This is the second year for the Saskatchewan Links to Learning Symposium! The goal of the Saskatchewan Links to Learning event is to deliver a dynamic technical training forum for First Nation Economic Development Officers and Land Managers to enhance their ability to undertake successful lands and economic development ventures.

The event focuses on knowledge sharing and skills enhancement among practitioners at the community level. This forum delivers a series of workshops, led by experts in a range of economic and land development related disciplines, and offer opportunities for dialogue and networking.

When and Where?

September 26 - 28, 2017
Radisson Hotel Saskatoon
405 20th St E., Saskatoon, SK
S7K 6X6

Who is invited to Saskatchewan Links To Learning?

One Land Manager and one Economic Development Officer from each Saskatchewan First Nation.

Priority registration is for pre-approved community delegates.

To register please contact: Danielle Lightning at

Travel Costs & Expense Claim:

Accommodations need to be secured by emailing (Cando Special Projects Coordinator).
Deadline to book your accommodations is September 20, 2017.

The deadline to submit expense claims is October 13, 2017.

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If you have any questions, please contact:

Danielle Lightning
Special Projects Coordinator
780.990.0303  ext.229

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Agenda at a glance:

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

8:00am - 9:00am
Michelangelo A
7:30am - 3:30pm
Pre-Function Area
8:00am - 3:30pm
Pre-Function Area
9:00am - 9:30am
Michelangelo A
9:30am - 10:30am
Michelangelo A
10:30am - 10:45am
10:45am - 12:00pm
Michelangelo A
12:00pm - 1:00pm
1:00pm - 2:15pm
Michelangelo A
2:15pm - 2:30pm
2:30pm - 3:30pm
Michelangelo A

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

7:30am - 8:30am
Michelangelo A
7:30am - 4:00pm
Pre-Function Area
8:00am - 4:00pm
Pre-Function Area
8:30am - 9:30am
Michelangelo A
9:30am - 10:30am
Michelangelo A
10:30am - 10:45am
10:45am - 12:00pm
Michelangelo A
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Michelangelo A
1:00pm - 2:15pm
Naples Room
1:00pm - 2:15pm
Venice Room
1:00pm - 2:15pm
Picasso Room
1:00pm - 2:15pm
Shakespeare Room
2:15pm - 2:30pm
2:30pm - 3:30pm
Naples Room
2:30pm - 3:30pm
Venice Room
2:30pm - 3:30pm
Picasso Room
2:30pm - 3:30pm
Shakespeare Room
3:30pm - 4:00pm
Michelangelo A
4:00pm - 6:00pm
Michelangelo A

Thursday, September 28, 2017

7:30am - 8:30am
Michelangelo A
7:30am - 4:30pm
Pre-Function Area
8:00am - 4:30pm
Pre-Function Area
8:30am - 9:00am
Michelangelo A
9:00am - 9:30am
Michelangelo A
9:30am - 10:30am
Michelangelo A
10:30am - 10:45am
10:45am - 12:00pm
Naples Room
10:45am - 12:00pm
Rubens Room
10:45am - 12:00pm
Picasso Room
10:45am - 12:00pm
Shakespeare Room
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Michelangelo A
1:00pm - 4:00pm
Michelangelo A
4:00pm - 4:30pm
Michelangelo A

If you have any questions, please contact:

Danielle Lightning

P. 1.800.463.9300
P. 780.990.0303  ext.233
F. 780.429.7487

FN Land Regimes: An Overview of Land Management Programs on Reserve RLEMP and FNLM

Tuesday, September 26 • 9:30am - 10:30am  Michelangelo A

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Presented by:  Sara Dryka, INAC

Sara started her career within the Public Service at Indigenous and Northern Affairs ten years ago. At present she supervises the Central Lands Unit in Lands and Economic Development Services in the SK Region. Prior to this, she worked for eight years as a Lands Officer with numerous First Nation communities in the Northern and Central regions of the province supporting their Chief & Councils and Lands department with all aspects of land and resource management and development on reserve. The Land Operations team administers the department's national land management regimes under the Indian Act and First Nations Land Management Act, respectively; the Reserve Land and Environment Management Program (RLEMP) and First Nations Land Management (FNLM). These regimes aim to promote responsible land and environment stewardship inherent to Indigenous people by providing resources, training and tools. By investing in community readiness, First Nations are better equipped to assume greater control over their lands to ensure they are well positioned to succeed in their various economic development ventures.

