Fort McKay First Nation

Fort McKay First Nation &

Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business

Energy and the Oil Sands...
       Aboriginal Perspectives

January 22nd, 23rd & 24th, 2014 at the Sawridge Inn & Conference Center, Fort McMurray, AB.

The Fort McKay First Nation (FMFN) in partnership with the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB) is hosting a conference. "Energy and the Oil Sands, Aboriginal Prspectives". This will be the first of this type of in-depth oil sands conference to come to the region. The conference will address many of the key issues surrounding First Nations, Aboriginal business, economics, best practices and the environment in Alberta.

We are pleased to announce some of our confirmed panel experts:

Chief Jim Boucher, Fort McKay First Nation
Chief Allan Adam, Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation
Minister Frank Oberle, Alberta Aboriginal Relations
JP Gladu, President & CEO, Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business
Bill Gallagher, LL.B., Lawyer, Strategist, Author – “Resource Rulers”
David Tuccaro, President / Owner, Tuccaro Inc.
David Collyer, President, Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers
John Rhind, VP, Shell Upstream Americas, Oil Sands Joint Ventutre
Peter Read, VP, Syncrude Canada
Mark Little, VP, Suncor Eneergy
Mitch Mercredi, President, Northeastern Alberta Aboriginal Business Association
Dr. Kevin F. Hagel, President & CEO, Keyano College
Dr. Karim-Aly Saleh Kassam, International Prof., Cornell University
Dr. Marie Delorme, President & CEO, The Imagination Group of Companies
Conference Emcee, Wab Kinew, singer / songwriter, radio producer / host.

Panel topics will include:

Economics Overview: The oil industry; the present state and future outlook.
Industry Forum: Working with Aboriginal business and First Nations.
Best Practices Presentation: Working in the oil industry, including success stories.
Networking in the Oil Industry: How associations work on behalf of Aboriginal business.
Aboriginal Perspectives and issues: Treaty and Aboriginal rights, etc.
Environmental forum: State of address and working with the oil industry.

Gala Banquet (Thursday Evening):

Hugh Campbell, VP, Sustainable Development & HSE, Total E&P Canada - Presentation.
Chief Jim Boucher, Fort McKay First Nation - Address.
Ken Coates, Researcher & Consultant - Special Guest Keynote.
Adam Beach, Gala Emcee with Entertainment by Don Amero.

Registration Information

$750 Conference Delegate           &          $350 Banquet Participant
$1,000 Participation in all conference sessions and the Gala Banquet  













Conference Blog



Delegate Bag & Media:




Silver: Teck Resources Ltd.

Karin Buss Professional Corp.


RCS Energy Services Ltd.

Cenovus Energy

Enbridge Pipelines Inc.

Breakfast : ICEIS

VIP Reception: MNP
Coffee Break: Ackroyd LLP
Pre-Regeistration: The Bouchier Group


For more information regarding this event please contact Fred McDonald, Director of Culture & Special Events, First McKay First Nation or 1 (780) 370-8374