Northern Manitoba and the World

October 20 & 21, 2022
Kikiwak Inn, The Pas, Manitoba

Presented by:
University College of the North, Manitoba Chamber of Commerce and Look North


Linkages: Northern Manitoba and the World Conference is focused on initiating creative, critical thinking and collaborative conversations about northern economic development and the future. Today we are faced with an economy challenged by geopolitical disruption, a global pandemic and international turmoil. How does this impact Northern Manitoba? What is required of our governments, workforce, and communities to emerge?

Linkages: Northern Manitoba and the World Conference will begin to foster these conversations to create new paradigms, new goals and opportunities for northern people.

Objectives and Outcomes

Assess the current northern economic situation

Describe the effects geopolitics has on Northern Manitoba

Understand the importance of reconciliation for the economy

Identify strategies for growth and regional prosperity



11:30AM – 1:00PM

Registration, Networking & Lunch

1:00PM – 1:45PM

Opening Prayer & Welcome Greetings

1:45PM – 2:30PM

Keynote Speaker

2:30PM – 3:00PM

Health Break

3:00PM – 4:00PM

CEO Panel

4:00PM – 4:45PM

Session #1

4:45PM – 5:00PM

Closing Prayer & Remarks

6:00PM – 6:30PM

Networking Reception
UCN Campus

6:45PM – 9:00PM

Dinner & Keynote Address


8:00AM – 8:45AM

Breakfast & Registration

8:45AM – 9:00AM

Welcoming & Opening Prayer

9:00AM – 10:15AM

Keynote: Geopolitical, Global Economic Systems
Speaker: Peter Ziehan (Livestreamed)

10:15AM – 10:45AM

Health Break

10:45AM – 11:30AM

 Indigenous Ownership: A New Economic Era
Speaker: Matthew Belliveau, The Conference Board of Canada

11:30AM – 12:00PM

Session #2

12:00PM – 12:30PM

The inTERN Project

12:30PM – 12:45PM

Closing Prayer & Concluding Remarks


Networking & Lunch


KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Peter Zeihan - Geopolitical Strategist & Critically-Acclaimed Author

Peter Zeihan is a geopolitical strategist, which is a fancy way of saying he helps people understand how the world works. Peter combines an expert understanding of demography, economics, energy, politics, technology, and security to help clients best prepare for an uncertain future.

Over the course of his career, Peter has worked for the US State Department in Australia, the DC think tank community, and helped develop the analytical models for Stratfor, one of the world’s premier private intelligence companies. Peter founded his own firm — Zeihan on Geopolitics — in 2012 in order to provide a select group of clients with direct, custom analytical products. Today those clients represent a vast array of sectors including energy majors, financial institutions, business associations, agricultural interests, universities and the U.S. military.

With a keen eye toward what will drive tomorrow’s headlines, his irreverent approach transforms topics that are normally dense and heavy into accessible, relevant takeaways for audiences of all types.

Peter is a critically-acclaimed author whose first two books — The Accidental Superpower and The Absent Superpower — have been recommended by Mitt Romney, Fareed Zakaria and Ian Bremmer. His latest third title, Disunited Nations: The Scramble for Power in an Ungoverned World became available in March 2020.

Peter’s fourth book, The End of the World is Just the Beginning: Mapping the Collapse of Globalization, becomes available in June 2022.

Joelle Foster - Chief Executive Officer at North Forge Technology Exchange

Joelle has spent two decades working with entrepreneurs.  Joelle is a co-founder and the CEO of North Forge Technology Exchange, a technology incubator accelerator that also runs the largest fabrication lab in North America. Joelle recently became a co-founder and general partner for the Women’s Equity Lab (WEL) Manitoba; she is creating and managing a fund to increase the number of women angel investors in Manitoba.

During COVID, she developed a complete four-stage digital ‘Founders Program, which led to a 294% increase in the number of technology-enabled and advanced manufacturing companies they are working with. She created an Angel Network in 2021 and is in the process of creating the Women in Innovation Lab called WiLab™.

Before this, Joelle was in Calgary, where she spent two years as the inaugural Executive Director for the University of Calgary’s Hunter Hub for Entrepreneurial Thinking.  She spent eight years as a Director for Futurpreneur Canada, overseeing Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, Nunavut, and NWT.  Under her leadership, in Manitoba alone, 325 businesses opened their doors.  Some of her prominent national startups were Skip the Dishes, Callia Flowers and Go Oil.

Joelle sits on the National Board for the Women’s Entrepreneurship Day Organization. She is a Board Director for the Black Manitoba Chamber of Commerce, is the co-chair of the Business Administration Advisory Board for RRC Polytech and the co-chair for the University of Manitoba Education, Entrepreneur and Student Experience Committee.  Other committee work includes the Inuit Business Development Hub, the Lab2Market Steering Committee, and the RRC Polytech ACE Entrepreneur-In-Residence Advisory Committee.

She is also a proud member of the Associates, the C100, the Canada Tech Network and the Canadian Incubator Accelerator Network.

Whelan Sutherland - CEO, Manager & Entrepreneur

“I look forward to working with our communities, our leaders, and our partners towards a brighter future for our Nation.”

Whelan is a proud member of Peguis First Nation who has played a lead role in a wide variety of Indigenous business ventures over the past 15 years, as a CEO, manager, and entrepreneur.

Since leaving the Chief Peguis Investment Corporation in 2012, he’s been involved in the business end of Treaty One organization and management. He is a graduate of the Asper School of Business in Winnipeg.

Matthew Belliveau - Senior Research Associate at Conference Board of Canada

Matthew Belliveau joined the Conference Board of Canada in August 2021 as a Senior Research Associate in the Indigenous and Northern Communities knowledge area. Prior to joining the Conference Board, Matthew held the role of Executive Director for both Habitat for Humanity Northwest Territories and the Northwest Territories & Nunavut Construction Association.

He has also worked as a policy researcher with the Northwest Territories Business Development & Investment Corporation, and as a lawyer in private practice in Alberta, Nunavut, and the Northwest Territories. Matthew holds a Juris Doctor from Dalhousie University and a Bachelor of Science with Honours in Psychology from Acadia University.


1717 Gordon Ave
The Pas Manitoba, R9A 1K3
Phone: 1-204-623- 1888

Reserve your room before Sept. 18/22. 
Block Code: KFEM22

Highway 10
The Pas Manitoba, R9A 1K8

Reserve your room before Sept. 18/22.
Block Code: UCN Meeting



For more information on registration, please contact Kelly Forgala at


Kelly Forgala
Kelly Forgala Events
204 391 4419


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