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Elevating Business and Entrepreneurship

Clayton DesjarlaisLeadership + Diversity + Collaboration

As one of Canada’s premier consultants between government, industry and Aboriginal communities, Clayton Desjarlais speaks with authority on the topics of Duty to Consult, Collaborative Conflict Resolution, Leadership Development, Cultural Diversity, and Growing our Aboriginal Leaders-G.O.A.L

Clayton’s personal story will challenge the stereotypes of an Aboriginal high school dropout.  A consultant and business owner since 1996, Clayton`s message is one of courage, determination and understanding, that success is achieved by embracing and reframing the adversity you experience.

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Clifford Nae'oleTourism + Hospitality + Cultural Advisor

Clifford Nae’ole has been a key force of energy and wisdom for the revival of the Hawaiian culture for more than thirty years. He has worked alongside Deepak Chopra, Tony Robin, participated in the Indigenous Advisory Committee to President Barak Obama, and spent quality time with his Holiness the Dalai Lama. His extraordinary ability to convey the sacredness of the Hawaiian culture, his determination to educate and to mentor has carved him a place of respect in the hospitality industry where he has won numerous accolades and recognitions including the Meeting Professional International (MPI) award.

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Deanna BurgartDiversity + Education + Mentorship

Self-proclaimed ‘Indigeneer’, Deanna Burgart dedicates her career to combining Engineering principles and commitments with an Indigenous respect for Mother Earth, to find solutions to today's challenges.  She focuses on the power of integrating Indigenous worldviews, to assist both industry wants and the public needs.  Deanna is a highly sought after expert in uniting diverse communities, through understanding each other and identifying common goals.

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Joel PedersenSuccessful + Powerful + Motivated

There is only one First Nations Chief Warrant Officer in the Canadian Armed Forces, and Joel Pedersen is it. As most senior non-commissioned officer appointed by the Minister of National Defence and the Chief of Defence Staff, Joel Pedersen is the embodiment of what it takes to reach the top and never give up. Decorated soldier, Police Sergeant and Fitness Guru. Joel inspires audiences to do more than what is expected, to appreciate your strengths and limitations and to develop their leadership potential.

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John LagimodiereCommunity Builder + Media Communications

Recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, the Saskatchewan Centennial Medal and Saskatoon’s Living in Harmony Award, John Lagimodiere is a dedicated community builder and role model. President of ACS Aboriginal Consulting Services and the Editor/Publisher of Eagle Feather News, Lagimodiere is also the recipient of the Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce ABEX Award Business for Aboriginal Business. John’s enthralling performance as host of the award-winning national show, As If, on CBC Radio serves as another reason why he is a highly sought after keynote speaker, master of ceremonies, and facilitator.

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Joseph WabegijigEnvironment + Engineering + Collaboration

What if together Industry and Indigenous communities could create a safer, natural, and more effective means to reclamate land?

Joseph Wabegijig has experience doing just that! As Vice-President of the Aboriginal Environmental Leadership Circle (AELC) and the Indigenous Projects Advisor for Hatch, one of the world’s largest Engineering firms, Joseph shares with you his expertise from working on major projects all over the world. Joseph’s knowledge and experience of solving complex environmental and engineering problems, is matched by his passion and ability to strengthen relationships between Aboriginal people, government, and industry.

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JP GladuBusiness + Partnerships + Education

President & CEO of the Canada Council of Aboriginal Business, JP Gladu is sought after around the world, to provide real leadership that inspires partnerships between Industry and Indigenous people. Bringing his experience mentoring and enhancing relationships with all stakeholders, Gladu reveals how to motivate conversations and create opportunities that spark real change in the business landscape.  Bridging the gap between educational institutions, business, government, and indigenous communities, JP Gladu translates ideas into mutually beneficial prosperity and development.

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Julie Ann WristonEconomic Development + Engagement

Julie Ann Wriston was one of the youngest, female, aboriginal CEOs of a multimillion dollar corporation in the mining sector in Saskatchewan.  Her expertise and perspective on corporate development, strategic planning, and community engagement are second to none.  Whether for-profit or non, Julie Ann provides the leadership and knowledge to expand your impact and sustainability.  Her inspirational story and corporate success will capture your heart and inspire audiences to excel.

