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

Program

2017 program

Program

9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Registration

Tuesday, September 12, 2017
The Westin Hotel

9:00 am - 11:00 am

Continental Breakfast

Tuesday, September 12, 2017
The Westin Hotel

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Tours with Downtown Business Association

Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Central Edmonton

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 – 4:00 pm

Registration

Wednesday, September 13, 2017
The Westin Hotel

8:30 am – 9:30 am

Breakfast Keynote
Reconciliation

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. 

Co-Founder of the Aboriginal Professional Association of Canada
8:00 am - 8:30 am

Opening Remarks: Reconciliation and Business
Dr. David Turpin, President, University of Alberta

Wednesday, September 13, 2017
The Westin Hotel

9:45 am - 11:00 am

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

Panelists:
Cathie Bolstad, Executive Director, NWT Tourism
Hugo van Joolen, Director Tourism Development & Partners, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
Charlene Alexander, Executive Director, Yukon First Nations Culture and Tourism Association

9:45 am – 11:00 am

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, President and CEO, Det'on Cho Corporation
Lyle Fabian, President and CEO, Katlo Tech Communications 
Paul Goguen, Senior Vice President, Electricity Global Business Unit , ATCO

11:05 am – 11:50 am

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
  • IT Infrastructure
  • Health and Business - A Risk Mitigation Strategy
  • Growing a Small Business
  • Food Service Supply
12:00 pm – 1:15 pm

Lunch Keynote: Future of Commerce and Strategic Partnerships

Wednesday, September 13, 2017
The Westin Hotel

When Brennan started at Shopify in early 2011, 40 employees were working out of a cramped Ottawa office on a product that had yet to be in high demand. In 2015, Shopify led Canada’s most successful IPO in recent history and today represents over 200,000 businesses in 150 countries. In this presentation Brennan will focus on the ‘future of commerce’  with  a focus on ‘macro’ to incorporate different groups in the audience.

Director of Business Development and Strategic Partnerships, Shopify
1:30 pm - 2:30 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:
Darrell Beaulieu, CEO, Denendeh Investment Corp
Chantal Lavoie, Chief Operating Officer, Dominion Diamond
John McConnell, President & CEO, Victoria Gold

 

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Northern Navigators – They’ll Move You

Wednesday, September 13, 2017
The Westin Hotel

Are you interested in learning what transportation methods may be available to you and your product, or how other companies are navigating through challenging market conditions? Join this panel of professionals experienced in the unique opportunities and challenges of transportation and logistics in the north. Learn about their success stories and 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, EIA

2:15 pm - 3:00 pm

FRESH

Wednesday, September 13, 2017
The Westin Hotel

Edmonton’s Food and Urban Agriculture Strategy was developed in consultation with citizens and organizations within the city. Learn about Edmonton’s urban beekeeping, urban hen, and urban agriculture strategies. Discover the policies, bylaws, and citizen engagement that helped to turn this strategy into a reality.  The Edmonton Food Council, the City of Edmonton, and community members will share stories about their experiences. 

Moderator:
Dustin Bajer, Co-Chair, Edmonton Food Council

Panelists:
Kathryn Lennon, Principal Planner, Policy/Sustainable Development, City of Edmonton

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Mayors' Roundtable on Regional Economic Development and Partnerships

Wednesday, September 13, 2017
The Westin Hotel

Despite the vast geographic expanse of Canada’s north and the huge population disparities that exist, the capitals of Alberta, Yukon, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut are inexorably linked through history. Regional economic development entails the creation of new, and the expansion of extant businesses, resulting in a net increase in opportunities and wages for people throughout the region. Join the Mayors of Iqaluit, Yellowknife, Whitehorse and Edmonton for this fascinating roundtable as they discuss strategic approaches and highlight the bonds that unite these 4 unique communities.

Moderator:
Janet Riopel, President and CEO, Edmonton Chamber of Commerce

Panelists:
Mayor Don Iveson (Edmonton)
Mayor Mark Heyck (Yellowknife)
Mayor Dan Curtis (Whitehorse)
Mayor Madeleine Redfern (Iqaluit)

5:30 pm

Shuttle service to Marriott at River Cree Resort

Wednesday, September 13, 2017
The Westin Hotel

6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Reception and Dinner

Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Marriott at River Cree Resort


An entertaining evening of cultural performances, northern cuisine and entertainment.

Master of Ceremonies
Mark Connolly, CBC Radio Host

Opening Ceremony Featuring:
Asani, singing the national anthem in English, French and Cree
Running Thunder Dance Group delivering their spectacular brand of song, dance and storytelling.

Meal:
Northern meal compliments of Northwest Territories

Entertainment:
Easy Street Band, 6-piece Jazz band 

9:30 pm

Shuttle service to The Westin

Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Marriott at River Cree Resort

7:00 am – 2:00 pm

Registration

Thursday, September 14, 2017
The Westin Hotel

8:30 am – 9:45 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.

Founder, Doctors without Borders Canada
10:00 am - 11:00 am

Health Innovation North and South: Access, Technology and Delivery

Thursday, September 14, 2017
The Westin Hotel

Edmonton has historically celebrated its role as the economic “Gateway to the North.”  In health care we also have a proud heritage of serving the northern of the province and beyond, including the Territories, and all of western Canada for some specialized services and technologies.

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
Steve Buick, ‎Public Policy Advisor, College of Physicians & Surgeons of Alberta (CPSA)

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

10:00 am - 11:00 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 - 11:00 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.

Moderator:
Ed Gibbons, City of Edmonton Councillor, representing Ward 4

Panelists:
Yellowknife Communications and Economic Development
Paul Ross, City of Edmonton, Economic Development
Whitehorse Economic Development

11:15 am - 12:45 pm

Lunch Keynote Address
Aurora Sky and Beyond – How Edmonton’s own Terry Booth transformed Aurora into a global juggernaut in the legal marijuana industry.


Thursday, September 14, 2017
The Westin Hotel

Canada’s legal marijuana sector could grow into a $22.6 billion industry, with the base retail market alone worth between $4.9 billion and $8.7 billion annually.

With Aurora moving from strength to strength in an industry set to transform the national business landscape, we are pleased to present an exclusive luncheon with proud Edmontonian Terry Booth, CEO & Founder of Aurora Cannabis Inc., as the concluding keynote presentation in our dynamic Opportunities North business conference and networking event.

In this fascinating talk, you’ll hear one of Canada’s true business visionaries reveal the fascinating journey that has positioned him atop one of the fastest growing companies in the country AND the incredible opportunities that lie ahead for both Aurora and an industry set to transform and revitalize the national economy.

Founder and CEO, Aurora Cannabis Inc.

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