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Engaging Indigenous Communities Luncheon: Leading Practices in Business Development

  • 27 Feb 2020
  • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM (UTC-06:00)
  • Science Centre, 2903 Powerhouse Drive, Atrium Room (glass room before entrance)
  • 8

Registration

Join us for lunch and discussion on how Indigenous values and engaging Indigenous communities though inclusion and procurement can create greater impact for all of our communities. 

Thomas Benjoe, President and CEO of FHQ Developments, and John Desjarlais, Jr. General Manager of Great Plains Contracting will share proven practices in engaging Indigenous communities and will challenge our thinking on colonial meanings of wealth and community.  Their discussion aims to spark dialogue on how organizations can engage beyond Duty to Consult for greater social responsibility.   This is an opportunity for honest conversation,  asking those "awkward" questions, and for reconciliation in action.   Bring a non-engagement professional with you!   Email us any specific questions you would like to Thomas and John to address. 

Register by Friday Feb 21, 2020. Wrap & Roll Buffet lunch provided by Sky Cafe and Bistro.

About Thomas Benjoe: Mr. Benjoe joined FHQ Developments in the fall of 2016 as the Corporation’s President/CEO.  Thomas brings a wealth of experience in First Nations Economic Development, Entrepreneurship, Community Development, Business Administration, and Commercial Banking.  He has a strong professional background, and a personal commitment to partnership, relationship building and interest-based negotiation.  Mr. Benjoe is strongly committed to Aboriginal Business Development and FHQ Developments’ guiding vision of securing business partnerships that result in wealth generation and First Nation equity ownership in key economic sectors. 

About John Desjarlais, Jr.: John Desjarlais, Jr, P.Eng., MBA is a proud Nehinaw (Cree)-Metis from Cumberland House, and is the general manager of Great Plains Contracting, an Indigenous majority owned and governed industrial contracting company. He is also currently completing a Master’s degree in Governance & Entrepreneurship in Northern & Indigenous Areas at the U of S, and sits as Councilor for APEGS (Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Saskatchewan). 


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