Elevating Business and Entrepreneurship
Cody DemeraisAward-winning Entrepreneur, Mental Health Advocate + Youth Mentor + Changemaker
Recipient of the Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce’s 2021 Young Entrepreneur of the Year ABEX Award, 28-year-old Cody Demerais has inspired countless individuals with his triumphant story of recovery and renewal. A memorable and authentic storyteller, Demerais shares the defining moments of his early life and his journey to becoming an entrepreneurial changemaker, and a proud and active member of his Métis community. With his incredible perspectives on self transformation, Demerais empowers audiences to rewrite their histories and begin anew.
Greg HopfIndigenous Tourism + Bridge Builder + Youth Advocate
Award-winning Dene Indigenous tourism leader, entrepreneur, and Indigenous youth advocate, Greg Hopf is passionate about building vibrant and thriving Indigenous communities. Charismatic and insightful, Greg shares powerful stories of Indigenous experience and ways of knowing and inspires audiences to work towards reconciliation in an authentic and meaningful way.
Joel PedersenSuccessful + Powerful + Motivated
There is only one First Nations Chief Warrant Officer in the Canadian Armed Forces, and Joel Pedersen is it. As most senior non-commissioned officer appointed by the Minister of National Defence and the Chief of Defence Staff, Joel Pedersen is the embodiment of what it takes to reach the top and never give up. Decorated soldier, Police Sergeant and Fitness Guru. Joel inspires audiences to do more than what is expected, to appreciate your strengths and limitations and to develop their leadership potential.
John LagimodiereCommunity Builder + Media Communications
Recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, the Saskatchewan Centennial Medal and Saskatoon’s Living in Harmony Award, John Lagimodiere is a dedicated educator and entrepreneur. President of ACS Aboriginal Consulting Services and the Editor/Publisher of Eagle Feather News, Lagimodiere is also the recipient of the Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce ABEX Award Business for Aboriginal Business. John’s enthralling performance as host of the award-winning national show, As If, on CBC Radio serves as another reason why he is a highly sought after keynote speaker, master of ceremonies, and facilitator.
Jolene StockmanAutistic Advocate + Leadership Developer + Author
Ultra-enthusiastic TEDx speaker and multi-award winning author, Jolene Stockman, gives us a rare view into the world of Autism. Diagnosed as an adult, Jolene has achieved things that this so-called invisible disability has deemed impossible. A Master of Neuro Linguistic Programming, Jolene is revolutionizing perceptions and encouraging respect for human neurological variation.
“I tell the world that being wired-up differently is not only okay, it’s maybe even amazing!”
- Jolene Stockman
Keolu FoxGeneticist + Researcher + Surfer
Featured on the BBC, CBC, NPR, The Atlantic, Forbes, Wired and more, TED Fellow, Dr. Keolu Fox has garnered international attention, for his breakthrough idea that 'Genetics needs to be more Native'. With over 95% of genetic research and trials being conducting on only people of European descent, we are missing out. Our genetic ancestry plays a huge role in what diseases we get and what ones we don’t. Dr. Fox proves that genetic studies should include all demographics.
Michael EtheringtonKindness + Reconciliation + Insight
With the sharing of his lived experiences and insightful perspectives, Michael Etherington has captivated international audiences at TEDxWLUBrantford, the United Nations, the Pan Am Games, and many other large corporate and educational venues. Rooted in Indigenous perspectives, Michael focuses on relationship building, promoting awareness and cultivating sensitivity with the “Truth and Reconciliation” recommendations as his platform.
Ngahihi BidoisBusiness Leadership + Environment + Inspiration
Recipient of the NSA’s New Zealand’s Master of Ceremonies of the Year and Inspirational Speaker of the Year awards, Ngahihi o te ra Bidois has transformed audiences internationally, bringing them empowering messages that transcend cultural boundaries. A Māori leader, entrepreneur and changemaker, he is “The Face of New Zealand” and is renowned for combining centuries of tradition with his extensive industry and business experience, to teach the power of ancient wisdom as modern solutions.
'Savvy' Savannah SimonMotivational + Entrepreneur + Visionary
An entrepreneur, activist, and public speaker, ‘Savvy’ Savannah Simon is a born leader with a natural desire to stand up for what she believes in. Living a life with true intention, everything from her professional to her personal life has a meaningful purpose and has contributed to the messages she’s shared with her many different audiences.
Teara Fraser Aviation Leader + Entrepreneur
"The Sky is No Limit"
For award winning entrepreneur and Canadian Aviation leader, CEO Teara Fraser, "the sky is no limit." As the first Indigenous woman to establish her own airline, Iskwew Air, Fraser is carving her own path through what has historically been a male-dominated industry. Named one of Canada’s Top 25 Most Influential Women and featured on the MacLean's 2021 Power List and chosen as one of 18 "real-world hereos" for DC's Comics Graphic Novel Wonderful Women of History. Teara is inspiring the next generation of women and applying her gifts to the empowerment of indigenous peoples around the globe.
Wayne D. Garnons-WilliamsLegal + Environment + Storyteller
From the Court room to the theatre, Wayne Garnons-Williams engages his audience to see another perspective. Specializing in Aboriginal and Environmental issues, Wayne is an expert in Corporate, Commercial and Trade Law. With experience from Corporate, government and Indigenous worlds Wayne brings a wealth of insight and depth of knowledge to his audience. Wayne takes complex historical and legal problems and transforms them into future possibilities for all.