2011 Conference Presenters

The contribution made by speakers is an integral part of the National Annual Conference & AGM hosted by The Council for the Advancement of Native Development Officers (Cando). In particular, the participation of speakers from multi‐faceted areas of Aboriginal community economic development across Canada is a key reason for the ongoing success of the conference.

Please review our presenters and their presentation topics below. Presentations are listed in alphabetical order of presentation title. Click on presenter names to read their complete bio.

"Aboriginal Women and Entrepreneurship”
Dr. Cora Voyageur, Department of Sociology, University of Calgary

Canada’s Aboriginal peoples were active participants in the economy before the coming of the Europeans and continue to make valuable contributions to the country’s economic development. The data show that Aboriginal entrepreneurship is increasing at a greater rate – 2.5 times that of the non-Aboriginal community. This is particularly true of Aboriginal women and youth. This presentation details Aboriginal women’s experience with entrepreneurship and self-employment. This project involved 50 female Aboriginal entrepreneurs from across Alberta and details their experiences as business owners.

"The Atlantic Aboriginal Economic Development Integrated Research Program”
Gillian Austin, Atlantic Aboriginal Economic Development Integrated Research Program, APCFNC

The main purpose of the Atlantic Aboriginal Economic Development Integrated Research Program (AAEDIRP) is to improve the knowledge base concerning Atlantic Aboriginal economic development in order to improve the lives of the Aboriginal people in the region. The AAEDIRP is a unique research program formed through partnerships between the 38 member communities of the Atlantic Policy Congress of First Nations Chiefs, plus the Inuit of Labrador, 12 Atlantic universities and 4 government funders, both federal and provincial. The 2 main objectives of the program are to conduct research on Aboriginal Economic Development, and to build research capacity. The presentation will focus on the findings and recommendations from each of the research projects related to the CANDO conference theme of "Nation Building through Economic Development.”

"BC’s Economic Outlook: Planning for Growth”
Dr. Roslyn Kunin, Canada West Foundation

An over view of factors affecting the BC economy and a description of the best opportunities for economic growth and development, and how to take advantage of them.

"Building First Nation Economies”
Steve Berna, First Nations Finance Authority

The First Nations Finance Authority’s (FNFA) "Interim Financing Program” is now operational. This program focuses on providing bridge and construction financing, and is available to all FNFA Borrowing Members. FNFA’s interim loans to First Nations are currently offered at 2.60% (or, Bank Prime less 0.40%)! These interim loans can then be rolled into a fixed rate FNFA debenture with repayment terms of up to 30 years. Anticipated 30 year fixed rate loans are approximately 5.00% today. FNFA loans can be used for infrastructure, social and economic development, and First Nation equity participation in green energy projects such as Run or River and Wind Energy.

"Business Development Bank of Canada’s (BDC) National Aboriginal Youth Business Plan Competition”
Cheryl K. Watson & Dianna Hudson, Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC), E-Spirit

The Business Development Bank of Canada for the twelfth consecutive year will be sponsoring an Internet-based national Aboriginal Youth Business Plan Competition called E-Spirit with online modules, mentoring and a business plan template for Aboriginal youth in Grades 10-12. The goal of this competition is to develop an awareness of entrepreneurship and e-commerce among Aboriginal youth and expose them to the business planning process. E-Spirit is about making a "human capital investment” that will provide the participant with valuable skills needed for today’s marketplace. Assisting students today, while still in high school, gives them time and the information they require to make informed choices about their education and career paths. This program is designed to increase Aboriginal youth participants’ awareness of entrepreneurial/business opportunities, management/business skills, economic development, e-commerce and technological capacities. The presentation will focus on how the competition links Aboriginal youth with entrepreneurship. The business plan consists of seven modules; the first module identifies the seven sacred teachings, which are very significant in Aboriginal communities across Canada. The E-Spirit Project team believes that some or all of the 7 sacred teachings can help the participants find balance with their culture and future business projects.

"Ch’nook Indigenous Business Education”
Brock Endean & Dr. Rick Colbourne, Ch’nook

Ch’nook Indigenous Business Education aims to increase aboriginal participation in business by providing unique support and learning opportunities for students throughout British Columbia. The session will highlight the current support measures in place and discuss the partnership opportunities available to professionals and organization to further the success of aboriginals pursuing business education.

