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Don’t miss the AFOA Canada 15th Anniversary National Conference!

by ahnationtalk on January 12, 20152290 Views

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Don’t miss the AFOA Canada 15th Anniversary National Conference!
Winnipeg, Manitoba
RBC Convention Centre Winnipeg

Register today!

PROGRAM – plenary sessions

Opening Plenary – Capitalizing on Opportunities that Lead to Self-Reliance and Economic Prosperity

Part 1 – A keynote presentation by Chief Jim Boucher from the Fort McKay First Nation in Alberta

Part 2 – Panel Discussion – How Economic Development Corporations contribute toward a Community Vision

TD Economics estimate that the combined income of Aboriginal household, business and government sectors could be $32 Billion by 2016. This significant growth is in part due to the Economic Development Corporations (EDCs) that First Nations governments and Aboriginal communities continue to develop. What is the role of EDCs and how should they be managed to ensure they fulfill the needs that the community wants? This plenary will present perspectives and lessons learned on: the role of EDCs; how they can be managed to address community needs and wants; their contribution to the goal of economic prosperity and self-reliance; and what their future growth potential could look like.

Plenary – Aboriginal Entrepreneurs and the Importance of Financial Literacy

Part 1 – Panel Discussion: Aboriginal Entrepreneurs in the Marketplace

In 2006 there were more than 37,000 Aboriginal people in Canada who identified as having their own businesses. Between 2001 and 2006 the number of Aboriginal business owners increased by 38 percent and the growth rate of Aboriginal entrepreneurs was five times that of the self-employed Canadians overall. The panelists will discuss the importance of Aboriginal entrepreneurs in the economy and the opportunities and challenges they face in the marketplace and in the community. Panelists will also share their perspectives about financial literacy and its role in their success.

Part 2 – A Conversation on The Importance of Financial Literacy

Improving financial literacy of individuals is a growing concern around the world. Managing our personal financial affairs can lead toward financial well-being. Financial products and services are becoming more complex. As Aboriginal people increasingly participate in the Canadian economy, Financial literacy and acumen is becoming a much needed skill.

And more…Visit the for more program information.


Over 80 trade show exhibits featuring a wide range of products and services. Space is limited, reserve today!

Contact George Rogerson, email or call 1.866.775.1816.


Sponsorship opportunities are available. Please contact us today to discuss an opportunity that meets your needs!

Click here to download a copy of the opportunities flyer.


Delta Winnipeg – SOLD OUT! Our block of rooms at the Delta Winnipeg Hotel has sold out!

Please make your hotel reservation at the Radisson Winnipeg. RESERVE NOW as our group rate is only offered for a limited time! Please refer to the AFOA Canada block of rooms to obtain the negotiated rate.

Radisson Hotel – $139/night

Call the hotel directly at 204-975-6221 or 204-975-6238 or toll-free 1-800-339-5238 ext.1

Pre-Conference Workshops

Registration for a pre-conference workshop

If you would like to attend a pre-conference workshop, you must register and pay for this separately to the conference. Please click here to visit the pre-conference workshop page.

1 Day Training Workshop (Monday, February 16, 2015):

  • Dollars and Sense Pre-conference Training Session

2 Day Workshop (Monday, February 16 and Tuesday, February 17, 2015)

  • Effective Planning, Creation and Implementation of Your Trust

1 Day Workshops (Tuesday, February 17, 2015):

  • Human Resources Management Essentials: Module 4 – Employee Compensation and Benefits
  • First Nations Community Governance
  • An Introduction to Community Economic Development
  • Developing Business Plans and Funding Proposals
  • Demystifying Finance for Elected Aboriginal Leaders II

Conference Secretariat
Micheline Bélanger

Attendance at the AFOA Canada National Conference counts as verifiable AFOA Canada Maintenance of Certification credits.





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