Please note all times are in Pacific time


9:30 AM

Registration & Coffee Connection Networking

10:30 AM

Welcome Blessing: Elder Rose Nahanee

Opening Entertainment: M’Girls

Host Welcome: Cheri Maracle

CCAB President & CEO: Tabatha Bull

Welcome: Forum Lead Sponsor Loblaw: Jolayne Rehm

11:00 AM

Empowering Perspectives: 7 Women, 7 Minutes, 7 Stories
A unique opportunity to hear from some of today’s most accomplished and respected Indigenous women. They will share their experiences and insights, pivotal life moments and lessons learned navigating careers, leadership challenges and personal and professional growth.

Moderator: Cheri Maracle


Angel Aubichon
Alison Evans

Beatrice Love
Charlene SanJenko
Inez Cook

Kory Wilson
Nicole Bourque-Bouchier

12:15 PM

Lunch and Keynote with Sara Wilshaw, Chief Trade Commissioner, Global Affairs Canada

1:30 PM

2023 IWIL Award Presentation by Teresa Waddington LNG Canada to Rose Paul, CEO, Bayside Development.

Fireside chat to follow with Hope Regimbald and Rose Paul

2:15 PM

Networking with Purpose
Gain valuable insights and practical tips on how to make the most of networking opportunities. Walk away equipped with essential do’s and don’ts that empower you to enhance your professional connections and take your networking to new heights. Try out your new skills during the Dessert & Coffee Networking break that follows.

Speaker: Shannon Sutherland

2:45 PM

Networking Break with Coffee & Dessert

3:30 PM

Networking Challenge Results

3:45 PM

Let’s talk money!
Breaking through financial barriers remains an unacceptable challenge for Indigenous entrepreneurs and business leaders, particularly Indigenous women. This requires actionable solutions. Hear from experts on how to access capital, improve cash flow, and work through barriers to achieve financial stability.

Moderator: Shannon Pestun


Benjamin Scott
Bill Lomax
Kimberly Gorgichuk

Kristin Richard

4:45 PM

Closing Remarks

7:00 PM

Evening Reception in Grand Foyer featuring live entertainment and DJ Kookum.


7:00 PM

Evening Reception sponsored by Vancity. Featuring Specialty drinks, Indigenous foods, entertainment and social networking.

Entertainment: DJ Kookum

Live Performance: Beatrice Love

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Thank you to our Sponsors

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Dinner Sponsor

Forum Mainstage Panel

Networking Cocktail Reception

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Pre-event Social Sponsor

Session Sponsors

Indigenous Marketplace

Coffee Connection

Community Sponsors