"Community Land-Use Planning on First Nations Reserves & the Influence of Land Tenure: A Case Study with the Penticton Indian Band”
Marena Brinkhurst, School of Resource & Environment Management, Simon Fraser University

Tenure, the distribution of resource rights and responsibilities, is a central issue for First Nations’ lands management. This research project investigates the history and contemporary land management implications of Federal policy concerning individualized land tenure on First Nations reserves. Specifically, we focus on potential challenges and advantages related to Certificate of Possession holdings. This project is in partnership with the Penticton Indian Band community land-use planning process. The goal of this research collaboration is to contribute to First Nations’ efforts to develop their own sustainable and effective land management systems within contemporary jurisdictional and policy settings.

"CREECO Inc. – A Model of Success”
Rodney W. Hester, Cree Regional Economic Enterprises Company Inc.

CREECO Inc. has the mandate to provide services and economic opportunity – including employment, training and advancement to the Cree Nation of Eeyou Istchee and beyond, with the ultimate goal of attaining self-sufficiency. Always striving for excellence, creating opportunities, being innovative, and being structured in our investment strategies guided by maximizing returns while safeguarding its assets and its values.

"The Futures Game – The Rez”
Geri Collins & Jackie Bandura, CFDC of Central Interior First Nations

The purpose of The Futures Game – The REZ is to provide a chance for participants to see the long-term consequences of decision making. Participants will experience a game outcome where they will see the value of regional collaboration and long-term planning. During the game, participants will make a series of 4 critical decisions. Each decision works in a decision tree process, meaning that each decision impacts the materials and the range of future decisions they will make. Participants will walk away from the workshop with a greater recognition of how decisions made today significantly impact People, Places and Things 20 years into the future.

"Guiding Principles of Community & Economic Development”
Robert Campbell, Meyers Norris Penny LLP

The presentation will be a collection of experiences and observations regarding some of the approaches to CED and the key elements for EDOs and communities to consider along their development path. This dialogue will touch on fundamentals to create a more focused and effective approach when pursuing development. The discussion will explore how to assess capacity, identify realistic opportunities, creating effective corporate governance and realize on the potential that every community possesses. The goal of this session is to stimulate thought, support best practices and invigorate practitioners in their pursuit of creating healthy lives and successful development.
"Hawaii’s Best Practices for Aboriginal Tourism”
Naomi Horbatch, Qwi-na Consulting

The Polynesian Cultural Center (PCC) is Hawaii’s number one paid tourist attraction that offers all Polynesian people the opportunity to learn, teach and promote their culture. To complete Vancouver Island University’s Bachelor of Tourism Management Degree Program, Naomi participated in a field school trip to Oahu, Hawaii in June 2011. The intent of this research was to identify and understand the best practices of the PCC and mobilize the information obtained to help other Aboriginal groups effectively plan, promote, and offer successful tourism experiences. The lessons learnt from the PCC will help others build a sustainable tourism product or cultural center.

"How to Create High Performance Aboriginal Contractors in a Competitive World”
Dennis Van Oene, Carver Sakitawak Corporation

Objective of this presentation is to learn what a Development Officer should be focusing on to assist Aboriginal Contractors to better qualify for and deliver high profit jobs for commercial or industrial customers. Economic development requires Aboriginal contractors with competitive job management skills and tools! This workshop will lead to a greater understanding of what is needed for Aboriginal contractors to be highly competitive in the world of small projects or job management. Some of the learning outcomes include: understanding and applying the principles of small job planning and scope control; better understand job costs, schedule and quality control processes and options; improve estimating skills by applying the elements and processes of estimating; consider the long term versus the short-term costs of implementing a job or task assuming many conditions; apply basic project control method to impact implementation costs, time and quality; and more.

"Land Management: Enhancing Capacity for Economic Development”
Debra Campbell, National Aboriginal Lands Managers’ Association

This workshop is designed to bridge land management roles and responsibilities with economic development by building on experiences and best practices. The content of the workshop focuses on modern management methods and systems ensuring sustainability of lands, natural resources and environmental management. Economic development and land management provide an intimate source of knowledge of land that together helps make the best decisions for the present and in the future.

