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Wednesday, July 24 • 9:15am - 11:30am
Economic Development

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The Economic Development Working Group shares best practices among jurisdictions and highlights case-studies of successful economic initiatives that can be replicated around the region.  One feature at the Saskatoon Summit will be a panel of First Nation and Native American leaders speaking on successful case studies of economic development from their own perspectives.

  • Setting the Stage
    • 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 Chair of the Board of Governors, University of Saskatchewan
    • Panelists from First Nations in Alaska, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Washington.

  • Legislative Response: How Can We Remove Barriers and Increase Involvement and Economic Growth of First Nations in Our Economies 
    • Sen. John McCoy, Washington State Legislature

More information on the working group here.

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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
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