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September 21, 2021

Webinar Title: 5 Ways to Finance Your Small Business

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

 

Description - Curious about what options are out there for getting money to start and grow your business? This workshop will cover 5 ways to raise money to start and grow your small business, from loans to grants and everything in between. You’ll also learn the foundations of managing your business finances.

Presenter: Holly Atjecoutay

Holly Atjecoutay2Holly Atjecoutay
Director, Indigenous Services - Business Link

Holly is Cree and Saulteaux from Cowessess First Nation in Treaty 4 Saskatchewan, but calls Treaty 7 and Mohkinstsis (Calgary) her home. As the Director for Indigenous Services at Business Link, she relies heavily on her fabulous team to provide assistance to Indigenous entrepreneurs in Alberta regarding the startup and expansion of their small businesses, connecting them to helpful resources while also providing guidance, tools and expertise.

The Indigenous Services team facilitates workshops, hosts Indigenous-focused events, provides specific programming for Indigenous entrepreneurs and small businesses, and builds meaningful relationships in both rural and urban Indigenous communities. Holly guides the team to success, maintains important relationships and collaboration with partners, and ensures that every First Nations and Metis community in Alberta is aware of the services that are offered.

Zoom Registration Link:

https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcodeugrDgjE9yTRbtEmaf6BU3pAMRLIuq5

 

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September 21, 2021

Webinar Title:  Introduction to Indigena Capital 

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

Webinar Description: Indigena Capital’s representatives will provide an introduction to their sector agnostic platform and discuss how for over 35-years they have partnered directly with Indigenous Nations across North America to deploy equity capital into Nation’s projects to unlock these opportunities.  They will walk through their partnership model, provide a case study, and interact with participants through a Question and Answer session. 

Participants:

John Jurrius, CEO, Indigena Platform

Christine Robertson, President, Indigena Platform

Susan Hammer, Vice President: Client Relations, Indigena Platform


Presenter Bios:

John Jurrius, CEO, Indigena Platform:

Mr. Jurrius has spent over 35-years developing projects and providing financial solutions exclusively in partnership with First Nations, Inuit and Métis in Canada and Tribal Nations in the United States (“Nations”). His vision and determination to assist Indigenous Nations in using their rights and resources to create economies capable of sustaining their socio-economic needs has led to the creation of hundreds of millions of dollars of new long-term commercial revenue for Nations. These assets have provided above sector returns for investors while at the same time creating material wealth for the Nations.

While serving internally to Indigenous communities in the first 20 years of his career, as a business advisor and investment banker, Mr. Jurrius recognized that accessing equity capital is the most difficult barrier for Nations as they strive for independence and financial sovereignty.  With this realization Mr. Jurrius set out to create an exclusive platform that would bridge private investment with Indigenous Communities.  In 2008, Mr. Jurrius launched Native American Resource Partners (“NARP”), the first investment firm dedicated to serving the Indigenous space.  As a portfolio company of Houston-based Quantum Energy Partners LLC, NARP’s investments, were strictly limited by its sources of capital to non-renewable energy projects.  In 2016, with the recognition that Indigenous Nations needed a dedicated capital source that could partner to deploy across all commercial sectors, Mr. Jurrius founded Indigena Capital as the first sector agnostic capital provider in the Indigenous space.

Mr. Jurrius has been the architect in providing and sourcing more than $2.5 billion of capital to Indigenous projects that have spanned the infrastructure, energy, renewable energy, agriculture and real estate sectors.  This includes over $200 million since 2012 into Canadian Indigenous partnerships.  These activities led to the creation of two, billion-dollar Nation led commercial platforms, and the results included a AAA credit rating by a U.S.  Indigenous Nation in 2001 from Moody’s and Fitch which the Nation continues to carry today.

