts artisan. Her art has been featured in the Pump House Gallery, the Edson Gallery Museum, the Gray Gallery Grant MacEwan, recognized for the Alberta Indian Arts and Crafts Award of 2017, featured for the Alberta Business Competition 2017, and sold to people travelling worldwide at Jasper Park Lodge. Mackenzie was also recently highlighted as the only Indigenous and Albertan artist on the reality TV show Landscape Artist of the Year Canada where she placed in the top 3 finalists.Brown has also been awarded the 2019 Esquao Award for Children’s Future, the 2019 Indigenous Woman of the year award from the Alberta Assembly of First Nations and the Top 30 under 30 from the Alberta Corporation for Global Cooperation 2020.


Kayla Bellerose:
Kayla BelleroseKayla Bellerose is a nehiyaw-Métis iskwew (Cree-Métis woman) from Slave Lake, Alberta in Treaty 8 territory. Kayla’s maternal roots come from Bigstone Cree Nation and Sawridge Cree Nation, and paternal roots are settlers from England and Scotland. Kayla gratefully resides as a visitor in Mohkinstsis (Blackfoot word for Elbow river), Calgary, in Treaty 7 Territory. Bellerose has a background in doing youth work across Alberta, volunteering on the Calgary Public Art Board in 2018-2019, and consulting in the fields of tourism, education, healthcare, and city-development planning. Kayla has gained valuable experience working with youth in various programs such as Alberta Future Leaders Program, Ótáp ímisskaan: The Indigenous Youth Leadership Program housed at University of Calgary, and also facilitating her own Creative Heart Art Workshops in Indigenous communities across Alberta.

Kayla Bellerose is a visual artist with the artist name of bb iskwew symbolizing her traditional Cree name gifted from her nokum, Baby woman. The art practice by bb iskwew is an expression of her matriarchal roots and connection to Mother Earth teachings. Using the mediums of photography, illustration, animation, sculpture, beadwork, painting, and poetry, bb iskwew shares her healing journey through artistic visual medicine. Bellerose completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a minor in International Indigenous Studies from the University of Calgary in 2020. Kayla is passionate in sharing her creative skills to help uplift Indigenous relatives and voices in the arts and tourism, and has a life goal of being a helper in creating a sustainable economic ecosystem-community for Indigenous entrepreneurs to thrive.





June 3, 2021


9:00AM PT / 10:00AM MT / 12:00PM ET

Webinar Name: 


Indigenous Clean Energy and Indigenous Peoples as the Country’s Strongest Clean Energy Community


Webinar Description: 


The Indigenous Clean Energy (ICE) Social Enterprise is a pan-Canadian not-for-profit platform which advances Indigenous inclusion in Canada’s energy futures economy through Indigenous leadership, and broad-based collaboration with energy companies, utilities, governments, development firms, cleantech innovators, academic sector, and capital markets.


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This session includes learning outcomes about

  • The Indigenous Clean Energy Social Enterprise, our programs, and what we do
  • Successful Indigenous clean energy projects across Turtle Island 
  • Climate action and what that means to Indigenous communities
  • How to get involved and opportunities in the transformation to a clean energy future


Apart from crown and private utilities, Indigenous communities and enterprises are the largest single owner of clean energy assets. It would be fair to describe Indigenous people as the country’s strongest clean energy community, and Indigenous Clean Energy (ICE) as Canada’s National Partnership Hub advancing First Nation, Métis, and Inuit clean energy projects.




Presenter: Terri Lynn Morrison


Terri LynnTerri Lynn Morrison is a proud First Nations Mi’gmaq woman from Listuguj, in the province of Quebec where she was born and raised. Terri Lynn brings many qualities to her work, including her understanding of First Nations realities, and passion for Indigenous involvement in a just transition.


In July of 2019, Terri Lynn joined the ICE Team as the Director of Communications and Strategic Partnerships. Her role focuses on building relationships with key partners to help amplify the impact of Indigenous clean energy in Canada.


Her clean energy journey began in 2014, when she became the Project Director for a 150MW Wind Farm that was owned, and developed with 3 Mi’gmaq communities and their partner, Innergex Renewable Energy Inc. from Longueil, QC. This project was recognized by the Quebec Wind Industry, where it received Excellence in Human Resources Award, and Terri Lynn was recognized as the Rising Star for her contribution in fostering social acceptability for the project.






May 27th

Workshop Title: Future Aircrew Training (FAcT) Program

Workshop Description: CAE and KF Aerospace have joined forces to form SkyAlyne, in order to jointly bid on the Government of Canada’s Future Aircrew Training (FAcT) Program. The FAcT program is designed to train all Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) pilots. Training shall be conducted in Moose Jaw, SK, Cold Lake, AB, and Southport, MB. As part of the FAcT program, Canada has committed to including an Indigenous Benefits Plan (IPB), to respond to the economic reconciliation with Indigenous people. As a Canadian company, CAE sees the importance of including Indigenous people in this program. To offer value for Canadians, the team is working to build upon the best practices of both company’s current programs, develop innovative and flexible training curriculum for future RCAF aircrew and deliver the best-in-class ITB results to the FAcT program. Their vision is to work with both Indigenous organizations and suppliers to deliver the desired socio-economic value to Indigenous people, thus building a stronger Canada for all Canadians.

This presentation is about CAE and their leadership’s vision to work with the Indigenous community to build a robust IPB.

