1:00-4:00

PRE-CONFERENCE SESSION AT MICROSOFT

The Indigenomics Institute is excited to announce this special pre-conference technology innovation session hosted by Gold Sponsor Microsoft to explore how technologies like cloud and AI are helping to unlock inclusive economic opportunity and drive cutting-edge breakthroughs in sustainability across Canada. Hosted at the Microsoft Canadian headquarters, this complimentary experience is available for registered conference delegates who will have the unique opportunity to engage with two distinct experiences: Participate in a guided tour of the Microsoft Canada HQ, where you'll gain valuable insights into hybrid/AI technologies, sustainability Initiatives, and Microsoft’s Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion. Explore Microsoft’s Technology Envisioning Centre, where you'll get a first hand look at the company's mission and witness live demonstrations, including innovative solutions through technology.

5:00-7:00

Welcome Reception at the Storys Building

Start cultivating connections and join us at the welcome reception! The Storys Building is at 11 Duncan Street. A 9 minute drive or 25 minute walk from the Westin Harbour Castle

7:30-8:30

Registration and Breakfast Networking

8:30-9:00

Introduction with Traditional Welcome

MC Introduction with Frank Busch & Raylene Whitford and Traditional Welcome Elder Garry Sault, Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation

9:00-9:30

Opening Remarks Platinum Title Sponsor Vale

9:30-10:00

Host Address by Carol Anne Hilton

Host Address by Carol Anne Hilton, CEO of Indigenomics Institute

10:15-10:45

Keynote: Indigenous Led, Indigenous Owned

Keynote: Indigenous Led, Indigenous Owned- The New Face of Indigenous Infrastructure Projects in Canada - A profile of the Neestanan Utility Corridor with Wil Jimmy and introduction by Sean Vanderklis, Meridian

10:45-11:30

Indigenous Economy Case Studies introduction

CAPACITY BUILDERS 'FOSTERING INDIGENOUS FISCAL RESILIENCE THROUGH MODERN FINANCIAL PATHWAYS with National Aboriginal Trusts Officers Association; REGULATORY COMPASS- STRENGTHENING INDIGENOUS FINANCIAL GOVERNANCE with First Nations Financial Management Board; DEBT FINANCING- 'FINANCING INDIGENOUS ECONOMIC GROWTH AND SELF DETERMINATION' with First Nations Finance Authority

11:30-12:15

Session 1: Activating Call to Action #92 Panel

Activating Call to Action #92 Panel Corporate Canada is now well aware of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Call to Action #92 which sets out fundamental actions that all business leaders ought to be incorporating into their operations, along with their workforce, to advance reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples. Join this panel to learn from Michael Thom and Mark Sevestre what strategies highly regarded corporate leaders and their teams are implementing in response to the Call to Action. With Michael Thom, CFA Societies Canada, Mark Sevestre, Reconciliation & Responsible Investment Initiative, NATOA & SHARE Canada. Moderated by Alicia Dubois, Canadian Council Aboriginal Business

11:30-12:15

Session 2: ESGI Panel

Environmental, Social and Governance (ESGI) reporting and sustainability reporting has taken hold as a key measurement of corporate responsibility over the last 5-10 years. In fact, many believe ESGI factors were first conceptualized and developed in 2004 in Europe; however, the reality is that Indigenous Peoples have honoured these principles for millennia. As such, this long-standing traditional wisdom and knowledge offers a strategic advantage to corporations that adopt this knowing in their practices. To elaborate on the importance of positive Indigenous relations and the incorporation of traditional knowledge in modern development and corporate practices, this panel is set to help us expand our understanding and strategizing about ESGI. With Luticia Miller, First Nations Major Projects Coalition, Keegan Leahy, Turtle Island Foundation, Emily Olson, Vale, and Sharon Singh, Bennett Jones. Moderated by Brendon Grant, Jarislowsky Fraser

