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WIBF 2015 Speakers

WIBF 2015 Featured Delegate: Ali Fontaine

WIBF 2015 Featured Delegate: Ali Fontaine

Singer/Songwriter - Sagkeeng First Nation, Manitoba, Canada Ambassador Ali Fontaine (Shkotay Makwa) is an Anishinaabe from Sagkeeng First Nation, Manitoba, Canada. Ali is a singer-songwriter and has released two albums and has been nominated for multiple Canadian and...

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WIBF 2015 Featured Delegate: Nick Jardine

WIBF 2015 Featured Delegate: Nick Jardine

Principal Owner - Urban Handyman (Canada) Ambassador Nick Jardine, born in South Africa, immigrated as a child to Australia and grew into a successful businessman in the construction industry, all the while developing his skills as an avid rugby player. In pursuit of...

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WIBF 2015 Featured Delegate: Phil Fontaine

WIBF 2015 Featured Delegate: Phil Fontaine

President - Ishkonigan Inc. Ambassador President Ishkonigan Inc. and Former National Chief of Assembly of First Nations Ottawa, Ontario, Canada Phil Fontaine is among the most recognizable and respected figures in Canada. His influence goes well beyond politics and...

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WIBF 2015 Featured Delegate: Dr. Alexandria Wilson

WIBF 2015 Featured Delegate: Dr. Alexandria Wilson

Associate Professor of Education and Director - Aboriginal Education Research Centre and at the University of Saskatchewan Honorary Co-Chair Dr. Alex Wilson (Opaskwayak Cree Nation) is an Associate Professor and the Academic Director of the Aboriginal Education...

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WIBF 2015 Featured Delegate: Pono Shim

WIBF 2015 Featured Delegate: Pono Shim

President and CEO - Enterprise Honolulu Honorary Co-Chair He currently serves on more than 15 Non-Profit Boards, For-Profit, Task Force, or Advisory Boards. Including the Friends of Iolani Palace, , University of Hawaii West Oahu Advisory Board, Ohia Productions,...

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WIBF 2015 Featured Delegate: Luis Antonio Velasquez Magana

WIBF 2015 Featured Delegate: Luis Antonio Velasquez Magana

Director - Consultoría Internacional Master of Ceremony Luis Antonio Velásquez Magaña 26 years old , Doctoral Degree in Business Administration, Francisco Marroquin University/Swiss, Bachelor in Computer Systems Administration, Galileo University, Guatemala, Director...

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WIBF 2015 Featured Delegate: Ainjil Hunt

WIBF 2015 Featured Delegate: Ainjil Hunt

Principal Owner - Transformation Social and Economic Development Master of Ceremony Ainjil Hunt, Principal Owner, is a leading change strategist, speaker and international facilitator. As owner of Transformation since 2004, Ainjil has seen success in developing the...

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WIBF 2015 Featured Delegate: Nalani Takushi, MSW

WIBF 2015 Featured Delegate: Nalani Takushi, MSW

Capacity Building Manager - Hiilei Aloha, LLC Master of Ceremony Nalani Takushi holds a Masters of Social Work degree and has experience working in the areas of education, sexual assault, domestic violence, and mental health & wellness. She is the Capacity...

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WIBF 2015 Featured Delegate: Clinton & Connor Kaboni

WIBF 2015 Featured Delegate: Clinton & Connor Kaboni

Entrepreneurs - DahBroz Speaker WIBF 2015 Emerging Entrepreneurs In 2014 the two brothers 11 and 12 years of age respectively thought to help their dad save for their college fund, they would start company. They decided on clothing company to inspire Youth to overcome...

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WIBF 2015 Featured Delegate: Chrisch Siririka

WIBF 2015 Featured Delegate: Chrisch Siririka

Chief Executive Officer - Indigenous Peoples’ Business Forum Speaker The IPBF aims to be a unified and fully representative organization that contributes to a vibrant, transforming and growing economy in Namibia. Mr. Siririka brings to the position over a decade of...

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WIBF 2015 Featured Delegate: Brad Jackson

WIBF 2015 Featured Delegate: Brad Jackson

Executive Chairman - Northern Project Contracting Speaker Brad has been in business supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities for 20 years. He is an experienced company director and has focused on designing and implementing programs to increase...

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WIBF 2015 Featured Delegate: Herb Lee, Jr.