Mr. Jurrius has received recognition of his unique and innovative ideas on the development rights and capabilities of Indigenous Nations and has been a champion of economic development that benefits both Indigenous and non-Indigenous interests.  His advocation in educating both the investment and Indigenous communities in the generating power of working in partnership and the aligning of vision and interests have been instrumental in bridging the gap to equity funding for Nations.  

In recognition of Mr. Jurrius’ work, Mr. Jurrius was conferred the honour of being inducted into the Kainai Chieftancy in 2012. This honour is given by the Kainai/Blood Tribe of Alberta and is seen as an official bridge between cultures.

Prior to his work with Nations, Mr. Jurrius attended Angelo State University after serving in the U.S Military as a military intelligence analyst.

Christine Robertson, President, Indigena Platform:

Ms. Robertson is the President and co-founder of the Indigena Capital platform.  She brings diverse executive experience, having served on several senior management teams in her 30-year career.  Her incomparable technical and business background enables her to seamlessly blend the skills necessary to direct the Indigena partnering model to actively deploy equity capital to empower Indigenous rights and resources, while achieving above sector returns on investments for all partners. 

Prior to forming Indigena, Ms. Robertson was the Chief Operating Officer, of Native American Resource Partners (“NARP”), a portfolio company of Houston-based Quantum Energy Partners LLC that also partnered exclusively with Indigenous Nations to provide capital, expertise, and experience.  Christine was concurrently the COO of two of NARP’s partnerships which were both cited in a 2014 United Nations Report by the Special Rapporteur on the rights of Indigenous Peoples as positive initiatives that encourage Indigenous participation in economic development activities and benefits.

Ms. Robertson holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering with distinction from the University of Calgary, and began her career in the energy sector where she was instrumental in planning and implementing the significant growth of several companies.  She excels at creating alignment and partnerships and is an expert in the regulatory processes prevalent to partnering with Indigenous Nations.

In 2019, Ms. Robertson was recognized by WXN as one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women in the category of Trailblazers and Trendsetter – an award recognizing women who are first in their field and have made a great contribution to Canadian society.

Susan Hammer, Vice President: Client Relations, Indigena Platform:

Ms. Hammer has worked exclusively with Indigenous Nations for almost 20 years. She works closely with Indigenous Nations’ Chiefs and Councils, communities and their representatives, and has successfully helped organise and guide Nations through designation and referendum votes. Ms. Hammer has a thorough understanding and appreciation for the many challenges and complexities of endeavoring to create economically sustainable development within a federal regulatory framework.

Ms. Hammer started working with Tribal Nations in 1995 as Finance Director of the Southern Ute Tribe’s housing entity. She went on to work with Southern Ute’s Growth Fund as one of the five founding employees. In 2005, Ms. Hammer became the Director of Tribal Housing for another Tribal Nation. The Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recognized her achievement through the granting of the Outstanding Achievement award in recognition of her efforts. She also served on the board of the National Indian Housing Council (NAIHC) representing all Tribes in the US on Housing issues. In 2008 Ms. Hammer joined Native American Resource partners and is well respected in the Indigenous communities with whom Indigena partners.

Zoom Registration Link:

https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUrdeuvrT4vGNLS0QfXI_nhyTOh_0-20vFe

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Past Webinars:

 

 

September 14, 2021

Webinar Title: Marketing Tips for your Small Business

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

 

Description – Marketing your small business can be confusing! Do you need a website? Which social media platforms should you use? What is the tone, image and messaging of your business and how does that relate to marketing your business? Join us to learn the basics of Marketing your small business where we will also discuss tools and resources you can use to create a marketing, promotions and advertising plan.

Presenter: Holly Atjecoutay

Holly Atjecoutay2Holly Atjecoutay
Director, Indigenous Services - Business Link

Holly is Cree and Saulteaux from Cowessess First Nation in Treaty 4 Saskatchewan, but calls Treaty 7 and Mohkinstsis (Calgary) her home. As the Director for Indigenous Services at Business Link, she relies heavily on her fabulous team to provide assistance to Indigenous entrepreneurs in Alberta regarding the startup and expansion of their small businesses, connecting them to helpful resources while also providing guidance, tools and expertise.