11:30-12:15

Session 3: What We Know Now- Partnering with Indigenous Business Panel

We’ve come a long way, and still have a long way to go. Over the last 10-15 years we have witnessed long-awaited developments in what it means to partner with Indigenous businesses. Today, the more progressive partnerships involve modern concepts such as strong procurement activity and/or Indigenous equity ownership in projects. This panel will discuss the evolution of partnerships so far, while also highlighting what potential developments and solutions we should be focused on next, and how we progress together. With Robin Chakrabarti, Securiguard, Ruby Littlechild, AtkinsRéalis, Rick Carron, Superior Propane, and Heather Swan, Indigenous and Community Engagement

11:30-12:15

Session 4: Indigenous Procurement Panel

With serious potential of driving the Indigenous economy, Indigenous procurement is an evolving concept that continues to build momentum. Indigenous participation in the supply chain of all levels of government and corporations across Canada is a hot topic with promise, especially in light of the federal government’s 5% Indigenous procurement commitment. To provide an overview of the opportunities and hurdles, we are pleased to welcome Tabatha Bull who will offer key observations and insights. With Tabatha Bull, Canadian Council Aboriginal Business, Bo See Fok, PSPC-PAC-Ontario Region and Paul Langdon, Ulnooweg Development Group

12:15-1:00

Lunch

1:00-1:05

Address by Mayor Olivia Chow

1:05-1:30

Keynote with Bill Lomax

Keynote with Bill Lomax, CEO First Nation Bank of Canada with introduction by Ramy Rayes, EVP Investment Strategy & Risk, BC Investment Management Corporation (BCI)

1:30-2:15

Keynote with Bill Gallagher

Bill Gallagher, Author of Resource Rulers with introduction by Saga Williams, First Nations Major Projects Coalition

2:40-3:30

Session 5: The Indigenous Clean Energy Revolution

Indigenous communities and businesses are actively engaged in the clean energy revolution and in some regions today, they are leading and dominating this space. Join Mihskakwan James Harper and Chris Henderson as they highlight success stories and offer strategic approaches to those interested in joining this timely movement. With Mihskakwan James Harper, NRStor Inc. and Chris Henderson, Indigenous Clean Energy

2:40-3:30

Session 6: Corporation Reconciliation Action Planning Session

Is your corporation ready to develop or refine its Corporate Reconciliation Action Plan?  This session will look at lessons learned, provide leading guidance, and offer an opportunity to discuss and strategize with other leaders to ensure your RAP is relevant and impactful. With Jaimie Lickers, CIBC, Marissa Nobauer, TELUS, Meaghan Snow, Ontario Power Generation. Moderated by Haleigh King, Creative Fire

2:40-3:30

Session 7: Responsible AI: Amplifying Indigenous Perspective in the Development of AI Technology with TELUS

Rapid advances in artificial intelligence (AI), including generative AI, require organizations globally to explore the ethical use of this emerging technology. As governments and regulators around the world develop AI guardrails in an effort to balance the technology’s evolution and social impacts, actively listening and learning from Indigenous perspectives is necessary to unlock the promise of its capabilities. This human-centric approach requires input from the individuals, groups, communities and organizations impacted by AI. Only through collaboration can we maximize the benefits of AI systems in pursuit of beneficial outcomes for people and the planet, enhancing creativity, invigorating inclusive growth, while at the same time preventing and minimizing the associated risks of the emerging technology. This session will create space for Indigenous dialogue in supporting the rapid evolution of this emerging technology. With Jesslyn Dymond, TELUS, and Cameron Bishop, Queen’s University

2:40-3:30

Session 8: Indigenous Economic Development Corporation Panel 

Indigenous economic development corporations are a vital vehicle to building and fortifying Indigenous wellness and self-determination in communities.   Join this conversation to learn how wealth creation and prosperous outcomes for communities and people are possible when strategic partnerships are developed and the right opportunities are identified and executed on. With Albalina Metatawabin, Mushkegowuk Development Corporation, Brian Davey, NADF, Thomas Benjoe, OneHoop, and Corrine EagleTail, Tsuutʼina Nation, and Brendan Crane, Tsuut’ina Nation

3:30-4:15

Networking & Economic Reconciliation Showcase Exhibits

5:30 - 6:30

Main Event Reception

6:30-9:30

Indigenomics Power Play Gala

Join us for an incredible evening featuring a Power Play panel with NHLs Indigenous Veteran, Ted Nolan and Team Canada’s Brigette Lacquette; the musical talents of Mike Bern, and DJ Eagletail; and performance by Red Bear Singers; and a celebration of the 2023 Indigenomics 10 to Watch list. Indigenous tourism packages will be auctioned off. Hosted by Cadmus Delorme.