Presented by:  Janet Parent, INAC

Janet was born and raised in Saskatchewan in a small french community close to Batoche. She has worked for the Federal Government for 27 years. In March of 1993, she started her career with Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) in Prince Albert. At present, she is a Lands Officer working with multiple First Nation communities in the Northern region of the Province. As a Lands Officer, she works closely with the First Nation Land Managers providing support with respect to all land management activities. Some of the First Nations she's working with are currently pursuing the First Nation Lands Management (FNLM) and the Reserve Lands and Environment Management Program (RLEMP) Regimes

Presented by:  Vesna Nikolic, INAC

Vesna is a Lands Officer with the Lands and Economic Development Services at Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) in the Saskatchewan Region. Over the past eleven years Vesna has worked with various First Nations communities in the northern and central regions of the province.

Vesna holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Forestry from the University of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. She also obtained a Geographic Information Science (GIS) for Resource Management Certificate from the Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology (SIAST).

SALT Session: Designations

Tuesday, September 26 • 10:45am - 12:00pm  Michelangelo A

Presented by:  Darwin Derocher, Flying Dust

Presented by:  Theodore Merasty, Peter Ballantyne

Member of the Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation. Land Manager of all 8 communities and 44 Reserves. Worked for PBCN since 2012. Attended SIAST 25 years ago in Meadow Lake taking Integrated Resource Management (IRM). Most recently attended U of S Indigenous People's Resource Management Program in 2015 (Now called Kanawayihetaytan Askiy) and the Professional Lands Management Certification Program (PLMCP) in 2016. Ted is continuing studies in Aboriginal Land Governance at the U of S this year while continuing his duties for his First Nation.

SALT Session: Environmental Site Assessments and Environmental Impact Assessments

Tuesday, September 26 • 1:00pm - 2:15pm  Michelangelo A

Presented by:  Rainy Crane, Key FN

Rainy Crane is a certified Lands Manager from The Key First Nation trained in Environmental Site Assessments. He is passionate about First Nation Lands as the key to sovereignty and sustainability for future generations and believes the Seahawks are headed to the Superbowl.

SALT Panel: Lands Managers Perspective on Resource Development

Tuesday, September 26 • 2:30pm - 3:30pm  Michelangelo A

Presented by:  Darwin Derocher Flying Dust

Presented by:  Aaron Louison, Kahkewistahaw

Presented by:  Rainy Crane, Key

Rainy Crane is a certified Lands Manager from The Key First Nation trained in Environmental Site Assessments. He is passionate about First Nation Lands as the key to sovereignty and sustainability for future generations and believes the Seahawks are headed to the Superbowl.

Presented by:  Leonard Tipewan, Witchekan

Presented by:  Carmen Little, Ahtahkakoop

Presented by:  Theodore Merasty, Peter Ballantyne

Member of the Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation. Land Manager of all 8 communities and 44 Reserves. Worked for PBCN since 2012. Attended SIAST 25 years ago in Meadow Lake taking Integrated Resource Management (IRM). Most recently attended U of S Indigenous People's Resource Management Program in 2015 (Now called Kanawayihetaytan Askiy) and the Professional Lands Management Certification Program (PLMCP) in 2016. Ted is continuing studies in Aboriginal Land Governance at the U of S this year while continuing his duties for his First Nation.

