May 20, 2016

We at the Indian Resource Council appreciate that these are extraordinary times for Western Canadians, for Albertans, and most assuredly, for the people of Fort McMurray, the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo and those in Northeastern British Columbia.
With Industry and Leadership focusing their efforts on the wildfires in Alberta, Saskatchewan, and British Columbia, we have decided as a group that it is best to postpone our conference.

The event has been rescheduled to October 3rd and 4th in the same venue (the Hyatt Regency in Calgary, AB). Dialogue surrounding meaningful involvement of Indigenous nations relating to energy infrastructure developments is critical. The Indian Resource Council is intent on facilitating this discussion on a Nation to Nation basis.

The IRC stands firmly in support of all Northern Communities affected by the wildfires. Our thoughts are with you and your families.

Yours Sincerely,

Stephen Buffalo
Indian Resource Council

October 3rd and 4th, 2016
Hyatt Regency in Calgary, Alberta

Bringing together Industry, Government and Indigenous Leaders to discuss challenges facing the pipeline industry, as well as opportunities for Indigenous involvement and meaningful participation in determining solutions.

Speakers Invited:

  • The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada
  • National Chief Perry Bellegarde, Assembly of First Nations
  • Dr. Wilton Littlechild
  • Honourable Carolyn Bennet, Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs
  • Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change
  • Honourable James Gordan Carr, Minister of Natural Resources
  • Provincial Leaders who have natural resource development issues and interests
  • The National Energy board
  • Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers
  • Canadian Energy Pipeline Association
  • National and Regional Indigenous Leaders


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Our Sponsors

Platinum Sponsor

Platinum Sponsor | CAPP

Diamond Sponsors

Diamond Sponsors | Midwest Pipeline Inc.

Gold Sponsors

Gold Sponsors | CCAB

Silver Sponsors

Silver Sponsors | CFAR

Bronze Sponsors

Bronze Sponsors | CEPA


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Please note the agenda is subject to change

  • October 3
    Location: Imperial Ballroom - Hyatt Regency
  • 7:00 am Registration
  • Chair: Blaine Favel
    University of Saskatchewan
  • 8:30 am Welcome from Treaty 7
  • 8:45 am Mayor Naheed Nenshi
  • City of Calgary
  • 9:00 am Stephen Buffalo
  • President and Chief Executive Officer
    Indian Resource Council
  • 9:30 am Speaker TBA
  • Indigenous Affairs and Northern Development
    Government of Canada
  • 10:00 am “Reconciling Traditional Values and Energy Development”
    Chief Wallace Fox

  • 10:30 am Break
  • 10:45 am Ken Coates, Ph D.
  • Canada Research Chair
    "Impact of Energy Price on First Nations employment and business statistics"
  • 11:15 am Impact of Oil Prices on Energy First Nations – Strategic Advice
  • Moderator: Bill Gallagher, Lawyer, Author

    Panelists: Chief Wallace Fox – Onion Lake Cree Nation
    TBA - Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers
    Chief Craig Makinaw - AFN Regional Chief, Alberta Assembly of First Nations
    Brian Schmidt, President and CEO -
    Tamarack Valley Energy
    Additional Panelists TBA

  • 12:15 pm Lunch
  • Keynote Speaker: National Chief Perry Bellegarde
    Assembly of First Nations
  • 1:00 pm Panel Discussion
    Indigenous Equity in the Energy Industry
    "Best Models in North America"

  • Facilitator: Phil Fontaine, Former National Chief – Assembly of First Nations

    Panelists: Fred Carmicheal, Chair and Director - Aboriginal Pipeline Group
    Chief Karen Ogen, Chair – First Nations LNG Alliance
    Joe Dion, Frog Lake Energy Resource Corporation
    Additional panelists TBA
  • 2:30 pm Break
  • 2:45 pm Keynote
    Ken Drysdale

  • Chief Operating Officer
    Midwest Pipelines Inc.
  • 3:00 pm Keynote
    Speaker TBA

  • 3:30 pm Panel Discussion
    Environment and Consultation

  • Facilitator: Deborah Yedlin, Calgary Herald

    Panelists: Josee Touchette, Chief Operating Officer - National Energy Board
    Panelist TBA – Natural Resources Canada
    Shane Gottfriedson, AFN Regional Chief, British Columbia - Assembly of First Nations
    Additional panelists TBA
  • 5:00 pm Networking Event
  • Speakers: Clayton Norris, Vice President Aboriginal Services MNP LLP

    Additional Keynote TBA
  • October 4
    Location: Imperial Ballroom - Hyatt Regency
  • 9:00 am Welcoming Remarks
  • Chairman Dean Manywounds
    Indian Resource Council
  • 9:15 am JP Gladu, President and CEO
  • Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business
  • 9:30 am Panel Discussion
    “Where do we go from here?”