WIBF 2015 Featured Delegate: Herb Lee, Jr.

Executive Director - Pacific American Foundation Speaker Herb Lee, Jr. , has been the Executive Director of the Pacific American Foundation since 2005. Herb is a Native Hawaiian that has led multiple and highly successful gifted and talented youth leadership programs,...

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WIBF 2015 Featured Delegate: Hi’ilei Kawelo

WIBF 2015 Featured Delegate: Hi’ilei Kawelo

Executive Director - Paepae o Heʻeia Speaker Hiʻilei Kawelo currently serves as the Executive Director of Paepae o He‘eia, a small non-profit that cares for Heʻeia Fishpond, an 88-acre, 800-year old traditional Hawaiian fishpond located on Oʻahu’s windward coast. She...

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WIBF 2015 Featured Delegate: Huki Nepia

WIBF 2015 Featured Delegate: Huki Nepia

CEO - Global Holdings NZ Limited Speaker Global Holdings NZ Limited is the Operations Arm of the Global Group Limited. We are committed to a Vision of providing Quality, Safe, Warm, Affordable Housing for particularly Indigenous Populations Internationally through new...

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WIBF 2015 Featured Delegate: John Aeto

WIBF 2015 Featured Delegate: John Aeto

President - The Kalaimoku Group, LLC Speaker John Kalaniali'iloa Shane Aeto is the President of the Native Hawaiian Communications firm - The Kalaimoku Group, LLC. John, born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii is of Hawaiian and Samoan ancestry. John traces his Hawaiian...

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WIBF 2015 Featured Delegate: Jon Matsuoka

WIBF 2015 Featured Delegate: Jon Matsuoka

President and Chief Executive Officer - Consuelo Foundation Speaker Jon Matsuoka has been the President and CEO of the Consuelo Foundation for the past 3 years. Prior to joining the Foundation he was a professor at the Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work at the...

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WIBF 2015 Featured Delegate: Kamuela Enos

WIBF 2015 Featured Delegate: Kamuela Enos

Director - Social Enterprise at MA`O Organic Farms Speaker Kamuela Joseph Nui Enos was born and raised in Waianae, on the island of O`ahu He received his Bachelors of Arts in Hawaiian Studies from UH Manoa, and holds a Masters in Urban and Regional Planner from UH...

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WIBF 2015 Featured Delegate: Kekoa McClellan

WIBF 2015 Featured Delegate: Kekoa McClellan

President & CEO - Pelatron Power Evolution and Pelatron Q. Speaker As the President and CEO of Pelatron Power Evolution, LLC, Mr. McClellan leads the development of the patented Solena gasification and vitrification waste to energy systems in the State of Hawaii....

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WIBF 2015 Featured Delegate: Mayor Kirk Caldwell

WIBF 2015 Featured Delegate: Mayor Kirk Caldwell

Mayor - City and County of Honolulu Speaker Mayor Kirk Caldwell was born in Waipahu and raised in Hilo, the oldest son of a plantation and country doctor. He studied Urban Planning and Economics at Tufts University, earned an M.A. from the Fletcher School of Law and...

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WIBF 2015 Featured Delegate: Kirstin Kahaloa

WIBF 2015 Featured Delegate: Kirstin Kahaloa

Executive Director - Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce Speaker Kirstin Kahaloa currently serves as the Executive Director of the Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce. Under her leadership, her Chamber is tasked with providing leadership and advocacy for a successful business...

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WIBF 2015 Featured Delegate: Leah Taylor

WIBF 2015 Featured Delegate: Leah Taylor

Master Facilitator - The Alexis Principles Speaker Leah teaches cultural anthropology at Georgia Regents University in Augusta, Georgia, and is a Senior Associate for I DO BUSINESS. Inc, supporting emerging and established entrepreneurs to obtain the knowledge, skills...

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WIBF 2015 Featured Delegate: Leilani Williams-Solomon

WIBF 2015 Featured Delegate: Leilani Williams-Solomon

Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce Speaker Leilani Williams-Solomon is a Senior Vice President with Bank of Hawai’i and manager of the Customer Loan Services Division. She is a member of Prince Kūhiō HCC, first vice president of the Native Hawaiian Chamber of...

