Thank you to everyone who joined us in Mississauga!

Join us next year for cutting-edge knowledge and networking opportunities with consultation professionals from across Eastern Canada, as they share lessons learnt and continue to build strategies to carry into a new year of consultation in Canada.

OUR 2025 PROGRAM IS IN DEVELOPMENT

Take a look at the lineup of speakers and event highlights from our 2024 event:

CONFERENCE CO-CHAIRS
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Cynthia Westaway

Senior Counsel
First Peoples Law

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Shelley Charles

Elder
Chippewas of Georgina Island

Keynote Speakers
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Lloyd Budzinski

Retired Judge (2019)
Ontario Court of Justice

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Parthiban Dhakshnamurthy

Procurement Assistance Team Leader
Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC)

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David Pratt

First Vice-Chief
Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations

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Bo See Fok

Senior Economic Advisor
Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC)

Featured Speakers
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Claire Sault

Chief
Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation

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Ted Williams

Chief
Chippewas of Rama First Nation

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Judy Desjarlais

Chief
Blueberry River First Nation

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Graeme Reed

Senior Advisor, International Institute for Sustainable Development
Assembly of First Nations

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Georgina Lloyd

Assistant Deputy Minister
Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada (CIRNAC)

2024 CONFERENCE HIGHLIGHTS
  • Keynote Address: Negotiating with Government for Community Rights – Resource Sovereignty, Economic Empowerment, and Revenue Sharing Location-Arrow
  • Repercussions of the Blueberry River Court Decision – Everything You Need to Know and How it is Affecting Consultation in Practice Location-Arrow
  • Major Projects and New Developments in Eastern Canada – The Status of Ongoing Consultations and Ensuring Best Practices Location-Arrow
  • Overcoming Consultation Fatigue and Building Capacity – What Does and Doesn’t Work

Indigenous consultation in Canada comes with unique challenges. Since 2023, a lot of progress has been made in cumulative effects, overlapping territories, and provincial UNDRIP implementation. However, there is still work to do. Governments are feeling pressure from Canadians to expand infrastructure while Indigenous groups struggle to balance economic development and cumulative effects. Industry needs to move quickly to keep up with demand, but big decisions take time, effort, and coordination.

How can you improve your organization consultation strategies?

Join our annual consultation event, bringing together experts from across the country
Gain invaluable insights on contentious consultation issues seizing the East Coast
Hear the latest legal cases governing Indigenous consultation
Learn real-life applications for improving and applying lessons learnt to your engagement strategies
Create new connections and strengthen your existing relationships with Indigenous communities, government and industry
ABOUT THIS CONFERENCE

The Eastern Indigenous Consultation & Engagement Conference delivers discussions on the most crucial topics affecting consultation in Ontario and across Canada, with a focus on economic development amid environmental sustainability.

This two-day conference is an excellent opportunity for you to meet with Indigenous leaders, as well as fellow attendees from all over Canada, share views, and create an opportunity for networking, collaboration, sharing of technical information and the building of trust relationships.

WHO YOU WILL MEET

Chiefs and Councilors, Senior Executives, Directors and Managers of:

  • Indigenous Relations
  • Internal and External Affairs
  • Stakeholder Relations
  • Community Relations
  • Project Development
  • Environmental Planning
  • Government and Corporate Affairs
  • Policy Analysts
  • In-House Counsel and Partners
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Indigenous Communities

Provincial and Federal Government

Oil and Gas

Mining and Exploration

Power Generation and Transmission

Agriculture and Forestry

Engineering and Environmental Services

Law Firms

Testimonials
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Extremely well organized with good speakers. One of the best organized events I have attended, which means that staff paid attention to every small detail behind the scenes. The registration was exceptional, and staff were extremely helpful.

Gillian MacLdod, Sr. Environmental Advisor Ontario Power Generation
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Great – learned a lot. New to my role as a Lands & Resources Coordinator. This gave me a lot of insight into current initiatives that impact our community

Tim Harvey, Lands & Resources Coordinator, Mattagami First Nation
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Bringing people together to talk/dialogue on Indigenous issues and the best practices towards reconciliation.

Claudette Trudeau, Policy Advisor, Natural Resources Canada
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This was great for me personally, as I’m fairly new in Indigenous consultation. Made some great contact and gained a wealth of knowledge.

Chris Howard, Consultation Liaison, Hiawatha First Nation
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Great opportunity to network with federal officials and Indigenous peoples. Interesting that I have been able to meet colleagues, who work in the same city as I, and resolve issues, discuss files at the conference.

Marie Saikaley, Training Manager & Senior Policy Advisor, Crown Indigenous Relations & Norther Affairs
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Great content. Engaging speakers and very relevant content that will help me do my work more meaningfully. Hearing personal experiences from Indigenous groups was especially impactful.

Taslema Khan, Advisor, Indigenous Relations, Transport Canada
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