7:00-8:00

Registration and Networking Breakfast

8:00-8:15

Opening Remarks Minister of Indigenous Services of Canada, The Honourable Patty Hajdu

Opening Remarks Minister of Indigenous Services of Canada, The Honourable Patty Hajdu

8:15-8:25

Opening Remarks John McKenzie, CEO, TMX Group

Opening Remarks John McKenzie, CEO, TMX Group

8:25-8:50

Keynote by Rose Paul

Keynote with Rose Paul, CEO Bayside Development Corporation ‘What economic reconciliation looks like- rebuilding our Nations in line with Mi’kmaw worldview’ with introduction by Zinat Damji, President, Alliance Trust Company

8:50-9:30

Indigenous Economy Case Studies introduction

TAX REVENUES- UNLOCKING FINANCIAL PROSPERITY with First Nations Tax Commission; COLLABORATIVE BUSINESS CAPACITY- 'DESIGNING INDIGENOUS ECONOMIC GROWTH THROUGH OWNERSHIP, EQUITY, AND COLLABORATION with First Nations Major Projects Coalition; THE STATE OF INDIGENOUS ECONOMIC DATA with Dr. Jacqueline Quinless, author of Decolonizing Data

9:30-10:00

A Conversation on Economic Design Principles

Join Carol Anne and Zita Cobb for a profoundly insightful and creative discussion that highlights how thriving economies that deeply serve their communities can be borne out of an honouring of local culture and nature. With Carol Anne Hilton, CEO Indigenomics Institute & Global Centre of Indigenomics, and Zita Cobb, CEO, Shorefast

10:15-11:15

Capitalization of the Indigenous Economy Panel

What is the value of the Indigenous economy?  What is it worth and how is its worth best determined?  These are questions we may be ourselves asking as the Indigenous economy continues to grow in strength and contribute to the broader economy.  To answer these questions, this session’s panelists will share their thoughts and insights on the capitalization of the Indigenous economy. With Cadmus Delorme, Prior Chief Cowesses First Nation / OneHoop Consulting, Bernd Christmas, Longhouse Capital Partners, Justin Bourque, Aoskan Generational Developments; Athabasca Indigenous Investments, Shaun Soonias, Farm Credit Canada. Moderated by Alicia Dubois, Canadian Council Aboriginal Business

11:15-12:00

Supporting Indigenous Equity in Infrastructure

Supporting Indigenous Equity in Infrastructure with Hillary Thatcher, Canada Infrastructure Bank followed by fireside chat with Carol Anne Hilton, Indigenomics Institute

12:00-12:45

Lunch

12:45-12:50

Special Announcement from Platinum Event Partner TELUS

12:50-1:30

Indigenous Corporate Directors Panel

With Indigenous partnerships and new diversity-focused initiatives, such as the 50-30 Challenge, on the rise, many more Indigenous people are being recruited to join corporate boards. While this is a promising trend, there are several considerations one should examine before taking on such an appointment, including: alignment of values; appetite to influence; and understanding the role and obligations of board members. During this session panelists will highlight key considerations and provide thoughtful insight into the intricacies of corporate director roles. With Ernie Daniels, President & CEO, First Nations Finance Authority, Rahul Bhardwaj, President & CEO, Institute of Corporate Directors, Raylene Whitford, Canadian Sustainability Standards Board. Moderated by Frank Busch, Strategies North Advisory

