Regional Chief Marlene Poitras
Assembly of First Nations Regional Chief Alberta, Mikisew Cree First Nation
Marlene Poitras has a background in nursing and received the Aboriginal Humanitarian Role Model Award of Alberta in 2015. She has worked with a variety of indigenous organizations, including the Athabasca Tribal Council and the Assembly of First Nations.
Chief Lee Crowchild
Xakiji Lee Crowchild is the third generation Xakiji following in the footsteps of his father, former Xakiji Gordon Crowchild and his grandfather, former Xakiji David Crowchild whom Crowchild Trail (Calgary) is named after.
Having an extensive and varied educational background, Xakiji Crowchild graduated from Washington State University ‘82 B.Sc. P.E with a focus on biomechanics and Exercise Physiology, and the University of British Columbia ’99 Dipl. EDST, Diploma in Film at The Vancouver Film School ‘02. He started at Mount Royal College (now a University), where he was asked to return as an instructor.
His achievements extend over many different disciplines and endeavors including and not limited to “The Tom Longboat Award – Canada’s Athlete of the year 1982” “Entrepreneur of the Year 89” from the Calgary Chamber of Commerce and the Khot-La-Cha Award from the University of British Columbia ‘99. He also led a successful Dance company known as “Red Thunder Native Dance Theatre” for 13 years.
He has worked in many capacities and positions within Tsuut’ina Nation. This includes Manager of Infrastructure, Director of Public Works, and Emergency Management for the Nation.
Outside the Nation, he has also held a wide-range of positions for various boards including APTN Board of Directors and currently is the Chairman of Making Treaty 7 Cultural Society Board of Directors.
Chief Lee Crowchild is a man of the people and knows that, “Serving the people – our people – requires diligence, sacrifice, and great earnestness”.
Chief Christian Sinclair
Opaskwayak Cree Nation, Co-Chair Manitoba Norther Economic Development Strategy, Director National Access Cannabis Corp.
Chief Sinclair is a well connected and regarded member of the Opaskwayak Cree Nation (OCN, Manitoba) and co-chair of Manitoba’s Northern Economic Development Strategy. As a Director at NAC, Chief Sinclair works to deepen the company’s relationship with Canada’s First Nations while linking economic development and partnerships opportunities with Indigenous communities to create new employment opportunities in Canada’s evolving Cannabis industry to First Nation members. Since 2002, he has worked with aboriginal groups focused on corporate development for major natural resource projects related to hydro, mining, oil and gas.
Former Chief Isadore Day
Former Chief Isadore Day is from Serpent River First Nation, Ontario, which is located in the North Channel of Lake Huron. Born in Elliot Lake and raised in the North, Former Chief Isadore Day worked in construction, commercial fishing, and in the social services setting. Former Chief Isadore Day’s post-secondary education consists of Social Work, Business and Public Administration and Governance. He and his partner Angela raise their girls in the North and are committed to ensuring that the North remains a key grounding in their children’s lives. He is strong in his commitments to his community and all Treaty regions.
He was Chief of Serpent River First Nation since being elected in 2005. Former Chief Isadore Day has a combined total of 15 years in leadership. Public service ideas and dedication have seen him involved in various boards, committees, and volunteer positions over the past two decades. With a list of diverse attributes and skills, Former Chief Isadore Day has been welcomed at many tables to share in efforts to make constructive change for the Anishinaabe and First Nations at the Regional and National levels in recent years. Known as hard hitter on the issues, he has a demeanor that seeks to find ways to highlight and uplift the dignity of others.
Today, Former Chief Isadore Day is quite active on many files in all policy sectors at the local level and provincially. His main focus at all tables with government, academic and industry is First Nation rights, health, social, economies, infrastructure, Quality of Life – and overall, Nationhood — based on all facets of what a nation embodies. He sees political justice as being the main goal for First Nation leaders and is emphatic that the Indian Act is colonial oppression and at the root of what must change in all First Nations. He is practical with both high level policy, and will forever remain a strong grassroots First Nation leader.
Tsuut’ina First Nation Councilor & Treaty Consultant
1st Female President of Indian Association of Alberta
“Woman of the Year” Alberta Aboriginal Awards, “Lifetime Achievement Award” Alberta Aboriginal Awards
Regena was the first women elected as councilor for Tsuut’ina Nation. She served her first term in the 70’s and would later be elected during the 80’s and serve six consecutive terms in council from 1998 to 2010. After her departure from council, she worked on the Treaty portfolio for the Tsuut’ina Nation from 2010 to 2012. In November of 2012, she was re-elected and still holds the office of councilor.
She is the Current Portfolio Holder for Social Well-Being and sits a numerous boards and committees on and off the nation. Her passion has always been the Inherent Rights, Treaty and Treaty Rights of Indigenous peoples. She was very fortunate in having the opportunity to learn from her father and elders during her political career. She has stood on many political platforms regionally, nationally and internationally as an advocate for Indigenous issues. One of her fondest memories was when she was presented with a painting from the elders as “Woman of the Year” in politics and recently from Alberta Aboriginal Awards, The Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015.
