Indigenous Opportunities Forum 2019 Presented by CN

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Friday, June 14, 2019
7:30 AM
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Individuals:  $179 + GST
Table of 8:  $1,700 + GST

Individuals:  $229 + GST
Table of 8:  $2,200 + GST
Schedule:Registration & Buffet Breakfast: 7:30 - 8:00 a.m.
Program: 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
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Indigenous Opportunities Forum 2019

People are the key to building strong and resilient communities.

The Greater Vancouver Board of Trade's 9th annual Indigenous Opportunities Forum will explore the important role that Indigenous leaders have played to create more prosperous communities by leveraging ownership, investing in people, and retaining their strong heritage and cultural practices.

This forum will bring together Indigenous leaders, industry leaders, and employers to discuss best practices and future investments in building strong First Nations communities.


Crystal Smith

Crystal Smith
Chief Councillor
Haisla Nation Council

Session 1

Leveraging Ownership

Indigenous communities across Canada are increasingly exploring business opportunities and ownership positions in various industries. Increasingly, Indigenous communities are turning into major economic and regional players, with many communities deciding that ownership can provide the best path to environmental protections and economic benefits. The panel will highlight some positive examples of Indigenous ownership and explore barriers that continue to exist.

Myrah BaptisteNiilo EdwardsShane Gottfriedson Yuho Okada

Myrah Baptiste, Chief Operating Officer, Osoyoos Indian Band
Niilo Edwards, Executive Director, First Nations Major Project Coalition
Shane Gottfriedson, Indigenous Leadership Team, Project Reconciliation
Yuho Okada, President, Barkley Project Group

Additional panellists to be announced

Session 2

Procurement and People: Investing in B.C. First Nations Communities

This panel will discuss investments in employment and education for the next generation and the procurement opportunities which make it possible.

Doug DevlinPhilip Ducharme Michelle Mawhinney Gavin Sears

Doug Devlin, Senior Manager Aboriginal and Tribal Relations, CN
Philip Ducharme, Director, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business
Michele Mawhinney, Vice President, People and Sustainability, Vancouver Airport Authority
Gavin Sears, Contracting and Procurement Manager, LNG Canada

Additional panellists to be announced.


Session 3

Culture, Language, and Community

Successful economic development and partnerships provide lasting benefits and revenue streams to invest in community priorities. This panel will explore the on-the-ground positive impacts of increased economic self-sufficiency.

David Eddy Keith Henry Mike Willie Kory Wilson

David Eddy, Chief Executive Officer, Vancouver Native Housing Society
Keith Henry, President and Chief Executive Officer, Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada
Mike Willie, Owner, Sea Wolf Adventures
Moderator Kory Wilson, Executive Director, Indigenous Initiatives and Partnerships, BCIT


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