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
2nd Floor

9:00 am - 11:00 am

Continental Breakfast

Tuesday, September 12, 2017
The Westin Hotel
Alberta Ballroom

10:00 am - 11:00 am 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Innovation Hub Tour
Walking Tour

10:00 am -12:30 pm (Vans to depart at 9:45 am)

Health Tour
Guided TappCar Tour

 

10:00 am -12:30 pm (Vans to depart at 9:45 am)

Agriculture Tour
Guided TappCar Tour

University of Alberta Farm
Lactuca Urban Farm

11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Grab and Go Lunch

The Westin Hotel
Alberta Ballroom

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Innovative Agriculture and Collaborative North-South-Indigenous Partnerships

Tuesday, September 12, 2017
World Trade Centre Edmonton

6th Floor

The presentation will explore how strategic business partnerships have led to new agribusiness opportunities. Through agricultural innovation, collaboration and creative business partnerships businesses are playing a role in ensuring fresh, affordable food to meet northern food security needs. ‘Building capacity across businesses in the north, ensuring the food security in Indigenous communities through economic development.

Moderator:
Jolene Bobinski, Manager, Trade & Investment, Edmonton Economic Development

Panelists:
Tanner Stuart, CEO, NutraPonics
Sonny Gray, CEO, North Star Agriculture Inc
Tami Grantham, Project Lead, Carcross Tagish First Nation

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Opening Reception

Tuesday, September 12, 2017
World Trade Centre Edmonton
6th Floor


Complimentary food and beverage for delegates to socialize and connect with one another.

Janet Riopel, Edmonton Chamber of Commerce, President & CEO
Roger Epp,  Director, UAlberta North, University of Alberta and ENP Chair
Premier Bob McLeod (Northwest Territories)
Hon. Ranj Pillai, Deputy Premier, Minister of Energy, Mines and Resources, Minister of Economic Development, and Minister responsible for the Yukon Development Corporation and the Yukon Energy Corporation (Yukon)

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Edmonton Chamber of Commerce Trade Show Mixer

Tuesday, September 12, 2017
World Trade Centre Edmonton
2nd Floor

Delegates to join and meet ECC members and partners for a unique night of connection and culture as we bring together a showcase of art, business, tourism and culinary delights highlighting Alberta’s rich culture and innovative business community from across Edmonton and the North. Discover unique insights into Alberta's history and Indigenous culture through conversations with one of Fort Edmonton Park's cultural interpreters.  

  • Step into the Northwest Territories and experience their rich culture and history through a series of unique displays including traditional dog sled and fur exhibit. A few steps over and you’re in the Yukon lounge to discover the Yukon’s unique brand of tourism and enjoy a complimentary sample of beer and whisky from Yukon Brewery and Two Brewers Whiskey.
  • Socialize, network and re-engage with fellow Chamber members, other business leaders, and your conference fellow delegates. Share a conversation with one of our engaging trade exhibitors and explore ways to leverage these newfound connections to grow your business.
7:00 am – 4:00 pm

Registration

Wednesday, September 13, 2017
The Westin Hotel
2nd Floor

8:00 am - 8:30 am

Opening Remarks and Welcome: Reconciliation and Business

Janet Riopel, President & CEO,  Edmonton Chamber of Commerce
Dr. David Turpin, President, University of Alberta

Wednesday, September 13, 2017
The Westin Hotel
Manitoba / Saskatchewan Ballroom

8:30 am – 9:30 am

Breakfast Keynote
Reconciliation

Wednesday, September 13, 2017
The Westin Hotel
Manitoba / Saskatchewan Ballroom

An Indigenous 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 discuss issues that Indigenous youth currently face, in Canada and elsewhere. As well as how Indigenous 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, Aboriginal Professional Association of Canada
9:30 am - 9:45

Health Break

9:45 am - 11:15 am

Leveraging Innovative Tourism Partnerships

Wednesday, September 13, 2017
The Westin Hotel
Yukon Ballroom

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, Vice President, Tourism, Edmonton Economic Development Corporation

Panelists:
Cathie Bolstad, Executive Director, Northwest Territories Tourism
Hugo van Joolen, Director Tourism Development & Partners, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
Adam Gerle, Vice President, Marketing & Sales, Northern Vison Development LP

9:45 am – 11:15 am

Building Equity with Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Businesses

Wednesday, September 13, 2017
The Westin Hotel
BC Ballroom

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.

Introduction:
Peter Turner, President, Yukon Chamber or Commerce

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

Panelists:
Nicole Bourque-Bouchier, CEO, The Bouchier Group
Paul Gruner, President & CEO, Det'on Cho Corporation
Lyle Fabian, President & CEO, Katlo Tech Communications
Doug Tenney, Vice President, Northern Development, ATCO
 

11:25 am – 12:20 pm

Thought Leadership Roundtable Discussion

Wednesday, September 13, 2017
The Westin Hotel
Manitoba / Saskatchewan Ballroom

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.

