Bridging Economic Reconciliation - Acting on TRC#92

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35 22 Street East

Saskatoon, SK S7K 0C8


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Please contact Kim Ali - 306-220-8077 with questions.

What does reconciliation mean, how can the economy be better with reconciliation, what organizations are doing their part, and what can be done for those that are new to the reconciliation process? Chief Darcy Bear, Whitecap Dakota First Nation, and Tribal Chief Mark Arcand, Saskatoon Tribal Council, are leading this conference to address these issues. Speakers include leaders from industry, finance, education, government and Indigenous communities.

BRIDGING ECONOMIC RECONCILIATION is a business development event addressing how we can learn from successful partnerships between Saskatchewan businesses and institutions, and the Indigenous community, while providing a meeting place to network and form new synergies. The event features a wide range of innovative ideas that can improve your business and open untapped markets.

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8:00am Registration

9:00am Grand Entry and Greetings

9:30am Indigenous Business – Economic Empowerment Tabatha Bull, CEO, Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business

9:50am First Nations Community Economic Development - Sponsored by Saskatoon Community Foundation - Panel Moderator – Tabatha Bull

  • Whitecap Dakota First Nation - Chief Darcy Bear
  • Lac La Ronge Indian Band – Chief Tammy Cook-Searson
  • Cowessess First Nation – Chief Cadmus Delorme

10:30am Break - Sponsored by Affinity Credit Union

10:50am "Economic Reconciliation" -

11:30am Province and Municipalities -Innovative Policy to Support the Economy - Sponsored by Government of Saskatchewan - Moderator – David Sharpe, Bridging Finance

  • Mayor Charlie Clark
  • Honourable Minister Gordon Wyant
  • Honourable Minister Warren Kaeding

LUNCH Sponsored by SIGA

1:00pm Carm Michalenko - Executive Director - Saskatoon Community Foundation

1:10pm Success at SIGA - Zane Hansen – President and CEO, SIGA

1:20pm Financial Institutions Supporting the Economy – Sponsored by BMO - Panel Moderator- Paul Ledoux, Affinity Credit Union

  • Peace Hills Trust – David Boisvert
  • First Nations Bank – Keith Martell
  • BMO – Stephen Fay, Head Indigenous Banking North America

2:10pm Education Supplying Talent to the Economy – Sponsored by Saskatoon Tribal Council- Panel Moderator - Kelly Lendsay, Indigenous Works

  • SIIT – Riel Bellegarde – President & CEO
  • Saskatchewan Polytechnic – Dr Larry Rosai, President and CEO
  • University of Saskatchewan - Provost Tony Vannelli

2:55pm Break - Sponsored by SIIT

3:15pm Industry Foundational Relationships to the Economy - Sponsored by Nutrien - Panel Moderator – Tribal Chief Mark Arcand

  • Nutrien – Mark Thompson
  • JNE Welding – Jim Nowakowski
  • Allnorth Engineering – Darby Kreitz

4:00pm Celebration of Success (SIIT and U of S) Edwards School of Business

  • SIIT President and CEO, Riel Bellegarde
  • U of S Edwards School of Business - Noreen Mahoney
  • Signing Ceremony

Premier’s Address Premier Scott Moe

Eugene Arcand - Final Remarks

Visit the Indigenous Youth Entrepreneur Tradeshow - Sponsored by Nutrien

This conference is the Saskatchewan launch of the film “Economic Reconciliation” featuring an economically self-sustaining community with financially independent members. Produced on heels of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s (TRC) final report, this is the first ever film on economic reconciliation in Canada.



Affinity Credit Union


Dakota Dunes CDC

Saskatoon Community Foundation

Government of Saskatchewan - TED


Saskatoon Tribal Council



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Tourism Saskatoon

Tourism Saskatchewan




Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce

Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce

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TCU Place

35 22 Street East

Saskatoon, SK S7K 0C8


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