Day 1: Thursday, May 26th, 2022
Opening Ceremonies
8:30 am to 8:35 am Introduction from Chief Ian Campbell, Chair of the Indigenous Partnerships Success Showcase. Traditional longhouse stage decor sponsored by Teal Jones.
8:35 am to 8:45 am Traditional welcome by Christie Lee Charles (xʷməθkʷəy̓əm/Musqueam First Nation).
8:45 am to 8:55 am Remarks from IPSS 2022 Moderator Chastity Davis-Alphonse and Cheryl Yaremko, CFO of GCT Global Container Terminals.
8:55 am to 9:55 am
Equity Participation and Access to Capital: Building Blocks of Economic Reconciliation, sponsored by Coastal GasLink.
Jesse McCormick (First Nations Major Projects Coalition) moderates the session with Chief Justin Napoleon (Saulteau First Nations), Chief Corrina Leween (Cheslatta Carrier Nation) and Tiffany Murray (Coastal GasLink).
Break 10:00 am to 10:30 am Morning Networking: Day 1 with introductory remarks from Sav Dhaliwal. Sponsored by Invest Vancouver.
10:30 am to 11:10 am
Addressing Cumulative Effects: Insights from Indigenous Efforts in the Salish Sea, sponsored by GCT Global Container Terminals.
The panel features representaives of the Salish Sea Indigenous Guardians Association (SSIGA): President Sləqsit, Steven Stark, Treasurer & Secretary Spaləl̕and, Tumia Knott, and Vice-President Xwopokton, Chief Harley Chappell, in a conversation with SSIGA Executive Director Marian Ngo.
FortisBC Fireside Chat 11:10 am to 11:40 am In a conversation hosted by Squamish, Haida, and Cree actor Simon Baker, FortisBC CEO Roger Dall’Antonia and Squamish Nation hereditary leader Chief Ian Campbell delve into the landmark Squamish Nation Environmental Assessment Agreement.
Fireside Chat 11:40 am to 12:05 pm Nolan Charles (xʷməθkʷəy̓əm/Musqueam Indian Band) and Stephen Bruyneel (Fraser River Discovery Centre) discuss their ongoing partnership on the development of xʷtatəl̕ləm, a Place of Learning About the Indigenous Heritage and Teachings of the Fraser River. Sponsored by GCT Global Container Terminals.
Lunch 12:05 pm to 1:00 pm
Keynote 1:00 pm to 1:45 pm Chief Terry Paul, the long-time elected leader of the Cape Breton-based Membertou First Nation, delivers keynote remarks on the theme of “Pathways to Shared Prosperity.” He touches on the historic lobster fisheries ownership deal negotiated by the Mi’kmaq nations in 2020. Na̲nwak̲olas Council President Dallas Smith introduces Chief Paul and moderates the discussion and audience Q&A.
Break 1:50 pm to 2:15 pm Afternoon Networking: Day 1. Sponsored by Canruss Medical & Safety.
Discussion 2:15 pm to 2:55 pm Ian Anderson spent the past decade developing industry-to-First Nations relationships for a major nation-building project, the Trans Mountain expansion. Karen Restoule is Chief Executive Officer of Shared Value Solutions, and a member of Dokis First Nation, an Ojibwe community in northeastern Ontario.
Success Showcase
2:55 pm to 4:15 pm
A series of three conversations take place, which Barry Penner (Vancouver International Arbitration Centre) introduces:
1) Success begins with the reclamation of history and culture. In our opening session, historian Wendy Wickwire presents on her award-winning book At the Bridge: James Teit and an Anthropology of Belonging.
2) A discussion between Nalaine Morin, Tahltan Central Government Lands Director, Cory Waters, Lead Negotiator for the Province of British Columbia, and Justin Himmelright, Skeena Resources, on their collaborative work towards the first consent-based decision-making agreement ever to be negotiated under Section 7 of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act (DRIPA). Sponsored by Skeena Resources.
3) A conversation with Chris Sankey (Blackfish Enterprises, Lax Kw'alaams Band member) and Melissa Mbarki (Macdonald-Laurier Institute, Muskowekwan First Nation member) on Indigenous leadership in an era of energy transformation, moderated by Stu McNish with parting comments from Cody Ciona. Sponsored by the Modern Miracle Network.
