Day 1: Wednesday, November 7
12:30PM – 9:00PM
1:00PM – 1:30PM
Greetings and Opening Remarks
Welcome by our Master of Ceremonies James Wilson
Update by the Look North Co-Chairs
Chuck Davidson, Manitoba Chambers of Commerce & Onekanew Christian Sinclair, Opaskwayak Cree Nation
1:30PM – 2:45PM
Karl Wixon, Kaiårahi Måori
New Zealand has a dynamic and fast-growing indigenous economy and vibrant enterprise culture. Māori consultant Karl Wixon will take you on a behind-the-scenes tour of the Māori economy and enterprise in New Zealand, while providing insights from his work in the development of the “Look North” economic action plan.
3:00PM – 4:00PM
Plan Nord: CoCREEating a Shared Vision for Northern Quebec
Moderator: Onekanew Christian Sinclair, Opaskwayak Cree Nation
Grand Chief Ted Moses
In 2014, Plan Nord released The Plan Nord toward 2035, 2015-2020 Action Plan as a key step in the process designed to rally all Quebecers behind this society-wide project; inclusive of Indigenous and non-Indigenous people and communities. Actions in the area covered by the Plan Nord will be substantial – almost $2 billion over the 2015-2020 timeframe, not including private sector and federal government contributions.
Join us in a conversation with Grand Chief Ted Moses as he shares the Northern Quebec Cree experiences and offers insight on Indigenous engagement, partnerships and economic development.
4:00PM – 4:30PM
Indigenous Business in The Canadian Marketplace
Gary Merasty, Chief Development Officer and Executive Vice President NWC Ventures
Gary has worn many hats in his political and business career. Serving two terms as Grand Chief of the Prince Albert Grand Council, a Member of Parliament serving northern Saskatchewan as well as serving on many boards in the private sector. Gary offers an exciting insight into Indigenous business world.
6:00PM – 9:00PM
Look North Reception & Dinner
Kikiwak Inn, Catered by UCN Culinary Arts
Keynote Speaker to be Announced Shortly.
Day 2: Thursday, November 8
8:00AM – 9:00AM
Breakfast & Registration
Greetings and Opening Remarks
Doug Lauvstad, President, University College of the North
Greetings from the Province of Manitoba
Honourable Blaine Pedersen, Minister of Growth, Enterprise and Trade
9:00AM – 10:00AM
Moderator: Joel Semeniuk, Founder and CEO, HORIZONthree
Panel: Nathan Snider, Program Manager, Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC), Liz Pelton, Regional Director, MB, SK, Nunavut, NWT, Futurpreneur Canada, Ken Sanderson, Executive Director, Broadband Communications North
10:00AM – 10:30AM
10:30AM – 11:45AM
Northern Manitoba Resource Panel
Northern Manitoba has incredible potential for resource development in the mineral resources, forestry, tourism, commercial fishing and others. However, the development of these resources requires broad indigenous engagement, economic risk and the unequivocal requirement for environmental protection. This panel will investigate and discuss resource development in northern Manitoba – the issues, challenges and most importantly, the incredible potential. Onekanew Christian Sinclair, Alissa Ramratten, Director of Mines, Tony Zandos of Canadian Kraft Paper and Ryan Land of Vale, and others will participate in this discussion.
Moderator: Onekanew Christina Sinclair, Opaskwayak Cree Nation
Panel: Alisa Ramrattan, A/Director, Mines Branch and Geological Survey
Tony Zandos, Senior Vice President, Canadian Kraft Paper
Ryan Land, Manager, Corporate and Indigenous Affairs, Vale Canada
Don Lathlin, Executive Director, Swampy Cree First Nation
11:45AM – 1:00PM
1:00PM – 2:15PM
Connecting the North to the World
World Trade Centre Winnipeg
Moderators: Chuck Davidson, Manitoba Chamber of Commerce
Derek Earl, Vice-President, World Trade Centre Winnipeg
Linda Whitfield, Vice President of Advertising and Communication, Travel Manitoba
Joe Bittner, Executive Director, Alaska Small Business Development Center
Connecting the North to the World will discuss various resources that are available to entrepreneurs and established business in Manitoba through reflections on northern Manitoba from a global to a local context, highlighting approaches to economic development, and opportunities to connect to the world as they seek to grow sustainable local economies. Tourism Manitoba will also provide content into two ongoing strategies that are working to advance economic and tourism growth of Indigenous communities.
2:15PM – 2:45PM
2:45PM – 3:45PM
2:45PM – 3:45PM
3:45PM – 4:00PM
Doug Lauvstad, President, University College of the North
L O C A T I O N
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.
Blaine Pedersen was first elected as MLA for Midland Constituency in 2007 and re-elected in 2011 and 2016.
Blaine served as Minister of Infrastructure from May 2016 until August 2017 when he was appointed Minister of Growth, Enterprise and Trade.