Upon finishing college and over the years, she has gained employment in the business sector, tribal governments, Indian Organizations and both levels of governments of Canada. Regena served as Vice President of Indian Association of Alberta and later on was elected the first female President in 1990. In 1994, she returned home to Tsuut’ina Nation and worked for the Nation on special projects which included the casino portfolio.
Regena and Sidney Starlight are parents, grandparents and great grandparents.
Grand Chief Joseph Norton
Mohawk Council of Kahnawake
Joseph Tokwiro Norton has been a leader in his community of Kahnawà:ke for parts of five decades. First elected to The Mohawk Council in 1978, he served as Grand Chief for an unprecedented 26 consecutive years. Declining to seek re-election in 2004 he entered the world of private business. In May 2015 the urge to return to the political forum was too strong to deny and he decided to run for office once again, successfully attaining a fourteenth term as Grand Chief.
He continues to dedicate his energies to improving Kahnawà:ke’s future by promoting educational, cultural and business concerns while defending and promoting Kahnawà:ke’s jurisdiction in all matters that relate to the community’s needs and aspirations.
Over the years he has represented his people on countless occasions. He is recognized across Canada as a leader of uncommon influence. He was Grand Chief during the 1990 Oka Crisis, where his leadership skills became known far beyond the bounds of his own community. His style can best be described as direct and straightforward, with a philosophy that acknowledges strong traditional beliefs and a firm commitment to maintaining the Mohawk way of life.
Grand Chief Norton’s volunteer activities are too numerous to mention in detail but highlights include his membership as a founder of the Canadian Native Arts Foundation and his membership on the Board of the Canadian Chapter of the Jane Goodall Institute. He engaged in philanthropical work through his Sahenatie Community Fund, which has presented scholarships and bursaries to many Kahnawà:ke artists and athletes over the years.
In 2002, he received the National Aboriginal Achievement Award in the Public Service category in recognition of his efforts to bring improvements to the community in the areas of economic development, health care, education, culture and recreation.
He continues to live in Kahnawà:ke and enjoys participating in the lives of his children and grandchildren. He has also been known to play a round or two of golf during the summer months.
Director General, Licensing and Medical Access, Cannabis Legalization and Regulation Branch at Health Canada
Todd Cain is Director General of Licensing and Medical Access for the Cannabis Legalization and Regulation Branch at Health Canada. Prior to that he led Medical Devices and Clinical Compliance and the Review of the Inspection Function. His diverse experience includes the public, non-profit and private sectors in consulting and executive leadership roles. His areas of expertise include policy, governance, strategy, and organization gained from work with the Institute on Governance, Deloitte, the Treasury Board of Canada, General Electric and Ford Motor Company.
He holds a Bachelor of Public Administration, Highest Honours, from Carleton University and a Master’s of Industrial and Labour Relations from Cornell University. He is past Chair of the Board of Directors of the National Capital YMCA-YWCA.
Dr. Evan Adams, MD
Sliammon First Nation,, Powell River, BC
Dr. Evan Adams, Chief Medical Officer of the First Nations Health Authority, Coast Salish physician, Tla’amin First Nation near Powell River, British Columbia, Canada.
Evan received his medical training from the University of Calgary in 2002, followed by a residency in the Aboriginal Family Practice program at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver, BC. Dr. Adams has a Masters of Public Health (2009) from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD. He was the first-ever Aboriginal Health Physician Advisor in the Office of the Provincial Health Officer, BC Ministry of Health (2007-2012). He was the Deputy Provincial Health Officer for the province of British Columbia from 2012 to 2014. He is currently the Chief Medical Officer of the First Nations Health Authority of British Columbia.
Commissioner, FN Tax Commission, former Chief of Kamloops Indian Band, co- founding member of the Shuswap Nation Tribal Council
C.T. (Manny) Jules has dedicated over 40 years of his life to public service in support of Aboriginal issues. He is a member of the Tk’emlúps te Secwepemc, formerly known as Kamloops Indian Band, and served as Chief from 1984 to 2000. Mr. Jules led the amendment to the Indian Act in 1988 so that First Nations could exercise the jurisdiction to levy property taxes on-reserve. The Indian Taxation Advisory Board (ITAB) and the current First Nation property tax system were created as a result of his vision and efforts. Mr. Jules served as Chair of ITAB from 1989 to 2003 and 2005 to 2007.
He was the driving force behind the First Nations Fiscal Management Act, passed by Parliament in 2005, creating the First Nations Tax Commission and the fiscal institutions. On November 11, 2006 Mr. Jules was appointed Chief Commissioner of the First Nations Tax Commission. Mr. Jules was the recipient of an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from both the University of British Columbia in 1997 and Thompson Rivers University in 2006, the Order of British Columbia in 2009, and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal in 2013. Mr. Jules is also a member of the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business Hall of Fame.
Anishinaabe, Wikwemikong Unceded Indian Reserve
Consultant, Public Policy Forum
Former Director General Economic Research Policy Development
Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada
Allan Clarke joined the Public Policy Forum after serving over 30 years in the Public Service of Canada. Most recently, he held the position of Director General, Economic Research and Policy Development, Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada, where he was responsible for leading the development of the Federal Framework for Aboriginal Economic Development and innovative policy, program and legislative initiatives, including the First Nations Fiscal Management Act and the First Nations Commercial and Industrial Development Act. During his career, he has had policy and program responsibility across a wide range of issues, including Indigenous languages and culture, cultural industries, business development and financing, intellectual property and international trade. Allan is Anishinaabe with family roots on the Wikwemikong Unceded Indian Reserve.
