Speakers

Speaker_Nick_JardineNick Jardine

Special guest speaking at the VIP Evening Reception on October 30, 2014.

Principal Owner – Urban Handyman (Canada)

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 adventure he followed a dream and immigrated to Canada in 2006 to pursue rugby. Enjoying several years of playing and coaching rugby Nick honed in on his business skills once again, by using the only two tools he had brought to Canada with him, his hands, Nick founded Urban Handyman Inc. in 2009, a full-scale renovation/build company.
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Speaker_Carlos_BatzinCarlos Batzin

Former Minister of Culture and Sport – Republic of Guatemala, Indigenous Entrepreneur (Guatemala)

Carlos Batzin has held the office of Minister of Culture and Sports of the Republic of Guatemala, since 2012. Prior to that, he was Professor of Governance and Public Policy with universities such as; UNED, Costa Rica and Intercultural Indigenous University Latin American. For seven years he was Director for Guatemala of the Indigenous Council of Central America.
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Speaker_Federico_MelvilleFederico Melville

Former President of the Board – Cementos Progreso (Guatemala)

Former 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, concrete, lime, and other materials and services for construction. There are more than 7,000 employees in the Central American Region.
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Speaker_Francisco_Raymundo_HernandezFrancisco Raymundo Hernández

President – Union of business Indigenous Guatemaya (Guatemala)

Law and Social Sciences University of San Carlos of Guatemala USAC.Cultural historian and consultant Maya, author of several documents on Indigenous Peoples, formulator of public policy of Maya art. Founding member of Indians in the west of the country, community relations strategist organizations; Director Kab’awil indigenous Community Leader for the Promotion of Social, Political and Economic Development of the Maya Ixil and K’iche ‘, from the Catholic Church.
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Speaker_Javier_ZepedaJavier Zepeda

Executive Director – Industrial Chamber of Guatemala, since February 2008.

  • Executive Director of the Industry Chamber of Guatemala
  • Representative of the entity in various enterprising instances national and international.
  • Leads the interrelation of Industry Chamber with public and private Institutions involved in the development of industry sector of the Country
  • One of the official spokespersons of Industry Chamber of Guatemala, along with the President of the Institution
  • Responsible of the areas Political, Institutional and Strategic of Industry Chamber of Guatemala.

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Speaker_Eduardo_Aguirre_CanteroEduardo Aguirre Cantero

Institutional Manager – Cementos Progreso (Guatemala)

He 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. From 2006-2008 he was Coordinator General of Guatemala’s Reconstruction with Transformation Plan following Hurricane Stan.
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Speaker_Luis_VelasquezLuis Velasquez

Principal Consultant – Consultoria Internacional (Guatemala)

Advanced Management Program PAG INCAE, Studies in Systems Engineering in Francisco Marroquin University, National Program Center for Strategic Studies ESTNA

Languages: Spanish and English

Training and Seminars in the Caribbean, Central, South and North America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East

Governmental and Business visits to various industries over 50 countries in 4 Continents
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Speaker_Maria_TuyucMaria Tuyuc

Business Advisor – Indigenous Chamber

At the Present, Consultant and Technical Assistant on issues of Indigenous Entrepreneurship, in charge of the issue of violence against woman in the National Commission for Monitor and Support for Strengthening Justice- Comisión Nacional para el Seguimiento y Apoyo al Fortalecimiento de la Justicia (CNSAFJ)- Closed Pensum of Law and Social Sciences. Previously performing as: Technical Consultant in the Program of Support for the Peace Process and National Conciliation -Programa de Apoyo al Proceso de Paz y Conciliacion Nacional (PCON/GIZ)- Coordinator of the Justice Center of Chimaltenango and Solola part of the Justice Program/AID; Coordinator of the Indigenous Peoples Area, Gender, Publication and Investigation of the Institute of Comparative Studies and Criminal Science from Guatemala- Instituto de Estudios Comparados y Ciencias Penales de Guatemala-.
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Speaker_Don_Tomas_Calvo_MateoDon Tomas Calvo Mateo

Nim Winak, (General Principal) – Santo Tomas Chichicastenango (Guatemala)

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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Speaker_Raquel_Garcia_MacariaRaquel Garcia Macaria

Ixkik Museum Director, Quetzaltenango (Guatemala)

PROFESSION Business Administrator and postgraduate studies in Management for Sustainable Development of the Autonomous University of Madrid