Prior to being elected, Blaine and his wife Dianne operated a successful cattle and grain operation in the Elm Creek area for over 30 years. Blaine and Dianne have three married children and six grandchildren.
Blaine has always been an active community volunteer and is a passionate advocate for rural Manitoba.
Christian Sinclair is a member of the Opaskwayak Cree Nation (OCN). He graduated from MBCI (The Pas) in 1988 and served in the Canadian military from 1988 to 1995, including tours of duty in Cyprus (1990 Recon) and Somalia (1992-93 Special Forces).
He was the co-founder of the Manitoba Indigenous Summer Games and General Manager for the 2002 North American Indigenous Games (NAIG) in Winnipeg. The event was the most successful NAIG ever hosted and ended with a surplus of over $1.3 million, which was the basis for a scholarship program for Manitoba Aboriginal students that continues today.
In 2002, Christian began working in the corporate sector with aboriginal groups across Canada, focussing on corporate development and positioning for major natural resource projects related to hydro, mining and oil and gas. That same year, he was named as one of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40.
In 2013, Christian made a career change to work as an independent business advisor.
Alisa Ramrattan currently serves as Manitoba’s Director of Mines and Geological Survey with the Department of Growth, Enterprise and Trade with the Provincial government.
Alisa sees mining and mineral exploration as critical to economic development for Manitoba, especially in the North. She believes that there are a series of immediate steps that government, industry and communities can take together to get closer to the establishment of a system that reflects a balance of economic, environmental and social benefits. Implementation of Manitoba’s Look North Strategy and Mineral Development Protocols are at the centre of building a strong northern economy in natural resources.
Alisa also has experience as Manitoba’s Director of Forestry and Peatlands with the Department of Sustainable Development and as the Executive Director of Apprenticeship Manitoba. She is a graduate of the University of Winnipeg in Biological Sciences, former Board member of the Institute of Public Administration Canada, and co-founder of the Manitoba government’s new professionals network.
Tony has been with AIAC since 2006 working within sales, customer negotiations, marketing, supplier negotiations, production, purchasing and company restructuring.
He has experience within companies dealing in Pharmaceuticals, Medical equipment, Stamping, Die-Casting, Gensets, Meat & fish processing machinery, Refrigeration and freezers for Supermarkets, Plating, Hi-tech metal Hoses, Compressors, Aluminium smelting, Hi-Tech Tuner, sand several other manufacturing companies globally.
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.
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.
Doug is passionate about northern people and northern issues. He is widely recognized as a strong advocate for northern Manitoba’s economic and social progress. His accomplishments are many, particularly in the areas of building educational and other programs that support “Northern People for Northern Jobs.”
Doug has been a strong voice from Northern Manitoba and brings the issues and context of northern people to the provincial conversation. Born and raised in The Pas, he has an MBA from Athabasca University (2002).
Prior to becoming President and Vice-Chancellor, Doug was the Executive Director, of the Northern Manitoba Sector Council, an association of northern Manitoba’s largest industry sectors (mining, forestry, energy). The focus of this organization is on building, sustaining and retaining a world-class council in 2007 from his position as Executive Director, The Pas Campus at UCN. During his 19 years at UCN, he has held a number of senior positions, notably in executive management, administration, and marketing and communications.
Derek Earl is the Vice-President of the World Trade Centre Winnipeg, overseeing international trade strategy, operations, government relations, Indigenous relations, and client services for the organization. A senior executive with over 15 years experience in business and international trade, Derek has advised and assisted hundreds of companies with their international business development.
He has been instrumental in numerous key projects for the organization, including the initial establishment of the WTC Winnipeg in 2013, organizing four editions of the global business forum Centrallia, which brought hundreds of business leaders from around the world to Winnipeg from more than 30 countries, and more recently Canada’s Trade Accelerator Program (TAP).
Derek oversees the WTC Winnipeg’s northern and Arctic strategies, working with entrepreneurs, businesses, communities, and networks across Northern Canada, the United States, and Europe.
He volunteers his time with numerous committees and organizations. He is a member of the Board of Directors for SEED Winnipeg (Supporting Employment and Economic Development), a not-for-profit agency that fights poverty and helps renew Winnipeg’s inner city. He also serves on the Advisory Boards for a leading renewable energy company, as well as for the Climate Institute in Washington, DC.
Linda joined Travel Manitoba in 2005. Travel Manitoba is a Crown corporation responsible for leading the marketing and development of Manitoba’s tourism industry and growing tourism revenues by harnessing the collective investment in tourism to create strong connections between visitors and Manitoba’s unique experiences.
As head of the Marketing and Communications division, Linda’s area of responsibility includes the overall brand development and awareness marketing of Manitoba, content marketing and social media, digital marketing, public relations, advertising, design and production, and corporate communications.
As a member of the senior management team, the role also calls for input into the corporation’s business plan and marketing plan, participation in the day-to-day management of the corporation, responsibility for the achievement of the corporation’s performance targets and strategic priorities, and representing the province’s tourism interests through involvement with national tourism organizations such as Destination Canada and the Tourism Industry Association of Canada.
