Workforce Forward

Conference Agenda - June 3, 2021

  • 8:45 - 10:30
  • 10:45 - 12:15
  • 12:15 | Networking, Lunch & Entertainment
  • 1:45 PM - 3:00PM
  • 3:15PM - 4:45PM

Blessings & Opening Remarks

Speaker

Doreen Bergum

Métis Blessing

Coming soon!

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Treaty no. 7 Elder blessing

Speaker

Patricia Makokis Workforce Forward

Dr. Patricia Makokis

Welcoming address

Speaker

Untitled design (6)

Hon. Minister Jason Copping

Welcoming address

Panel: The power to change

Canada’s workforce is evolving, and Indigenous Inclusion is happening! This is something to be celebrated. The speakers on this panel are change-makers within their organisations. They represent a broad range of industries. They join us to highlight that Indigenous Inclusion is possible and successfully being implemented across the country. Hear directly from them on how they have influenced change within their organisations and why Indigenous Inclusion in their workforce is not only a reality but has also changed their organisation for the better. 

Annie Korver

Inspired by reconciliation in Canada and her own Metis ancestry, Annie founded her company Rise Consulting Ltd. (‘Rise”) in 2013 to advance reconciliation and Indigenous inclusion with a focus on economic development.
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Moderator

Annie Korver

Moderator, RISE Consulting

Speaker

Jadelyn Psutka

Jadelyn Psutka

Her role at KPMG incorporates the Talent Attraction team, Enterprise Inclusion & Diversity and the Partners to create equity in the recruitment process, increase representation and bring Indigenous perspectives to the core of the organization.

Manager, Indigenous Enablement & Recruitment – KPMG Canada

Tim Laronde

As a member of the Nipissing First Nation, Tim has worked in the business services industry for more than 25 years.He has experience in business development, negotiation strategies and building capacity with the Indigenous community and Indigenous associations.
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Speaker

Tim Laronde

National Director, Indigenous Strategy – Chandros Construction

Scot Durward

Scot's work is focused on engaging Tolko’s workforce and communities across BC, Alberta and Saskatchewan. This includes more than 80 Indigenous communities. Scot is responsible for moving Tolko’s Indigenous People HR Strategy forward.
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Speaker

Scot Durward

Manager, Operations and Woodlands Human Resources – TOLKO Industries

Mary Point

Mary helps to further develop the relationship between Musqueam and YVR, facilitating the elements of this agreement and exploring new joint business opportunities; as well as developing a global Indigenous peoples strategy.
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Speaker

Mary Point

Manager Indigenous Relations, Vancouver Airport Authority

10:30 AM | 15 minute break

Workforce Workshops

  • Level 1 Introductory
  • Level 2 Intermediate
  • Level 3 Advanced

Introduction to Treaty

This workshop is for…

Speaker

Dr Diana Steinhauer

Workshop & Speaker Details

An Introduction to Treaty is a workshop on understanding Treaty Agreements and the history of Canada’s First Peoples.

Dr. Diana Steinhauer, Nehiyaw/Cree, of onihcikiskwapiwinhk in Treaty No. 6 Territory, is an educator with 30 years of experience in teaching, curriculum development, and administration in K-12 schools and post-secondary institutions. Most importantly, she is a mother and first teacher of her two children. She currently serves as the President of Yellowhead Tribal College. Diana completed her Doctorate in iyiniw pimātisiwin kiskeyitamowin (Indigenous Peoples Knowledge) at University n Blue Quills. She is particularly grateful to Elders and Knowledge Keepers who have guided and mentored her in the ancestral knowledge and ways of being as a kise iskwew. Recognizing the value and work of iyiniw pimātisiwin, Diana’s work as a change agent in language, education, and governance is grounded upon her late father’s adage, pimātisîtotetân kimiyikowisiwininaw, ‘Let us live life the way our Creator intended for us to live’. 

12:15PM | Networking, Entertainment & Lunch Break | 90 minutes.
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Recruiting Fundamentals

This workshop is for…

Speaker

Amber Boyd, Spirit Omega

Workshop & Speaker Details

Learn about the considerations needed when creating an Indigenous recruitment strategy including the differences between urban and rural recruitment, interview preparation

Amber holds both a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology and a Human Resource Certificate from the University of Calgary. Having been responsible for finding talent, interviewing, hiring, and on-boarding at RBC Dominion Securities, Hard Knocks, MicroWatt Controls, and Ups & Downs, she understands the hiring challenges employers face. As a Métis woman and a natural storyteller, Amber has been a corporate trainer for over 17 years and is a number one Amazon best-selling author. Her fictional tales, Life’s Nectar and Forevermore, can be found in the anthology, Above and Beneath, and her short story, Howling at the Moon, is published as a stand-alone book. Amber is an active member of the Métis community and is dedicated to helping Indigenous peoples find meaningful employment through her work at Spirit Omega Staffing and Consulting.

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12:15PM | Networking, Entertainment & Lunch Break | 90 minutes.
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Cultural Safety in the Workplace

This workshop is for…

Speaker

Kerrie Moore, Quest Endeavors Inc.

Workshop & Speaker Details

What, exactly, is cultural safety? Understanding Trauma that exists in all of us. 

Elder Kerrie Moore MSW, RSW, Cree/Métis is originally from Saskatchewan. Kerrie is in private practice and specializes in inter-generational trauma and grief. She is also an adjunct professor with the Faculty of Social Work, University of Calgary. Kerrie provides consulting and training on Indigenizing Strategies to ministries, education, health, justice and agencies who work with Indigenous people and communities. Kerrie is an accepted knowledge keeper and sits on several Elder boards including the Elder Advisory Circle for the University of Calgary and the Calgary Board of Education. Kerrie does training and teaching on trauma and cultural healing for agencies and Indigenous families and individuals. Kerrie is a recipient of the Alumna of the Year Award 2008, from the University of Calgary, Women’s Resource Center. 

 

12:15PM | Networking, Entertainment & Lunch Break | 90 minutes.
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10:30 AM | 15 minute break

90 minute lunch break

We are excited to present entertainment & virtual networking opportunities during the lunch break! Details coming soon!

Meet your New Community Partners

This panel introduces you to Employment and Training experts. They give us insight into the reality versus expectations when it comes to attracting, recruiting and retaining an Indigenous workforce from a Community Perspective. Top tips on working directly with Community and Indigenous people. These exceptional panellists speak from first-hand experience

Speaker

Kirsten Ryder Workforce Forward

Kirsten Ryder

Kirsten Ryder

Bio

Director Training & Development – Stoney Tribal Administration

Lana Johnston

Bio
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Speaker

Lana Johnson Workforce Forward

Lana Johnston

Director, Maskwacis Employment Centre

Loriann Paul

Bio
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Speaker

Loriann Paul

Employment & Labour Manager, Alexander First Nation 

Dylan Turner

Bio
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Speaker

Dylan Turner

Regional Manager
South Region, Rupertsland Institute

3:00 PM | 15 minute break

Cross-Cultural Awareness

This workshop is for…

Speaker

Winston MacLean, Ironwolf Consulting

Bio

Cross-Cultural Awareness -Workshop Breakdown

An introduction to the different Cultures of Indigenous People

Speaker

Amber Boyd, Spirit Omega

Bio

Recruiting Fundamentals - Workshop Breakdown

Learn about the considerations needed when creating an Indigenous recruitment strategy, including the differences between urban and rural recruitment, interview preparation.

Speaker

TBA

Bio

HR Law as it applies to Indigenous Peoples - Workshop Breakdown

Intro tba

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