Join us November 7th and 8th for the Linkages in Northern Economic Development Conference.  Linkages is a collaboration between the University College of the North, Manitoba Chambers of Commerce, and the Look North Strategy.  Over the two-days the members of Indigenous and non-Indigenous community, education, industry and government will engage in interactive discussions of northern economic development strategies, innovation, how to thrive in a time of change, and connecting the north to the world. 

The Linkages Conference promise to offer a high quality, innovative and exciting educational meeting –
one that will work to build a stronger North.





Day 1: Wednesday, November 7
12:30PM – 6:00PM


1:00PM – 1:30PM

Greetings and Opening Remarks
Jamie Wilson, Deputy Minister of Education and Training and Acting Deputy Minister of Indigenous and Northern Relations

Update by the Look North Co-Chairs
Chuck Davidson, Manitoba Chambers of Commerce & Onekanew Christian Sinclair, Opaskwayak Cree Nation

1:30PM – 2:15PM

Look North Strategy
Session #1:
The Three Cs of Success: Collaborate, Coordinate & Communicate

Whether you are part of a working group, project team or even a movement, the principles of success are the same – collaborate, coordinate and communicate. Take part in this interactive session to uncover the secrets of great teamwork by tapping into the potential of everybody’s knowledge, experience and strengths.

2:15PM – 4:30PM

Look North Strategy
Session #2: Look North! Linkages in Northern Economic Development

To achieve sustainable economic growth in the north, we need to create linkages between the six Look North priority areas, ‘things that matter most’. For each of these priorities, actions have been identified through hundreds of conversations, workshops, and roundtable meetings. During this session, we will link actions to outcomes and develop an understanding of how we can achieve a shared vision of economic prosperity for northern Manitoba.

6:00PM – 9:00PM

Look North Reception & Dinner

Day 2: Thursday, November 8
8:00AM – 9:00AM

Registration, Breakfast & Networking

Opening Remarks From
Doug Lauvstad, President UCN

9:00AM – 10:00AM

Innovation Panel
Lead: Kathy Knight, CEO ICTAM

10:00AM – 10:30AM

Health Break

10:30AM – 11:45AM

Thriving in the Age of Innovation
How We Do Economic Development

11:45AM – 1:00PM


1:00PM – 2:15PM

Connecting the North to the World
World Trade Centre Winnipeg

2:15PM – 2:45PM

Health Break

2:45PM – 3:45PM

Closing Address
Kevin Chief, Business Council of MB

3:45PM – 4:00PM

Concluding Remarks
Doug Lauvstad, President UCN


Hotel: Kikiwak Inn, Highway 10 North, Opaskwayak, MB R0B 2J0
Accommodations: A room block has been arranged for the Linkages Conference.
To book accommodations, please call 204-623-1800 and reference #133263 or the UCN Linkages Conference.

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Doug Lauvstad, Co-Chair | President of University College of the North
Chuck Davidson, Co-Chair | President of the Manitoba Chambers of Commerce & Co-Chair, Look North Strategy
Kathy Knight | CEO of ICTAM (Innovation Pannel)
Kevin Chief

Kevin Chief

Vice President | Business Council of Manitoba

Born and raised in Winnipeg’s North End, he has considerable public sector and community experience. He spent six years as a member of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba, representing Point Douglas, and previously worked in the field of education. Kevin and his wife Melanie have three young sons: Hayden, Kellan, and Daxton. He is also known as a high steppin’ square dancer as part of the Norman Chief Memorial Dancers.

Closing Address
Kevin draws on his personal and professional experiences from growing up as an Indigenous youth in Winnipeg’s North End, to his work in the community, education, and business fields.  As a former member of the Legislative Assembly and Minister in the Manitoba Government, he is able to share stories of seeing potential and possibility, overcoming barriers, and creating opportunities out of challenges.
Through examining universal values such as talent, generosity and vulnerability, he can inspire a conversation about how a variety of groups from businesses to unions, media, universities, community, and churches can build successful relationships by fostering a path of reconciliation. That is a path to building healthy, strong and resilient partnerships.


Registration for the Linkages in Northern Economic Development Conference is free of charge. We invite members of Indigenous and non-Indigenous community, education, industry and government to join us over the two days.  

Space is limited, so please register online today. Registration deadline is October 28, 2018. 

We ask that out of courtesy for others interested in attending that if you are unable to attend after registering you notify us at of your cancellation or registration modification.  Note, name badges will be prepared using the registers name.



  • $1000

  • Acknowledgement with company name and link to website on event webpage
  • Acknowledgement with company logo in printed program by sponsorship level.
  • Onscreen acknowledgement of support during event days.
  • Quarter page customized message in printed program.
  • $2000

  • All benefits of Bronze Sponsorship plus:
  • Half page customized message in printed program.
  • GOLD
  • $3500

  • All benefits of Silver Sponsorship plus:
  • Full page customized message in printed program.
  • Attendance and recognition at Welcome Dinner on Wednesday, November 7, 2018.


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Winnipeg, MB • R2J 4A7

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