Indigenous Opportunities Forum 2018 Presented by CN

Friday, June 22, 2018
7:30 AM
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Schedule:Registration & Buffet Breakfast:  7:30 - 8:00 a.m.
Program: 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.



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The Greater Vancouver Board of Trade's 8th annual Indigenous Opportunities Forum will explore the important role that Indigenous peoples play in British Columbia's economy.

This year's theme is Creating Balance, with a focus on partnerships, procurement and progress. The forum will feature case studies of businesses and Indigenous communities working collaboratively for mutual prosperity and progression.



David Jimmie, MBA
Chief and CEO
Squiala First Nation

As First Nation communities and entrepreneurs continue to advance in areas of economic development, how can we make the most of potential partnerships? Chief Jimmie will provide context from his experience as Chief and CEO of Squiala First Nation and explain the dynamics of working for a First Nation community. From Nation to Nation, priorities will vary and it is important for potential partners to understand the diversity that exists for successful partnerships.



This session will explore innovative best practices in which rights holders, community stakeholders and industry can build prosperous, sustainable, and inclusive working relationships. Our panel will discuss a diverse range of partnership models and best practices. 

Tammy HarkeyChief Harvey McLeodMary PointCheryl RobinsonFlavio Caron

Tammy Harkey, Dean, Student Services and Registrar, NEC Native Education College and Musqueam Councillor YVR Relationship Committee
Chief Harvey McLeod, Upper Nicola
Mary Point, Manager, Indigenous Relations, Vancouver Airport Authority
Cheryl Robinson, A/Executive Director and Director of Youth Programs and Administration, Urban Native Youth Association
Moderator: Flavio Caron, Owner, Flavio Caron Business Consulting



This session will explore procurement projects in British Columbia. Our panel will include businesses and Indigenous groups to discuss best practices in procurement, building mutually beneficial relationships, and how they are mapping the way forward. 

George HemeonDave LaValliePeter MartellMarissa Nahanee

George Hemeon, Senior Manager, TransCanada
Dave LaVallie, Vice President, Indigenous Affairs, Ledcor Constructors Inc.
Peter Martell, Superintendent, Environment and Community Affairs, Teck Resources Limited, Highland Valley Copper
Moderator: Marissa Nahanee, Client Relations, Indigenous Community for Leadership and Development (ICLD)



This session will explore the progress made in Indigenous communities in terms of technology, education, and advocacy. Our panel will share insights on how their organizations are moving the dial on innovation in their respective fields, and the social impact they are having in Indigenous communities.

James DelormeKeith MacIntoshAdina WilliamsHayley Woodin

James Delorme, Founder and President, First Sky Media Group
Keith McIntosh, Founder, PLATO and CEO, Professional Quality Assurance Ltd.
Adina Williams, First Nations and Indigenous Studies and Anthropology, University of British Columbia
Moderator: Hayley Woodin, Multimedia Journalist, Business in Vancouver

Special Speaker:

An energy revolution in our backyards. How First Nations across Canada are leading the way into the Third Industrial Revolution.

David (Wugadusk) Isaac

David (Wugadusk) Isaac
W Dusk Energy Group

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