Allan joined Public Policy Forum in July 2017.
Chief Dwayne Zacharie
First Nations Chiefs of Police Association
Dwayne Zacharie has worked for the Kahnawake Peacekeepers since 1997. He is currently the Chief Peacekeeper. He is responsible for the administration of all policing functions. In 2013 he was elected President of the First Nations Chiefs of Police Association of Quebec and in 2016, he was elected President of the First Nations Chiefs of Police Association, a national organization that represents stand-alone First Nation Police Services across Canada. Their roles are to build capacity in order to raise the standards of policing services offered to Native communities.
The Kahnawá:ke Peacekeepers’ primary service is law enforcement within the Territory focusing on safety, protection and accountability. Daily tasks include patrols of the community to ensure that laws are being abided by, issuing tickets to offenders, responding to calls for assistance and promoting safety to the public.
The Mohawks of Kahnawá ke (Kahnawákeró non) are an ancient people with a vibrant culture and rich history. We are one of the eight communities that make up the Mohawk (Kanien keha’ka) Nation and have historic, political and cultural ties based on Honour, Trust and Respect to the Oneida, Seneca, Onondaga, Cayuga and Tuscarora Nations of the Northeastern part of North America. The present day site of Kahnawá ke is located approximately 10 kilometres from the city of Montreal.
Seneca , Tonawanda Band, NY.
Exec. Dir. of the National Indian Cannabis Coalition
Jeff is the Executive Director of the National Indian Cannabis Coalition, an organization whose mission is to educate and advocate for the rights of Indian Country as it relates to cannabis. Jeff brings two decades of business and political affairs experience. Driven to assist tribes throughout the U.S., Jeff works in Washington, D.C. where he developed an interest in the impact of politics in business and the direct relation to Native people. Determined to be a voice for his community, Jeff ran for U.S. Congress in 2010 as the Democratic candidate in North Carolina’s 9th district. Born to the Tonawanda Band of Seneca’s near Buffalo, NY, Jeff attended the State University of New York at Potsdam where the student-athlete graduated with a B.A. in Sociology in 1995.
Couchiching First Nation, Leader in the Grand Council Treaty #3, Partner at OKT, First Nations as legal counsel, strategic advisor and negotiator.
Ms. Mainville brings a diversity of experience as a lawyer for First Nation governments and political advisor to Indigenous political organizations and leadership. Sara’s strength is engaging provincial and Federal governments in bilateral/trilateral negotiations around difficult issues.
Sara Mainville has a Bachelor of Management from the University of Lethbridge and a LL.B. from Queen’s University and Sara chose to article at Ecojustice Canada. In addition to her legal practice, Sara has earned a LL.M from the University of Toronto and was awarded the June Callwood bursary for graduate studies in 2006-2007. Sara Mainville’s thesis, “An Anishinaabe Perspective of Treaty #3” was the beginning of a lifetime of study by her regarding Treaty #3 and Indigenous jurisdiction’s important place in reconciling Indigenous sovereignty in Canada.
Throughout her legal career, Sara has been committed to give back to her community of Couchiching First Nation. Sara has represented Couchiching as a lawyer, helped community members with sentencing submissions, and was elected a Councilor in First Nation government. In 2014, Sara was elected Chief of Couchiching First Nation. During that term she ensured that the First Nation had strong policy going forward, a good social media presence to engage the many off-reserve members in community affairs and she started the Wasaw group of companies. Sara was also very active as a political leader in the Grand Council Treaty #3 and Chiefs of Ontario committees.
Sara Mainville is very proud of her participation in the negotiations that led to the creation of the First Nation Sovereign Wealth LP (FNSWLP), a partnership of 129 First Nations in Ontario. Directed by a Chiefs’ Committee on Energy, Sara was active in the negotiations that resulted in the commercial transaction between the Province of Ontario and the FNSWLP of 14 million Hydro One shares and $29 million in seed capital to facilitate long-term wealth creation for the partnering First Nations. The lengthy discussions to transaction closing were completed between October, 2015 to the final days of December, 2017.
In 2015, Sara was named to the Multi-Interest Advisory Committee for the Federal EA Review process by the Assembly of First Nations. In 2018, Sara will be featured as the expert in APTN’s FutureHistoryTV.ca, Episode 10 on “Justice”. Sara Mainville is well regarded by governments and First Nation leaders as a strategic thinker and negotiator.
Smoke Signals, Tyendinaga Cannabis Clinic
With more than 25 years of experience in the medicinal cannabis industry, and with a background in botany, horticulture and business, Kunkel, a Mohawk of the Bear Clan, has established a reputation in his community as a go to person for medical relief.
“Everybody has come to me for help, knowing that I’ve put 25 years into this industry,” he says. “They always have – before any of this existed, before this store…they came right to my front door-step and asked me for these things, knowing that I had the know-how.”