Presentation 4:15 pm to 4:30 pm Amber Boudreau, VP of Engagement with the Alberta Indigenous Opportunities Corporation and member of the Red Rock Indian Band, provides an introduction to the AIOC and its mandate.
Day 2: Friday, May 27th, 2022
Introduction 8:30 am to 8:55 am Charlene Aleck (səlilwətaɬ/Tsleil-Waututh Nation) provides a traditional welcome. Regional Chief Terry Teegee of the BC AFN and the Hon. Bruce Ralston, Minister of Energy, Mines and Low Carbon Innovation deliver opening statements. A representative of the Moose Hide Campaign speaks on behalf of digital sponsor TELUS.
8:55 am to 9:55 am
New Horizons: BC First Nations Advancing Equity Participation in Land Development, sponsored by Beedie.
Moderated by Sheryl Rivers “Siamtnaat & Milnitdi” of Rivers Consulting Solutions, panelists David Negrin (MST Development), Councillor Dennis Thomas “Whonoak” (Tsleil-Waututh Nation), and Johnna Sparrow (Aquilini Development) dive into the MST Partnership model, transformative new approaches to Indigenous-led land development, and joint ventures in urban land development.
IPSS Event Lead Margareta Dovgal moderates a short segment at the end with Indigenous youth – including Aleen Sparrow, William George Thomas, and Cascade Campbell.
Break 10:00 am to 10:30 am Morning Networking: Day 2.
Success Showcase
10:30 am to 11:55 am
1) A mini-masterclass, "After the Deal Is Inked," by co-authors of Weaving Two Worlds: Economic Reconciliation Between Indigenous Peoples and the Resource Sector, Christy Smith and Michael McPhie. Sponsored by the JDS Group of Companies.
2) A conversation between Bill Lomax (Goldman Sachs) and John Stackhouse (RBC) on pathways to Indigenizing Corporate Canada. Topics include opportunities for youth and emerging leaders in finance and banking. Sponsored by RBC.
3) An open mic segment, "Delegate Reflections," where the live audience becomes the centre of attention. Moderators Chief Ian Campbell and Stewart Muir want to know: what is your ONE-MINUTE comment on the story so far? We want to hear your thoughts in a race against the timer so we can hear from as many of us as possible before lunch.
Lunch 11:55 am to 12:45 pm
12:45 pm to 1:45 pm
Connecting Nations: Partnering to Meet the Infrastructure and Telecommunications Needs of All Communities, sponsored by TELUS.
Chastity Davis-Alphonse 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.
Fireside Chat 1:50 pm to 2:20 pm “A Proposal on Resource Revenue Sharing: A Trial Balloon” is presented by Don Wright, former head of the public service of British Columbia, followed by a conversation with Squamish Nation member Aaron Bruce "Kelts' tkinem" of Aaron Bruce Law Corp.
Ozz Group Fireside Chat 2:20 pm to 2:50 pm OZZ Clean Energy CEO Steven Muzzo speaks with Chief Gordon Planes “Hya-Quatcha” (T’Sou-ke Nation) on the subject of renewable energy.
Break 2:50 pm to 3:20 pm Afternoon Networking: Day 2. Sponsored by NorthRiver Midstream.
Discussion 3:20- pm to 4:00 pm Yukon Assembly of First Nations Regional Chief Kluane Adamek (Aagé) and Tsilhqot’in National Government chair Chief Joe Alphonse discuss sustainable growth and shared priorities between BC and Yukon, in a conversation moderated by Chris Lewis (Syetaxtn).
Remarks and Discussion 4:05 pm to 4:25 pm Remarks by Chief Judy Desjarlais of the Blueberry River First Nation on the path forward for her community are followed by a discussion with legal expert Sharon G.K. Singh (Bennett Jones).
Closing Ceremonies
4:25 pm to 4:45 pm
Closing remarks from the IPSS 2022 organizers and a message from the Hon. Murray Rankin, BC Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation.
Performance by the Git Hayetsk Dancers, People of the Copper Shield (Nisga'a, Tsimshian and Gitxsan Nations).
Thank you to our hosts, the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and Sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.