Make Opportunities North 2017 a priority in your business calendar today!

Program

2017 program

Program

12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Registration

Tuesday, September 12, 2017
The Westin Hotel

4:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Opening Remarks

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Janet Riopel, Edmonton Chamber of Commerce, President and CEO
Roger Epp,  Director, UAlberta North, University of Alberta and ENP Chair

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Edmonton Chamber of Commerce Trade Show Mixer

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Delegates to join and meet ECC members and partners for a evening of networking, exhibits as well as cultural and local cuisine. 

7:00 am – 6:00 pm

Registration

8:00 am – 9:30 am

Opening Remarks / Breakfast Keynote
Reconciliation and Business

Wednesday, September 13, 2017
The Westin Hotel

Aboriginal young professional Gabrielle Scrimshaw will discuss her personal journey, moving from the Hatchet Lake First Nation community in Northern Saskatchewan to Toronto, and the resultant challenges she struggled with and the hurdles she overcame. She will discusses issues that Aboriginal youth currently face, in Canada and elsewhere. As well as how Aboriginal Canadian youth currently stand on a precipice, and that their fates may lie in either direction contingent on the action or inaction of Canadian citizens and government. Gabrielle is passionate about diversity, leadership and innovation. As the first in her family to pursue post-secondary education and travel the globe, she is a believer in what hard work and a positive attitude can accomplish. 

9:45 am – 11:00 am

Innovative Partnerships
Building Equity with Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Businesses Panel

Wednesday, September 13, 2017
The Westin Hotel

The panel will explore how to develop partnerships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous organizations, how to invest in people equity and how to build capacity across businesses in the north, ensuring the prosperity of Indigenous communities through economic development.

Moderator:
Lynn Hutton, ‎President & CEO, Chief Isaac Group of Companies

Panelists:
Nicole Bourque-Bouchier, CEO, The Bouchier Group
Paul Gruner, Pres./CEO Det'on Cho Corporation
Lyle Fabian, President and CEO of Katlo Tech Communications

11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Thought Leadership Roundtable Discussion

Wednesday, September 13, 2017
The Westin Hotel

During this program, participants will enjoy the chance to connect with other informed opinion leaders and field experts as they rotate through the various tables, with each table covering a different topic. A different question will be posed at each table to promote open discussion and idea sharing. This event provides a great opportunity for participants to provide valuable insight into the areas that impact the business communities while connecting delegates to one another.

Engaging open discussions around topics such as:

  • Energy & Environment
  • Mining
  • Housing
  • Trade & Market Access
  • Workforce Development
  • Health & Innovation
  • Transportation Innovation and Safety
  • Corporate Responsibility
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Lunch Keynote Address: Future of Commerce

Wednesday, September 13, 2017
The Westin Hotel

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Transportation Corridor

Wednesday, September 13, 2017
The Westin Hotel

Do you have and export-ready product you want to bring to market but aren’t sure how to get it where it needs to go? Are you interested in learning what transportation methods may be available for you and your product, or how other companies are navigating through challenging market conditions? Join this panel of professionals experienced in the unique challenges of transportation and logistics in Canada’s north. Learn how they have benefitted from Edmonton’s gateway to and from major domestic and international markets for goods being shipped to and from the north.

Moderator
Tom Ruth, President and Chief Executive Officer of EIA
 

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Export Opportunities in E-Commerce

Wednesday, September 13, 2017
The Westin Hotel

Chinese consumers are buying food, art, and craft products directly from Canadian companies. In this session, you will hear from a Canadian firm that specializes in helping Canadian companies navigate e-commerce in China. This session will help your business again an understanding about the market opportunity, how to succeed in making online sales. It’s essential for companies to choose the right e-commerce platform, the right partners, understand regulations, and customs.

Speaker
William Lau Vice President, Maple Horizons

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Mayors' Roundtable on Regional Economic Development and Partnerships

Wednesday, September 13, 2017
The Westin Hotel

 

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Dream, Develop, and Deliver – Building a Home Grown Northern Mining Industry

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 
The Westin Hotel

A panel discussion focused on companies that have come in either at or after initial exploration has taken place; have acquired and are intent on further mineral resources as well as supporting the local economy to maximize benefits for the region they are working in, and to share their financing successes and how they plan to continue to attract investor interest and project financing.

Moderator
Pamela Strand, ADM of Minerals, Oil & Gas of Northwest Territories

Panelists:
Dominion Diamond
Victoria Gold, John McConnell, President & CEO

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Leveraging Innovative Tourism Partnerships

Wednesday, September 13, 2017
The Westin Hotel
 
In a diverse and changing world, partnerships are crucial for ensuring your product gets the recognition and reach it deserves. This panel will take a look at internationally recognized tourism products and how innovative partnerships spurred demand and exceeded expectations. Panelists will talk about their experiences in developing demand locally, nationally and internationally as well as reviewing the economic impact tourism can bring to a region.