Today, Smoke Signals is a one-stop shop for medicinal cannabis and all its derivatives – from dry flower to extracts to CBD pills and tinctures. All the products are made in house in order to ensure quality control.
Smoke Signals is extremely strict about being a medical cannabis facility, and they will not sell any product to anyone without a medical cannabis card.
David Sharpe, LLB
Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte (Tyendinaga), CEO Bridging Finance, Chair Emeritus of First Nations University of Canada
David is the Chief Executive Officer, responsible for the strategic direction of the firm and ensuring sustainable growth is achieved. David has 25 years of financial services industry experience, in roles such as General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer and Chief Risk Officer for leading financial organizations, and previously was the head of investigations for the Mutual Fund Dealers Association of Canada.
David is Chair Emeritus of First Nations University of Canada. David was a member of the Board of Governors for close to 7 years and served as Board Chair. He is a Board member of the Economic Development Corporation for Eabametoong (Fort Hope) First Nation. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of Queen’s University and is Vice-Chair of the Dean’s Council at Queen’s University, Faculty of Law.
David is a Mohawk and member of the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte (Tyendinaga). David is a lawyer and has been a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada since 1997. He has an LLB from Queen’s University, an LLM in Securities Law from Osgoode Hall Law School and a Masters of Business Administration from the Richard Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario. David has also received the Professional Director Certification from the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy at the University of Saskatchewan/University of Regina. In 2015, David was named to the Diversity 50 in Canada.
Grant McLeod, LLB
Metis, Winnipeg, founder Seven Oaks, Senior Vice President Regulatory Affairs and General Counsel for Beleave Cannabis
Grant is a lawyer from Winnipeg with over 13 years of legislative and policy experience. His past positions have included senior roles at the Privy Council Office, the Specific Claims Tribunal, and the Attorney General’s Office where he was instrumental in developing Ontario’s Aboriginal Justice Strategy.
From 2012 – 2017 Grant worked in Afghanistan and Washington, DC where he worked for the US government and other Non-Governmental Organizations. Upon returning to Canada, Grant applied his skills and experience to establish Seven Oaks for like-minded, professional consumers of cannabis. Seven Oaks is a reference to a historical battle site in Winnipeg where the Metis flag was flown for the first time. Seven Oaks was recently acquired by Beleave, where Grant now plays a senior role responsible for legal and regulatory issues.
Dr. Neil McKinney, BSc, ND,
Prof, of Naturopathic Medicine and Naturopathic Oncology
Former Registrar of the BC College of Naturopathic Physicians, author and lecturer
Dr. McKinney graduated from Simon Fraser University with degree in Biosciences, and had a career in
biophysical (radiation) cancer research. Studied kinesiology at the University of Waterloo. Graduated as a
Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine from National College of Naturopathic Medicine in 1985. Concurrently trained 3 years in TCM at the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine. Dr. McKinney has had many teaching roles, from lab instructor in microbiology at UVic and NCNM, at schools of traditional Chinese medicine, massage therapy, and finally as a professor at BINM. Served many roles in the regulation and advancement of the profession, including Registrar of the BC College of Naturopathic Physicians and accreditation evaluator for CNME. Founded the BC Naturopathic Association www.bcna.ca and the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine www.binm.org Professor of Naturopathic Oncology, and author of textbooks of naturopathic oncology.
Mentors and lectures to doctors internationally; contributes to publications both for professionals and the
public. Dr. McKinney is well known for his generous sharing of time and writings to mentor students and peers.
He has received a number of awards for contributions to advancing the scope and standards of the
naturopathic profession Practices with a focus on integrative oncology in Victoria B.C., Canada.
Inspector Earl Nini
Indigenous Liaison Officer
RCMP “K” Division Headquarters
Inspector Earl Nini, has been a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police for the last 29 years. Prior to graduating from the RCMP Training Academy he served twelve years as a Police Officer for the cities of Moncton and Fredericton, New Brunswick. He has served in the provinces of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Saskatchewan, and Alberta.
Inspector Nini, also served as a Canadian Armed Forces Reservist, for 16 years in New Brunswick.
Inspector Nini, graduated from the University of New Brunswick with an degree in Political Science/Sociology. He completed his Masters degree in HR Development at the University of Regina and gained a second Masters in Administration (Leadership) from the Levene School of Busines.
He is an Officer in the Order of St. John and received the RCMP Long Service Medal, The Queens Jubilee medal, and the Canadian Armed Forces Long Service Medal, C.D.
He was born and raised in Bathurst, New Brunswick.
Cheryl Shuman, CEO
Cancer Survivor, Advocate, Investor, Entrepreneur
Beverly Hills Cannabis Club Founder
Cherokee heritage, Shawnee Nation, Blue Creek Band of Adams County, Ohio
Cheryl Shuman respects her Cherokee ancestry and is committed to supporting First Nations that wish to build careers and companies in the sector.
Cheryl is a professional “Deal Maker”,connecting individuals and companies for mutual benefit. She’s a proven visionary and leader in the legal cannabis entrepreneurial investment community. Cheryl is the founder of the Beverly Hills Cannabis Club with wholly-owned subsidiaries provide turnkey support solutions to the rapidly evolving and growing legal cannabis industry. The Shuman team provides “seed to sale” turnkey business services for the global cannabis industry.