  • Facilitator: Blaine Favel, Chancellor, University of Saskatchewan

    Panelists: Tim McMillan, President and Chief Executive Officer–
    Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP)
    Chris Bloomer, President and Chief Executive Officer –
    Canadian Energy Pipeline Association (CEPA)
    Wally Kozak, Chairman – Canadian Society for Unconventional Resources (CSUR)
    Mark Salkeld, President – Petroleum Services Association of Canada (PSAC)
    Additional Panelist TBA
  • 12:00 pm Lunch
  • Keynote Speakers: Speaker TBA


Bill Gallagher

Bill Gallagher

Strategist / Lawyer / Facilitator / Silo-buster Totally unique mindset having worked 30 years in different professional capacities on resource management issues and project launches. All the while tracking cause-and-effect linkages as to why some projects succeeded and others failed throughout this extended period. Today this body of knowledge constitutes an integrated medium that augurs well for those proponents who appreciate its strategic benefits.

Author / Consultant

“Resource Rulers: Fortune and Folly on Canada’s Road to Resources” the definitive book tracking the rise of native empowerment and their remarkable legal winning streak in the Canadian resource sector. Understanding the native interconnections, eco-activist linkages, and government responses is essential for planning successful resource strategies.

Career Bio

Experienced strategist in the dynamic area of native, government, and corporate relations and an authority on the rise of native empowerment in Canada’s resources sector. Having defused native logging tensions in New Brunswick’s ‘War in the Woods’; oil patch eco-terrorism in Alberta; helping guide Inco’s Voisey’s Bay impact benefits agreements to successful conclusion (the most complex resource dispute in Canada), with previous career successes as a corporate lawyer in Calgary, an energy regulator in Ottawa, and a treaty negotiator on the prairies. Resource project experience in all regions of the country.

Bill Gallagher

Joe Dion

One of Alberta Venture’s 50 most influential people of 2015, Joseph Dion is chairman and chief executive officer of Frog Lake Energy Resources Corporation (FLERC). One of Canada’s only wholly-owned First Nations oil and gas exploration and production companies, FLERC operates on Frog Lake First Nations lands in partnership with several oil companies.

With over 35 years of First Nations oil and gas experience, Dion has worked to preserve and integrate the First Nations core values or ‘Teepee Principles’ in his work and daily life. Respect, strength, and kinship guide him in all of his endeavours. Prior to coming to Frog Lake Energy, Dion worked as a consultant for First Nations in Canada, and Indian tribes and Alaskan Eskimo groups in the United States. He worked with energy companies and governments negotiating Impact Benefit Agreements and joint ventures. In 1980, he established Dion Resources Inc. and advised on matters of First Nations self-government, business, finance, and energy.

Dion comes from a family of hereditary chiefs. He is great-grandson to notable Cree Chief Big Bear, who played pivotal roles in Canadian history. As his great-grandfather before him, Dion served in his hereditary role as Chief of Kehewin Cree Nation and Grand Chief for Alberta. During the proposed patriation of the Canadian Constitution of Prime Minster Pierre Elliot Trudeau, in 1976, Dion led a delegation of chiefs from Treaty Six and Seven to petition Queen Elizabeth to protect the treaty rights of the First Nations. In the 1982 patriation of the Canadian Constitution, Section 35 (1), states the recognition and affirmation of the Aboriginal and treaty rights of the Aboriginal peoples of Canada. This law was entrenched after concentrated lobby efforts by Dion and other First Nation leaders from England and Ottawa. His efforts were validated, as Dion was named Outstanding Young Canadian by the Government of Canada.

From tribal administrator, council member, treaty chairman, constitutional coordinator, to president and chairman of numerous boards, brotherhoods, and associations, Dion works tirelessly for the social and economic well-being of First Nations. In 1984, Dion founded the Indian Resource Council of Canada. This council now represents over 150 First Nations in Canada and was instrumental in establishing Indian Oil and Gas Canada, a federal government agency responsible for managing oil and gas development on Indian reserve lands.

Today Dion is proud to be a board member of Indspire, an Indigenous-led registered charity that invests in the education of Indigenous people so they can achieve their highest potential. Through awards, donations, bursaries and scholarships, this organization inspires. It recognizes professionals and youth who demonstrate outstanding career achievement and benefits not only these recipients, but their families, their communities, and our nation. In addition to this work, Dion is an active member of the Alberta Chamber of Resources. This is a resource-based industry organization which believes, that through open dialogue, cooperation, and our collective ability, we can positively shape the future. This organization is driven by a diverse membership that collaborates to provide visionary leadership for the responsible, innovative, and ethical development of Alberta’s natural resources.

JP Gladu

JP Gladu

President and CEO

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 Bingwi Neyaashi Anishinaabek located on the eastern shores of Lake Nipigon, Ontario. JP completed a forestry technician diploma in 1993, obtained an undergraduate degree in forestry from Northern Arizona University in 2000 and holds an Executive MBA from Queens University. JP has over two decades of experience in the natural resource sector. His career path includes work with Aboriginal communities and organizations, environmental non-government organizations, industry and governments from across Canada.

In JP’s current capacity at CCAB, he speaks extensively not only across Canada but internationally as he shares the challenges and successes of Aboriginal business in Canada today. In 2014 he addressed delegates at the World Indigenous Business Forum, in 2015 he presented at both the Sodexo Quality of Life Conference and the Corporate Leadership Indigenous Peoples’ Rights Building a Community of Practice Conference in New York City.

