Connecting Nations: Partnering to Meet the Infrastructure and Telecommunications Needs of All Communities

Jun. 7, 2022 at 10:50 a.m. PDT

Margareta Dovgal moderates a panel with Plains Cree member Ruby Littlechild (SNC Lavalin), Joe Bevan of Kitselas Nation (Humanity Financial Management), Shazia Zeb-Sobani (TELUS), and James Delorme of Klahoose First Nation ( on the opportunity to partner for infrastructure for Indigenous communities that will advance socioeconomic well-being and prosperity.

Sponsored by TELUS.

Ruby Littlechild, is Plains Cree and from Maskwacis, Alberta. She previously worked for the Government of Alberta and helped launch the Alberta Indigenous Construction Career Centre at NorQuest College. She is currently the National Director of Indigenous Relations for SNC-Lavalin and is a Board Member for Alberta’s Indigenous Opportunities Corporation.

The former Chief of Kitselas First Nation, Joe Bevan saw the successful negotiations of an IBA and revenue sharing agreement with Coastal Gas Link and the province of BC. His past leadership experiences include as the former Director for the First Nations LNG Alliance, Chair of First Nation Finance Authority, and former Chair of First Nations Major Projects Coalition. Currently, Joe chairs Kyah Development Corporation (Witset First Nation), the Board of Governor at Nicole Valley Institute of Technology, and serves as a director at a charity called I Love First Peoples.

Shazia is an accomplished multilingual senior executive in highly transformative, multi-stakeholder complex technology driven projects. In her current role as TELUS' Vice President Customer Network Implementation, she is focused on accelerating fast and high quality broadband connectivity to boost community based economic and social outcomes with an intention to minimize the digital divide. She is honoured to support TELUS’ Indigenous Reconciliation Action Plan which centers around leveraging TELUS’ world-leading networks, advanced technologies and innovative social solutions, to support the goals of Indigenous peoples.

James Delorme is an Indigenous digital disrupter, leader, and solopreneur. The former Chief of the Klahoose First Nation, he now serves as President of Indigeknow, spending his time on technological innovation and impactful projects with companies like Hypercharge Networks, Briteweb Digital Marketing, NWT FNIGC, All Purpose*, Vancouver Giants, KPMG, The BC Ministry of Citizen Services (Connectivity in BC) and various Indigenous partners and clients.

Subtitles available in: English