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2015 SPONSORS | Back to top

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Presenting Sponsors

ckprrock94 energy the-source

Friends of the Mining Summit

Vector Construction

Delegate Bag Insert

Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce
Loch Lomond Equipment Sales

2015 Exhibitors | Back to top

1. Oshki-Pimache-O-Win
Kiikenomaga Kikenjigewen Employment & Training Services
Kimesskanemenow Corporation
Abitibi Geophysics
Loch Lomond Equipment Sales
8. Rock 94 / 91.5 CKPR
9. Nuclear Waste Management Organization
10. Noront Resources
11. Operating Engineers Training Institute of Ontario
12. CE Strategies

13. Mobile Parts Inc.
14. Kapuskasing Economic Development Corporation
15. Northwest Employment Works/Confederation College
16. Galaxy Broadband Communications Inc.
17. Rockex Mining Corporation
18. Investors Group
19. Blue Heron Environmental/Zhashagi
22. DST Consulting Engineers Inc.
24. SNC Lavalin
25. RWDI
27. YME Welding Enterprise Inc.
29. North Star Air
31. Nishnawbe Aski Development Fund

33. Teleco Landline
34. YES Employment Services
35. Aboriginal Artisan
36. Mari Kuurila
37. Ernest Boyes
38. Sacred Elements Teas

2015 Speaker Presentations | Back to top

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Mark Podlasly

Mark Podlasly, member of the Nlaka’pamux First Nation near Merritt, British Columbia,  is a senior advisor to the BC First Nations Energy and Mining Council on extractive industries and their impact on indigenous lands and communities.

A graduate of Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, Mark has considerable experience in corporate strategy, strategic partnerships and global markets related to the energy and mining sectors.   He is a regular contributor to the executive energy and mining leadership programs at Northwest University’s Kellogg School of Management in Chicago, and is an active advisor to the Kellogg’s Mining Company of the Future framework, a cross-sector collaboration between industry leaders and communities to re-position mining companies from isolated actors to regional development partners.

Mark was recently appointed by the BC Minister of Energy and Mines to an industry, union and First Nations Mining Code Review Committee that will determine how to implement engineering recommendations as a result of the Mount Polley Mine tailing pond breach in Central BC.

Mark serves his First Nation as Lead Trustee for the Nlaka’pamux Legacy Trust, a copper mine revenue sharing fund dedicated to community and skills building for eight band communities in central BC.

Prior to joining the First Nations Energy and Mining Council, Mark ran a successful executive education and consulting practice in Asia, Europe and the USA, designing corporate strategy, leadership, and globalization programs for clients including GE, Unilever, General Mills, Clorox, Goldman Sachs and Praxair.

Mark lives in Vancouver with his wife and two daughters.

Ted Scollie

Ted Scollie practices in the areas of Corporate & Commercial, Labour & Employment, and Aboriginal Law. He has been involved in various enterprises, including counsel for a regional airline in such matters as financing and commercial acquisitions. Ted has also represented several First Nations commercial entities, such as a travel agency, mining security organization, and an alternative energy company. He provides advice and assistance in organizing of business structures and non-profit entities.

Ted works extensively with First Nations communities and organizations in Northern Ontario, with an emphasis on commercial matters and in Aboriginal bank financing.

Ted provides employment and labour advice to several Aboriginal and First Nations businesses, non-profit organizations and employee associations. He also advises and assists with the organization and reorganization of non-profit corporations.

Ted earned his Bachelor of Science degree at Lakehead University in 1989, and earned his J.D. from the University of Toronto in 1992. He was called to the Ontario Bar in 1994.

Community Involvement:

  • Westfort Kiwanis Club
  • Past Director, Scandinavian Home Society of Thunder Bay
  • President, Thunder Bay-Atikokan Progressive Conservative Party
  • Director and Vice President, Thunder Bay Ventures

Stephen Flewelling

Steve Flewelling was appointed Senior Vice President, Mining & Projects in June 2015 and brings more than 30 years of experience in exploration, feasibility planning, project development, construction and operations to his role at Noront. He has worked domestically and abroad in a variety of roles across multiple commodities.  Most recently, Mr. Flewelling was Senior Vice President, Projects & Exploration at Glencore/Xstrata Nickel with responsibility for worldwide project development and the company’s project pipeline. Prior to that he held various senior positions at Glencore/Xstrata and its predecessor companies, including President of Falcondo, a laterite mining and ferronickel smelting facility in the Dominican Republic. Mr. Flewelling has an Honours degree in Mining Engineering from Queen’s University and Professional Engineering status in the province of Ontario.