Currently, JP serves on the Colleges and Institutes Canada (previously ACCC), the Northern Policy Institute, Canadian Foundation for Economic Education, is an advisory member to the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, a committee member to the Provincial Forest Policy Committee and was recently appointed to Ontario Power Generation’s Board of Directors. In 2014, he was identified as a Diversity 50 Board Ready Candidate from the Canadian Board Diversity Council and a recipient of the Community Service Award – Transformation Awards from Diversity Magazine.

As a father to his young daughter Chloe, along with a passion for his community, his culture and traditions; JP brings the past, present and future to the table, moving non-Aboriginal and Aboriginal business toward sustainable partnerships and shared economic prosperity.

Ken Coates

Ken Coates

Ken Coates is Canada Research Chair in Regional Innovation at the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Saskatchewan campus. Ken was raised in Whitehorse, Yukon, and has long-standing professional and personal interests in Aboriginal rights, northern development, northern Canadian history, science, technology and society, and Japan Studies.

He received his BA (History) from UBC, MA (History) from Manitoba and PhD (History) from UBC. Ken has had the distinct pleasure of working at universities across Canada and internationally, starting at Brandon University and continuing at the University of Victoria, and the University of Northern British Columbia (where he was the Founding Vice-President Academic). He spent two years at the University of Waikato in Hamilton, New Zealand, an institution known globally for its work on Indigenous education. Ken returned to Canada in 1997 to take a position as Dean of Arts at the University of New Brunswick at Saint John. He then became Dean of Arts and Science at the University of Saskatchewan, later serving as Dean of Arts, University of Waterloo. He returned to Saskatchewan in 2012.

Ken has written extensively on Aboriginal history, Indigenous-newcomer relations and post-secondary education. His first major work, Best Left as Indians, examined the history of the Yukon through the lens of Aboriginal-European contact. His subsequent work includes The Marshall Decision and Aboriginal Rights in the Maritimes, Land of the Midnight Sun: A History of the Yukon and shortly, a co-authored book called Treaty Peoples: Aboriginal People and the Future of Canada. He has published more than a dozen books with his regular co-author, Dr. W.R. Morrison, and has worked with Carin Holroyd on a series of projects related to science and technology in East Asia. Ken’s co-authored book, Campus Confidential, offered an accessible review of the accomplishments and challenges of the post-secondary system in Canada and is being followed up by a book aimed at high school students and their parents about post-graduate opportunities.

Ken is currently working on a series of books, including a reflection on the significance of the Idle No More Movement, a study of the development of the Canadian Light Source (synchrotron) at the University of Saskatchewan, the first ever history of the Circumpolar sub-Arctic, and an examination of the over-expansion of the global university system.

Ken has worked with Aboriginal peoples and organizations and with government agencies responsible for Indigenous affairs across Canada and in New Zealand and Australia. He assisted with Aboriginally-themed documentaries produced by Northern Native Broadcasting Yukon, assisted with land claims research and participated in a variety of national and international collaborations, including serving on the Research Advisory Committee of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples. He is the Director of the International Centre for Northern Governance and Development, which provides regionally-relevant research focused on northern Saskatchewan and delivers a community-based Masters program on Northern Governance and Development. He is the Director of the Macdonald-Laurier Institute’s research project on Aboriginal Peoples and the Natural Resource economy.

Ken appears regularly on television and radio, largely in association with his work on Aboriginal issues, northern Canada and post-secondary education. His opinion pieces have been published in newspapers and magazines across Canada.

His wife, Carin Holroyd, is an Associate Professor of Political Studies at the University of Saskatchewan. He has five children and six grandchildren. Ken also assists Carin with her charity, the Vietnam Education Society, which builds schools for communities in rural Vietnam.

Wilton Littlechild

Willie Littlechild

Willie Littlechild, also known as J. Wilton Littlechild or Wilton Littlechild, (born April 1, 1944) is a Cree Canadian lawyer and former Member of Parliament. He was born in Maskwacis, Alberta.

As a young man, Wilton Littlechild was a successful athlete who won ten Athlete of the Year Awards. He obtained a master's degree in physical education from the University of Alberta. He later became the first Treaty Indian from Alberta to obtain a law degree. He won the national Tom Longboat Award in 1967 and 1974, and was one of the founders of the North American Indigenous Games, begun in 1990 in Edmonton Alberta. He has also consistently advocated for the creation of the World Indigenous Games, which would provide competitive events for Indigenous athletes from around the world.

Littlechild was the Progressive Conservative Member of Parliament for Wetaskiwin 1988 to 1993. Littlechild did not stand for re-election in the 1993 general election. Since leaving Parliament, Littlechild has continued to be involved in politics. He was the founder of the International Organization of Indigenous Resource Development, a United Nations non-governmental organization.

Littlechild is a member of the Ermineskin Cree Nation. The Indian Association of Alberta presents the Willie Littlechild Achievement Award to six First Nations students each year.

In 2006, Littlechild was the recipient of the Distinguished Service Award of the Canadian Association of Former Parliamentarians, awarded for "outstanding contributions to the promotion and understanding of Canada's parliamentary system of government"

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