First Nation Panel: Economic Development Corporations

Wednesday, September 27 • 9:30am - 10:30am  Michelangelo A

FHQ Developments:

Presented by:  Thomas Benjoe, President & CEO

Thomas Benjoe is the President & CEO for FHQ Developments and is from the Muscowpetung First Nation. Thomas is a founding Board of Director’s member for FHQ Developments and served 6 years on the Board. FHQ Developments is the Economic Development Corporation for the File Hill’s Qu’Appelle Tribal Council that manages Partnerships and new Business Ventures on behalf of its shareholders the 11 First Nations of FHQTC. FHQ Developments also provides services to its shareholders through Community Economic Development and through their Labor Services Division.

FDB Holdings Corp.:

Presented by:  Albert Derocher

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Four Horse Developments:

Presented by:  Amber Sangwais

Amber Sangwais is a proud member of the Sakimay First Nations and had just been re-elected to her second straight term as councillor -and her mandate in 2015 was Corporate Affairs & Enterprise which involved the on and urban reserve economic and business development. She currently sits on the Board of Director for Four Horse Developments Ltd (FHDL). This entails the creation of viable and sustainable development of prime land surrounding the City of Regina and within the City of Yorkton.

Aboriginal Tourism Association of Canada

Wednesday, September 27 • 10:45am – 12:00pm   Michelangelo A

Presented by:  Keith Henry, President and CEO, Aboriginal Tourism Association of Canada

Mr. Keith Henry is a Métis person that was born in Thompson, Manitoba and raised in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. Mr. Henry began his career in 1995 with teaching positions and has become well known for his strategic administrative and negotiations skills. Since 1998 Mr. Henry has led numerous provincial, federal and industry negotiations on a variety of issues. He has been directly responsible for financial administration of a number of Aboriginal non-profits and has a proven track record of success.

Mr. Henry has become an international Aboriginal cultural tourism leader receiving Aboriginal/Indigenous recognition as the former CEO for Aboriginal Tourism Association of British Columbia (AtBC). In April 2014, the inaugural World Indigenous Tourism Alliance award recognized the work of AtBC and Mr. Henry’s leadership. Mr. Henry has been spearheading the growth of authentic Aboriginal tourism in Canada as he worked to redevelop the national Aboriginal Tourism Association of Canada as elected chair when this organization incorporated in April 2015. In October 2015 Mr. Henry took the full-time role as the Aboriginal Tourism Association of Canada’s CEO.

Presented by:  Dana Soonias, CEO, Wanuskewin

Indian Oil and Gas Canada

Wednesday, September 27 • 1:00pm – 2:15pm   Naples Room

This presentation provides an overview of Indian Oil and Gas Canada, highlighting who we are, what we do, why we do it, for whom do we do it and how we can help. It will also touch on how we are organized, our main functions, emerging issues, current priorities, Treaty Land Entitlement, some statistics, Regulatory update and key contacts for further information and questions

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Presented by:  Eric Myketyn, Manager, Negotiations, Contracts and Research, IOGC

Eric brings 27 years of experience in the Oil and Gas business in various negotiation and commercial roles such as Land Negotiator, Joint Venture Negotiator, Commercial Lead and Land Manager at companies, such as Norcen, Amoco, Suncor, Apache and Shell. In addition from 2002-2011, Eric taught Negotiations in the Land Management program at Mt. Royal University in Calgary.

Eric holds a BSc (Geol), diploma in Petroleum and Mineral Resource Land Management, an MBA and he’s currently an active member in the Canadian Association of Petroleum Landmen (CAPL) and Petroleum Joint Venture Association (PJVA).

Indigenous Land Title Initiative

Wednesday, September 27 • 1:00pm – 2:15pm   Venice Room

This workshop will focus on helping our people understand the significance of the Indigenous Land Title Initiative and its internal mechanisms that enable them to move beyond the Indian Act and in particular with the land registry system.