The Indigenous Services team facilitates workshops, hosts Indigenous-focused events, provides specific programming for Indigenous entrepreneurs and small businesses, and builds meaningful relationships in both rural and urban Indigenous communities. Holly guides the team to success, maintains important relationships and collaboration with partners, and ensures that every First Nations and Metis community in Alberta is aware of the services that are offered.

 

 
 

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September 7, 2021

Webinar Title: Market Research for Success

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

 

Description - Find the information you need to build a better business. Market research can help you gain insight into your industry, competition, and target market, and help you create effective strategies for starting your business. Learn the basics of market research and how to go about it in this introductory workshop! Get information on Business Link’s free market research resources.

Presenter: Holly Atjecoutay

Holly Atjecoutay2Holly Atjecoutay
Director, Indigenous Services - Business Link

Holly is Cree and Saulteaux from Cowessess First Nation in Treaty 4 Saskatchewan, but calls Treaty 7 and Mohkinstsis (Calgary) her home. As the Director for Indigenous Services at Business Link, she relies heavily on her fabulous team to provide assistance to Indigenous entrepreneurs in Alberta regarding the startup and expansion of their small businesses, connecting them to helpful resources while also providing guidance, tools and expertise.

The Indigenous Services team facilitates workshops, hosts Indigenous-focused events, provides specific programming for Indigenous entrepreneurs and small businesses, and builds meaningful relationships in both rural and urban Indigenous communities. Holly guides the team to success, maintains important relationships and collaboration with partners, and ensures that every First Nations and Metis community in Alberta is aware of the services that are offered.

 

 

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August 31, 2021

Webinar Title: Startup Steps

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

 

Description - Have an idea and considering starting your own business? In this workshop, we will help you discover if entrepreneurship is right for you and show you how to take your idea and make it a reality. We will help you assess whether your idea is viable, as well as provide you with the tools, resources and guidance to help you along the way. You will learn the steps you need to take to start your business, including choosing the right structure for your business.

Presenter: Holly Atjecoutay

Holly Atjecoutay2Holly Atjecoutay
Director, Indigenous Services - Business Link

Holly is Cree and Saulteaux from Cowessess First Nation in Treaty 4 Saskatchewan, but calls Treaty 7 and Mohkinstsis (Calgary) her home. As the Director for Indigenous Services at Business Link, she relies heavily on her fabulous team to provide assistance to Indigenous entrepreneurs in Alberta regarding the startup and expansion of their small businesses, connecting them to helpful resources while also providing guidance, tools and expertise.

The Indigenous Services team facilitates workshops, hosts Indigenous-focused events, provides specific programming for Indigenous entrepreneurs and small businesses, and builds meaningful relationships in both rural and urban Indigenous communities. Holly guides the team to success, maintains important relationships and collaboration with partners, and ensures that every First Nations and Metis community in Alberta is aware of the services that are offered.

 

 

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August 24, 2021

Webinar Title:
Links to Learning - Game on! Building a Sustainable and Resilient Indigenous Economy 2.0

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

Webinar Description:

So you think you can build an economy huh? Put on your best economist cap (or bowtie) and make a series of strategic decisions to build your economy from the ground up. But the question is, how will it hold up to an economic shock? Will it be as resilient as a rubber band? In this webinar, we will learn about the Tulo Centre's Economic Growth Model and apply our knowledge to Tulo Centre's Building a Sustainable and Resilient Indigenous Economy learning game.

Speakers: Jesse James and Norm Lavallee

 

Jesse JamesJesse James is a member of Peguis First Nation and is the Special Projects Manager for Tulo Centre and the Regional Outreach Manager for the First Nations Tax Commission. Prior to joining FNTC, Jesse has worked for First Nation governments in British Columbia since 1996. 

