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July 6, 2021

2:00PM PT / 3:00PM MT / 5:00PM ET


Description: Value Added Agricultural Co-operatives – Links to Learning Webinar


Value-added is the process of taking a product from the original state and transforming it into a new product.  If you are a producer, it can be challenging to both produce things, like cattle or canola, and add value, such as process beef or produce cooking oil. That’s where forming a co-op can help.


The co-operative model is a business owned by a group of people with a common interest who make decisions together and share in the business profits.  For producers, it allows them to do what they do best, like grow things, while the co-op works to increase the value of what they produce. 


Ocean Spray is an example. Cranberry farmers formed a co-operative  to create new products of high value than cranberries on their own, such as juices, sauces, and snack foods. 


Join Trista Pewapisconias, Indigenous Relations Lead from Co-operatives First for a discussion on how Indigenous and Canadian producers use the co-operative model to reach new markets and create new products.

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Presenter: Trista Pewapisconias

Trista Pewapisconias is a member of the Little Pine First Nation in Saskatchewan and Indigenous Relations Lead for Co-operatives First. In her role with Co-operatives First, Trista works alongside community members to form new businesses based on the co-operative model. Her support with business development and planning helps guide groups through the process of starting a successful business. Trista’s professional experience includes various marketing roles, as well as writing business plans for Indigenous start-up companies. A tireless advocate for Indigenous business, Trista is also a founding board member of the Indigenous Chamber of Commerce of Saskatchewan and holds an MBA from Edwards School of Business at the University of Saskatchewan.



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July 13, 2021

Workshop Description Creating Economic Impact through an Indigenous led Business Model

2:00PM PT / 3:00PM MT / 5:00PM ET


Webinar Description:

As Indigenous people we often find ourselves in a place where we are trying to meet the objectives in business while balancing our commitment to growing a community with us. Profits vs livelihood or environment is often what is at stake. At FHQ Developments we have spent a great deal of time considering our traditional values and vision of who we are and where we see ourselves in the future and use those values to direct how we invest, partner and build relationships that focus on wealth generation, sustainability and livelihood.

The evolution of Indigenous business is not just to participate in the economy but to meet our expectations as Indigenous communities and ensure we are creating an economic path of sustainability that is designed by us!

Speaker: Thomas Benjoe

Thomas Benjoe, B.Admin. Pro. Dir.
President & CEO, FHQ Developments

Thomas BenjoeThomas Benjoe is the President & CEO for FHQ Developments and is from the Muscowpetung First Nation. His background includes Indigenous Business, Governance and Economic Development as well as Commercial Banking.

Thomas is a founding Board of Director’s member for FHQ Developments and was named President & CEO in 2016. FHQ Developments manages Indigenous Investments, Partnerships and Economic Development that creates the greatest economic impact where they do business while utilizing Indigenous knowledge, thought and value systems to create a better economic future for the Nations and Citizens of the File Hill’s Qu’Appelle Tribal Council.
Thomas currently serves on the Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce as 1st Vice Chair (Incoming Chair May 2021), Innovation Saskatchewan Board Member, First Nations University of Canada Spring Celebration Powwow Committee (Co-Chair), Member of Leaders Council at the Hill & Levene Schools of Business, University of Regina, and the Council for Entrepreneurship Growth (Economic Development Regina/Audacity YQR).
Thomas was recently featured from in The Globe and Mail’s Report on Business Magazine as a Top 50 Changemaker in Canada, served as the 2019/20 United Way “Community Champion”, the recipient of the Crowning Achievement Young Alumni Award from the University of Regina (2017), recognized by CBC's "Future 40"(2013), the Red Cross' "Young Humanitarian of the Year"(2009), and a "Top Performer" Convention Winner which recognizes the top 1% of RBC employees (2015).
Thomas was also recognized as a Top 10 Most Influential Economic Developers by Treaty 4 News, a feature that profiles business leaders, job creators and entrepreneurs who have made a valuable contribution to improving the lives of Indigenous people through business and have helped keep Saskatchewan’s economy vibrant and strong.

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July 20, 2021

Workshop Description – Personal Money Management: Reclaiming Independence

Incorporation You! Personal Finances in Entrepreneurship

2:00PM PT / 3:00PM MT / 5:00PM ET

Workshop Description – Personal Money Management: Reclaiming Independence

Incorporation You! Personal Finances in Entrepreneurship

In this knowledge sharing session, Scout Financial Solutions discusses vital information that many entrepreneurs tend to overlook in their business planning processes. While knowing business components such as break-even points, sales projections and bottom lines are important for successful business management, it is also critically important to address personal finances from an entrepreneur’s perspective. Knowledge sharing topics will address income-based personal budgeting, addressing health care needs, insurance considerations and retirement planning. This Money Scout takes it one financial wellness step further by touching on legacy planning considerations for entrepreneurs. Combined, these tips provide a healthier perspective on business revenue as it relates to personal financial needs. Addressing these key areas at any stage of the entrepreneurship journey will support and empower entrepreneurs in their personal decision-making processes.