Cheryl Shuman brings decades of experience working with marketing and health care in Beverly Hills. Shuman transformed her activism into a thriving profitable media enterprise. She has been featured in and on the cover of many known publications, and was named one of the most powerful women in pot in Fortune Magazine, and featured in multiple television programs and magazines.
Cheryl Shuman currently appears regularly on CNN, Fox Business, CNBC and many others as a cannabis expert reporter.
Founder Living Harvest and Hempco
Charles grew up as anelite athlete and honour role student. Heand his father developed real estate, grew& sold hydroponic greenhouse vegetables and marketed health products.
Serious health concerns forced him to make major lifestyle changes and he searched for the ultimate vegan protein source and found it in the hemp seed. He and his family, founded Living Harvest and Hempco, the world’s premier hemp seed food companies, bringing to the market; hemp protein powder, Achiva concentrate, Hempmilk and ice cream and even: Hemphuel, a biodiesel lubricant.
The Group decided to go after the funding required to takeHempco to the next level, and chose the public arena. They started building a processing facility for hemp In Edmonton area. Within 2 years of going public on the TSX, Aurora purchased controlling interest and Charles and Angela stepped down from Hempco.
Charles now advises several companies he has invested in and continues his vision and mission to create and run a self sufficient intentional community and health and wellness advancement center on Kalamalka Lake near Vernon BC.
Pioneer of Safe Distribution in the Cannabis Industry
CEO of Chakra Cannabis, Founder of National Access Cannabis, Alex is dedicated to putting Canada on the world stage as a pioneer in the responsible dispensing of cannabis. After helping local compassion clubs implement risk reduction and health awareness initiatives into their business models, Alex felt and identified a critical need: Canadians needed a comprehensive distribution model to provide support, resources and education for members of the community who used cannabis to improve their quality of life. In order to turn his vision into reality, he’s built relationships with experts from medical associations, law enforcement, government, research laboratories, licensed producers from across the country to develop his interwoven business model. Despite his position as founder, it is his sincere hope that humility and passion remain the driving force behind the entire Cannabis Movement today.
“Just because it’s legal, doesn’t mean it’s safe.”
Kikino Métis Settlement
Founder, CanWest Hemp Corp
Industry & Indigenous Rights, Education, & Safety Advocate
Mr. McAdam has extensive experience overseeing the development and management of large-scale indoor and outdoor hemp grows and presently acts as a global consultant to licensed producing cannabis companies and industrial hemp farmers. Mr. McAdam has been breeding, and propagating some of the world’s premium landrace hemp genetics. Wade is a proud native of the Kikono Metis Settlement located in northeast Alberta and is an industry advocate for inherent indigenous rights, education, and increase in safety regulations.
Dr. Shelley Turner MD CCFP
Member of the Pimicikamak First Nation (Cross Lake) in Manitoba
Assistant Professor, Northern Ontario School of Medicine, addiction & harm reduction specialist
Dr. Shelley Turner works in the area of addiction medicine and has provided harm-reduction care to her patients in Thunder Bay, and Manitoba. Her work in health care with vulnerable populations, has shaped the direction of her current clinical and research practice in cannabinoid therapy. Her clinic, First Farmacy Medical is focused on a harm and pharma-reductive strategies.
She is regarded as clinical specialist in this area. Her clinics are data collection sites for DATAbase for CANNabinoid Consumption and Study, (DATACANN), for those with chronic non-malignant pain.
Realizing the importance of education, for colleagues, community, and industry, she is the Course Leader/Instructor Curriculum Development team for Red River College School for Indigenous Education’s “Cannabis 101”, a 36-credit hour course which begins in November 2018.
Dr. Turner is a proud member of the Pimicikamak First Nation (Cross Lake) in Manitoba. She is an assistant professor at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine.
Corporal Richard Nowak
Drug Recognition Expert Program
‘K’ DivisionDRE Provincial Coordinator
Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP)
RCMP Corporal Richard Nowakis the Provincial Coordinator for the Drug Recognition Expert program in Alberta. As the Provincial Coordinator, Cpl Nowak is responsible for liaising with all Alberta police agencies to implement the operational practices and training standards as set out by the Drug Enforcement and Classification Program and the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP).
Cpl. Nowak has over ten years of operational policing experiencewith the RCMP including several postingsin Alberta. Richard serves as a subject matter expert and an instructor in Standardized Field Sobriety Tests (SFST) and Drug Recognition Expert (DRE). Cpl. Nowak has presented at numerous police events and training seminars.
Ahtahkakoop Cree Nation Sk.
Executive Director, Battlefords Agency Tribal Chiefs.
GreenTec Retail Sk Inc.
Neil is a member of the Ahtahkakoop Cree Nation located in Saskatchewan and has been involved in a variety of capacities throughout his career.
He currently is the:
Battlefords Agency Tribal Chiefs.
BATC Community Development Corporation President
BATC Investments Ltd Partnership. President
First Alliance Group of Companies. President
GreenTec Retail Sk Inc.