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Presented by:  Keith Matthew, Communications Specialist, First Nation Tax Commission

Keith Matthew is a member of the Simpcw First Nation and is a former chief of the Simpcw First Nation. He served for five years as chief and five years as Councilor up until December 2010. As a Councilor and Chief with his community he was responsible for economic development and was instrumental developing a business relationship with Mike Wiegele Helicopter Skiing and helped negotiate ownership in a $7 million heli-skiing lodge. He was the chief negotiator with Kinder Morgan Canada and Canadian Hydro Developers and delivered impact benefit agreements to his community with those companies. He also led discussions on a forest and range agreement that provides fibre and resources for the Simpcw First Nation and its legal entities. More importantly these agreements have provided employment and training opportunities in major projects that the community members wouldn’t normally have an opportunity to compete for and work with companies that were formerly beyond their capacity.

Doing Business with the Government of Canada

Wednesday, September 27 • 1:00pm – 2:15pm   Picasso Room

The Government of Canada purchases between $15 - $20 billion of goods and services each year. This session will provide key information about how to sell to the Government of Canada that will help you learn how to:

• Find out whether the Government of Canada buys your good or service
• Understand the contracting process
• Register in supplier databases
• Search for opportunities
• Take advantage of the procurement information on
• Understand the security clearance process

Presented by:  Kevin Turner, Regional Director, OSME

Kevin Turner is the Regional Director, Office of Small & Medium Enterprises (OSME) of Public Services & Procurement Canada. The office’s role is to help Western region companies learn what products & services the Government of Canada buys and how the procurement processes work. OSME is also responsible for the Build in Canada Innovation Program (BCIP) which helps companies bridge the pre-commercialization gap by procuring and testing late stage innovative goods and services within the federal government before taking them to market.

Presented by:  Bill Bornyk, Development Officer, INAC

I have been involved with Aboriginal Economic Development for the past 19 years in different capacities from business plan assistance, Loans officer to Development officer.

At present I am a Development Officer with (INAC) Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada for the Community Opportunities program assisting with implementation of the Community Opportunity Readiness Program (CORP), Lands and Economic Development Services Program (LEDSP) and Community Opportunity Readiness Program Prioritization Framework (CORP PF) which is the major projects program.

Overview of Western Economic Diversion Programs & Services

Wednesday, September 27 • 1:00pm – 2:15pm   Shakespeare Room

Presented by:  Deanne Belisle, Senior Advisor and A/manager, Service Delivery Partners, Western Economic Diversification Canada / Government of Canada

Deanne is a senior advisor and acting manager for Service Delivery Partners in the Saskatchewan Regional Office of Western Economic Diversification Canada. Deanne Joined WD in 2001 and worked in Regina with various programs before moving to Saskatoon in 2008. Deanne has worked for the Government of Saskatchewan and the Countryside Agency of England in various roles, all with a focus on economic development and diversification.

Overview of the National Energy Board Role and Mandate as a Full Life Cycle Regulator

Wednesday, September 27 • 2:30pm – 3:30pm   Naples Room

Presented by:  Keith Landra, Chief Safety Officer and Professional Leader, Safety

Keith Landra joined the National Energy Board (NEB) as Chief Safety Officer and Professional Leader of Safety in 2015. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree in chemical engineering from the Technical University of Nova Scotia, and a Master of Science (Applied) degree in Occupational Health from McGill University.

Keith’s experience includes nineteen years in upstream oil and gas (both onshore and offshore) with Chevron and Petro-Canada in the disciplines of safety, environmental protection, and engineering, and over eight years with the Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board and the NEB. Keith is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta and is a Canadian Registered Safety Professional.”

Natural Resources: Sand and Gravel Permits

Wednesday, September 27 • 2:30pm – 3:30pm   Venice Room

Presented by:  Joel Brimacombe, Senior Environmental Officer, INAC

Joel Brimacombe is a Senior Environment Officer at Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada specializing in Environmental Assessment and Natural Resource Management. Joel has been working for various Federal Government Departments for the past 11 years in activities focusing within Environmental Management, such as Environmental Assessment, Contaminated Sites Management and Regulatory Compliance.