Academic Studies: Diploma in Museology and Museum , institutional strengthening, Maya Tz’akol Higher Education in Discrimination and Racism in “Native Law and Official Right ” in the Small Business Administration in Tourism planning and strategies . Courses , workshops and seminars on Mayan Culture and General Education .
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Speaker_Gary_DavisGary Davis

President and CEO of the National Center For American Indian Enterprise Development (USA)

Gary “Litefoot” Davis is an enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma. Mr. Davis currently serves as President and CEO of the National Center For American Indian Enterprise Development. Before being appointed as President and CEO of the NCAIED, Mr. Davis served on the organization’s Board of Directors.
He has served as Vice-President of Native Affairs for the Triple Five Group, owners of the world’s largest retail shopping malls; the Mall of America and the West Edmonton Mall and he previously served as co-chair of the National Indian Gaming Association’s, American Indian Business Network. Though his company Litefoot Enterprises, Mr. Davis has facilitated an array of cross sector business opportunities in Indian Country ranging from acquisitions, casino gaming, hospitality, land development, green energy and pharmaceutical initiatives.
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Speaker_Jean-Paul_GladuJean-Paul Gladu

President and CEO – Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (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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Speaker_Phil_FontainePhil Fontaine

President – Ishkonigan, Inc. and Former National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations (Canada)

Phil Fontaine is among 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.

Phil has been instrumental in facilitating change and advancement for First Nations people for most of his life. At the age of 28, he was first elected to public office as Chief. Phil is a proud citizen of Sagkeeng First Nation in Manitoba and continues to play an active role in the support of his community.
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Speaker_Chief_Robert_LouieChief Robert Louie

Westbank First Nation and Chair of the First Nation Land Advisory Board (Canada)

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 owner/operator with several successful enterprises over the past 20 years. With his wife Bernice he shares a family of three children. Louie was Chief for the Westbank First Nation Council from 1986 through 1996 returning to office in 2002 and has remained Chief since.
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Speaker_Chief_Austin_BearChief Austin Bear

Muskoday First Nation and Board Member of the First Nation Land Advisory Board (Canada)

Chief Austin Bear is currently serving an unprecedented eleventh term as the Chief of the Muskoday First Nation. Chief Bear is happily married and has three children, seven grandchildren and two great grandchildren. He is active in promoting First Nations’ traditions and culture and believes that the involvement of Elders and youth is essential in all aspects of community life. Chief Bear’s hobbies and interests are work, golf, travel, music and family time.
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Speaker_Clare_BecktonClare Beckton

Executive Director – Centre for Women in Politics and Public Leadership Carlton University (Canada)

Clare Beckton is currently Founding Executive Director of the Carleton University Centre for Women in Politics and Public Leadership. In that capacity, she is leading a number of initiatives to advance women’s leadership in Canada, to help shape public policy relating to women’s equality through augmenting their access to positions of influence, to increasing knowledge through research and to providing leading edge development for women. She works with all sectors to help advance leadership and increase knowledge and awareness.
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Speaker_Stephen_LindleyStephen Lindley

Vice President – Aboriginal & Northern Affairs, SNC-Lavalin Inc. Toronto, Ontario (Canada)

Stephen is corporate Vice President responsible for Aboriginal & Northern Affairs for SNC-Lavalin Inc.. He has been with SNC-Lavalin for over 25 years. Steve is responsible for developing and maintaining corporate relations and partnerships with aboriginal organizations and businesses, primarily within Canada. He also conducts business development and marketing and provides project support to all Divisions of the Company. Stephen is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Aboriginal Human Resource Council, the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business, and three aboriginal-owned joint venture companies, including Innu/SNC-Lavalin in Labrador. He is also a Director in the SNC-Lavalin Environment Division.
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Speaker_Jeff_CyrJeff Cyr

Executive Director – National Association of Friendship Centres (Canada)

NAFC, a national Aboriginal non-profit service organization that has 127 member organizations across Canada, in every province and territory. Created in 1972, the NAFC is responsible for policy, research advocacy and national program delivery for Friendship Centres in Canada. It is the largest professional service organization of its kind in Canada and the World.
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Speaker_David_ChartrandDavid Chartrand

President – Manitoba Metis Federation Winnipeg, Manitoba (Canada)

For the past 22 years, David Chartrand has been providing leadership and governance at the provincial and national levels within the Métis Nation. After leaving the Department of Justice, Province of Manitoba in 1996, he was elected President and Chairman of the Board of Directors – Manitoba Métis Federation and is the longest serving President of the MMF, devoting his career to human rights, education, child welfare, economic development and justice issues.
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Speaker_Tristina_MacekTristina Macek