Derek Teevan

Derek Teevan’s career thus far has included leading stakeholder engagement in the areas of economic development, environmental and regulatory approval, and impact benefit agreement negotiations for companies, governments and aboriginal communities. The focus of Derek’s work is to maximize the opportunities presented by resource development to the mutual benefit of industry-government-and local aboriginal communities. Examples of projects Derek has been involved in both politically and corporately include: Yukon Devolution, Northern Land Claims, Snap Lake Environmental Agreements, capital projects in excess of $4 billion including the Victor Diamond Mine and Detour Gold mine and through those ventures aboriginal business support generating over $500 million in deals.

Chris Reeves

Chris Reeves has over 25 years of experience working in the mining and construction industry. Mr. Reeves is the Business Development Manager for New Gold’s Rainy River Project with his primary responsibility maximizing business opportunities for local Aboriginal communities and businesses. Prior to joining New Gold’s team, Mr. Reeves was General Manager for Canadian Zinc and demonstrated a passion for out-of-the-box concepts which benefited local Aboriginal communities.

Maximizing Aboriginal Business Opportunities

New Gold will provide an update on the Aboriginal business challenges and successes during the Rainy River Project’s construction phase.

M.J. (Moe) Lavigne

As a native of Timmins, Moe’s career in the mining industry began during high-school. As a student from 1974 to 1982, he worked for mining companies in a wide range of duties from underground miner, to open pit geological technician and as an explorationist. He obtained a H.BSc. in Geology from Brock University in 1979 and a M.Sc. in Geology at McMaster University in 1983. In 1983, he joined the Ontario Geological Survey conducting research on gold deposits. In 1984 he became the Resident Geologist for the Red Lake District and transferred to Thunder Bay in 1988. Subsequent to becoming a mineral exploration consultant in 1997, he was engaged by North American Palladium Ltd. As their exploration manager, he was responsible for planning and executing the company’s property acquisition, surface exploration, and resource expansion program in the Lac des Iles area. This program has delineated over 10 million ounces of palladium at the Lac des Iles mine site. In May of 2001, Moe became North American Palladium’s Vice President of Exploration. In 2004 he joined Galantas Gold Corporation in Northern Ireland as Vice-President and Director and played a key role in bringing its gold mine to production. In 2007 he was appointed president of East West Resource Corporation. Moe was appointed Vice-President of Exploration & Development for KWG Resources Inc. in August of 2009 and in this role has been overseeing all the company’s technical activities associated with its Ring of Fire properties.

Peter Vanriel

Peter Vanriel is the General Manager of Canada North Environmental Services (CanNorth), a 100% Aboriginal owned Saskatchewan based company, and has over 28 years of experience. He has been in this position with the company for over 15 years.  He completed his undergraduate and graduate degrees at the University of Manitoba and is registered as a Professional Biologist in Alberta.   His career focus is on environmental issues related to natural resource developments. He has authored or co-authored over 175 reports, and has been involved with over 900 projects, including managing comprehensive EIS’s for numerous mining projects. Peter has specialized skills in fish population dynamics and aquatic ecosystem functioning, and his research background encompasses many other aspects of biology. Peter has extensive experience with environmental issues, including environmental protection, public health, and safety risks. He has gained comprehensive knowledge of environmental regulatory requirements, and has established excellent relationships with many regulatory agencies. Peter’s professional volunteer activities include advisory roles related to science and the environment for the Saskatchewan Government, as well as senior roles in organizations such as the Saskatchewan Environmental Industry and Managers Association and the American Fisheries Society. Peter is currently a special advisor for the Lands and Resource Management Board of the Lac La Ronge Indian Band.

