October 16 & 17, 2019
The Pas Métis Hall

The University College of the North is excited to announce that the Linkages in Northern Economic Development Conference will be taking place October 16th & 17th in The Pas, Manitoba. 

The focus is to initiate creative, critical thinking and collaborative conversations about northern economic and human development. Northern Manitoba is at a critical juncture and we need to work together to create new paradigms, new goals and new opportunities for northern people. The Linkages Conference will be the conversation about our future.



Day 1 – Wednesday, October 16, 2019

11:30AM - 12:15PM

Registration & Lunch

12:15PM - 12:45PM

Opening Prayer & Welcome Greetings
Elder Mabel Bignell

Emcee: James Wilson

12:45PM - 1:15PM

Session #1

Speaker: Michael Yarowy, Community Market Manager, Norman Market, Royal Bank of Canada
1:15PM - 2:15PM

Session #2

Speakers: Andrea Legary, Senior Manager, Deloitte Global Investment and Innovation Incentives, Winnipeg and Zach Robert, Manager, Deloitte Private Audit Group, Winnipeg

Session #3

Speaker: Teresa Dukes, President, North Forge

Health Break

3:15PM - 4:00PM

Session #4

Speaker: Ken Coates, Canada Research Chair in Regional Innovation

Closing Prayer
Elder Nick Halcrow


Session Ends


Dinner & Keynote Address

Speaker: Dr. Matthew Coon Come

Day 2 – Thursday, October 17, 2019


Registration & Light Breakfast


Opening Prayer
and Recap of Day 1
Elder Mabel Bignell

Emcee: James Wilson


Session #5

Speaker: Senator Patricia Bovey



Session #6


Session #7

Speaker: Gary Merasty, Chief Development Officer and Executive Vice President NWC Ventures



Session #8

Innovation Panel
Moderator: Kathy Knight, CEO, Information  & Communication Technologies Association of Manitoba

Panelists: Joel Dandeneau, Director, People & Culture, ID Fusion Software; Ashleigh Lodge, Application Development Manager, Neovation Learning Solutions




Closing Address

Speaker: Gabrielle Scrimshaw, Hatchet Lake First Nation

Closing Prayer & Concluding Remarks
Elder Nick Halcrow

Emcee: James Wilson


City: The Pas, Manitoba 
Venue: The Pas Metis Hall

Group accommodations have been setup at the following hotels for Linkages attendees. Attendees are responsible to book their own accommodations.

Anderson Inn and Suites
1717 Gordon Avenue, The Pas, Manitoba | 204-623-1888
Group Code: CGUC11
Booking Deadline: Sept. 16th, 2019

Kikiwak Inn
Highway 10 North, Ospaskwayak, Manitoba | 204-623-1800
Group Code: 144380
Booking Deadline: Oct. 1st, 2019

Wescana Inn

439 Fischer Avenue, The Pas, MB | 204-623-5446
Group Code: None required
Booking Deadline: N/A



Senator Patricia Bovey

Short Bio

Before being appointed to the Senate on November 10th, 2016, the Honourable Patricia Bovey was a Winnipeg-based gallery director and curator, art historian, writer, professor and, for many years, a management consultant in the arts and not-for-profit sector.

Extended Bio

Formerly Director of the Winnipeg Art Gallery (1999-2004) and the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (1980-1999), she was appointed Director Emerita of the Winnipeg Art Gallery in 2014. She was a founder of the Buhler Gallery at St Boniface Hospital; the University of Winnipeg’s Manitoba Arts and Culture Management Program, and MA in Curatorial Practice; the British Columbia Government House Foundation and the National Fundraising Society (NSFRE) Vancouver Island Chapter.  Director/Curator of the Buhler Gallery from its 2007 inception to Dec 2016, she is Adjunct Professor of Art History at the University of Winnipeg. She writes and lectures widely on Western Canadian art. 

Former Chair of the Board of Governors of the University of Manitoba, she has served on the Boards of the National Gallery of Canada (2005 – 2009) and the Canada Council for the Arts (1990-1993); the 1986 Withrow/Richard Federal Task Force on National and Regional Museums; the National Board for the Canadian Center for Cultural Management at the University of Waterloo (2002-2010); is a past Chair of the Board of Governors of Emily Carr University and of the Canadian Art Museum Directors Organization. She was a member of the Public Art Committee of the City of Winnipeg (2003-2007), and of the Mayor’s Task Force on Public Art to develop Winnipeg’s Public Art Policy (2002-2003). Former member of the Board of the University of Manitoba Press, she presently serves on the Eckhardt-Gramatté Foundation. She served as Board Chair of the Centre for Contemporary Canadian Art, and was a member of the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation; the Manitoba Rhodes Scholarship and Loran Scholarship Selection committees; the board of Manitoba Artists in Healthcare and the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra.  

The recipient of the 2015 Winnipeg Arts Council Investors Making a Difference Award, Senator Bovey’s honours include her appointment as Fellow of the UK’s Royal Society for the Arts, and as Fellow of the Canadian Museums Association; the Canada 125 Medal; the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal; Winnipeg’s 2002 Woman of Distinction for the Arts; the Canadian Museums Association Distinguished Service Award; the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts Medal; and the 2013 Association of Manitoba Museum’s inaugural Award of Merit.

