Workforce Forward 2024 | CALGARY

Having been a cornerstone event in our calendar since our inception, this gathering consistently brings together the strong community of professionals passionate about inclusion, uniting individuals who return each year to grow their network and further their knowledge on Indigenous workforce development.

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In Association with:

New in 2024: Two Events for the Price of One

This year we are partnering with Forward Summit to connect the most prominent thought-leaders in business, entrepreneurship, and policy change-making. Workforce Forward has a dedicated Day 2 track as part of the summit, promising to deliver the latest expertise in Indigenous hiring, retention, and engagement in the workplace.

Experience Workforce Forward & Forward Summit by registering today:

2024 Conference Agenda:

Our content is guided and put together with the guidance of over twenty experts, community leaders, and passionate individuals. Have a look at the important discussions happening at Workforce Forward | CALGARY 2024:

Welcome Addresses

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Conference Co-Chair

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“Nothing About us Without us”: Drawing Strength from Diversity

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Moderator: Michelle Fournie, Citizen of Métis Nation of Alberta (Sr. Consultant – Decolonization and Reciprocal Relations, Rise Consulting).Deborah Green, National Specialist, Indigenous Workforce Development, Suncor Energy

Morning Coffee & Networking

Fueling a New Economy: Hydrogen and Nuclear Power

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Guy Lonechild, Chief Executive Officer, First Nations Power Authority
Clayton Heck, C.E.T. / Senior Project Manager, Arrowhead Abandonments Inc
Kennedy Bear Robe, Partner, Gowling WLG

Ethics of Indigenous Engagement & Unconscious Bias

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Jorge Avilés, Senior Advisor, Cross-cultural & Indigenous Relations, AiM Land Services
Sheryl-Ann Carscadden, General Manager, The Indigenous Gathering Place
Buddie Dixon, ATCO Frontec

Crafting Indigenous Reconciliation Strategies

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Indigenous Technological Empowerment:

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Networking Lunch

Reshaping Modern Economies: Indigenous Economic Innovation

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Cliffton Cross, Council Member, Frog Lake First Nation
Ted Bauer, VP, Engagement and External Relations, AIOC
Annmarie Garbie, National Practice Leader, Indigenous Services, BFL Canada

Afternoon Coffee and Networking

Bridging the Equity Gap: How to Structure Joint Ventures & Major Projects

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Food Sovereignty & Agriculture: Traditional Ecological Knowledge

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Elizabeth Romo-Rabago, Co-Founder, Ciclomanias

Indigenous and Industry Partnerships: Creating Economic and Employment Opportunities

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Moderator: Jorge Avilés, Senior Advisor, Cross-cultural & Indigenous Relations, AiM Land Services
Tanya Rexin, ATCO Frontec, Indigenous Relations Manager, ATCO Frontec
Don Ross, CEO, George Gordon Developments

Best Practices in Workforce Engagement – Clinics:
Cultural Awareness & Respect, Business Collaboration, & Allyship and Antiracism Training

Speakers:
Deanna Burgart, Associate Professor (Teaching), Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering and Teaching Chair, Weaving Indigenous Knowledge and Perspectives in Engineering, Schulich School of Engineering

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Our visionary speakers represent some of the best in the business and are here to inspire, motivate and empower your organization to action.

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Meet Last Year's Speakers!

Lawyers, HR executives, Indigenous thought-leaders and entrepreneurs… you name it!
Our visionary speakers represent some of the best in the business and are here to
inspire, motivate and empower your organization to action!

Vice-Provost (Indigenous Programming & Research)
University of Alberta
National Director, Indigenous Relations
SNC-LAVALIN
Founder & Principal
Channer Consulting & Training
President
Imagination Group of Companies
Manager, Cross-cultural & Indigenous Relations
ATCO Gas
Director of Reconciliation, Inclusion and Strategy
Rise Consulting
Founder & CEO
Jouta Performance Group
Director of Engagement
Pipikwanpehtakwan
Senior Manager, Indigenous Community Engagement
Rogers Communications
Senior Manager, Inclusion and Diversity
Rogers Communications
Founder/Consultant
Inclusive Concepts Inc
Lead Executive
Unimaize Technologies and Four Peaks Business Development
President
Indigenous Engineering Inclusion Inc
Executive Director
Pride at Work Canada
Senior Specialist Advisor, Indigenous Workforce Development
Suncor Energy
General Manager of Administrative Services; HR & HSEQ
ACDEN Holdings
Inclusion Specialist
Inclusive Concepts Inc
Senior Manager Indigenous Relations
ATB Financial
Head of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Gowling WLG

Expand Your Knowledge & Expertise, & Advance Your Career

CPHR Alberta joined Workforce Forward to provide their members with CPD’s while building essential skills for embracing allyship and creating Indigenous inclusive workplaces.

CPD Hours

Attending Workforce Forward qualifies for continuing professional development hours.

Preferential Pricing

Take advantage of your membership with preferential
pricing. CPHR Alberta members receive a $100 discount.

Certificate of Participation

Once the conference is all wrapped up, participants receive a Certificate of Participation to share with their networks.