Fred Sasakamoose “Chief Thunderstick” National
Anishinaabe man of the Bear Clan, Alderville First Nation founder and owner of Medicine Wheel Natural Healing, Mukwa Botanicals, and Smoke Signals Seed Bank. President of the Ontario Indigenous Medicinal Cannabis Association and was a driving force in the creation of the Alderville First Nation Cannabis Association to ensure consistent self-regulation among the growers, sellers, and consumers of cannabis in Alderville First Nation. He first got involved in the cannabis industry after seeing its beneficial medicinal effects on himself and his close family. Recognizing the failings of the medicinal cannabis system in Canada, he sought an Indigenous solution and opened Medicine Wheel Natural Healing. Medicine Wheel is founded upon the Seven Grandfather Teachings, and its purpose is to provide clean, safe, and reliable medicine to members of the community and those outside the community in need of natural medicine.
Howie Miller is one of the funniest corporate and club comedians in North America. His quick wit, “clean” humor and ability to read the crowd make him the perfect choice for any corporate function, fundraiser or comedy club.
Howie has performed at all the major comedy festivals including the Winnipeg Comedy Festival, The Halifax Comedy Festival and the prestigious Montreal Just for Laughs Festival. Among his numerous television appearances, Howie has his own half hour Comedy Now special and was featured in the US Showtime special “No Reservations Needed.”
Howie is also a talented writer, actor and producer and has been nominated for a Gemini Award, a Canadian Comedy Award and a Canadian Screen Award for his sketch comedy show “Caution: May Contain Nuts.”
Dean S. Seneca MPH, MCURP
Former Senior Health Scientist with the Centers for Disease Control
Former Director of the Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Epidemiology Center
Past President of the American Indian/Alaska Native/Native Hawaiian Coalition and Chair of the Racism and Health Work Group.
Former Director of the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry’s, Office of Tribal Affairs
Dean is the Director of the Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Epidemiology Center, a program of Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council Inc.
Dean was with the Centers for Disease Control as a Senior Health Scientist within the Office for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support.
He helped to build CDC’s public health partners ability to provide assistance to state, tribal, local, and territorial health departments. He is the past President of the American Indian/Alaska Native/Native Hawaiian Coalition and Chair of the Racism and Health Work Group.
While at the CDC, he participated in a number of global deployments including, the Zika virus response team; Lead Health Scientist fighting Ebola in Sierra Leone;Polio Virus education in Afghanistan and Ethiopia.
Dean is the former Director of the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry’s, Office of Tribal Affairs addressing complex environmental health issues that pertain to American Indian/Alaska Native populations. Throughout his career, Mr. Seneca has garnered several distinguished service awards.
Jodi Two Guns
Portfolio Liaison Officer for Social Well Being, Tsuut’ina First Nation
I have experience working in the First Nation areas of Education, Child and Family and Mental Health. I have worked as an Executive Assistant but have been recruited to management positions and have also experienced consultant work. Former Tsuut’ina Nation Child and Family Services Board Chair.
Pursuing my Bachelor of Management Degree with a major in Indigenous Nations and Organizations.
I believe in the traditional aspects of healing and incorporating our First Nations ways on a day to day basis within the work environment when able.
Work closely with the Program Managers under our Social Well Being Portfolio, including Child and Family Services, Contingency, Disability Navigator Program, Early Intervention, Elder’s Program, Food Bank, Health Centre, Healthy Living, Income Support, Men’s Shelter, Off Reserve Residency Program. Liaison program information and processes between Chief and Council, CEO, Finance and HR Dept and sometimes external resources including our Nation citizenship. Advocate for Social Well Being.
Saulteaux, Dog Creek FN Reserve, Ashern MB RX Green
Adam Beach is a Hollywood actor with over 90 credited works in Film & Television. A member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, Adam has won or been nominated for multiple awards including: A Golden Globe (Nominee), Capri Exploit Award (Winner, FAITA Award (Winner), NAIMICVision Award (Winner). Adam is an Anishinaabe from Lake Manitoba Dog Creek & has been a tireless advocate for 1stNation & Indigenous rights across North America. In 2012 Adam founded the Adam Beach Film Institute – “A place to teach, learn and heal with every story told” where they focus on Indigenous content& employment for film and television. Currently Adam & his wife Summer have embarked on a journey of creating indigenous content. “My wife has turned out to be a fabulous writer and we hope we can open a new door to Native Film so we can tell the stories of our people and their struggles” As a partner and advisor in IcMD.ca Adam looks to help all communities across Canada exercise their right to access medical cannabis and return to a more natural way of healing.
Alberta Agriculture & Rural Development, Bio Material Development Centre
Lori-Jo Graham is Lead of the Biomaterial Program of Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development and the Client Manager for Alberta Biomaterial Development Centre (ABDC). She works with partners across the value chain to develop the biomaterial industry in Alberta. She is the lead collaborator with regional and international companies who are establishing or expanding.
Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development/Alberta Bio Material Development Centre: Program lead- facilitating development of biomaterial industry in Alberta; agriculture industry development, regional cluster development, business development coaching, investment attraction, fund and investment networks, member of National Bio Products Committee, Alberta Bio Economy Team, Economic Developers Alberta and Alberta Chapter-Canada Green Building Council
Director, Government & Stakeholder Relations, Federal & Ontario, Canopy Growth
Chief Corporate Officer, Aurora Cannabis
Cam Battley is Chief Corporate Officer at Aurora Cannabis, a producer of medical cannabis and cannabis oils under license from Health Canada. He is the lead external-facing executive of the Company, responsible for establishing and managing relationships with shareholders, analysts, media, regulators, governments, and other companies and organizations operating in the cannabis sector.
He also chairs the Executive Committee, acts as liaison with the Board, and ensures organizational alignment across the Company’s operations, domestic and international. Cam is a member of the Board of Directors of Cannabis Canada, the trade association of Licensed Producers. With a background as a health sector management consultant, he combines experience in government, health care NGOs, and the biopharmaceutical industry.
In 1997, Cam founded Health Strategy Group, Inc., a management consultancy with global clients, ranging from health professional and patient NGOs, to innovative and generic pharmaceutical firms, and biotechnology and medical device companies.
Prior to moving to consulting, Cam worked for Eli Lilly and Company, as Director of Communications for Canada. He arrived in the health sector after serving as Legislative Assistant to the Canadian Minister of Consumer and Corporate Affairs, where he was responsible for developing legislation and shepherding it through the House of Commons, as well as negotiating with stakeholder groups and opposition parties.
Cam is also the founder of Wind Gage Communications, Inc., a video and film production company. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Micron Waste Technologies, Inc., and of Campaigning for Cancer (South Africa).
Cam lives in rural Ontario, Canada with his wife and two children. He coaches boys’ and girls’ soccer teams, and is a Scout leader. He is a trail runner and PADI certified Rescue Diver.
VP of Patient Research and Access
Philippe is responsible for the development and implementation of multiple clinical and observation studies. His oversight of Tilray’s Customer Service Centre helps add a patient-centered lens to Tilray policies, practices, and internal and external messaging. Complementing his responsibilities at Tilray, Philippe is a PhD student in the University of Victoria’s Social Dimensions of Health program and a Graduate Researcher with the Center for Addictions Research of British Columbia. His scientific research includes the therapeutic use of cannabis and other substances in the treatment of trauma and addiction, and he has been invited to provide expert testimony before the Canadian House of Commons, the Canadian Senate, and the Supreme Court of British Columbia.
Tribal Council Member Adams Lake band, CEO Green Future Industries
Steven Teed, CEO of Green Future Industries, is an Organic Hemp famer from the Secwepemc Nation. He has a strong passion for respecting the land and the importance of community.
With Hemp, Steven saw a way to bring positive change to his people, where housing, clean water and poverty are still issues. Hemp will not only save the environment but will also create value-based jobs within the community.
Before starting the farm on Secwepemc Territory, Steven volunteered across Canada to learn the art of Industrial Hemp farming. After attending hemp construction workshops where he learned about hemp building materials.His studiescontinue and he works with industry experts around the world learning more about hemp.
Now going into his third year, Green Future Industries is ready to expand and educate others about the power of Hemp and all the opportunities it can bring to Indigenous communities across turtle island.
Chief Executive Officer | Fort McMurray #468 First Nation
Brad Calihoo is leading his band in diversifying its business interests away from oil and gas development and joining other Canadian Indigenous communities in their efforts to grow and sell legal marijuana. The band is planning to open a cannabis-growing facility about forty kilometres south of Fort McMurray in July 2019. The facility will spread out over 24,000 square feet of reserve land, with additional room to expand the facility’s footprint tenfold.
Lorraine M. White
Vice President & General Counsel
As General Counsel and head of Government Relations for Seven Leaf, Lorraine White brings her extensive legal expertise to the forefront as the company navigates the many requirements as a Licensed Producer of cannabis. Ms. White is one of the founders of Seven Leaf and has used her significant experience as a former Tribal Chief of the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe to build understanding about the economic opportunities that the cannabis industry holds for the Akwesasne Mohawk Territory. With experience in overseeing tribal administration and agencies, and business and gaming entities including the Akwesasne Mohawk Casino and SRMT Mohawk Bingo Palace, Ms. White has helped build cooperation with the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne, the Government of Canada and Seven Leaf for a successful future for the community and the company.
Business Development Manager (Drug and Alcohol Detection) Drager
Einat Velichover has been with Draeger Safety Canada for 4 years. She manages all drug and alcohol detection devices nationally for both law enforcement well as the workplace testing and is responsible for the roll out of the Draeger Drug Test 5000, the only approved road side drug testing device in Canada.
Einat has worked in the field of safety and medical devices for 8 years.
She was the director of Sales and Marketing for a data science boot camp in Los Angeles and worked in the field of advertising for 10 years, managing brands like Bell, Walmart, General Mills, and Rogers (launching the Iphone in Canada).