Moderator
Maggie Davison, VP Tourism with Edmonton Economic Development Corporation

6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Reception and Dinner

Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Marriott at River Cree Resort


An entertaining evening of cultural performances, northern cuisine and entertainment

Master of Ceremonies
Mark Connolly, CBC Radio Host
 

7:00 am – 6:00 pm

Registration

The Westin Hotel

8:00 am – 9:30 am

Breakfast Keynote: Inspiring New Innovations in Health Care Technology

Thursday, September 14, 2017
The Westin Hotel

In this exciting keynote speech, Heinzl describes how ground-breaking work with big data, artificial intelligence, robotics, nanotech, genomics, and Cloud applications mean that not only is the world smaller and more efficient than ever before, but entrepreneurs can pick and choose from a host of innovations to create unprecedented health care technologies. Heinzl tells stories from the world’s most vulnerable places to reveal the humanitarian impact of cutting-edge science, drawn from his years of work abroad and with leading tech companies. And he explains how many technological advancements can also originate from emerging markets—meaning science and technology can (and will) flow from the places they’re most needed.

Speaker


Dr. Richard Heinzl

Founder of Doctors without Borders Canada

10:00 am - 11:30 am

Health Innovation North and South
Access, Technology and Delivery

Thursday, September 14, 2017
The Westin Hotel

Edmonton is moving towards being a hub for healthcare technology and innovation in Canada. As the largest northerly city in the country, Edmonton is already a major centre for the provision of health services and medical treatment for a large part of northern Canada, where there is a lack of access to healthcare and health professionals.

This panel explores the challenges and opportunities of serving Northern regions, as well as the solutions health services and medical and healthcare technology in cities such as Edmonton can offer.

Moderator
College of Physicians &Surgeons of Alberta 

Panelists:
Kue Young, Professor and Dean
Dawn Harsch, CEO Exquisicare
Pierre Boulanger, Professor and CISCO Chair in Healthcare
Dave Wattling, VP of Corporate Development at TELUS Health

10:00 am - 11:30 am

Export Opportunities in E-Commerce

Thursday September 14, 2017
The Westin Hotel

Chinese consumers are buying food, art, and craft products directly from Canadian companies. In this session, you will hear from a Canadian firm that specializes in helping Canadian companies navigate e-commerce in China. This session will help your business again an understanding about the market opportunity, how to succeed in making online sales. It’s essential for companies to choose the right e-commerce platform, the right partners, understand regulations, and customs.

 

10:00 am - 11:30 am

Agriculture: Growing an Internationally Recognized Farmers’ Market

Thursday, September 14, 2017
The Westin Hotel

The panel will talk about the building blocks of a strong market culture; policy for strong markets, food producers as anchor tenants and artisans for diversity. Edmonton has internationally recognized farmers markets. In 2014, the 104th street market was voted the world’s best farmers market by National Geographic.

Moderator
Johwanna Alleyne, President Alberta Farmers Market Association

10:00 am - 11:30 am

Local Economy, Innovation and Opportunities for Collaboration in a Municipal Context

Thursday, September 14, 2017
The Westin Hotel

What does Yellowknife’s #ShopYK, Whitehorse’s ongoing advocacy efforts for a fibre optic line and Edmonton’s Corner Store program have in common? They are all efforts being undertaken by municipalities in partnership with other community and business stakeholders to address and support economic development goals in their respective communities.

In this session, leaders from the Cities of Yellowknife, Whitehorse, and Edmonton will walk through a series of creative and current examples highlighting municipal approaches to advancing local economies through innovation, collaboration and partnership. Providing fresh perspectives on how partnerships can advance economic development outcomes in different northern contexts, the panel will use these examples to spark discussion about other partnerships and forms of collaboration that your businesses, organizations, and communities might engage in. The session will then break out into facilitated groups to talk more in depth about key themes including technology, marketing, and partnership. Through these conversations, participants will have the opportunity to talk with others about their ideas and perspectives on these themes.

Panelists:
Nalini Naidoo, Yellowknife Communications and Economic Development
Paul Ross, City of Edmonton, Economic Development
Jordan Stackhouse, Whitehorse Economic Development

11:30 am - 1:30 pm

Lunch Keynote Address

Thursday, September 14, 2017
The Westin Hotel

Handover Ceremony to the Yukon Chamber of Commerce

1:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Edmonton and Area Tours

Thursday, September 14, 2017
Various

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