Table Topics Discussion led by:
Energy & Environment ATCO
Trade & Market Access Export Development Canada
Workforce Development Det'on Cho Corporation
Health & Innovation DynaLIFE Medical Labs
The Energy Game Ferus Natural Gas Fuels
Corporate Responsibility Black Diamond Group
Growing a Small Business Roth Schroder Professional Corp.
Thinking Outside the Box Shippers Supply
Food Service Supply Gordon Food Service
Educational Accessibility and
Partnerships for Northern Communities
Athabasca University
Northern Logistics, Making the
Hard to Reach 'Reachable'
BBE Expediting Ltd.
Social Entrepreneurism Business Development Bank of Canada
Northern Transportation Corridor Kitikmeot Inuit Association
Territorial Economic Outlook and
its Business and Legal Impact
Field Law
Health-Gateway to the North College of Physicians and Surgeons
Barriers to Growth Canadian Beverage Association

 

12:30 pm – 1:40 pm

Lunch Keynote: Future of Commerce and Strategic Partnerships

Wednesday, September 13, 2017
The Westin Hotel
Manitoba / Saskatchewan Ballroom
Virtual Presentation by Keynote

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 virtual presentation Brennan will focus on the ‘future of commerce’  with  a focus on ‘macro’ to incorporate different groups in the audience.

Introduction: Hon. Wally Schumann, Minister of Industry, Tourism and Investment, Minister of Infrastructure

Director of Business Development and Strategic Partnerships, Shopify
1:45 pm - 2:45 pm

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

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 
The Westin Hotel
BC Ballroom

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
Benji Straker, Manager of Mineral Resources Planning

Panelists
Elliot Holland, Vice President of Projects, Dominion Diamond
Darrell Beaulieu, CEO, Denendeh Investment Corp
Tony George, Vice President, Project Execution, Victoria Gold

1:45 pm - 2:45 pm

Northern Navigators – They’ll Move You

Wednesday, September 13, 2017
The Westin Hotel
Yukon Ballroom

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 & CEO, EIA

Panelists
Heather Stewart, President, BBE
Peter McCart, Senior Vice-President, Commercial, Canadian North
Len Williams, General Manager, Kluane Freight Lines
Russell Neudorf, former Deputy Minister of Transportation

2:45 pm - 3:00 pm

Health Break

3:00 pm - 4:15 pm

Mayors' Roundtable on Regional Economic Development and Partnerships

Wednesday, September 13, 2017
The Westin Hotel
Manitoba / Saskatchewan Ballroom

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:
Gary Lamphier, Principal, Lamphier Communications (former Edmonton Journal business journalist)

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 provided by Diversified Transport

Wednesday, September 13, 2017
The Westin Hotel
Front Entrance

6:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Gala Dinner
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Marriott at River Cree Resort
Enoch Ballroom


An entertaining evening of connections, northern cuisine and entertainment. 

Agenda:
6:00pm-6:30pm: Cocktails Reception with music by Casey Koyczan
6:30-7:10: Program and Handover Ceremony to Yukon Chamber of Commerce
7:10-8:10: Four Course Meal compliments of Northwest Territories
7:10-9:30: Entertainment by Easy Street Band

Speakers:
Randy Boissonnault, Member of Parliament for Edmonton Centre
Janet Riopel, President & CEO, Edmonton Chamber of Commerce
Peter Turner, President, Yukon Chamber of Commerce

Meal
Northern meal compliments of Northwest Territories

Entertainment
Casey Koyczan / NAHGA, Northwest Territories
Easy Street Band, 6-piece Jazz band

9:30 pm

Shuttle service to The Westin provided by Diversified Transport

Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Marriott at River Cree Resort
Front Entrance

7:00 am – 2:00 pm

Registration

Thursday, September 14, 2017
The Westin Hotel
2nd Floor

8:00 am - 8:30 am

Buffet breakfast

Thursday, September 14, 2017
The Westin Hotel
2nd Floor

8:30 am – 9:45 am

Breakfast Keynote: Inspiring New Innovations in Health Care Technology

Thursday, September 14, 2017
The Westin Hotel
Manitoba / Saskatchewan Ballroom

In this exciting keynote, 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.

Introduction: Premier Bob McLeod (Northwest Territories)
Keynote: Dr. Richard Heinzl, Founder, Doctors without Borders Canada

Founder, Doctors without Borders Canada
9:45 am - 10:00 am

Health Break

10:00 am - 11:15 am

Health Innovation North and South: Access, Technology and Delivery

Thursday, September 14, 2017
The Westin Hotel
Yukon Ballroom

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:
Jason Pincock, CEO, DynaLIFE Medical Labs
Dawn Harsch, CEO, Exquisicare
Pierre Boulanger, Professor and CISCO Chair in Healthcare
Shane Sabatino, President, TELUS Employer Solutions and VP, TELUS Health AB

10:00 am - 11:15 am

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

Thursday, September 14, 2017
The Westin Hotel
BC Ballroom

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, Councillor, Ward 4, City of Edmonton

Panelists:
Sheila Bassi-Kellett, City Administrator, City of Yellowknife
Paul Ross, Economic Development, City of Edmonton
Chaofeng Zhang, Whitehorse Economic Development, City of Whitehorse

11:20 am - 1:00 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
Manitoba / Saskatchewan Ballroom

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. 

Introduction: Tony Caterina, Councillor, Ward 7, City of Edmonton
Keynote: Terry Booth, CEO, Aurora Cannabis Inc.

Founder and CEO, Aurora Cannabis Inc.

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