Program

The 8th Indigenous Resource Opportunities Conference program is currently in development.

The program promises to feature a number of diverse panels, engaging keynote speakers, and invaluable networking opportunities! Please note the program is still underway and is subject to change. 

Panels

Vision for the future – Landmark Forestry Agreement

Ted Nash, Regional Forestry Negotiator, Nanwakolas Council
Deputy Minister Tom McCarthy, Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation
Steven Hofer, President and CEO, Western Forest Products
Moderator: Dallas Smith, President, Nanwakolas Council

Fireside Chat – Learning Through Partnership

Dr. Deborah Saucier, President, Vancouver Island University
Moderator: Dallas Smith, President Nanwakolas Council

Watershed Restoration and the Restoration Economy

Jordan Point, Executive Director, First Nations Fisheries Council 
Fin Donnelly, Parliamentary Secretary for Watershed Restoration, Government of BC
Michael Meneer, President & CEO, Pacific Salmon Foundation
Moderator: Barb Dinning, Marine Planning Coordinator, Nanwakolas Council

Progressive Indigenous Business Relationships

Gaby Wickstrom, General Manager, Namgis Business Development Corp
Gary Wilson, Chief Executive and Director of Economic Development, Tiičma Enterprises
Kevin Jules, Economic Development Officer, Tiičma Enterprises
Moderator: Dallas Smith, President, Nanwakolas Council

Navigating ESG – Successes, Challenges, and Opportunities at the West Moberly Corporate Alliance

Rob Diaz, Senior Business Specialist, West Moberly Corporate Alliance
Sharon Singh, Partner, Co-Head of Aboriginal Law, Bennett Jones
Ange-Aimée Quesnel, Project Manager, Landmark Resource Management
Lisa Risvold, Vice President, Indigenous and Community Affairs, Conuma Resources
Moderator: Kory Wilson, Executive Director, Indigenous Initiatives and Partnerships, BCIT

Fireside Chat – Triple, Venti, Soy, No Foam Latte – We Wai Kai’s Business Successes

Chief Ronnie Chickite, We Wai Kai First Nation
Moderator: Dallas Smith, President, Nanwakolas Council

Fireside Chat – Indigenous Approaches to Forest Oversight

Keith Atkinson, Chair, BC Forest Practices Board
Moderator: Dallas Smith, President Nanwakolas Council

Sustainable Future: Collaboration and Innovation in Coastal Aquaculture

Deputy Chief Councilor Isaiah Robinson, Kitasoo Xai’xais Nation
Larry Johnson, President, Nuu-chah-nulth Seafood
David Kiemele, Managing Director, Cermaq Canada
Dr. Diane Morrison, Managing Director, Mowi Canada West 
Moderator: Brian Kingzett, Executive Director, BC Salmon Farmers Association 

Energizing Change: Charting a Path for Electrification through Strong Indigenous Partnerships

Chief Chris Roberts, Wei Wai Kum First Nation
Hon. Josie Osborne, BC Minister of Energy, Mines, and Low Carbon Innovation
Chris O’Riley, CEO, BC Hydro  
Moderator: Dallas Smith, President, Nanwakolas Council

Indigenous Stewardship and Leadership

Alexandra Thomas, Forestry Stewardship Project Coordinator, Nanwakolas Council 
Christine Roberts, Archaeologist, Wei Wai Kum First Nation
Sharon Marshall, Indigenous Corporate Lead, Indigenous Community for Leadership and Development
Moderator: Dallas Smith, President, Nanwakolas Council

Iskum Investments: Self-directed Consortium of 20+ First Nations Building a Sustainable Future in the Forest Sector

Robert Dennis Sr., Former Chief Councillor, Huu-ay-aht First Nations
Brena Robinson, Councillor, Lyackson First Nation
John Jack, Chief Councillor, Huu-ay-aht First Nations
Moderator: Dallas Smith, President, Nanwakolas Council