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Keynote Speaker

lawrence-optLawrence S. Martin is the Grand Chief of the Mushkegowuk Tribal Council. He was elected in November 2014 and will serve to August 2015. He is currently leading and promoting a conceptual plan on the Ring Of Fire Mushkegowuk Energy Infrastructure Corridor. He previously served as Mayor of Cochrane for a period of 10 years and in Sioux Lookout in from 1991 to 1994. Lawrence’s extensive knowledge in municipal and aboriginal affairs is a great asset in promoting benefits for the aboriginal population within Northern Ontario. His work focuses on promoting and lobbying for economic benefits and environmental protection for the land and the people he serves as Grand Chief.

Leonard Rickard

Leonard Rickard is the Aboriginal Affairs Manager for Detour Gold Corporation – Canada’s leading intermediate gold producer. In this role, Leonard is responsible for ensuring the implementation of four aboriginal community agreements, leading community relations efforts, and the development of strategies to improve Detour Gold’s overall aboriginal engagement.

Leonard has over sixteen years of community economic development experience specializing in business financing and business development.   He holds a degree in Political Science from the University of Western Ontario and has also completed the Directors Education Program at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management.  In 2009, Leonard obtained a Senior Diploma in Airline Management from the IATA Training & Development Institute in Geneva, Switzerland. In addition to his role with Detour Gold, Leonard also serves on the Timmins and District Hospital Foundation Board of Directors.

Leonard and his family live in Northern Ontario and he is originally from the Moose Cree First Nation.

Kimberley Bird, CPA, CMA

Kimberley Bird is from the small Cree community of Peawanuck First Nation on the Hudson Bay coast. She is actively involved with Aboriginal youth, and promoting and encouraging education and entrepreneurship. Kim has made Timmins, Ontario her home and has been employed with Nishnawbe Aski Development Fund (NADF) for 17 years in various roles and is now the Loans Manager. Kim completed her studies at the Northern College and Lakehead University, graduating with a Degree in Bachelor of Administration. Kim has also successfully attained her designation as a Certified Management Accountant (CMA) and is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA).

Volunteer Work

  • Kim is on the Advisory Committee for Grants for Aboriginal Trail Tourism in Northern Ontario.
  • Member of The Starter Company, Local Grant Committee with the Business Enterprise Centre .
  • Member of the Productivity & Innovation Centre (PIC) Steering Committee,
  • Member of the Entrepreneurship Steering Committee with Northern College.
  • Member of the Timmins Aboriginal Organization Committee.

Kim has three children and two grandchildren. She is a strong believer of lifelong learning and she makes time to create art – jewelry and stain glass pieces.


Goldcorp Porcupine Gold Mines has been building relationships with both the political leaderships of the 4 rights holding First Nations in the area of its Timmins operations,  as well as traditional practitioners and Elders.

This panel will describe the approaches being taken by all partners, including the challenges and successes to date.


  • Mary Boyden, Indigenous Community Relations Manager
  • Paul Collins, Resource Development Agreement Coordinator
  • Martin Millen, Traditional Practitioner/Advisor, AMAK

Supporting Aboriginal Success