Northern Development Conference 2018

June 13 and 14, 2018 at the Hotel Forestel, Val-d’Or

Over 250 people took part in the 14th Northern Development Conference organized by the Secretariat to the Cree Nation Abitibi-Témiscamingue Economic Alliance in collaboration with the City of Val-d’Or and the Grand Council of the Crees (Eeyou Istchee) / Cree Nation Government. Discussions centered on the need to develop a workforce and the creation of sustainable economic alliances.

During the Conference, a number of business people from the Cree, Algonquin and Inuit communities in neighbouring regions participated in various discussion panels on the forestry and mining industries and on economic development. The Honorary Co-chairs of the Conference were the President of the Secretariat, Dr. Ted Moses, O.Q., and the Mayor of Val-d’Or, Mr. Pierre Corbeil.

Final Report – 2018 Conference

Speaker Presentations:

June 13, 2018

Mr. Jocelyn Douhéret, Director, Business Office, Société du Plan Nord

Mr. Vincent Rousson, Director, Val-d'Or campus, Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue

Mr. Dave McRae, National Indigenous Lead, BC Indigenous Liaison, FP Innovations

Mr. Matthew Wapachee, President, Eskan Company & Subsidiaries

Mr. Louis Imbeau, Professor in wild life management, collaboration with Canada Research Chair in Aboriginal Forestry –Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue         

Luncheon conference with Grand Chief Dr. Abel Bosum, Grand Chief/Chairperson, Grand Council of the Crees (Eeyou Istchee)/Cree Nation Government, Vice-President, Eeyou Istchee James Bay Regional Government

Voyages Eeyou Istchee Baie-James Inc.

Mr. Youcef Larbi, Chief Geologist & Director General and Mr. Reggie Mark, President, Cree Mineral Exploration Board

Ms. Sophie Bergeron, Mine General Manager, Eleonor, Goldcorp Inc.

Mrs. Patricia Hébert, Regional Director of Northern Quebec and Mr. David Saint-Pierre, Aboriginal Affairs Advisor, Ministère Énergie et Ressources naturelles

Fundraising Gala, Closing word - Grand Chief Dr. Abel Bosum

               

June 14, 2018

Mr. Pierre Corbeil, Mayor, City of Val-d’Or

Mr. Thomas Jolly, Chief, Cree Nation of Nemaska

Mr. René Dubé, Mayor, Town of Matagami, President, Administration régionale Baie-James 

Dr. Abel Bosum, Grand Chief/Chairperson, Grand Council of the Crees Eeyou Istchee / Cree Nation Government, Vice-President, Eeyou Istchee James Bay Regional Government

Mr. Andy Baribeau, Director, Department of Commerce & Industry, Cree Nation Government

Mr. Andrew Epoo, Economic Development Officer, Makivik Corporation

Mr. Rusty Cheezo, President, Cree Regional Economic Enterprises Co. (CREECO) 


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