"Maskwacis Youth Business Dream Catcher Program”
Elder Jerry Saddleback Sr., Samson Cree Nation, Alvin Powell, Saving Station Foundation & Laurie Buffalo, Cando

The Maskwacis Youth Business Dream Catcher Program was designed to address the need for a hands-on approach to helping youth get a head start on entrepreneurial business initiatives. The program focus was on learning how to develop a business concept, business plan composition, increasing business and entrepreneurial knowledge, increasing financial literacy skills including personal and business budgeting, credit and how to expose various funding options. This program was guided by respected community Elders through culturally relevant practices, traditions and ideology. The program also had a social aspect component with the participation of Alvin Powell of Saving Station Foundation, whose work is dedicated to the prevention of drug abuse.

"Marketing, Branding & Social Media: Successfully Connecting with Your Audiences”
Jacob Beaton & Juli Holloway, CopperMoon

This workshop will provide an overview of marketing, branding and social media, as well as why communications should be an essential component of any First Nation or First Nations organization. We cover the basics of communications and how to craft an effective communications strategy. Through the course of this workshop we will identify successful brands and discuss how they connect with their target audiences through their professional identity. We will discuss social media networks and how organizations can leverage social media to build a community of supporters.

"Modern Trust Models-Leveraging Income for Economic Development”
Georgina Villeneuve, Peace Hills Trust

A brief overview of how modern trusts are designed to provide a mechanism to leverage the income for Economic Development in the community today, while providing continued growth of the capital for tomorrow’s needs. First Nations have been using trust structures for quite a number of years. Today’s trusts are not just limited to settlements with federal or provincial governments, but include benefits from impact Benefit Agreements and Business Profits from Economic Development. Many First Nations are now setting up their trust as a vehicle that provides opportunities to develop Economic projects through the use of leveraging income.

"Nation Building through Housing and Economic Development”
Chief R. Donald Maracle & Jason Neepin, Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte

This presentation will discuss the following: Housing Overview: Governance, Principles, Fundamentals; Housing Specific to the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte; Housing as a foundation to Nation Building; Housing as a foundation to Economic Development; and Challenges.

"Planning for Success: Community Based Economic Development Strategies”
William Trousdale, EcoPlan International, Inc.

Approaches, Best Practices and Case Studies: First Nations, both urban and rural, face a broad range of economic development challenges that underpin nation building. Not only do First Nations have to be responsive to the market forces that drive an economy, there is a need to consult with dispersed members that live both on and off what is likely a patchwork of reserves; plan their future under the constraints of the Indian Act; and be respectful of unique cultural, educational and environmental values. Success under these conditions requires good planning. This presentation will provide an overview of best practices from both urban and rural First Nations.

"Procurement Strategy for Aboriginal Business”
Leah Penz, Aboriginal Affairs & Northern Development Canada (AANDC)

The presentation will focus on providing the audience with vital information on procuring with the federal government specifically with mandatory and voluntary set-sides contracts. The presentation will discuss the successes of PSAB since it was implemented and how it continues to progress with its focus on Aboriginal procurement. It will also discuss the future of the PSAB initiative in accordance with the Federal Framework for Aboriginal Economic Development.

"Progressive Aboriginal Relations (PAR): Raising the Bar”
Angela Bishop, Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business

A purpose of this presentation is to demonstrate how a certification program like the PAR program can be used by Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal businesses involved in the mining industry to support greater collaboration and stronger relationships. The presentation focuses on PAR as a program that supports communities’ partner selection and in addition, is a tool that encourages increased capacity in Aboriginal relations and raises the bar among Canadian corporations. The Aboriginal community identifies the four performance areas of PAR (employment, business development, community investment and community engagement) as those areas where companies should be advancing common interests with Aboriginal communities. The PAR designation is a means to identify and recognize those companies that are truly committed to sustainable relationships. The PAR program is 10 years old and leading companies have gone through the independent and external review process to achieve bronze, silver, or gold level standing in Aboriginal relations. This presentation will present the overview of the current program; will focus on the benefits that this program offers to Aboriginal communities and businesses; and will discuss the potential of certified companies encouraging members of their supply chain to participate in the program.

"Prototype for the Mining Projects Agreements Interactive Map”
Alex Wood, Geotext Inc.

Alex will present a Prototype for the Mining Projects and Agreements Interactive Map (MPAIM), a joint project between the departments of Natural Resources Canada and Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, for information and feedback from the audience. The prototype is a mapping application that displays the agreements between Aboriginal communities and exploration/mining companies geographically and features a variety of map functions such as conducting refined searches by criteria.