Over the past 25 years, Jesse became familiar working with all levels of government and other organizations such as ISC, CIR, Province of BC, First Nation Health Authority, CMHC and other First Nations. Jesse has gained broad experience including negotiations within BC Treaty Process, community ratification of Land Code under the First Nation Land Management Act and assisted implementing and maintaining a property tax system under the First Nations Fiscal Management Act. He also participated in the initial stages of a Nation-building plan to formalize the inter-tribal relationship of several individual First Nations.

Jesse graduated from Thompson Rivers University with a certificate in First Nations Tax Administration and has also received a certificate in Ch’nook Aboriginal Management Program from the University of British Columbia.

Norm LavalleeNorm Lavallee is an Economist with Fiscal Realities Economists and has also worked with the Tulo Centre of Indigenous Economics since its inception. Norm has over 14 years of experience in statistical analysis, systems analysis, strategy development, technical writing, research and curriculum development related to First Nations economics, jurisdiction, taxation and public policy. Norm has written and contributed to several publications on First Nations market history, fiscal relationships and economic development. Norm has an MBA with an Economics and Finance focus from Thompson Rivers University. 

 

 

 

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August 17, 2021

Webinar Title: Jobenomics Cando

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

Webinar Description:

Jobenomics is an international grassroots movement on four continents dedicated to economic, community, small business, and workforce development in underserved and under-resourced communities. The Jobenomics Cando webinar will provide the Council for the Advancement of Native Development Officers an overview of the Jobenomics Movement and its turnkey programs to mass-produce startup businesses and careers for Canada's indigenous communities.

Speaker: Chuck Vollmer

Chuck VollmerMr. Vollmer is the author and founder of Jobenomics (https://jobenomics.com), which deals with mass-producing startup businesses and jobs emphasizing veterans, minorities, women, youth, and other hopefuls in underserved communities. Since its launch in 2010, Jobenomics garnished wide-spread support for its economic, community, small business, and workforce development efforts. Today, the Jobenomics National Grassroots Movement reached an estimated 30 million people via lectures, the Jobenomics website, and the Jobenomics America TV Show.
Dozens of communities (neighborhoods, cities, and regions) in North America, South America, the Middle East, and Africa now have Jobenomics Chapters.

In response to mitigating the coronavirus and getting people back to work, Mr. Vollmer helped found Aleph Diagnostics (https://alephdiagnostics.com), a US firm that imports leading COVID-19 test kits and diagnostic equipment. The Jobenomics/Aleph Diagnostics team is also working with local communities to mass-produce healthcare manufacturing and service businesses. The Jobenomics/EmeraldPlanet (https://www.emeraldplanet.org) partnership is working to identify the world’s 1,000 best green business practices. To date, EmeraldPlanet TV produced 2,800 shows and has a global audience. Mr. Vollmer is a co-founder and Board Member of the Combat Soldiers Recovery Fund (https://combatsoldiersrecoveryfund.org), a nonprofit that provides grants
to disabled veterans. Mr. Vollmer is the Vice Chairman of ACTS Freedom Farms (https://www.actsffa.com/) Advisory Board, an organization dedicated to creating veteran-owned US micro-farms. The Jobenomics/National Faith-Based Empowerment Coalition (https://nfbec.org) partnership promotes underserved and under-resourced community transformation via Opportunity Zone Fund financing.

From 1996 to the present, Mr. Vollmer founded VII Inc, a strategic planning, systems engineering, and investment capital firm specializing in government and business initiatives. VII’s clients include major domestic and international government agencies and corporations. He is the author of the US Air Force’s VECTORS and Global Information Operations, the National Guard’s VANGUARD campaign, and Rapid Dominance concepts. Corporations include numerous Fortune 50 companies. VII also assists innovators and entrepreneurs to start small businesses.