Strategic Planning

Wednesday, September 27 • 2:30pm – 3:30pm   Picasso Room

Overview of how to conduct strategic planning through a more systematic approach (tools/templates/techniques and ability to drill down within the business model). Business model sample will be based on proven projects related to Privatization of Utilities (e.g. Water and Wastewater Treatment). Focus is the value realization and improvement in three key areas (economic, environmental and human health). Secondary focus is the simplicity and automation through the use of advanced solutions common in other parts of Canada

Presented by:  Jason Tratch, CEO, NexLev Solutions Inc.

Mr. Tratch is passionate for life. He has international experience with diverse types of organizations and clients. He is recognized as a leading expert in Management Systems and Water Utility Technologies. He speaks at University Masters Courses, Colleges, conferences, seminars and Government Trade Delegations. His direct work experience includes: finances, environment, construction, education, software, agriculture and human health. He has degrees in Science and Agriculture and is a certified Professional Agrologist, PMP, ISO 9000 Auditor, Six Sigma, Journeyman Carpenter, Wastewater Operator, Market Entry Strategist, and others that you will need to check at his website:

International and Inter-Tribal Trade: Start planning now for tomorrow's opportunities

Wednesday, September 27 • 2:30pm – 3:30pm   Shakespeare Room

Inter-tribal and international trade for indigenous businesses looks promising as various efforts including a possible Aboriginal Chapter to the renewed North American Free Trade Agreement negotiations (currently underway) show promise of possible protection of traditional knowledge and security of a possible protected nation-to-nation trading relationship. As indigenous land claims continue to be settled and as tribes are seeking investment advantages such as establishing Foreign Trade Zones, there is tremendous opportunity for economic development for native peoples and for the communities and businesses with whom they come in contact. This session will explore the efforts being made to build global inter-tribal trade.

What you will learn:
• Trends in inter-tribal and international trade by indigenous businesses
• How your community and aboriginal-owned businesses can benefit from these new trading initiatives
• Sharing of best practices amongst tribes on how to develop better trade relationships

Presented by:  Wayne Garnons-William, Chair, International Inter-Tribal Trade and Investment Organization

Wayne is Plains Cree Indian, the founding President of International Inter-tribal Trade Organization, Senior Lawyer and Principal Director of the law firm Garwill Law Professional Corporation specializing in Tribal Economic Development, as well as Chair of the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations Appeal Tribunal. He is a board member of Three Feather Corporation, owned by the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne. He is past-Chair of the National Council for Aboriginal Federal Employees and is an active member in the Indigenous Bar Association, the Canadian Bar Association, and the Canadian Council on Aboriginal Business.

Support Organizations Panel

Thursday, September 28 • 9:00am - 9:30am  Michelangelo A


Presented by:  Verona Thibault, Executive Director

Verona has provided management, marketing and business development services to the not-for profit sector in Saskatchewan for over twenty years. Committed to building and maintaining resilient and vibrant communities, Verona has a proven record in capacity building and opportunity identification, and has worked with inner city as well as rural interests.

Verona views economic development as an inclusive process that embraces all aspects of community as well as participation in the global marketplace. Brokering partnerships and maintaining vital linkages between people, communities and sectors is her passion.

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Presented by:  Shaun Soonias, Executive Director

Shaun Soonias is a member of the Red Pheasant First Nation in Saskatchewan and Board Director with Red Pheasant`s Economic Development Corporation. Shaun is the Executive Director of the Saskatchewan First Nations Economic Development Network (SFNEDN) which proudly hosted the World Indigenous Business Forum in Saskatoon in August 2016. Shaun has over 23 years of experience in social and economic development roles, having held senior positions with the Saskatoon Regional Economic Development Authority, Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations, University of Saskatchewan, Department of Justice, and Saskatchewan Advocate for Children & Youth.