Terry D. Braun
General Counsel, Tsuu T’ina
After being admitted to the Alberta Bar in 1997, I became an associate at a small litigation firm in Calgary. In 2002, I then joined the firm as a partner and helped grow the firm into a highly respected mid-sized litigation firm. While I had a general practice, I started focusing ondeveloping an aboriginal law practice. In 2015, I became General Counsel to the Tsuut’ina Nation. In my position, I provide legal advice to Chief and Council and Senior Management on the day to day operations of programs and companies. This includes providing advice on enacting legislation to protect the sovereignty of the Tsuut’ina Nation and advice on defending the inherent and Treaty rights of the citizens of the Tsuut’ina Nation. Most recently, I have given advice in relation to the new federal and provincial cannabis laws and the recently enacted cannabis law enacted by the Tsuut’ina Nation. In addition, I have appeared in matters at the provincial and federal court, successfully protecting the jurisdiction of the Tsuut’ina Nation.
Blaine Favel served as the Uof S chancellor from 2013 to 2016. As a member of Poundmaker Cree Nation and an influential Plains Cree leader he has made significant contributions to scholarship, education, public service and the Canadian public good.
In addition to a bachelor of education, Mr. Favel has a law degree from Queen’s and an MBA from Harvard Graduate School of Business. He was also awarded an honorary doctor of laws from the University of Saskatchewan in 2012.
Mr. Favel played a key role in guiding the university’s planning and actions in the area of Indigenous education and engagement. Alongside President Stoicheff, Mr. Favel co-hosted the first Building Reconciliation national forum, where Aboriginal and university leaders gathered to discuss how universities across Canada can respond to the calls to action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. This first forum was the beginning of what is now an annual gathering hosted by Canadian universities.
Chief Keith Blake
Chief Keith Blake was sworn in as the 5th Chief of Police of the Tsuut’ina Nation Police Service on May 16th, 2013.
Prior to his appointment with the Tsuut’ina Nation Police Service, Keith served 24 years in the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
Keith was privileged to have completed all of his service in the Province of Alberta and experienced firsthand the culture, prideand honour in being part of the policing in seven different First Nations communities in Alberta.
Keith’s operational and investigative policing experience includes both front line uniform policing, as well as plain clothes duties in specialized units.
Keith’s investigative background includes postings as a General Investigation/Major Crime Investigator, Federal Drug Unit Investigator and National Security Investigation Section (NSIS) Investigator and Supervisor, Detachment Commander, Emergency Response Team Leadership and Professional Standards.
Chief Delbert Wapass (Walking Eagle)
Thunderchild First Nation (Treaty 6)
Chief Wapass has served for 3 terms, as well as 6 years as an executive member with the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations (FSIN), with the portfolio responsibilities of education, health, lands and resources and sports, culture, and youth. He is a teacher, administrator, negotiator, and experienced in PR, HR and Finance.
He has a Bachelors Degree in Education and Arts, Bachelors Degree in Arts and Science, and a Masters Degree in Education from the Uof S.
He speaks fluent Cree and was an internationally famous grass dancer. Chief Wapass is a strong leader and kind, patient and compassionate towards the people he leads. Chief Wapass seeks advice from Elders to guide him inmaking decisions. He is also a good role model for young people.
Chief Clarence Louie
Osoyoos Indian Band
Attended the University of Regina, (Saskatchewan Indian Federated College) Native American Studies Program. Continued Native American Studies at the University of Lethbridge.
Since December 1984 when first elected as Chief of the Osoyoos Indian Band, part of the Okanagan Nation in south central British Columbia, Clarence Joseph Louie has consistently emphasized economic development as a means to improve his people’s standard of living. Under his direction (30+ years), the Band has become a multi-faceted corporation that owns and manages nine businesses and employs hundreds of people. In 1998 the Osoyoos Indian Band Development Corporation was formed to manage and provide strategic direction to the existing businesses and as well as seek out new economic opportunities. Clarence was appointed C.E.O.
Chief Louie’s constant message is,”Socio-economic development is the foundation for First Nations self-reliance, our communities need to create our own jobs and revenue sources.
Director General Economic and Business Opportunities, Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada
Mohan is a Government of Canada executive, leading diverse teams to promote economic development in partnership with Indigenous peoples, the private sector, and other levels of government. He has led government programs related to mining, environmental assessment, environmental remediation (cleanup), international, intergovernmental, and Indigenous issues. He has negotiated international regulatory cooperation with the United States and Mexico, delivered on government-wide regulatory policy frameworks, and developed solutions with Indigenous partners to tough regulatory and environmental challenges in Canada’s North.
Francine is Algonquin from KitiganZibi Anishinabeg First Nation and founder of Whiteduck Resources Inc.,a boutique consulting firm that delivers research, evaluation,and organizational development to indigenous organizations and government at the community, national and international level.
Francine’s focus is on improving policy and dialogue, and researching solutions to the complex and emerging issues that impact communities in areas relating to economic, education,and health and social development with a particular interest in women’s development.
Most recently, Francine served as member of the Employment Services Development Canada, Social Innovation Social Finance Co-Creation Steering Group, and is a Prosper Canada board member, a non-profit with a focus on developing financial empowerment and literacy for Canadians. She is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors and is certified ICD.d.
In 2009, Francine was awarded the World of Difference Award by The International Alliance of Women for her contributions to the economic advancement of women, and in, 2017 was honoured with the Bank of Montreal Award for Community Development and Charitable Giving.