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Infrastructure, Cannabis and Environment Highlighted at First Nation Economic Advancement Conference (FNEAC) in Toronto September 18-20, 2018

Ontario First Nation Economic Developers Association

Infrastructure, Cannabis and Environment Will Be Highlighted at First Nation Economic Advancement Conference (FNEAC) in Toronto September 18-20, 2018

 

(Toronto, August 15, 2018) The 2018 First Nation Economic Advancement Conference (FNEAC) is just over a month away. The three-day event will feature panels, workshops, keynote speakers, and a trade show. The goal of FNEAC is to share success stories and build relationships that will lead to improved infrastructure, wealth creation, and better overall socio-economic conditions for the 133 First Nation communities in Ontario. First Nation leaders, economic development officers, government, business, and industry officials will be in attendance.

 

FNEAC is organized by OFNEDA – the Ontario First Nation Economic Developers Association, in partnership with CANDO, the national economic development officers’ organization, along with support from the CCAB – Canadian Council of Aboriginal Business – and CESO – Canadian Executive Service Organization.  Indigenous Services Canada is the major sponsor. Other sponsors include CN, TD, BDC, OFNTSC, LIUNA, and Gowlings.

 

CANDO will host several pre-FNEAC workshops on Monday, September 17th. Urban Systems, a BC-based community planning organization, will kick-off FNEAC with a two-hour “Economic Land Use Planning” workshop on the afternoon of Tuesday, September 18th. Earlier this year, Rainy River First Nation, located in northwestern Ontario, received a Canadian Institute of Planners Award of Excellence for its community plan that was developed in partnership with Urban Systems.

 

OFNEDA will host their Annual General Meeting at 5:00pm on Tuesday September 18,2018

 

Beginning on the morning of Wednesday, September 18th, there will be keynote speakers, panels, and workshops on topics that include cannabis, major infrastructure, capacity building, agriculture and

aquaculture, trade, and the environment. A draft agenda is available at www.ofneda.com.

 

For the first time at a conference, the Indigenous Infrastructure Investment Trust (3IT) framework for attracting global capital will be presented. The 3IT framework was selected by the judges in the national CanInfra Challenge as a top 10 finalist and invited to present at the Transformational Infrastructure Summit in May 2018 attended by the Prime Minister, Finance Minister, industry and Financial CEOs and indigenous thought leaders.

 

FNEAC 2018 will be held at the Chelsea Hotel, 33 Gerrard Street West, in downtown Toronto. To book a room, visit: https://gc.synxis.com/rez.aspx?Hotel=59052&Chain=10316&start=availresults&arrive=9/18/2018&depart=9/20/2018&adult=1&child=0&group=ONT091818  Or call toll free 1-800-CHELSEA (243-5732) or 416-595-1975 and use the room block code First Nations Economic Advancement Conference 2018”.

 

For more information, contact Bryan Hendry at 613-863-1764 or bhendry@bimaadzwin.ca,

 

To register for the conference, contact:

Patty Ann Owl, Executive Director

Ontario First Nations Economic Development Association

Blue Heron Industrial Park , 485B Gran Street, Rankin Reserve 15D, ON, P6A 5K9

 

Ph: (705) 946-0746

Fax: (705) 946-0416

patriciaowl@ofneda.com

 

 

 

 

 

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