Peter’s presentation title is:  Creating a Balance – Aboriginal Businesses, Environment, and Mining – A Saskatchewan Success Story.

Harold Calla

Harold is a member of the Squamish Nation located in North Vancouver, British Columbia. After many years of experience in international business, he worked with the Squamish Nation as a negotiator in the areas of economic development, land management and finance and served 8 years on the Squamish Council. He has also acted as an advisor and an arbitrator for First Nations in Western Canada.

He represented Squamish Nation interests in the development of the First Nations Land Management Act, First Nations Fiscal Management Act (FMA), First Nations Commercial and Industrial Development Act (FNCIDA), and the First Nations Oil and Gas and Moneys Management Act. These optional legislative pieces allow First Nations on a sectorial basis the ability to move out from under the Indian Act.

Harold serves as the Executive Chair of the First Nations Financial Management Board, one of three fiscal institutions created under the FMA to support First Nations economic development, by supporting First Nations efforts to access the capital markets and by providing capacity development support to First Nations in the areas of financial administration law development and certification of their financial performance and financial management systems.
He is currently a member of the Board Fortis BC Inc. and is Chair of their Audit Committee. He has completed terms on the Boards of CMHC, Partnerships BC and the Nicola Valley Institute of Technology. He has either chaired or served on the Audit Committees of these various boards.

Harold is a recipient of numerous awards in recognition of excellence in leadership. In particular, the C.G.A. Association of Canada celebrating their 100th year in 2008 recognized Harold as one of 100 CGA’s who, in their view, over the 100 years have made a difference. In August 2012 Harold was also awarded a fellowship by the C.G.A. Association of Canada. Harold is also a member of the Aboriginal Financial Officers Association and has been awarded the designation of Certified Aboriginal Financing Manager (CAFM).

Sarah Nuert

Sara is a member of Six Nations of the Grand River. She has years of extensive experience working with First Nations communities, organizations and government, including community outreach for First Nations governments, community strategic planning in the areas of relationship building, land use development and social infrastructure. Her education background includes: Royal Roads School of Peace—MA (Conflict Analysis and Management-Ethno/political)—Bachelor of Contemporary Studies (Hons). Sara currently works for the First Nation Financial Management Board (Vancouver) as Director of Relationships, Market Development and Intervention.

Dawn Madahbee

Dawn Madahbee has been the General Manager for the Waubetek Business Development Corporation since 1988. Waubetek is a leading Aboriginal Financial Institution that provides financial services to Aboriginal entrepreneurs and 27 First Nations in Northeastern Ontario. She is the first Aboriginal woman in Canada to head up a regional financial lending institution. At Waubetek, Ms. Madahbee was instrumental in the establishment of major community development projects as well as a $70 million investment in Aboriginal businesses who experience a business success rate at 94%. Nationally, she has helped design programs that meet the capital needs for Aboriginal businesses and First Nation communities.

Ms. Madahbee also currently serves on the Boards of Peace Hills Trust, the Northern Policy Institute and the North-East Local Health Integration Network. She has also served on her First Nation Council and was the former Chairperson of the Northern Ontario Development Corporation and a former director for both the Ontario Development Corporation and Innovations Ontario Corporation. She has spoken and promoted Indigenous businesses internationally in regions such as Australia, Germany, the United States and the United Kingdom.Ms. Madahbee is the owner of Indigenous Business International, a company that provides consulting services and promotes corporate partnerships with Indigenous people.

In 2004, she was recognized as a Mover and Shaker for economic development in Northern Ontario Business. Ms. Madahbee contributed a chapter in the book “Changing Lives: Women of Northern Ontario”. She also contributed to a book compilation entitled “Governance in Northern Ontario – Economic Development and Policy-Making” by Segsworth and Conteh with her chapter “First Nations Inclusion: A Key Requirement to Building the Northern Ontario Economy”. She is a hard working community member and partakes in a number of volunteer activities. Among her many volunteer commitments, she has sat on the Board of Directors for a regional women’s shelter and has participated in the fundraising for the Ojibwe Cultural Foundation’s capital campaign.