"Source Water Protection Planning”
Greg Philliban, Environmental Project Management Solutions

In 2005 the Ontario Government, Ministry of the Environment through the network of Ontario Conservation Authorities began the planning process for implementing Source Water Protection (SWP) across Southern Ontario. In this context Environmental Project Management Solutions (ENVPMS) was contracted by the Credit Valley, Toronto Region and Central Lake Ontario Conservation Authorities (CTC Consortium) ) to provide project planning assessment and development professional support services. Additionally ENVPMS facilitated cross-functional / multi-jurisdictional stakeholder consultation meetings for Conservation Ontario, the CTC Consortium and Sydenham/Thames River SWP Committees. This presentation will provide an overview of the SWP planning process, key deliverables / sub deliverables as well as key interfaces / inter dependencies with municipal governments as well as legislative, consultant, procurement challenges and issues.

"The Taxation of First Nations & Aboriginal People – Making Sense out of Change”
J. Peter Ranson, KMPG LLP

This workshop will revisit section 897 of the Indian Act within the context of the recent Bastien, Dube, Robertson and Dugan cases, along with recent views rendered by the Canada Revenue Agency. In addition, focus will be given to the taxation of Aboriginal communities and their organizations, along with a discussion of the impact of new financial reporting rules and own source revenues on taxation and funding.

"Unlocking the Economic Development Opportunities of Lands”
Moderator – Neil Burnett, Aboriginal Affairs & Northern Development Canada; Michelle White, Cando; Debra Campbell, NALMA; Andrew Beynon, AANDC; Gordon BlueSky, NALMA / Brokenhead Ojibway Nation; and Ray Wanuch, Cando

This plenary will demonstrate the linkages between lands management, economic development and Nation building that have caused leaders to rethink Aboriginal policy and generated a new paradigm in Aboriginal economic development that realizes the contribution lands management makes towards sustained community economic development. It will explore academic theory that supports the notion of First Nations lands management being a key enabler in the development of sustainable Aboriginal economies, and will link this concept to the practical application as seen through various statutory lands management regimes, the renovation of programs in the Lands and Economic Development sector of AANDC and as the catalyst of new partnerships between NALMA and Cando.

"What is Enterprise Facilitation*? Creating Jobs & Revenue in Your Community”
Suzette McFaul, Sirolli Institute

Convinced that the future of every community lies in capturing the passion, intelligence, imagination and resources of its people, the Sirolli Institute* has developed "Enterprise Facilitation*” as a person-centered approach to community and economic development. Enterprise Facilitators work with a community based board to provide free, confidential business management and networking advice to aspiring entrepreneurs and existing businesses. Since 1985, Enterprise Facilitation has provided an effective mechanism for mobilizing community leadership and has demonstrated the capacity for inspiring community revitalization around the world. The Sirolli Institute’s Enterprise Facilitation* method, offers great potential as a way to create jobs in local economies by creating and supporting small businesses.

"What’s Next for Aboriginal Inclusion in the Canadian Forest Products Sector?”
Allister Hain, Forest Products Sector Council

Utilizing a world café approach, Forest Products Sector Council (FPSC-CSPF) would like to take the conclusions and recommendations from the Final Report of FPSC-CSPF’s Aboriginal Inclusion Project and discuss them in the larger context of Aboriginal economic development. Some questions: How do we engage Aboriginal people, communities and the forest products sector to ensure on-the-ground change? What are the next, concrete steps that need to be taken arising from these recommendations? How do we ensure the young people want to come and work in the forest and the mills?

"Winds of Change – How First Nations Can Work Together with Distributed Wind Energy”
Marc Soulliere, TWN Wind Power Inc. (Tsleil-Waututh Nation)

This interactive presentation will demonstrate economic development opportunities for renewable energy generation by way of small wind distributed energy production facilities; identify and give example of recent project where the Tsleil-Waututh Nation TWN Wind Power has partnered with another First Nation in BC to create jobs, and move closer to meeting the band’s goal of sustainability and renewable energy initiatives. It will also talk about long-term options for revenue and joint venture partnerships, First Nations working together; and will explain how First Nations can also partner with industry, to create economic development options for business growth; and how small wind energy generation differs from large utility scale projects, and the direct community benefits.