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Kainoa HorcajoMessenger + Cultural Advisor + Visionary

Meeting Kainoa Horcajo is like standing next to the spirit of King Kamehameha.  Just as his King united the Hawaiian Islands, Kainoa uses his cultural understanding to help bridge the gap between cultures. Renowned Hawaiian Cultural Advisor, Emmy winning Television personality, TedxMaui Host and next generation Maui Maverick Leader, Kianoa Horcajo is championing Hawaiian perspectives to the world.  Weaving cultural values into personal development, motivational messages, and productivity training, Kainoa invites his audience to embrace their personal gifts through a deeper understanding of the Hawaiian teachings.

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Karri-Lynn PaulMotivator + Teacher + Role Model

Karri-Lynn Paul will show you that “Every mountain top is within reach, if you just keep climbing.” Her countless achievements, including representing Canada in Paris at UNESCO, to climbing Mount Kilimanjaro have proved her motto to be true. Today Karri-Lynn shares her inspiring journey with women and girls helping them reach their own summits.

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Keolu FoxGeneticist + Researcher + Surfer

Featured on the BBC, CBC, NPR, The Atlantic, Forbes, Wired and more, TED Fellow, Dr. Keolu Fox has garnered international attention, for his breakthrough idea that 'Genetics needs to be more Native'. With over 95% of genetic research and trials being conducting on only people of European descent, we are missing out. Our genetic ancestry plays a huge role in what diseases we get and what ones we don’t. Dr. Fox proves that genetic studies should include all demographics.

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Michael EtheringtonKindness + Humour + Insight

Sought after at the local, regional, provincial and national levels, Michael Etherington has captivated audiences such as the United Nations, Canadian Government, Pan Am Games, and many other large corporate and educational venues.

Rooted in the Indigenous perspective, Michael focuses on relationship building, promoting awareness and cultivating sensitivity with the “Truth and Reconciliation” recommendations as his platform.

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Ngahihi BidoisBusiness Leadership + Environment + Inspiration

Multi-award winning International Leadership Speaker and Author, Ngahihi o te ra Bidois is known as "The Face of New Zealand" inspires with the timeless wisdom from the Maori culture. This Modern day warrior’s presentation on "Ancient Wisdom Modern Solutions" is why he is the recipient of the National Professional Speakers Association, New Zealand Inspirational Speaker of the Year. A Maori leader, Ngahi combines centuries of tradition, along with his hands-on business experience, and academic qualifications to bring a message that transcends cultural boundaries.

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'Savvy' Savannah SimonMotivational + Entrepreneur + Visionary

Named one of Canadian Livings Top 40 Female Change Makers, Savvy Simon is a global Positivity Powerhouse.  Creator of the #SpeakMikmaq Revolution, and Youth Leader from Mi`kmaq tribe of Elsipogtog First Nation in New Brunswick, Savvy`s positive approach to culture, language and life in general has generated a following in the tens of thousands.

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Shauneen PeteEducation + Inclusion + Leadership

Multiple award winner and nominee, including Global Citizen, YMCA Women of Distinction and Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women, Dr. Shauneen Pete is a recognized authority on ‘Indigenization’, Transforming Education and Organizations to suit local cultures. Co-Producer of television show ‘The Four’ and RezX Magazine writer, Shauneen is a highly sought after First Nations storyteller and Presenter on Women’s Leadership.

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Tuesday Johnson-MacDonaldResilience + Success + Inspiration

Tuesday Johnson-MacDonald was only six months old when tragedy completely changed the course of her life. One of the most sought after Indigenous Event Producers in Canada, Tuesday shares her inspiring journey from fighting for her life, to realizing her buried and abandoned dreams, to becoming a successful Social Entrepreneur. Though having lived a life with more tragedy than most, Tuesday inspires audiences to embrace adversity by finding the hidden gems within their own challenges. 

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Wayne D. Garnons-WilliamsLegal + Environment + Storyteller

From the Court room to the theatre, Wayne Garnons-Williams engages his audience to see another perspective.  Specializing in Aboriginal and Environmental issues, Wayne is an expert in Corporate, Commercial and Trade Law.  With experience from Corporate, government and Indigenous worlds Wayne brings a wealth of insight and depth of knowledge to his audience.  Wayne takes complex historical and legal problems and transforms them into future possibilities for all.

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'Zoey' Zondra RoySocial Entrepreneurism + Inspiration

Energetic, passionate, driven, and an award winning social entrepreneur, Zondra (Zoey) Roy thrills audiences with her stories, experiences, and insights in her personal journey of bringing change to our world.  Zoey has changed the world with “Rock the Vote” 2011 and has been recognized for her incredible efforts to bring social change. She also performs and inspires with spoken word poetry and hip hop.

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