Chuck Davidson grew up in Northern Manitoba in both Flin Flon and Snow Lake where he graduated high school. He graduated from Red River College’s Creative Communications program in 1993 after majoring in Journalism.
Following graduation he worked as both an on-air announcer and reporter at 680-CJOB covering everything from the Pan-Am Games, various election campaigns and everything in between.
In 2004 he moved to the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce as the Vice-President of Policy and Communications responsible for the development of all communication products and media relations on behalf of The Chamber. In addition he was responsible for the development of Chamber policies and lobbying strategies on behalf of the business community.
In May of 2013 Davidson was hired as the President & CEO of the Manitoba Chambers of Commerce, the largest business organization in the province of Manitoba. Under his leadership MCC which represents 69 local Chambers throughout the province and close to 10,000 businesses has been recognized as accredited Chamber of Commerce with distinction.
In addition Chuck currently sits on the Board of Directors for South Winnipeg Community Centre, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce Executives of Canada, the Canadian Chamber Accreditation Council and the Chamber of Commerce Group Insurance Plan.
Chuck is married and he and his wife Jennifer have two sons aged 10 and 13.
I accelerate business modernization. That’s a lot of syllables for “I make change happen faster”. It’s what I do. I love talking about it, teaching it, and helping startups and businesses unlock their potential.
Since 1995, I’ve been examining and creating the methods, processes, and best practices for business innovation and have applied it to businesses of all sizes – from startups to mega-corporations. But even that’s too slow. I want to influence change on a massive scale and create a tipping point for the future of work, which I believe is upon us all.
So I founded HORIZONthree. We’re tackling the future of work from all angles – education, policy, and business. We take a top down and bottom up approach that gets businesses, educators, and policymakers thinking like investors and working like startups.
By creating programming that’s accessible and scalable, we are democratizing innovation. HORIZONthree is so much more than an innovation accelerator. We are here to help take our customers from the foothills to the summit, and all the stops along the way. From ideation to validation, to commercialization and on to market expansion into Canada, Asia, and Europe, our only goal is to get you there so you can make a difference and earn your degree in Disruptology along the way.
Ryan is the Manager of Corporate and Indigenous Affairs for Vale’s Manitoba and Ontario Operations. Ryan serves as Chairperson for the Mining Association of Manitoba’s Indigenous Relations Committee, as a trustee in the School District of Mystery Lake and as a member of the Look North Joint Action Group for Indigenous Engagement and Partnerships.
Before transitioning to Sudbury this year, he lived in Thompson for nine years, and Manitoba for much of his life, with professional experiences in northern and rural Saskatchewan, the UK, and west Africa. He has four amazing children and recently celebrated his twenty-fifth anniversary with his partner. In 2015, he was the recipient of the Manitoba Career Development Award of Excellence for Leadership in Career and Workforce Development.
Ryan received his Bachelor of Education degree in 1999, majoring in English and Physical Education; a Bachelor of Arts degree in 2006; and a Master of Education degree in 2008, majoring in Educational Leadership. He also holds a Project Leadership certificate from Cornell University.
Gary is currently the Chief Development Officer and Executive Vice President of The North West Company. He was formerly President and CEO of a First Nation owned Group of Companies called The Des Nedhe Group (Des NeThey), he also served in an Executive capacity as Vice President at Cameco Corporation of Corporate Responsibility, Government Relations & Communications. Earlier in Gary’s career he was also the Chief of Staff to the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations and Associate Director of Education for his home community.
In addition to his professional career Gary has had a distinguished career in politics. He proudly served as Grand Chief of the Prince Albert Grand Council for two terms from 1999 to 2005 where education, health and business development experienced significant growth. He is also a former Member of Parliament serving in Canada’s 39th Parliament. Gary played a key role in facilitating the Government of Canada to apologize to the survivors of the Residential School system by initiating and lobbying the Canadian Parliament to apologize with a motion he put forward in the House of Commons in 2007.
Gary has held numerous board positions including Chair of West Wind Aviation, The Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority, The Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies, The Canada West Foundation, The Prince Albert Development Corporation to name just a few.
He is well known for his community support, advocating better public policies for Indigenous education, infrastructure and northern development. Gary has been recognized for his many years of commitment to public service and business. He received both the Queen Elizabeth II Golden and Diamond Jubilee Medals, the 2005 Saskatchewan Centennial Commemorative Medal and the University of Saskatchewan named Mr. Merasty as one of the Top 100 Alumni of Influence. He also received an Honorary Diploma for Business from Saskatchewan PolyTechnic.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org of your cancellation or registration modification. Note, name badges will be prepared using the registers name.
- 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.
- All benefits of Bronze Sponsorship plus:
- Half page customized message in printed program.
- All benefits of Silver Sponsorship plus:
- Full page customized message in printed program.
- Attendance and recognition at Welcome Dinner on Wednesday, November 7, 2018.