ONTARIO FIRST NATION ECONOMIC FORUM KICKS OFF IN TORONTO

TORONTO, ON - Over 300 First Nation leaders and economic development officers gathered with government and industry this week at the Ontario First Nation Economic Forum (OFNEF), October 12-13 in Toronto. 

The two-day event features a sold-out tradeshow and keynote speakers such as Chief Clarence Louie, Chair of the National Aboriginal Economic Development Board (NAEBD); Gary Davis, former CEO of the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (NCAIED) and newly appointed Executive Director of the Native American Financial Services Association; and Ted Nolan, former NHL coach and entrepreneur.

“First Nations in Ontario are poised to become a powerful economic force in terms of natural, renewable, and human resources,” said Ontario Regional Chief Isadore Day. “The Political Accord signed between the Chiefs of Ontario and the Province last year has renewed our relationship and breathed life into our Treaty rights, particularly in terms of jurisdiction and control of our lands.

One of the key outcomes of OFNEF 2016 will be ensuring that First Nations become equal partners and equal proponents in local and provincial economies,” added Regional Chief Day. “Once that is accomplished, First Nations will become the economic engines that will generate prosperity for all.”

OFNEF also features panels and workshops, key topics to include: Joint ventures; infrastructure; climate change; employment and training; social innovation and financing; energy; trade; and resource revenue and benefit sharing. Panel moderators featured are JP Gladu, President and CEO of the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB) and Clint Davis, the new Indigenous VP of Acasta Capital. 

At the Gala Banquet on Wednesday, October 12, Tim Hortons was honoured with an “Excellence in Partnership with First Nations” Award in recognition of the current work on establishing franchises in First Nation communities.


The Chiefs of Ontario is an advocacy forum, and a secretariat for collective decision making, action, and advocacy for the 133 First Nation communities located within the boundaries of the province of Ontario, Canada. For more info, please contact: Jamie Monastyrski, Communications: 807-630-7087

FOCUSED ON CREATING LONG TERM WEALTH FOR FIRST NATIONS WHILE STIMULATING PROVINCIAL AND NATIONAL ECONOMIES

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