Shaun is a partner in two companies, NutraPonics Canada Corporation which focuses on food security through commercial, 100% organic vertical farming based on Aquaponics and Stonecutters Group which focuses on creating generational wealth by implementing Indigenous Sovereign Wealth Funds.


Presented by:  Evan Lavallee, Business Development Officer

Evan, a member of the Moosomin First Nation, joined the Saskatchewan Indian Equity Foundation in April 2017 to take on the role of Business Development Officer to assist in their grant department. He brings a diverse background of working in Aboriginal owned and operated businesses, first as a Live Games Dealer and Supervisor at the Dakota Dunes Casino, then as an Evening Announcer at Missinipi Broadcasting Network. Soon afterwards, Evan began his career in the financial industry as a Customer Services Representative with BMO, and soon afterwards, an Advisor with TD Canada Trust for 3 years. It wasn’t until he came to SIEF that he found a way to accommodate both his passions, finances and assisting First Nations individuals. Today, Evan helps First Nations entrepreneurs start and grow their businesses through the SIEF Contribution Program.

First Nation-Municipal Community Economic Development Initiative (CEDI) Panel Discussion with Saskatchewan CEDI Partners

Thursday, September 28 • 9:30am - 10:30am  Michelangelo A

City of North Battleford:

Presented by:  Jim Puffalt, City Manager

Jim Puffalt is originally from Broadview, Saskatchewan and has a lengthy career in Municipal Government with stops as Municipal Administrator/City Manager in Elrose, Wilkie, Estevan, Saskatchewan as well as Dauphin, Manitoba. Jim has been the City Manager of North Battleford since February, 2014.

Jim holds a MBA – Foundation from the University of Canada West, Local Government Leadership Coaching Certificate from the University of Royal Roads, an Advanced Municipal Management Certificate from the University of Manitoba and a Diploma of Applied Arts – Business Administration from SIAST as well as three levels of Saskatchewan Municipal Certificates of Qualification. Jim was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2013 and is a long standing member of the Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators.

Battleford Agency Tribal Chiefs:

Kathy Kissick, Chief Financial Officer, BATC Inc.

Kathy Kissick is the Chief Financial Officer at BATC Inc. and is responsible for overall financial operations of the organization and its subsidiaries. Kathy was hired as the Director of finance in May 2011 and was named C.F.O. in January 2017.

Kathy has her bachelor of Commerce Degree from the University of Saskatchewan and received her Chartered Accountant designation in 2007 and is now a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants (CPA) of Saskatchewan.


Presented by:  Tanya Tourangeau, CEDI Program Coordinator

Tanya joins the Cando family as the Program Coordinator, CEDI, Western Region from the GNWT; a strategic specialist, she has successfully contributed to government-wide initiatives, ensuring alignment with government and department business goals and strategies.

As an adult educator developing Business Administration programs tailored to Indigenous Entrepreneurs for over 10 years, she has the ability to transfer knowledge effectively and instill motivation and confidence in the learner. Tanya has achieved Land Management Certification and has a strong background in continuous improvement methodologies, change management, project management, and ICT initiatives.

Project Management

Thursday, September 28 • 10:45am – 12:00pm   Naples Room

This workshop is intended for First Nations interested in Project Management to assist in land management and economic development projects. This presentation will provide an overview of the approaches used in North America by PMBOK (Project Management Body of Knowledge) and in Europe by PRINCE2 (PRojects IN Controlled Environments). Project Management templates from the Government of Canada will be shared with attendees. Discussions of Indigenous Project Management will follow.