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WIBF 2015 Featured Delegate: Maile Meyer

WIBF 2015 Featured Delegate: Maile Meyer

Executive Director - Puʻuhonua Society Speaker Maile Meyer is the Executive Director of Puʻuhonua Society and the owner and principal of Hoʻomaikaʻi LLC, which operates Native Books/Nā Mea Hawai‘i as a resource center for the general public, through the lens of the...

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WIBF 2015 Featured Delegate: Maria Tuyuc

WIBF 2015 Featured Delegate: Maria Tuyuc

Business Advisor - Indigenous Chamber Speaker Presently Maria is a Consultant and Technical Assistant on issues of Indigenous Entrepreneurship. She is in charge of the issue of violence against woman for the National Commission, Monitor and Support for Strengthening...

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WIBF 2015 Featured Delegate: Micah McCarty

WIBF 2015 Featured Delegate: Micah McCarty

Chair - First Stewards Board Speaker Micah McCarty serves as the Chair of the First Stewards Board and is an enrolled member of the Makah Indian Nation. As former chairman of Makah, McCarty has garnered important successes for Makah Nation by serving as a liaison...

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WIBF 2015 Featured Delegate: Noah Keola Ryan

WIBF 2015 Featured Delegate: Noah Keola Ryan

Founder - North Shore EcoTours Speaker Born in Waikīkī at the old Kaiser Hospital and raised in Kaimukī, Keola has always been fond of Oʻahu’s “South Shore.” However, since his Hawaiian ancestry descends through his grandmother, Elsie Liko Hummel (AhNee), from...

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WIBF 2015 Featured Delegate: Patrick Wood

WIBF 2015 Featured Delegate: Patrick Wood

Member - Pimicikamak Cree Nation Speaker Born in Thompson Manitoba is a member of the Pimicikamak Cree Nation located in Northern Manitoba. Patrick started in a technical career path and later decided to pursue other career goals working with children in his community...

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WIBF 2015 Featured Delegate: Peter Dunn

WIBF 2015 Featured Delegate: Peter Dunn

Business Development Manager - GHD Speaker Peter Dunn, GHD Business Development Manager, has been pioneering Indigenous economic development through advancing Indigenous enterprise in Australia, Papua New Guinea and Timor Leste. He is advising a number of Indigenous...

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WIBF 2015 Featured Delegate: Dr. Peter J. Mataira

WIBF 2015 Featured Delegate: Dr. Peter J. Mataira

Senior Health Researcher - University of Hawaii Medical School Speaker Dr. Mataira is of Maori descent from Aotearoa New Zealand and has lived and worked in Hawaii since 2002. He is a senior health researcher at the University of Hawaii Medical School and serves on a...

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WIBF 2015 Featured Delegate: Pohai Ryan

WIBF 2015 Featured Delegate: Pohai Ryan

Executive Director - Native Hawaiian Hospitality Association Speaker Pohai Ryan is the Executive Director of the Native Hawaiian Hospitality Association. She brings with her a potpourri of experience that has given her a unique lens into our community and the visitor...

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WIBF 2015 Featured Delegate: Dr. Ray Jardine

WIBF 2015 Featured Delegate: Dr. Ray Jardine

Colonel, Army, Retired, Chairman & CEO - Native Hawaiian Veterans LLC Speaker Dr. Jardine’s resume reveals a lifetime of progressively significant leadership roles in the armed services. He enlisted to the Army in 1971 and retired as a Colonel in December 2003. He...

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WIBF 2015 Featured Delegate: Russell F. Pedro

WIBF 2015 Featured Delegate: Russell F. Pedro

Business Development Specialist - American Indian Chamber of Commerce of New Mexico and Minority Business Development Agency Speaker Russell F. Pedro is the Business Development Specialist for the American Indian Chamber of Commerce of New Mexico (AICCNM) and Minority...

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WIBF 2015 Featured Delegate: Sandra Paillal

WIBF 2015 Featured Delegate: Sandra Paillal

Director - The Mapuche Chamber of Commerce, Santiago de Chile Speaker Sandra is a well-known accountant and adviser, with a vast experience in accounting financial and tax for companies and institutions in Santiago de Chile. . Sandra is a professor for various...

