After a successful event the last three years, Lloydminster will host the fourth Indigenous Economic Partnership Summit on October 13th at the Lloydminster Exhibition Grounds. The goal of the iSummit is to bring together Indigenous and Non- Indigenous businesses, communities and individuals towards the goal of forming partnerships for economic change and social advantages.
Keynote speaker, Clint Davis, says “Indigenous business is experiencing huge growth in Canada – demonstrating that we have always been entrepreneurs.” Since 2012, he has been Vice President, Aboriginal Banking at TD Bank Group, mandated with developing and implementing a national Indigenous banking strategy. Recently Davis has moved to Acasta Capital. He is also the Chair of the Board for the Nunatsiavut Group of Companies, which employs hundreds of Indigenous people and recorded revenues of $30 million in 2014 – a five-fold increase since 2010.
Local business leaders have a lot to gain from the iSummit, “This summit exceeded my expectations. I was able to meet several indigenous, education, government and business leaders and discuss the first steps toward real progress. I’m really looking forward to attending the summit again in the future.”, says Mike Strilchuk, General Manager – Foremost Lloydminster.
Indigenous students are encouraged to attend. Their admission is only $25 for the full day conference.
Event information can be found at ieps.ca. Online ticket purchases can be made this year through the website or at picatic.com/ isummit2016. You may also contact the Lloydminster Chamber of Commerce for further information.