Day One: Tuesday, June 7, 2022

11:45 EDT

60 min
Drew Mildon

Partnering with First Nations: – Risks and Benefits of LPs and LLPs

Drew Mildon, Partner, Woodward & Co. Lawyers LLP

  • Common business structures for First Nations business and economic development
  • Impacts of on and off-reserve opportunities
  • Income tax, GST, and Provincial transaction tax implications
  • Developing appropriate relationships
  • 10 Principles, the Calls to Action, and the role of private businesses in achieving Reconciliation

12:45 EDT

30 min


13:15 EDT

60 min
Lionel Robins

Zero Net Energy real estate partnerships for multi-family, commercial and social housing applications

Lionel Robins, EVP Business Development and Indigenous Relations, Renewable U Energy Inc.

  • Who is RenewableU Energy Inc. (RUEI)
    • Project-based partnership model for green energy investment
    • Indigenous partnerships that involve collaboration not consultation
    • Priorities and expectations – community impacts and societal benefits
    • RUEI’s connection to the fossil fuel industry, and our part in the long-term transition to renewable energy plan
  • What is ZNE?
  • Case Study – Kamloops, B.C. – Multi-family ZNE apartment build (the “rinse and repeat” model)

Day Two: Wednesday, June 8, 2022

10:30 EDT

60 min
Julie Abouchar Jacquelyn Stevens Natalia Back Gosende

ESG and Indigenous Relations in Natural Resource Projects

Julie Abouchar, Partner, Willms & Shier Environmental Lawyers LLP

Jacquelyn Stevens, Partner, Willms & Shier Environmental Lawyers LLP

Natalia Back Gosende, Associate lawyer, Willms & Shier Environmental Lawyers LLP

  • ESG legal framework
  • Case Study – how an international cosmetics company successfully applied ESG principles related to exploration and use of natural resources in  Indigenous territories in Brazil
  • Mining in Canada – how ESG principles are embedded in resource agreements  between mines and Indigenous peoples in Canada
  • IBA highlights
  • PDAC e3 Plus and MAC’s Towards Sustainable Mining as informing ESG standards

12:30 EDT

45 min


13:15 EDT

60 min

Building Technological Capacity to Increase Economic Participation in Energy Infrastructure Projects

  • Develop collaborative relationships between industry, communities and government
  • Increase certainty around First Nations participation in major project development
  • Support First Nations communities as equal partners in natural resource projects
  • Advance meaningful engagement
  • Increase access to resources

15:15 EDT

60 min
Devin Gambler

Chance Favors the Prepared Mind – Indigenous Systems Thinking & Doing

Devin Gambler, Business & Economic Development Manager, Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc

  • Indigenous systems thinking overview
  • Ecology of systems thinking (environment, technology, culture, & values)
  • Effective tools & strategies to optimize performance
  • Eurocentric business models vs Indigenous systems thinking
  • Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc Business & Economic Development case study
  • Why Indigenous systems thinking works