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CNA2020

Reconciliation in the workplace

Portrait of Gabrielle Scrimshaw
Gabrielle Scrimshaw
Photo by Jon Chase, Harvard Staff Photographer

CNA2020 delegates are sure to be inspired and well-informed by the Friday breakfast keynote speaker, Gabrielle Scrimshaw. She will discuss what delivering on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s calls for action can look like in today’s workplace.

A proud Dene from Treaty 10 Territory in northern Saskatchewan and Alberta, Scrimshaw is an education and Indigenous leadership expert and an advocate for all things Indigenous. The skilled storyteller has a passion for creating social impact.

Scrimshaw runs a consultancy, working with First Nations communities across North America, helping address questions of economic development, leadership and governance. Based in San Francisco, she is a sought-after expert on Indigenous issues by North America’s largest national media outlets. She is a regular contributor for North America’s largest national media outlets and has been profiled by The New York Times, Forbes, The Globe and Mail and others.

Growing up in a rural Indigenous town of about 800 people, Scrimshaw was raised in a single-parent home. A first-generation student, she has studied international business and policy across six continents. Scrimshaw has an MBA from Stanford and is a Gleitsman Fellow at the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard University, where she earned an MPA.

She is the co-founder of the Indigenous Professional Association of Canada, a non-profit organization that is a global thought leader on Indigenous leadership.

Scrimshaw will be speaking during the Friday breakfast, which will be held from 07:30 to 09:00 on February 28.

Find the complete schedule at https://cna.ca/cna2020/program/.

To register for the conference, visit https://cna.ca/cna2020/registration/.

CNA2019

Getting markets and economics right panel at CNA2019

On Friday,March 1, at 9 a.m. Dr. Ken Coates, Fiona Reilly, and Keith Matthew take the stage at CNA2019 to discuss new nuclear, getting markets and economics right.

One of the challenges facing New Nuclear is its commercialization – finding and accessing the right markets and getting its own economics right. What steps are needed now and in the future for New Nuclear to establish itself as a viable, affordable clean energy solution not only in Canada but internationally? What are the patterns of finance, ownership and operation that will make large reactors and small reactors attractive to communities and governments?

Dr. Ken Coates is a Professor and Canada Research Chair in Regional Innovation at the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy.  He is also the Macdonald-Laurier Institute’s Senior Policy Fellow in Aboriginal and Northern Canadian Issues. He has served at universities across Canada (UNBC, UNB and Waterloo) and at the University of Waikato (New Zealand), an institution known internationally for its work on Indigenous affairs.

Fiona Reilly is Managing Director – FiRe Energy Ltd. and Chair of the Expert Finance Working Group NED – at the Nuclear Industry Association. She is a world leading authority on nuclear power, with over 20 years’ experience in the industry. She is also recognised as an expert in the development and financing of nuclear projects by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and has served as a designated expert on the financing, development and structuring of nuclear projects at special meetings of the IAEA.

Keith Matthew is the President and Director of the Council for the Advancement of Native Development Officers (CANDO). He is also founder of Seklep Business Services and a member and former chief of the Simpcw First Nation. He served for five years as chief and five years as Councilor up until December 2010.

For more information about CNA2019 visit https://cna.ca/cna2019/.

CNA2019

Olympian Waneek Horn-Miller to deliver Friday breakfast keynote at CNA2019

On Friday, March 1, at 7:30 a.m. CNA2019 will present its breakfast keynote speaker Waneek Horn-Miller.

Horn Miller is an Olympian, activist, and speaker on Indigenous health and reconciliation.

In 2000, she became the first Mohawk woman from Canada to ever compete in the Olympic games, co-captaining Team Canada’s women’s water polo team at the Sydney games.

After her retirement as an athlete, she has gone on to help others achieve in sports and lead healthy, balanced lifestyles.

She was Assistant Chef de Mission for Team Canada at the 2015 Pan Am Games. She is also the host of Working It Out Together—a 13-part documentary and healthy-eating initiative with the Aboriginal Peoples’ Television Network, which aims to build “an Indigenous movement of positive change” and “features dynamic leaders in health advocacy and courageous men and women who are figuring out what it takes to be well and to thrive.”

She will speak about indigenous reconciliation and finding common ground through dialogue.

In this keynote, Horn-Miller unpacks the hard but necessary work ahead of us if we want to escape our history of conflict and move to a place of shared understanding. If we embrace the true spirit of reconciliation, we need to make it a way of life—a cornerstone of how we proceed as a multicultural society—and not just a destination.

To Horn-Miller, this takes listening, and dialogue; it means extending empathy to those with different outlooks, and not shying away from debate; it means solutions-based thinking rooted in our shared aspirations. But if we can do this, we can do something unique in this country. And we can embrace what reconciliation is all about—a way of addressing wrongs, living in harmony, and healing for those who need it most.

For more information about CNA2019 visit https://cna.ca/cna2019/.