1:35-2:20

Session 9: 100 Billion Dollar Indigenous Economic Activity Panel

A 100 Billion dollar Indigenous economy is a robust goal that, in order to be met, will require the concerted efforts of Indigenous business leaders across the country. Join this session of heavy-hitting, experienced leaders for their thoughts on how best Indigenous businesses can strategically work toward meeting this target, and what will be required from corporate partners and governments to attain it. With Chief Crystal Smith, Haisla Nation Council, Derrick Neeposh, CREECO, Chana Martineau, Alberta Indigenous Opportunities Corporation. Moderated by Ted Bauer, Alberta Indigenous Opportunities Corporation

1:35-2:20

Session 10: Indigenous Trusts and Investment Panel

Indigenous trusts and investment strategies have evolved significantly over the last 50 years. Due to a general increase in settlement values and more innovative strategies and structures, trusts and investments have proven to be profoundly impactful tools to support economic development and social programming for communities. This session will highlight best practices and common errors, in addition to how to develop strategies and practices to ensure settlement funds are managed in a way that aligns with community values and objectives. With Linda Hartford, CIBC, Chris Sicotte, National Aboriginal Trusts Officers Association, and Eddy Adra, Coast Funds, and Brendon Grant, Jarislowsky Fraser

1:35-2:20

Session 11: Expanding Opportunity Through Skills For A Digital Economy with Gold Sponsor Microsoft

Microsoft will host a panel discussion centered on how building partnership with communities, non-profits, industry and public sector will ensure everyone has the skills to thrive in a digital, AI-enabled economy, and extends to empowering nonprofits, entrepreneurs, and other organizations to digitally transform and address society’s biggest challenges. With Doug Dokis, Actua, Sue Paish, DIGITAL,Andrew Avgerinos, CCAB and Josh Nicholas, CIBC. Moderated by Christine Guyot, Microsoft

1:35-2:20

Session 12: Indigenous Economic Data Panel

With Dr. Jacqueline Quinless, The Quintessential Research Group, Eric Guimond, Indigenous Services Canada, Christopher Penney, Statistics Canada, and Anthony Cole, Te Toi Ōhanga Limited

2:30-3:20

Session 13: Economic Reconciliation Roadmap

With Delanie Bulldog, First Nations Financial Management Board

2:30-3:20

Session 14: Economists Panel

This panel will share their expertise about the state of the economy, the risks and opportunities presenting themselves to Indigenous business leaders and what deserves our attention during this tumultuous time as we plan for the future. With Benjamin Tal, CIBC, Dr. Alisha Murphy, Navajo Nation, Doug Porter, BMO, Andre LeDressay, Tulo Centre, and Bill McCue, FNTC

2:30-3:20

Session 15: Innovative approaches to Indigenous Economic Innovation 

Hear from projects and organizations addressing innovative solutions driving key economic results in the Indigenous economy. This session will explore important perspectives of advancing Indigenous economic self determination. With Eli Enns, ISAAK Olam, Brady Smith, Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada, Jody Anderson, First Nations Finance Authority, Doug Anderson, Earnscliffe Strategies. Moderated by Denise Young, Tigers Eye Advisory Group

2:30-3:20

Session 16: The intersection between policy and Indigenous Business.

With Karen Restoule, Crestview Strategy

3:40-4:30

Federal Economic Reconciliation Action Approach Panel

Economic reconciliation is an ongoing focus and priority for governments across Canada. Leaders from various federal departments and corporations will share details of their mandates and how their mandates are being used to advance reconciliation. With Stephen Scott, Canada Infrastructure Bank, Keith Conn, Indigenous Services Canada, and Sue Rauth, Trade Commission Service

4:35-5:00

Closing Celebration

Light it up!

2023 is proving to be a tumultuous time and it seems our planet and hearts are in need of healing.

It’s during these times that music can offer medicine that reaches into our souls and move us forward… with hope.

Denise Halfyard of The Frog Radio and Justin Holness of Tr1be Music come together once again to provide a listening experience for the Indigenomics on BAY STREET Conference.