Live Stream


Conference Location

Fort William First Nation Community Centre

400 Anemki Dr, Thunder Bay, ON P7J 1J4


Conference Schedule of Events

March 25th
March 26th
Fort William First Nation Community Centre
8:00 - 8:30
Registration
8:30 - 9:15
Walter Bannon and Elder Gene Bannon - Welcome and Opening Remarks
9:15 - 10:00
Walter Bannon - FWFN Training Centre
Join Walter Bannon, Director of Economic Development at Fort William First Nation, in learning about the proposed Training Facility to be created at FWFN. The facility will allow for heavy equipment operation training to prepare First Nations community members to enter the industry with a complete skill set and experience.
10:00 - 10:30
Renee Boucher, FWFN and Elaine Kerr, Northwest Employment Works - Apprenticeships
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10:30 - 11:00
Tradeshow Area - Break
Visit the trade show area, with booths from organizations including PARO, Impact Promotions, Confederation College, Nuclear Waste Management Organization, YES Employment Services, Wasaya Airways, TBT Engineering, Service Canada, Outland Camps and Catering, Northwest Employment Works, Nishnawbe-Aski Development Fund, Sumac Forest Information Services Ltd., Anishinabek Employment and Training Services, Ontario Geological Survey: Ministry of Northern Development and Mines
11:00 - 12:15
Aggregate Crushing and Quarry Site (Bus Tour) - Bus Tour
Take a tour of Fort William First Nation's aggregate pit and crushing operation, run by its own members with equipment acquired with its own money. Gravel is extracted to rebuild the community's roads. *Priority for this tour will be given to students as they cannot go on the afternoon tour due to limited time to return back to school
11:00 - 11:30
Adam Rose, Principle, Manager of Engineering Services - Oshki-Aki: A FWFN Engineering Firm
Oshki-Aki is a FWFN partnership. Adam Rose, Principle, Manager of Engineering Services at True Grit Consulting Ltd. Learn about True Grit, their Oshki-Aki partnership and what they do. Learn about engineering and other career opportunities.
11:30 - 12:15
KBM: Caleigh Sinclair - New Leading Edge Jobs
Learn about the education needed, the training required and the type of jobs KBM has in aerial surveying and GIS. Learn about what KBM does in these fields.
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12:15 - 13:00
LUNCH
Catered by Tania Johnson
13:00 - 13:30
Sharon Kovacic - Yes Employment
Yes Employment Services assists with the planning and coordination of your employment success by providing Resources and Information, Job Search Assistance, Job Matching and Placement Services and Assistance with Job/Training Retention. Learn how YES can help you attain the job you want. Employers can benefit from YES Employment services as well. The YES Job Development Team provides outstanding customer service and on-going follow-up with employers throughout the recruiting process. They can provide job matching services and employer supports, Ongoing support for employers hiring matched candidates, Resources and information and Low cost certification for your employees including Smart Serve and Safe Food Handling. Sharon Kovacic (H.B.A.) has been with YES Employment Services since February 1999. As the agency’s Marketing/Communications Officer, she has had the opportunity to inform the public about government-funded employment programs and services for over 14 years. This information sharing includes facilitating workshops, presentations, and information sessions as well as coordinating events, social and electronic media platforms and promotional materials. With 10 years in the broadcasting field as a writer/producer and experience teaching overseas in Kuwait and Cairo, Sharon finds it rewarding to apply her extensive communications background to providing workers with the information they need to find meaningful employment.
13:00 - 14:15
Aggregate Crushing and Quarry Site - Bus Tour
Take a tour of Fort William First Nation's aggregate pit and crushing operation, run by its own members with equipment acquired with its own money. Gravel is extracted to rebuild the community's roads. *Students are not permitted to go on this tour as they need to be back to return to their schools
13:30 - 14:15
KBM: Caleigh Sinclair - New Leading Edge Jobs
Learn about the education needed, the training required and the type of jobs KBM has in aerial surveying and GIS. Learn about what KBM does in these fields.
14:15 - 14:30
Fay Zoccole - Heroes and Role Models
Fay Zoccole is the Education Navigator at the Nokiiwin Tribal Council. She recently achieved a Master’s degree in Education within the past year. She has 10 years-experience as an elementary teacher within First Nation communities. She is a teacher specializing in Special Education and Literacy and enjoys working with students from the kindergarten grades to the high school years. Fay is in transitioning from a teacher role into the administration role. She aims to support First Nation schools and communities within the Robinson-Superior Territory by providing 2nd level educational supports. Fay is interested in promoting and supporting First Nation student to achieve success in academics and other learning activities that inspire students to plan for their future success. Her teaching and academic writing is directed toward telling her own experiences as a teacher and mother of a special needs son and child. She completed her portfolio which is called, “Parent Involvement and Engagement in First Nation Northern and Remote Schools.” Community support is important for student success. Fay will share how her Elders, parents and others assisted her to set and reach educational goals.
14:30 - 15:00
Dave Bradley - Outland Camps
Outland Camps supplies and operates full service remote workforce housing and catering – from 50 person remote construction camps to large permanent, modular housing structures. Outland has installed and operated remote housing and work camps since 1985, supplying camps to a range of industries including mining, oil, gas, utilities, forestry and government.
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15:00 - 15:15
Tradeshow Area - Break
Visit the trade show area, with booths from organizations including PARO, Impact Promotions, Confederation College, Nuclear Waste Management Organization, YES Employment Services, Wasaya Airways, TBT Engineering, Service Canada, Outland Camps and Catering, Northwest Employment Works, Nishnawbe-Aski Development Fund, Sumac Forest Information Services Ltd., Anishinabek Employment and Training Services, Ontario Geological Survey: Ministry of Northern Development and Mines
15:15 - 16:00
Education and Training - Oshki-Pimache-O-Win
Dorothy has worked in the post-secondary education field for over 14 years with experience in teaching, program development, program renewal and curriculum development. She has two years’ experience working in various First Nation communities to develop employability skills. She operates her own company that offers corporate diversity training workshops for non-aboriginals. She recently accepted the position as Community Liaison & Student Recruitment Officer position for Oshki-Pimache-O-Win and is delighted to continue working to help Aboriginal people meet their personal and educational goals.
Fort William First Nation Community Centre
8:00 - 9:00
Registration
9:00 - 9:15
Brian Davey, NADF - Welcome and Opening Address
9:15 - 9:45
Charlton Thompson, Senior Account Manager - NADF Services
Learn more about NADF's services
9:45 - 10:15
Colleen Martin, Senior Project Manager - NADF
Optimizing opportunities: Network, partner or collaborate?
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10:15 - 10:45
Tradeshow Area - Break
10:45 - 11:15
Denise Hardy, NADF Special Initiatives Advisor - Issues and Solutions
11:15 - 12:00
NADF - Panel
Use this time as a Q&A period with NADF representatives and learn more about how they can help you with your entrepreneurial ventures.