The Venue:

The Grey Eagle Resort & Casino Event Centre is conveniently located on the west-central side of Calgary on the beautiful Tsuut’ina Nation and serves as a doorstep to the Canadian Rocky Mountains. Their beautiful, modern 4 Star Resort Hotel offers first-class services and amenities.​

Become a Partner

This year we’re giving our partners the opportunity to expose themselves to the Indigenous Inclusion Community more than ever. Get your brand recognized by HR professionals, managers, and business leader, both Indigenous and non-indigenous!

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Blessings & Welcome Addresses

Opening Blessings & Welcome Addresses

8:30AM – 8:45AM

Honouring the Land:

The conference will commence with the opening blessings from local Indigenous leaders in recognition of their land.

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Keynote

Keynote Speech

8:45AM – 9:00AM

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We will have the opportunity to hear some gracious and motivational remarks that will set the tone and inspire us for the upcoming experience that is the two days at Forward Summit |WEST 2024!

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Panel Discussion

“Nothing About us Without us”: Drawing Strength from Diversity

10:45AM – 12:15PM

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The process of de-colonizing spaces and policies requires a deep commitment, ongoing education, and collaborative efforts with Indigenous communities. This panel dives into key points and models related to adopting and implementing principles of Reconciliation and fostering a culture of inclusion. 

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Roundtable

Fueling a New Economy: Hydrogen and Nuclear Power

9:00AM – 10:15AM

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By actively participating in the development and management of hydrogen and nuclear energy projects, Indigenous communities can not only contribute to clean energy solutions but also enhance their economic well-being and self-determination. Collaboration with external partners and a focus on sustainability and cultural considerations are key elements in maximizing the benefits of these opportunities. Hear from key players behind these exciting fuels: what are the challenges, opportunities, and regulatory hurdles.   

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Roundtable

Ethics of Indigenous Engagement & Unconscious Bias

9:00AM – 10:15AM

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Addressing unconscious bias in Indigenous engagement is an ongoing process that requires commitment, self-awareness, and a genuine willingness to learn and adapt. By incorporating these principles into engagement practices, individuals and organizations can contribute to more respectful and equitable relationships with Indigenous communities. 

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Crafting Indigenous Reconciliation Strategies

10:45AM – 12:15PM

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Aligning organizational initiatives with the recommendations of Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) Calls to Action can demonstrate a commitment to addressing the legacy of colonialism and promoting reconciliation. Going beyond this commitment is ACTION. This session reflects on creating pathways for Indigenous peoples to succeed within organizations through mentorship programs, leadership training and blending Indigenous values and Indigenous processes into employment and leadership development.  

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Indigenous Technological Empowerment

10:45AM – 12:15PM

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The integration of Indigenous perspectives into STEM and the future of work is not only an ethical imperative but also a pathway to innovation and sustainable development. Collaborative efforts from governments, educational institutions, industries, and Indigenous communities are essential to ensure a more inclusive and equitable future.

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Panel Discussion

Reshaping Modern Economies: Indigenous Economic Innovation

1:30PM – 3:00PM

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The key to self-governance and self-determination is economic development. Hear from a panel of nationally recognised Indigenous Leaders sharing their knowledge and thoughts with us on what shape economic development could take, leaving us with food for thought as we move towards Economic Reconciliation.

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Roundtable

Bridging the Equity Gap: How to Structure Joint Ventures & Major Projects

3:30PM – 5:00PM

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Bridging the equity gap in joint ventures and major projects involving Indigenous communities requires a thoughtful and inclusive approach. successful collaboration with Indigenous communities requires a commitment to building relationships based on trust, respect, and shared benefits. Engaging in open and transparent communication, valuing Indigenous perspectives, and adapting project structures to accommodate diverse needs. 

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Roundtable

Food Sovereignty & Agriculture: Traditional Ecological Knowledge

3:30PM – 5:00PM

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Indigenous Food Sovereignty and Agriculture, rooted in Traditional Ecological Knowledge, represent holistic and sustainable approaches to managing and nourishing communities in harmony with the environment. The preservation and revitalization of these practices are crucial for the well-being of Indigenous peoples and the broader goal of achieving global food security in a sustainable manner. This session highlights learning from Indigenous practices for environmental sustainability, learning from Indigenous way of living off the land for self-sufficiency and how land-based learning promotes the well-being of the economy.

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Indigenous and Industry Partnerships: Creating Economic and Employment Opportunities

3:30PM – 5:00PM

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This valuable session will highlight case studies of how Indigenous and industry partnerships can create economic and employment opportunities that allow nations to develop capacity, learn from one another, and develop long-term, meaningful, and sustainable outcomes. Learn about partnerships and working in tandem, providing “wrap around support” to increase employee retention, and implementing successful training programs.  

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Best Practices in Workforce Engagement – Clinics: Cultural Awareness & Respect, Business Collaboration, & Allyship and Antiracism Training

3:30PM – 5:00PM

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Cultural Awareness & Respect: Indigenous Awareness and Education, Indigenous Customs and Protocol, Creating Safe Workplaces, redefining professionalism in the context of equity & cultural safety.

Business Collaboration: Employment Strategies– Recruitment, Retention, Mentoring and developing Indigenous Talent.

Allyship and Antiracism Training: Allyship and antiracism training focused on Indigenous ways of thinking is an important step towards fostering understanding, respect, and collaboration between Indigenous communities and the broader society.

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