Angela McEwen

Angela McEwen, Gimiiwan Go Dwe, Mukwa Dodem is a Client Manager with the Environmental Due Diligence & Remediation group at Pinchin Ltd. She is experienced in the completion of environmental site assessments and transactional due diligence reports, and the collection and analysis of chemical contaminants and hazardous substances related to property conditions and building materials. Angela has an Environmental Technician – Water Engineering diploma from Sault College, and is currently completing a diploma in Natural Environmental Conservation and Management at Sault College.

Angela has extensive experience and knowledge working with the First Nation communities in Ontario. As Anishinaabe-Kwe member of the Bear Clan, she proudly celebrates her cultural heritage as a Jingle Dress dancer and carries a woman’s Traditional Hand Drum. Angela, whose Anishinaabe name is Rain Woman, has worked in southern Ontario speaking and performing engagements promoting and fostering an understanding between the First Nations and societal worldviews. In her former capacity as an investigative journalist, Angela specialized in First Nations and environmental issues.

Being raised by her grandmother in a small northern Ontario town, Angela has experienced the traditional lifestyle of hunting, fishing, gathering and living off the land. As an adult, working in mainstream media as an investigative journalist, communications and marketing and advertising has enabled Angela to carry a unique perspective of the different ways in which First Nations and non-First Nations people communicate. Ultimately empowering her with the ability to help foster understandings between different world views and assisting to create harmonious environments in which to communicate.

Integrating the knowledge and understanding of her cultural teachings together with her scientific background allows Angela to carry a unique vision and perspective as a caretaker of the waters and the land.

Dan Duckert

Dan is continuing a thirty-three year career in forest management, science and policy development. The majority of his career was with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources where he was recognized as an expert in boreal forest ecosystem structure and function and disturbance ecology at the stand and site scale. Later in his career he worked on an effectiveness monitoring program for the forest management guide for the protection of cultural heritage values.  Working in concepts of cultural landscapes and seeing a rich history of the land opened up a new world. Dan finally saw people in the forest and that expanded his outlook spatially, cognitively and emotionally at scales that seemed to complicate his worldview. He thought this was worth exploring. Dan is currently a PhD Candidate at Lakehead University in the Faculty of Natural Resources Management. His project is entitled “Going beyond values mapping: giving voice to communities about their relationships in the land and their well-being needs.” Dan has been very fortunate that he has been able to work with North Spirit Lake First Nation in their efforts to make land use planning truly community-based.

Dr. Karl Skogstad

Dr. Karl Skogstad holds the Derek and Joan Burney Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Department of Economics and the Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Mining and Exploration (CESME) at Lakehead University.  His research focuses on the economic impact of mining on Northwestern Ontario.  He holds a PhD in economics from Queen’s University as well as a Bachelor’s Degree from Lakehead University.

Ian Craven

Ian Craven is a Partner with MNP’s consulting practise and is based out of Winnipeg. Ian has had more than 25 years of management consulting experience providing business and economic development, planning and corporate finance advice to Aboriginal organizations.  He has had the privilege to work with these organizations in almost every region of the country. He remains an ongoing business and strategic advisor to many of them.

Rob Frenette

Rob has 25+ years of experience in civil engineering from planning through to contract administration. Rob has a strong background in total project management, construction and road design, surveying, environmental and materials engineering.

As President / Owner of TBT Engineering Limited, Rob is directly responsible for all corporate management of technical and business operations. He has over 20 years experience in business ownership providing quality assurance testing, project management, site inspections and various other engineering services. Rob is an ACI Certified Examiner, a certified RMCAO Concrete Plant Inspector, an experienced QA/QC Administrator, an experienced highway and construction engineer, a past sessional lecturer at Lakehead University, and a member of ASQ and CSCE. Prior to purchasing TBT in 1995, Rob worked 10 years at MTO NWR Planning and Design Section (Senior Project Engineer) and MTO NWR Construction Section (Project Supervisor) in the Northwestern Region.

Kimberley Bird

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 over 16 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).
Kim also volunteers for the Aboriginal Day Planning Committee and The Starter Company, Local Grant Committee member.
Kim has three children and two grandchildren.  She is a strong believer of lifelong learning and is also involved in stain glass and jewelry making.

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