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Presented by:  Terra Reynoldson, B.Sc. PMP CESA

Terra attended the University of Regina and received a Bachelor of Science in Physical Geography. In 2014, she achieved a Project Management Professional (PMP) designation with the PMI. In 2015, Terra became a Certified Environmental Site Assessor (CESA) – Phase I from the AESAC. Currently, she is in the process of completing her final examinations for a PRINCE2 designation with APMG.

Terra has worked with the Government of Canada since 2002. Her Federal Departmental work experience includes Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Health Canada and Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada. Her career with the Federal government has enabled her to enhance her skill set in Project Management.

Exploring Opportunities: Cooperative Business Development

Thursday, September 28 • 10:45am – 12:00pm   Rubens Room

This workshop offers economic development professionals practical insight into how to explore co-operative business opportunities and work with groups interested in structuring their business as a co-operative. Participants gain a deeper understanding of the business model, explore real-life case studies as a group and leave with a clear understanding of where the model might fit as a problem-solving tool for the communities they work in

Presented by:  Kyle White, Community Engagement Coordinator

Kyle is the Education and Engagement Lead with Co-operatives First. His work focuses developing and delivering educational and development services for Co-operatives First, a non-profit business development organization in Saskatoon. Originally from Newfoundland and Labrador, Kyle has worked his way across Canada focusing on community economic development in rural and Indigenous communities. With degrees in Geography and Public Policy, Kyle educational background has focused on community development, governance, and organizational policy. Aside from his work with Co-operatives First, Kyle is a volunteer with a Saskatoon Lions Club and serves on the boards of two housing corporations.

Presented by:  Julia Angus, Community Engagement Coordinator, Cooperatives First

Julia Angus is Cree, from the Thunderchild First Nation, Treaty 6 Territory and is the Indigenous Community Engagement Coordinator for western Canada. Although Julia’s recent employment history is within the Child Welfare field, moving on to her new role with Co-operatives First has provided her with a new opportunity to engage and reconnect with the Indigenous communities to bring back the traditional utilitarian method of doing business using the Co-op business model. “This model is something I truly believe will assist our Nations in bringing in the services that are lacking back to the grassroots level. If we all work together we will see the changes in our communities as our successes will be attributed to our efforts.” Julia is of the firm belief that the Co-operative Business model is the business model that is a “global fit for all Indigenous people”.

Sharing Development and Success

Thursday, September 28 • 10:45am – 12:00pm   Picasso Room

Presented by:  Akbar Karsan, Manager, Saskatchewan Regional Office, Government of Canada

Akbar has over 30 years’ experience as a land surveyor working both in Government and Private practice. Currently, he is a manager of the Regina office of the Natural Resources Canada, Surveyor General Branch.

Presented by:  Doris Grey Eyes, Wakayos Developments Ltd.

Recycling / Diversion

Thursday, September 28 • 10:45am – 12:00pm   Shakespeare Room

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Presented by:  Ken Johnson, HHW Coordinator, Hazardous Waste Services, GFL

Ken Johnson is a recycling and waste management professional working for GFL Environmental Inc. in Saskatoon, SK. He received a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Environmental Studies from the State University of New York at Buffalo, and has been active in recycling and hazardous waste management in Saskatchewan for over 10 years. Ken is currently responsible for the delivery of household hazardous waste collection services to municipalities throughout the Province, and has been providing hazardous waste collection, recycling and disposal services to First Nations for the past two years.

Line 3 Pipeline Economic Pathways Partnership

Thursday, September 28 • 1:00pm – 4:00pm   Michelangelo A


Other Presenters:

Rhonda Laing, Direct, Policy, Planning & External Relations Western Economic Diversification Canada – Saskatchewan Region

Rhonda Laing began her federal public service career in April 1992 as a Labour Market Information Analyst at the North Battleford Canada Employment Centre. Over the next 14 years, Mrs. Laing worked in a variety of positions with Employment and Immigration Canada, Human Resources Development Canada, Human Resources and Skills Development Canada, and Service Canada. These positions included Labour Market Information Analyst, Project Officer, Operations Officer, Service Delivery Manager, Corporate Services Manager, Aboriginal Policy Consultant, and Senior Project Officer.