Informed Decisions Consulting (Canada)

Tristina Macek, MBA has over twenty years of experience in financial and operational management with ten years at senior levels within organizations. She now works as a consultant to transfer the knowledge she has gained to support the growth and strategic opportunities within organizations to provide optimum outcomes. She works closely with all levels of an organization to determine internal/external barriers to their success. Tristina has an MBA in Finance and Accounting and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.
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Speaker_Carol_Anne_HintonCarol Anne Hilton

CEO – Transformation (Canada)

Carol Anne Hilton, MBA and CEO of Transformation – is a recognized leading First Nation’s business entrepreneur with a Masters Degree in Business Management from the University of Hertfordshire, England. Carol Anne is from the Nuu chah nulth Nation. Carol Anne has a solid understanding and application of First Nation’s economic development best practices and brings extensive knowledge and experience in community development, business management, corporate relations, engagement strategies and project management. Carol Anne works to incorporate an Aboriginal worldview while bringing First Nations, industry and government together to design new approaches for sustainable, inclusive development.
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Speaker_Claire_ReidClaire P. Reid

Master’s in Development Practice: Indigenous Development

Claire is the Director of the Master’s in Development Practice: Indigenous Development at the University of Winnipeg (Canada). She has worked in the non-governmental sector doing community development work with organizations including la Asociacion Pro Derechos Humanos (Peru), Coordinadora Nacional de Derechos Humanos (Peru), Coalition nationale pour les droits haïtiens (Haiti), and the Institute for Canadian Citizenship (Canada).
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Speaker_Alex_WilsonDr. Alexandria (Alex) Wilson

Associate Professor of Education and Director of the Aboriginal Education Research Centre at the University of Saskatchewan

Dr. Alex Wilson (Opaskwayak Cree Nation) is an Associate Professor of Education and Director of the Aboriginal Education Research Centre at the University of Saskatchewan. Her academic and community work and passion focus on Indigenous land-based education and
social ecological justice. As a community organizer Alex uses education and Cree philosophy to intervene in ongoing practices of colonialism, oppression, and the destruction of land and water.
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Speaker_Marc_StormsMarc Storms

CEO and Senior Advisor- GMG Consulting Services (Canada)

Marc Storms has spent the past 14 years with Aboriginal communities and organizations supporting the achievement of economic, social and health objectives. Marc works exclusively with Aboriginal communities, leadership organizations and industry or government partners as a Community Relations Facilitator, Negotiator and Senior Advisor on Economic and Business Development, and corporate governance. Marc is currently the CEO of a First Nations Economic Development Limited Partnership working with, and developing Joint Ventures, primarily with Pipeline-related companies.
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Speaker_Lee_WhiteLee White

Negotiator and Senior Advisor – GMG Consulting Services (Canada)

As a Senior Advisor to GMG Consulting, Lee supports the advancement of Aboriginal economic development, health and wellness through systems – governance and community-level contributions on such fronts as: Strategic Evaluation, Leadership, Organizational, and Program Development, Community Engagement and Facilitation, Critical Incident Responses, and Project Management.
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Speaker_Toni_Ah-SamToni Ah Sam

Director – Ochre Business Consulting (Australia)

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 collaborating with both Federal and Northern Territory Governments to promote Indigenous business development. Toni owns her own professional advisory and strategic business consultancy firm catering for SME, not-for-profit and government clients.
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Speaker_Brad_JacksonBrad Jackson

Managing Director – Northern Project Contracting (Australia)

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 private sector activity in developing communities. Working with Indigenous Australians and communities throughout the Asia Pacific, Brad has endeavored to bring key stakeholders together to maximize opportunities for communities to develop their own skills to participate in the broader market economy.
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Speaker_Riki_SalamSpeaker_Amanda_LearRiki Salam & Amanda Lear

Gilimbaa (Australia)

Riki Salam, Creative Director and artist, along with Amanda Lear, Managing Director and Director of Strategic Communications, lead the creative team at Gilimbaa – an Indigenous creative agency based in Brisbane, Australia. Born out of a passion for the role Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture could and should play in contemporary storytelling, design and communication, the agency’s community-driven creative process saw them quickly evolve into one of the country’s most recognised and respected creative companies.

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Speaker_Chrisch_SirririkaChrisch Sirririka

Chief Executive Officer – Indigenous People’s Business Forum (Africa)

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 experience in Business Management Consulting and SMMEs Management Consulting.
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