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Monday, July 22 • 2:45pm - 5:00pm
University and College Presidents' Roundtable

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The Role of Universities in Bridging Economic Reconciliation. 
The format will be a moderated discussion of these questions featuring Indigenous leaders, followed by responses and commentary from a panel of university presidents. The Indigenous panel discussion will be moderated by Craig Hall, Chief Operating Office of Indigenous Works, a non-profit national organization that helps foster successful partnerships between companies and Indigenous organizations.

What are the roles that universities can play to help Indigenous/Native American communities and institutions achieve their self-determination and well-being goals, sustainable socio-economic outcomes, and prosperity?

How can university education and research opportunities be made more attainable for Indigenous students, businesses, organizations, and communities in Canada and the U.S.?  

What do we mean when we talk about ‘innovation' in the Indigenous context? Confirmed Indigenous speakers are:

Lee Ahenakew, a member of the Ahtahkakoop Cree Nation and University of Saskatchewan commerce graduate, is a management consultant who builds businesses opportunities with First Nations and industry, with a focus in the natural resource and utility sectors. He has served as Interim CEO for the First Nations Power Authority of Saskatchewan and is currently on the board of directors. He was formerly chair of the USask Board of Governors, and is currently a board member.  https://ca.linkedin.com/in/lee-ahenakew-9138a5a

Judith Sayers, member of the Hupacasath First Nation where she served as Chief for 14 years, is currently a Strategic Adviser to First Nations and corporations, as well as an adjunct professor with the Peter Gustavson School of Business at the University of Victoria. She has a business and law degree and an honourary Doctor of Laws from Queen’s University, and practised law for 18 years. As Chief, her focus included capacity building and sustainable development.  https://www.cleanenergybc.org/about/board-of-directors/judith-sayers

Karen Jarratt-Snider, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Applied Indigenous Studies Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona. Her research and teaching interests focus on Indigenous environmental justice, Indigenous justice issues, tribal environmental management, Indigenous environmental health, U.S. federal Indian policy and law, and STEM education for Indigenous students. Jarratt-Snider (PhD) is the co-editor, along with Marianne Nielson, of the Indigenous book series, Crime and Social Justice in Indian Country (2018), Traditional, National, and International Law and Indigenous Communities (forthcoming Spring 2020), and Indigenous Environmental Justice (forthcoming Spring 2020).

Responses and commentary from a panel of university and college presidents:
President Peter Stoicheff, University of Saskatchewan
President Lisa Avery, Portland Community College
President Brett Fairbairn, Thompson Rivers University
President Larry Rosia, Saskatchewan Polytechnic​​

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Dr. Brett Fairbairn

President, Thompson Rivers University
A Rhodes Scholar and a Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Brett taught and conducted research in history, public policy, and interdisciplinary studies at the University of Saskatchewan (USask) for over 30 years. He has held numerous grants from the Social Sciences and... Read More →
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Karen Jarratt-Snider

Chair and Associate Professor, Applied Indigenous Studies, Northern Arizona University
Karen Jarratt-Snider (Mississippi Choctaw), PhD, (BS, MPA, PhD, Northern Arizona University – 2006). She received her appointment in the Applied Indigenous Studies Department at Northern Arizona University in 2008 and specializes in indigenous environmental justice, forestry policy... Read More →
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Lisa Avery

President, Portland Community College
Dr. Lisa Avery was appointed the president of Portland Community College’s Sylvania Campus in July 2015 and also serves on the national board of directors for the American Association of Community Colleges. In her role, she is responsible for leading PCC’s largest and oldest campus... Read More →
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Dr. Larry Rosia

President and CEO, Saskatchewan Polytechnic
As President and CEO of Sask Polytech, Dr. Larry Rosia leads the province’s primary provider of technical education and skills training. Sask Polytech serves more than 28,000 distinct students, and offers programs that touch every sector of the economy.Dr. Rosia’s career in education... Read More →
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Dr. Peter Stoicheff

President, University of Saskatchewan
When he was named the University of Saskatchewan's 11th president on October 24, 2015, Peter Stoicheff promised to remain true to the university's storied past, while enhancing its focus on the future—on the university's commitment to being the university the world needs. Under... 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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Craig Hall

COO, Indigenous Works
Craig Hall has co-designed and drafted many of Indigenous Works numerous strategic alliances. He is widely recognized for his experience in leveraging corporate needs to the prospects of Indigenous development. During his 11 years in the Northwest Territories, Mr. Hall worked closely... Read More →
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Judith Sayers

President, Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council
Kekinusuqs, Dr. Judith Sayers is a member of the Hupacasath First Nation and mother of two. Currently she works as a Strategic Adviser to First Nations and corporations and is an adjunct professor with the Peter Gustavson School of Business at the University of Victoria.Judith was... Read More →

Monday July 22, 2019 2:45pm - 5:00pm PDT
Bess Terrace Lounge