Mrs. Laing joined Western Economic Diversification Canada in February 2006. During her time with WD, Mrs. Laing has served as a Senior Business Officer, Manager of Community Economic Development, and Executive Director of Saskatchewan Federal Council.

Mrs. Laing has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Saskatchewan.

Cheri Moreau, Manager of Lands, INAC

Cheri Moreau was appointed to the position of the Director of Lands and Economic Development at Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) in Regina, Saskatchewan in March 2013. In this role, Cheri has led the collaborative negotiation between Canada and Saskatchewan to develop two key pieces of federal regulation through the First Nations Commercial Industrial Development Act (FNCIDA) for the operation and management of large complex projects on reserve, which are estimated to generate nearly $2 billion in revenues for the partners.

Prior to assuming this role, Cheri was the Director of Strategic Initiatives and Partnerships at INAC and in this capacity she worked to build collaborative partnerships with other government departments, provincial governments, industry and the private sector to support improved socio-economic conditions on-reserve, with the culmination of her work highlighted in the tripartite Memorandum of Understanding between Canada, Saskatchewan and First Nations for reduced income assistance dependency in Saskatchewan

Dianne Olchowski

Dianne has been involved in community economic development for 30 + years as a practitioner and as a volunteer. Through the years she has served on municipal council, been an active member of various local and provincial boards and agencies and owned several businesses of her own. In 1988 she became employed with Sagehill Community Futures Development Corporation as a Business Development Officer and in 1994 assumed the role of Chief Executive Officer.

She is a strong advocate for small business, a promoter for rural Saskatchewan and a staunch supporter of our local communities and their volunteer base. In April 2017, together with Cherylynn Walters (CHS Enterprises/Marieval Center) Sagehill was awarded the contract to provide Indigenous Business Development Services throughout Saskatchewan.

Donny Parenteau

Donny Parenteau is a versatile vocalist & multi-instrumentalist who performs with energy and enthusiasm on the fiddle, mandolin, mandocaster, harmonica, acoustic and electric guitars.

Donny spent 12 years touring the world with Neal McCoy, recording on multi-platinum selling albums & played on numerous shows along with performances on The Grand Ole Opry & The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Alongside McCoy, Donny has shared the stage with country artists and genuine music icons such as Charlie Daniels, Kenny Chesney, Tim McGraw, Shania Twain and Reba McEntire and many more.

Ray Wanuch, Executive Director, CANDO

Ray Wanuch was Born in Edmonton, Alberta, raised on the Paddle Prairie Métis Settlement and is of First Nations descent from the Ermineskin Cree Nation. He obtained a Bachelor of Management degree from the University of Lethbridge in 1989; and also possesses the Technician and the Professional Level Certification from Cando.

Prior to working with CANDO, Ray was the CEO of Settlement Investment Corporation. He then moved on to facilitate and manage the Métis Settlements Economic Viability Strategy, which received international recognition for sustainable development.

Master of Ceremonies:

Nicole Robertson,

Nicole Robertson has dedicated her life to creating awareness about Indigenous Peoples through the media. Nicole’s career has taken her across North America and the United Kingdom, writing, directing, producing, and reporting on issues that encompass Indigenous communities.

Her on-air work experiences include working with the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN), A-Channel, Global, CBC and CTV in the capacity as of reporter, video journalist, producer, anchor, associate producer and writer. In 2002, Nicole created and established “Muskwa Productions & Consulting”, which specializes in communication advisory services that include; media and public relations, media training, marketing, social media, event and video productions, public speaking, speech writing, cross-cultural communications training and strategies.


Walter Linklater


Lacey Albert
Donnie Spiedel
TJ Warren
Dabney Warren
Michelle Whitecalf

Drum Group:

Eyabay Singers

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