Forward Summit will strengthen partnerships between industry and Indigenous communities: Feb. 26-28

Forward Summit Co-Producer Nicole Robertson sits down with CTV's Ian White to discuss the important economic and workforce conversations between industry and Indigenous communities scheduled at Forward Summit next month.

(ANNEws) – Indigenous leaders, businesses and industry members from across Canada will gather at a three-day Forward Summit for key partners to meet and participate in engaging conversations on Indigenous economies and workforce.

Hosted at the Calgary TELUS Convention Centre from February 26 – 28, Forward Summit is a professional environment dedicated to advancing economic partnerships, discovering opportunities for change and supporting national relationships between Canada’s industry leaders and Indigenous communities.

Forward Summit seeks to assist in the fulfillment of Recommendation #92 of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Calls to Action, which specifically calls on the corporate sector.

The Summit Leadership Council includes respected Indigenous leaders and influencers such as Co-Chairs JP Gladu from the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Businesses and Chief Charles Weaselhead former Treaty No.7 Grand Chief.

“We’re looking forward to presenting the Forward Summit in Treaty No.7. As a former Grand Chief and Chief, I understand the importance of creating platforms where Indigenous People have the opportunities to connect with the business community, industry leaders, entrepreneurs and governmental executives to ensure that our future developments and narratives are shared and respected,” said Chief Charles Weaselhead, Co-Chair of Forward Summit.

Supporting the Co-Chairs at Forward Summit is a Leadership Council that includes representatives of Indigenous communities and Canada’s major industries. Having a leadership team with a deep understanding of industry and national communities allows Forward Summit to be an impactful environment for collaboration and the exchange of knowledge.

The estimated 400+ attendees that include Indigenous and industry leaders, as well as the finance and HR communities from across Canada will gather at the Summit in Calgary. Attendees participate in three days of expert panels, collaborative roundtables and educational workshops with a focus on advancing partnerships in key industries that drive our economy. In addition, the networking opportunities on and off the show floor give attendees the opportunity to meet and continue conversations in a relaxed and professional environment.

The Forward Summit conference program highlights the business and community perspectives on national topics such as Energy, Market Access, Capacity Building, Major Projects, Procurement and more.

Panel Highlights:

  • The Power of Procurement – A look at “Supply Change” One Year On – Presented by the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business
  • The Common Objective – Moving Projects Forward Together – Presented by The First Nations Major Projects Coalition
  • From Seed to Success
  • Inspirational Women’s Series


Roundtable Highlights:

  • The Growth of the Cannabis & Hemp Industry
  • Clean Tech – Funding the Future Energy Mix – Presented by Gridworks Solar & Electrical Experts
  • Attracting Global Capital & Sustainable Indigenous Economic Participation
  • Capacity Building, Strengthening Agreements


Conference passes are now on sale and allow attendees complete access to over 25 panels, roundtables and workshops, various networking opportunities and access to the exhibition floor.

Conference program details can be found at

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