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Registration & Coffee Connection Networking
Welcome Blessing: Elder Joe Michael
Host Welcome: Victoria Labillois
CCAB President & CEO: Tabatha Bull
Welcome: Forum Lead Sponsor – Mike Bagnall, CIBC
Mainstage Panel: Economic Development: Voices of Indigenous Community Leaders.
Hear from Chiefs and community leaders as they share their experiences and strategies for achieving economic prosperity. Gain valuable insights and learnings as they discuss their community’s approach to potential new projects, partnerships, training, and educational opportunities. Be inspired by their success stories and plans for future economic development opportunities and growth.
Indigenous Inclusion and Workplace Realities.
Indigenous peoples comprise a significant portion of the population in various East Coast regions. Fostering inclusion of these communities in supplier and workforce networks is smart business. However, many companies face challenges in accessing skilled Indigenous tradespeople and talent, which has now become a greater obstacle than accessing capital. This interactive session asks questions and presents solutions on how to attract and retain Indigenous prospects to build capacity.
Houston Barnaby – Moderator
Fiona Kirkpatrick Parsons
The Tech Advantage.
Incorporating an Indigenous perspective in technology infrastructure ensures inclusivity and can unlock business value and innovation to create the right workplace environment. Atlantic Canada is a growing tech hub offering companies and individuals an abundance of opportunities, education, training programs, and the skills needed for capacity building and success. The demand for core technical and professional skills is high. Find out more about this fast-growing sector and how to enhance your company’s competitive edge and empower your business in new ways.
Stanley Barnaby – Moderator
Empowering Indigenous Peoples to Achieve Economic and Social Prosperity.
Strengthening the financial capacity of Indigenous communities in Atlantic Canada involves providing them with the autonomy to define, generate and distribute wealth according to their own terms. Equitable access to economic opportunities can lead to significant employment growth and income for First Nations, Inuit and Metis individuals. Hear Indigenous entrepreneurial success stories that contribute to a prosperous community and gain insight into navigating the procurement and financial systems for business growth.
Phil Ducharme – Moderator
Progressive Aboriginal Relations (PAR) Case Studies of Success, Challenges, and Benefits
Since its introduction in 2001, Progressive Aboriginal Relations (PAR) remains the leading corporate social responsibility program focusing on Indigenous relations. Learn about the PAR certification process and explore case studies of companies that have participated in the program. Discover how the PAR certification has impacted their business growth and gain insights into the challenges and benefits of implementing the program. Questions and audience participation encouraged.
Luanne/Brenda – Moderator
Michelle Francis Denny
Networking Break with Coffee & Dessert
MAINSTAGE: Atlantic Canada’s Infrastructure: Highlighting Indigenous partnerships and opportunities.
Partnerships build better infrastructure, create opportunities for economic growth, and builds stronger, more resilient communities. Welcoming community partnerships from the energy and construction sectors, this session engages and connects people through the sharing of stories and strategies on how to help businesses invest in relationships that improve quality of life.
Clint Davis – Moderator
6:00 – 7:00 PM
Opening Entertainment: Dee Dee Austin
Host welcome: Jeff Ward
Welcome Blessing: Elder Joe Michael
Lead Dinner sponsor welcome: Bird Construction
Entertainment: Comedian Clifton Cremo
CEO remarks: Tabatha Bull
AEDC Award presentation by Rio Tinto to Meadow Lake Tribal Council Industrial Investments