Indigenous Resource Partnerships

February 11 - 12, 2020  ·  Vancouver, British Columbia
Day One Program Agenda: Tuesday, February 11, 2020
8:30 - 9:00        Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:00 - 9:10
Welcome and Opening Remarks from the Chair
9:10 - 10:10
A Bid for Success: The Procurement Process
  • Learn about the procurement process and how to make it more effective for your organization
  • Assessing your organization’s needs and wants in order to develop effective procurement strategies
  • Leveraging the strength of Aboriginal business in procurement
10:10 - 11:10
The New Impact Assessment: What You Need to Know
Rodney Northey, Partner, Gowling WLG
  • What you need to know about the new Impact Assessment Act
  • What do you need to know for your Nation and business?
  • Measuring the economic benefits and social impacts
11:10 - 11:30        Networking Break
11:30 - 12:30
Building Financial Capacity and Good Governance
Suzanne Trottier, Director of Capacity Development and Intervention, First Nations Financial Management Board
  • Learn strategies to build financial management capacity
  • The importance of developing a unique and effective financial management system
  • Building good governance and finance practices to support greater partnerships
12:30 - 1:30        Luncheon Break
1:30 - 2:20
Taking Ownership: The Importance of Project Equity
Niilo Edwards, Executive Director, First Nations Major Projects Coalition
  • Why is taking equity in major resource projects so important?
  • How to create partnerships with equity ownership
  • What are the benefits and challenges of having equity in major projects?
2:20 - 3:10
The Duty to Consult as a Commitment
Drew Mildon, Partner, Woodward & Company
  • What are the legal obligations of the duty to consult?
  • How does the new legislation impact the duty to consult and your project(s) impact?
  • Knowing when your Nation has been sufficiently consulted; what are your legal obligations?
3:10 - 3:30        Networking Break
3:30 - 4:30
The Development Corporation: Corporate Capacity Building
Paul Gruner, President & CEO, Det’on Cho Development Corporation
  • Building the foundation of your development corporation
  • What does growth look like from start-up to the long game
  • Planning for success
  • Identifying and investing in people for long-term prosperity, one Member at a time
4:30        End of Day One




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