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WIBF 2015 Featured Delegate: Richard Tauehe Jefferies

WIBF 2015 Featured Delegate: Richard Tauehe Jefferies

CEO - Iwi Investor Speaker Richard affiliates to the Ngati Raukawa and Ngati Tukorehe tribes of Aotearoa/New Zealand. Richard is CEO of a Maori tribally owned Finance and Investment company and is commited to generating opportunities for indigenous businesses to...

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WIBF 2015 Featured Delegate: Chief Robert Louie

WIBF 2015 Featured Delegate: Chief Robert Louie

Chair - First Nation Land Advisory Board Speaker Bachelor of Law, LLB, University of Victoria – 1982 Graduate Business Commerce Courses – 2 years Business Administration Diploma, Okanagan University College – 1975 Graduate Chief Louie is an Okanagan business...

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WIBF 2015 Featured Delegate: Shaun Soonias

WIBF 2015 Featured Delegate: Shaun Soonias

Member - Red Pheasant First Nation Speaker Shaun Soonias is a member of the Red Pheasant First Nation in Saskatchewan, Canada and has endeavored both professionally and personally to work in areas that serve and promote the rights and well-being of Aboriginal Peoples,...

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WIBF 2015 Featured Delegate: Shay Wright

WIBF 2015 Featured Delegate: Shay Wright

Co-founder - Te Whare Speaker Indigenous Māori entrepreneur, facilitator and Board member Shay is passionate about linking together entrepreneurship, indigenous development, community economics and international trade. In his former role as Head of Māori Development...

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WIBF 2015 Featured Delegate: Sheena Graham

WIBF 2015 Featured Delegate: Sheena Graham

Executive Officer - Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) Speaker Sheena Graham is Ngadju woman from southeastern Western Australia and is passionate about international indigenous issues. Sheena is an Executive Officer at the Australian Department...

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WIBF 2015 Featured Delegate: Siotame I. Uluave

WIBF 2015 Featured Delegate: Siotame I. Uluave

Proprietor - Solo Corp Speaker As the youngest of twelve children, Siotame I. Uluave spent his early years in Tonga. Growing up, he watched his father, Solomone Uluave, and his older brothers become skilled craftsmen in building fales (homes) with precision and...

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WIBF 2015 Featured Delegate: Tal D. Moore

WIBF 2015 Featured Delegate: Tal D. Moore

Executive Director - The National Native American Human Resource Association Speaker Tal D. Moore founded ElmHawk Consulting, LLC in March of 2015. The firm serves Tribal Governments and Tribal Enterprise in areas of healthcare; education; gaming; hospitality and...

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WIBF 2015 Featured Delegate: Tim Goltz

WIBF 2015 Featured Delegate: Tim Goltz

Managing Director - Stonecutters Capital Ltd. Speaker Tim began his business career in 1995 in Edmonton with NAI Commercial as a junior broker in light industrial and land services. In 1996, out of an interest in distribution and logistics, Tim moved to Burlington, ON...

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WIBF 2015 Featured Delegate: Toni Ah-Sam

WIBF 2015 Featured Delegate: Toni Ah-Sam

Director - Ochre Business Consulting Speaker Toni is the Chair of the Northern Territory Indigenous Business Network (NTIBN). She is an experienced business advisor with over a decade of practical business experience in various industries. She has extensive experience...

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WIBF 2015 Featured Delegate: Grand Chief Tony Alexis

WIBF 2015 Featured Delegate: Grand Chief Tony Alexis

Grand Chief - Treaty 6 Speaker Founder of The Alexis Principles™, Tony was born and raised in a small Native Community outside of Alexis, Alberta, Tony was raised with his relatives and is a fifth generation leader within his family. Chief of the Alexis Nakota Sioux...

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WIBF 2015 Featured Delegate: Travis O’Keefe

WIBF 2015 Featured Delegate: Travis O’Keefe

Co-founder - Te Whare Speaker Indigenous Māori entrepreneur, facilitator and business coach. Travis has more than 20 years’ experience with developing businesses, strategy and leadership. He has received a number of New Zealand awards for ‘Positive Societal Impact’,...

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WIBF 2015 Featured Delegate: Wailana Kamau’u, Jr.

WIBF 2015 Featured Delegate: Wailana Kamau’u, Jr.

CEO - American LED and Energy Speaker As the CEO of American LED and Energy (AL&E), Wailana has applied his expertise in startups and turnarounds, project management, and sales/market development to preserve the environment and help companies go green by leaving a...

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