VII Enterprise Solutions designed and maintained data networks for the US Passport Agency data centers. From 1999 to 2007, the US Central Command hired Mr. Vollmer to help Arab leaders develop an anti-terrorism coalition. In this capacity, he led twelve symposia in the Middle East attended by airpower officials in the Arab Gulf, Europe, and the United States and wrote several hundred U.S./Arab coalition-building documents. Today, Mr. Vollmer frequently lectures on Mideast, Islam, Arabs, and the need for increased cultural engagement.

Mr. Vollmer served ten years on active duty in the USAF and 13 years with the Air National Guard. He accumulated over 3,000 hours in various fighter aircraft, flew 175 combat missions in Southeast Asia, and received six Distinguished Flying Crosses and eleven Air Medals. Mr. Vollmer received a BS degree in Engineering Management from the USAF Academy and a Master’s in Education from Northern Arizona University. He is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Sloan School of Management for Senior Executives. Chuck remains happily married to his high school sweetheart, Trish Eagan, from Lewisburg, Pennsylvania. Their son was the President of VII Enterprise Solutions and now manages a Systems Engineering Group at Cisco, a leading IT conglomerate.

 



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August 3, 2021

Webinar Title: Communicating climate risks through interactive 3D mapping

Webinar Description:

As SS&DI focused its R&D efforts to Climate Change adaptation visualization software, 3D Wave Design Mapping Solutions www.3dwavedesign.com  was born. 3D Wave Design has developed close relationships with environmental, First Nations and applied geomatics research groups, particularly in relation to wildfire and inland flood risk assessments and global warming induced sea-level rise prediction and simulation. SS&DI/3DWave’s 3D proprietary LiDAR ingestion software/WebGL visualizations have been used by Atlantic Canadian towns, Municipalities and First Nation communities to demonstrate risks and to develop engineered mitigation solutions for council and public review.

Speaker: Barry Stevens

Barry StevensAs 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.

As SS&DI focused its R&D efforts to Climate Change adaptation visualization software, 3D Wave Design
Mapping Solutions www.3dwavedesign.com was born. 3D Wave Design has developed close relationships
with environmental, First Nations and applied geomatics research groups, particularly in relation to wildfire and inland flood risk assessments and global warming induced sea-level rise prediction and simulation.
SS&DI/3DWave’s 3D proprietary LiDAR ingestion software/WebGL visualizations have been used by Atlantic Canadian towns, Municipalities and First Nation communities to demonstrate risks and to develop engineered mitigation solutions for council and public review.
Software helps First Nation communities see how climate change could impact them | CBC News.
https://www.cbc.ca/news/indigenous/mikmaq-software-climate-change-floods-wildfire-3d-models-1.5482571

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,
• Nova Scotia 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.
• Level III Security Clearance held.
• NATO NCAGE Supplier.


Barry resides with his wife Mary, in Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia.

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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

 

Description:

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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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 13, 2021

Workshop Description – Creating Economic Impact through an Indigenous led Business Model

 

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 6, 2021

 

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.

 

 

https://youtu.be/qVLPaHv-tDA

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June 29, 2021

2:00PM PT / 3:00PM MT / 4:00PM CT / 5:00PM ET

 

Workshop Title: Vision, Mission and Core Values

Workshop Description:

Your organizational culture is rooted in how you communicate your Vision, Mission and Core Values. Samuel will overview best practices for your Administration, Corporation or Small Business. The session will be an interactive session that will require discussion as we go through these core elements of your business.  

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 22, 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 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.

https://youtu.be/i-FfXzhk2_Q

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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.


Speakers:

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

Speakers:

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.

 

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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. 

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 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

Presentation Recording:

https://youtu.be/-jRy2O8iGAc

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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

Carmelle Nepoose Anita Boyle

Carmelle Nepoose

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Guest Speaker:  Jordan Asels

Jordan Asels  

Jordan Asels

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Presentation Recording:

https://youtu.be/opZoRVQLUgo

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