• WIBF is presented by the Indigenous Leadership Development Institute Inc. (ILDII). ILDII is a non-profit organization established to build leadership capacity in Indigenous people. ILDII is registered and located in Canada.

  • Official Partners of WIBF: Guatemala City 2014



Phil FontainePhil Fontaine

Ishkonigan Inc. and Former National Chief of Assembly of First Nations
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

One of the most recognizable and respected figures in Canada. His influence goes well beyond politics and the Indigenous communities he loyally serves. Phil has touched the lives of all Canadians in one way or another.

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Honourable Carlos Batzin

Minister of Culture and Sport
Republic of Guatemala
Guatemala City, Guatemala, Central America

Minister Batzin has held the office of Minister of Culture and Sports of the Republic of Guatemala, since 2012. He was Professor of Governance and Public Policy with universities such as; UNED, Costa Rica and Intercultural Indigenous University Latin American. He was Director for Guatemala of the Indigenous Council of Central America.

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Frederico Melville

President of the Board
Cementos Progreso
Guatemala City, Guatemala, Central America

President Melville has achieved many successes as a businessman and countryman, running one of the leading companies in Guatemala and Central America. Founded in 1899, Cementos Progreso is proudly Guatemalan with over 100 years of existence, whose experience has enabled to be recognized for high standards of quality in the production and marketing of cement

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EduardoEduardo Aguirre Cantero

Institutional Manager
Cementos Progreso
Guatemala City, Guatemala, Central America

Eduardo is an architect who graduated from the University San Carlos de Guatemala and specializes in risk management. He has served in several government posts, including the Manager of the Office of the President and the Vice President of the Republic.


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Dom Tomas Calvo_guatemalaDom. Tomas Calvo Mateo

Nim Winak
Santo Tomas Chichicastenango
Guatemala City, Guatemala, Central America

Don Tomas Calvo, described as the Mayan Pope and the Maya’s highest spiritual authority, to New York City where he addressed the United Nations. Calvo, who was keeper of the Popul Vuh, the Mayan Book of Creation, acknowledged that major environmental changes would accompany the spiritual transition into the new age.

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brad jacksonBrad Jackson

Executive Chairman
Northern Project Contracting
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Brad has been in business supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities for 20 years. He is an experienced company director and focused on programs to increase private sector in developing communities

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JP GladuJean-Paul Gladu

President and Chief Executive Officer
Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Jean Paul (JP) Gladu is currently the President and CEO of the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB) based in Toronto.  Anishinaabe from Thunder Bay JP is a member of the Sand Point First Nation located on the eastern shores of Lake Nipigon.

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Jeff Cyr 1Jeff Cyr

Executive Director
National Associations of Friendship Centres
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Jeff worked in business development and corporate marketing in Winnipeg before starting a career in the provision of strategic and operational leadership  within Aboriginal organizations such as the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs and the Manitoba Métis Federation.

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April_KrahnApril Krahn

Director of Aboriginal Supports and Student Services
Red River College
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Proud Métis/Mohawk originally from Ontario who lives her life with integrity, balance, and optimism guided by the sacred teachings.  Over the years April has worked in variety of disciplines including; communicable disease education in Winnipeg, Africa and The Pas Manitoba; child abuse education for teachers in Africa, human resource management

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J Chris AndersonJ. Chris Anderson

Americas Director – Communities and Social Performance
Rio Tinto
Greenwood Village, Colorado, USA

Dr. Chris Anderson, an anthropologist, commenced with Rio Tinto in September 2011. He is the strategy leader and corporate functional lead for Communities in the Americas, with a particular focus on Indigenous communities.

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