2023 Conference Co-Chairs

Renée Pelletier

Renée Pelletier

Managing Partner
Olthuis, Kleer, Townshend
Tuma Young

Tuma Young

Lawyer & Indigenous Law Professor
Cape Breton University

Special Message from

Jenica Atwin

Member of Parliament, Fredericton, New Brunswick
House of Commons

Esteemed Speaker Faculty

Nadir André

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Melanie Campbell

Canadian Minerals and Metals Plan

John Desjarlais

Executive Director
Indigenous Resource Network

Sandra Gogal

Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP

Claire Harris

Senior Advisor – Environment and Engagement – Advanced Reactor Development
NB Power

Catherine James

Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada

Sacha LaBillois

JEDI (Joint Economic Development Initiative)

Tiffany Lee

Director of Housing Strategy
Nova Scotia Native Women’s Association

Adam Levine

Team Leader, Indigenous Relations, and Participant Funding
Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission

Justine Maloney

Employment/Economic Development Coordinator
Nova Scotia Native Women's Association
Tom Mann

Tom Mann

Indigenous-Business Relations
Gitpo Spirit Lodge

Samantha Noganosh

Lands, Resources and Environment Department Manager
Magnetawan First Nation

Rose Paul

CEO & President
Bayside Development Corporation

Marcus Poulette

Housing Director
We'koqma'q First Nation

Sven Scholtysik

Research Manager
Net Zero Atlantic

Derek A. Simon

Managing Partner
Burchells LLP

Keith Smith

UN Declaration Act Implementation Secretariat
Justice Canada

Bruno Steinke

Senior Director, Consultation and Accommodation Unit
Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada

Dean Vicaire

Executive Director
Mi'kmaw Organization Mi'gmawe'l Tplu'taqnn

Kimberley Zinck

Director General Nòkwewashk (No-kwe-wahshk)
Natural Resources Canada