Presenter: Cate Morris

Cate MorrisCate Morris is a Dakota winyan, George Gordon First Nation band member and sole proprietor of Scout Financial Solutions. She holds a Business Administration diploma, a Business Administration degree and two Certified Financial Education Instructor designations. She also possesses many personal finance, procurement and small business course certifications that support her professional and personal objectives. Cate supplements this formal education by drawing from her own life experiences of walking in two worlds - as an abuse survivor, homeless teen, struggling student, stay at home parent, widow, solo parent, employee, homeowner, person with a disability, displaced employee, entrepreneur, business advisor and member of the poorest socio-economic group in Canada’s brief history – all with the intention of empowering her beloved Indigenous people through culturally appreciative Financial Literacy workshops. This Indigenous ‘Money Scout’ walks the talk. Knowledge sharing is relatable, practical and memorable. Whether it’s a workshop or a personal consultation, participants are inspired to achieve Financial Wellness. Cate’s goals are many. She actively pursues reclaiming her traditional language, sharing knowledge with others, volunteering for healthier community initiatives, inspiring economic prosperity, growing abundant mindsets, pursuing world peace and at the top of her list, ending cyclical poverty one inspiring workshop at a time!

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July 27, 2021

Title: Ideas to Dollars: Putting Your Strategic Plan Into Action

2:00PM PT / 3:00PM MT / 5:00PM ET




Do you often wonder where to start when trying to bring your plans to reality? How do you create a budget out of strategies? Join AFOA BC to bring their expertise and experience to give you some helpful tools to bring strategic plans to life through budgets and workplans.  We will discuss how to use performance measures to assess effectiveness of your programs.

Presenter: Wendy Ham, Executive Director, AFOA BC


Wendy Ham AFOABCWendy Ham joined AFOA BC as their Executive Director in 2019. Wendy is a Chartered Professional Accountant and a Certified Aboriginal Finance Manager. She also holds a certificate in First Nation Tax Administration through the TULO Centre of Indigenous Economics and Thompson River University. Prior to her role at AFOA BC, Wendy was the Finance Manager and Tax Administrator for Sumas First Nation for 7 years. She has been a member of AFOA BC since 2014 and was part of the team at Sumas First Nation who received a Best Practices Award from AFOA BC in 2017.

Wendy’s experience in finance and administration is long and varied as she has worked in the post-secondary education and not-for-profit sectors. She is a firm believer in life-long learning and is happy to bring her experience, knowledge and curiosity to her current role and is honoured to work with all the First Nations in BC.



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June 15, 2021

Alberta/British Columbia

2:00PM PT / 3:00PM MT / 5:00PM ET

Workshop Title: 
Part 1: Business development and personal branding

Workshop Description:

In today’s accelerated digital environment, it’s important to build a personal (individual) brand online to attract new business opportunities for your company. By increasing your professional presence on the Internet, you can expand your network, gain valuable industry information and build relationships that result in growth for your organization. In this webinar, Loa Fridfinnson of Activ8 will lead you through the steps to enhance your own personal brand to make attracting new opportunities online a piece of your business development toolbox. This is Part 1 of a 2-Part webinar series.

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 8, 2021

Alberta/British Columbia

2:00PM PT / 3:00PM MT / 5:00PM ET


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 1, 2021

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 25th

Workshop Title: The Indigenous Business Supplier Database - Why be on supplier database?

Workshop Description: Being on supplier databases is like being on main street. If you are not visible nobody will know you are there, and opportunities may pass by without your knowledge. This webinar discusses the merits of supplier databases and how to leverage Cando’s Indigenous Business Database and Concierge Services to create opportunities with current government Indigenous procurement initiatives such as the Wrecked, Abandoned or Hazardous Vessels (WAHV) Program and others.

Supplier databases are often the first place procurement managers and officers go to source potential
suppliers for products, services and projects. This is especially true for large government projects,
which increasingly will have Indigenous Benefits Plans (IPB) and Indigenous Participation Components (IPC) as a core component. IBCs and IPCs require that the winning bidder of these project include Indigenous suppliers as part of their solution, and this represents significant business opportunities for
Indigenous businesses.

  • Level set with presentation about databases, ITB, IPC, IBP from Indigenous, role of organization for my business – Personal experience
  • Provide a brief overview of Cando’s Database and Concierge
  • Over to John talking about OSME, the partnership between Cando and PSPC, and procurement opportunities intersection with organization partnerships e.g. WAHV and others.
  • Discussion with vision of government procurement and economic reconciliation what can the future look like for Canada and Indigenous people.
  • Audience Q&A


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.

John Johnstone

John Johnstone, a/Associate Director, Indigenous Engagement OSME, PSPC

John is based in Victoria, BC, and he provides engagement support to the Office of Small and Medium Enterprises (OSME) at Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC).  John’s goal is to ensure that the Indigenous business community and support organizations have the opportunity to actively patriciate in federal procurement.

From general guidance to business-specific information, John and his team help businesses navigate the government contracting process utilizing his 22 years of experience with the federal government.

John holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Saint Mary’s University, a Certificate in Project Management and Strategy Leadership from the University of British Columbia, and is a certified Project Management Professional.




May 18, 2021

Alberta/British Columbia

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. 

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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 13, 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 6, 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

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Guest Speaker:  Jordan Asels

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