Involved in international projects, touring exhibitions and artist exchanges, she was an official guest of the Japan Foundation, the British Council, the Government of France, has lectured in the US and Britain and been involved in special initiatives in Finland, Iceland Norway and China.

Bovey’s consulting since 2005 has focused on governance, policy development and strategic and business planning for galleries, museums and multi-disciplinary arts organizations. 

Andrea Legary
Senior Manager, Deloitte Global Investment and Innovation Incentives, Winnipeg

Short Bio

Andrea Legary is a Senior Manager in Deloitte’s Global Investment and Innovation Incentives group here in Winnipeg.  Andrea joined Deloitte in 2014 after a decade of working in Winnipeg’s aerospace and defense industry on programs for CSA, NASA, and Lockheed Martin. 

Extended Bio

Her primary focus is assisting clients to access funding in support of their research and development initiatives via the Scientific Research and Experimental Development (SR&ED) program.

Gabrielle Scrimshaw

Short Bio

Growing up in the remote Hatchet Lake First Nation in Saskatchewan, Gabrielle Scrimshaw was the first in her family to get a post-secondary education. Raised by a single father, she lived in a community challenged by addictions, suicide and a lack of educational opportunities. Now she is determined to provide “footprints in the snow” for other Indigenous youth to follow in order to create a better world.

Extended Bio

Since graduating from the University of Saskatchewan, she has earned an MBA from Stanford and is a Gleitsman Fellow at the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard. Her customized presentations provide strategic insights to help organizations build engagement with Indigenous communities and to work with the rapidly growing population of Indigenous youth. She is an ideal speaker for educational groups, companies and any conference that wants to shape the future of Canada.

Ken Coates

Short Bio

Ken Coates is a rare public commentator who brings deep understanding of past and present realities together with compelling ideas about Canada’s future. His passionate and highly engaging talks have captivated diverse audiences across the country, from college administrators and economic development officers to Aboriginal entrepreneurs and community activists.

Extended Bio

Ken is Canada’s Research Chair in Regional Innovation and brings his experience in East Asia and around the Circumpolar world to bear on his understanding of Canada’s strengths and weaknesses. Ken combines irreverence, insight and a sense of humour in his conversations about the issues that matter most to Canadians.

Gary Merasty

Short Bio

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. 

Extended Bio

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.

Grand Chief Matthew Coon Come

Short Bio

Matthew Coon Come is former Grand Chief of the Grand Council of the Crees (Eeyou Istchee) and the Chairperson of the Cree Regional Authority. The Cree Nation of Eeyou Istchee is an Aboriginal Nation with a population of about 18,000 and traditional territory to the east of James Bay in Northern Québec, Canada.

Extended Bio

Matthew is a national and international indigenous leader and advocate for the aboriginal, treaty and other human rights of indigenous peoples in Canada and internationally. His election in July 2011 to the office of Grand Chief of the James Bay Cree Nation of Eeyou Istchee and Chairperson of the Cree Regional Authority is his sixth re-election to those positions. Matthew was first elected as Grand Chief of the Grand Council of the Crees and Chairman of the Cree Regional Authority in 1987, and served for five terms of office. He was former National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, the national organization of First Nations in Canada, from 2000 to 2003. He became known throughout Canada for his efforts to end the federal policy of extinguishment of aboriginal peoples’ human rights of self determination.

Born in 1956 on his parent’s Mistissini Trapline, Matthew was soon recognized by the elders as a natural leader. He was asked to be coordinator for all the inland Cree communities for the negotiations with Canada that enabled the James Bay Crees to escape the Indian Act and achieve the first ever aboriginal self-government legislation in Canada, the Cree-Naskapi (of Québec) Act.

Matthew studied political science, economics, native studies and courses in law at Trent and McGill Universities, and also undertook theological studies in the United States following his tenure as National Chief in 2003.

Matthew has also had an active and successful business career, with participation in energy, mining, information technology and arts and crafts ventures. In 2019, Matthew was awarded the Order of Canada. 

Zach Robert
Manager, Deloitte Private Audit Group, Winnipeg

Short Bio

Zach is a Manager in Deloitte’s private audit group in Winnipeg. Zach has more than five years of experience providing support to entities in the private, not-for-profit and private sectors.

Extended Bio

He previously spent time in the private sector as a Controller for a local manufacturing company. Zach’s primary focus is assisting clients in the completion of financial statement audits and reviews, and both tax and accounting issues.

Jamie Wilson

Short Bio

Jamie is a visionary who is passionate about building bridges between First Nations and business communities, as a pathway to a strong and prosperous economic future for all.

Extended Bio

With a background as a Deputy Minister, educator, an elite military Ranger and as Manitoba’s Treaty Commissioner, Jamie is uniquely positioned to work with innovative organizations looking to tap into Canada’s hidden potential.   Jamie’s greatest leadership strengths are as a facilitator and relationship builder where his calm and thoughtful demeanor enables him to navigate complex situations and often highly charged situations, to positive and successful outcomes.


For those that require assistance with registration, please call Sheri Domenico at 204 257 5205.


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