About CAE:

CAE is the worldwide partner of choice for civil aviation, defence, security, and healthcare customers who operate in complex, high-stakes, and largely regulated environments, where successful outcomes are critical. They are a high technology company, at the leading edge of digital immersion, reimagining the customer experience and revolutionizing training and operational support solutions for over 70 years.

As a testament to the company’s sustainability, over 60 percent of CAE’s revenue is recurring in nature and has broad global presence with approximately 10,000 employees, 160 sites and training locations in over 35 countries.


David Acco, Angela Mccune, Abir Kazan will introduce themselves.

David AccoDavid Acco, Acosys Consulting

David Acco, President and CEO, is a Cree-Métis descended from Cumberland House, Saskatchewan, and a member of Métis Nation - Saskatchewan. He is an accomplished senior Business Analyst and Project Manager with an MBA from the University of Ottawa, a Business Analysis Master Certificate from the Schulich School of Business, York University, and a Graduate Certificate in Ecommerce from McGill University. His academic achievements and certifications give only a narrow idea of his talents. He has pushed his boundaries in many fields, from aircraft mechanics, to aerospace, to information technology, and in 2006, to social entrepreneurship, founding Acosys Consulting Services Inc. Mr. Acco has experience leading teams and working independently on projects varying in size and scope. He has extensive experience in Information Systems and Information Technology (IS/IT) in the telecommunications and engineering industries, and with many non-profit Indigenous organizations. These experiences have enabled Mr. Acco to develop comprehensive management strategies to approach a variety of business challenges.




May 20, 2021


3:00PM MT - 4:00PM MT 
2:00PM PT - 3:00PM PT

Title: Canadian Women In Business – An Indigenous Perspectiv

Workshop Description:

Indigenous entrepreneurship, business and economies have come a long way over the last few decades, despite the many challenges they face.  Women have also come a long way too over that time.  Let’s look at business and entrepreneurship in Canada from an Indigenous Women perspective. 

What makes this market unique? 
What challenges do they face? 
What services are available?
What do we need to do?

Speaker: Caledonia Glendale

Caledonia GlendaleCaledonia Glendale is a proud member of the Tseshaht First Nation, a member of the Nuu-chah-nulth Nations.  

She brings a diverse array of skills and experiences to her work.  Her western education, work experience and cultural teachings provide a well-rounded personal and professional guide.
In 2000, Caledonia began her employment with the Nuu-chah-nulth Economic Development Corporation (NEDC).  

Her first task was to develop the Youth Business Program, which included the development, coordination, and/or facilitation of the mentoring program, young entrepreneur’s conference, entrepreneurial and business workshops, and providing pre- and after-care to aspiring young entrepreneurs.  In 2005, she naturally moved into the Business Services Officer position which broadened her client base to include all ages.  In 2013, she moved into analyzing and recommending projects for funding when she accepted a Business Development Officer position. 

A couple years later, the experience in the various NEDC positions is proving beneficial in her role as NEDC Assistant Manager.
Over the years, Caledonia has accumulated an inventory of training and experiences.  She graduated with a diploma in Business Administration – Accounting & Business Information Systems from Camosun College before successfully completing the Royal Roads University’s Bachelor of Commerce in Entrepreneurial Management program.  She also took the Northern Arizona University Leadership training, APEC IBIZ Business Counsellor Training Program, Bank of Montreal Financial Analysis training, and Enterprise Project Management Professional and Advanced Professional Project management training.  She participated in various training opportunities on all aspects of business, human resources, leadership and governance.  She owned her own business for a few years assisting small Aboriginal businesses with their financial management (closing the business to take the Business Service Officer position with NEDC to avoid conflict in interest).  She continues to do contract work and volunteering in a variety of areas.Caledonia’s shares her array of education and skills in many training forums. 

She has
Throughout the years, Caledonia participated in a variety of leadership positions.  She served as a member of the Tse-shaht First Nation council and  two advisory committees: Nuu-chah-nulth Employment & Training Program and Camosun College Aboriginal Leadership Program.  She was a member of other various boards and committees over the years, including the Port Alberni Cruise Ship Committee, Tseshaht Finance Committee, Tseshaht Economic Development Committee, and many more.




April 15, 2021

Title: First Nations Organizational Transformation

Laara and Mark

This workshop will introduce participants to the concept of leading First Nation organizational transformation. This workshop explores the critical ingredients that support organization transformation starting with cultural revitalization, values-based / vision focused leadership, organizational development (including cultural revitalization, organizational learning, organizational design and supportive interventions).

Learning outcomes include:
- Understand the importance of values and vision focused leadership and the importance of culture;
- Understanding what organizational transformation is;
- Understand systems thinking and organizational development; and
- Understand the processes that support organizational transformation (e.g. visioning, forming an evolving team of transformation leaders, inspiring and empowering the team to realize the vision, creating and celebrating habits of success, action research to support systems, structural, and policy changes that support continuous improvement to realize the vision, consistent with shared values).

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Speakers: Laara YaghuJaanas & Mark Salter

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April 8, 2021

Title: TAED/PAED Presentation

Join us as we discuss the requirements for Cando’s Technical and Professional Aboriginal Economic Development Certification. Cando’s TAED and PAED certification recognizes the educational and professional level of experience that all candidates enrolled in the process have. This level of recognition confirms the necessary skills and knowledge to fulfill the requirements of their position more effectively, and supports their career paths in the field of Indigenous Community Economic Development and related professional areas.

Speakers: Carmelle Nepoose and Anita Boyle

Carmelle Nepoose Anita Boyle

Carmelle Nepoose

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Guest Speaker: Sydney Paul

Sydney Paul 

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