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Wednesday, July 24 • 9:15am - 11:30am
Economic Development: First Nations and Indigenous Business

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Opening Remarks and Setting the Stage 
  • Senator John McCoy, Washington State Legislature
  • Sean Willy, President & CEO, Des Nedhe Development 

The Changing Dynamics of Indigenous Businesses:  How Indigenous Leaders are Creating World-Class Businesses
Moderator: Lee Ahenakew, CEO, Nutraponics, and Past Chair of the Board of Governors, University of Saskatchewan

Panelists from First Nations in Canada and the US:
  • Sean Willy, President & CEO, Des Nedhe Development
  • Jasper Lamouelle, CEO, Tli Cho Investments
  • Delbert Wapass, Executive Chair & Founder, Project Reconciliation
  • Chuck Greene, Director of Economic Development, Northwest Arctic Borough (via phone)
  • Hugh Short, Co-Founder and Chairman/CEO, Pt Capital (invited – seeking confirmation)

Legislative Insights and Response: What are the Opportunities and Barriers to First Nations Businesses? What are best practices in your jurisdiction? How can we remove barriers for indigenous businesses and encourage economic growth and involvement of First Nations?
  • The Hon. Robert R. McLeod, Premier, The Northwest Territories
  • Senator John McCoy, Washington State Legislature
  • Senator Bradley Hamlett, Montana State Legislature

Closing and Discussion of Action Items

More information on the working group here.

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The Honourable Bob McLeod

Premier, Government of the Northwest Territories
Robert R. McLeod was re-elected to the 18th Legislative Assembly of the Northwest Territories on November 23, 2015, his third consecutive term representing the constituents of Yellowknife South.During the 17th Legislative Assembly, Mr. McLeod served as Premier, Minister of Executive... Read More →

Jasper Lamouelle

CEO, Tli Cho Investments

Delbert Wapass

Executive Chair & Founder, Project Reconciliation

Chuck Greene

Director of Economic Development, Northwest Arctic Borough

Bradley Hamlett

Representative, Montana State Legislature
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Senator John McCoy

Senator, Washington State Legislature
John represents the Everett, Marysville, and Tulalip communities and neighborhoods of Snohomish County. First elected to the House of Representatives in 2003, John was appointed to the Senate in November 2013. In the Senate, John serves as the Chair of the Senate Democratic Caucus... Read More →
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Lee Ahenakew

Principal, Lee Ahenakew & Associates Consulting
Lee is a collaborative and engaging leader that builds businesses opportunities with First Nations and industry and is a member of the Ahtahkakoop Cree Nation. An expert in business planning and development with an ability to open new markets and build relationships, and with broad... Read More →
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Sean Willy

President & CEO, Des Nedhe Development
After a 20-year career in the resource industry and an extensive history in executive leadership, community development and human resources, Sean Willy was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Des Nedhe Development in August 2017.Willy joined Des Nedhe as Vice President in July 2016... Read More →

Wednesday July 24, 2019 9:15am - 11:30am PDT
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