Aboriginal Forum 2022

Date: June 9th, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm 

Location: McIntyre Auditorium  

Partnerships in Resource Development:
Sharing the Benefits


The Aboriginal Forum is an information and networking event that will bring together key representatives from First Nations, government, and business to share their insights and expertise on topics and issues related to benefit sharing, and business and workforce development for and with Aboriginal People.


9:00 am | Registration & Networking

10:00 am | Welcome Remarks & Opening Prayer
– Elder (TBD)
– Brian Davey, Executive Director, NADF
– Cory Robin, Account Manager, NADF

10:10 am | NADF Program & Services
– Kimberley Bird, CPA, CMA, Loans Manager, NADF

10:30 am | Pathways to Success and Career Opportunities in Mining
– Christine Heavens, MBA, C.E.T, Executive Director, Community, Business Development and Employment Services, Northern College
– Jacob Dockstator, JD, MBA, BA, Executive Director, Sioux Lookout Friendship Accord Economic Development



11:15 am | Developing Indigenous Relations in Mining

Jason Rasevych, PMP, EC.D, TAED, PAED, CPM
National Leader Indigenous Client Services, Deloitte Canada

Jason Rasevych is an Anishinaabe from Ginoogaming First Nation and has 20 years of marketing, finance, strategy, governance, economic development experience with various First Nations across Canada. In 2018, he was recognized as one of Canada’s Top Economic Developers and has secured more than $250 million for capital projects, legacy infrastructure, and business expansion with First Nations. Jason has deep knowledge of First Nation rights and the resource sector through his involvement in complex negotiations between First Nations, Industry and Government. He has led First Nations to precedent setting agreements in the mining, forestry, energy, and broadband sectors resulting in equity for Indigenous peoples in natural resources and ownership of enabling infrastructure. In 2019, he co-founded the Anishnawbe Business Professional Association to advocate for the inclusion of Indigenous business in pursuit of economic reconciliation in Canada.  Jason also leads Deloitte’s Indigenous Client services and the trust administration practice that supports First Nations and Trustees to manage approximately $1 Billion in invested funds, and supports the growth, education and development of First Nations and its members.

12:00 pm | Lunch

1:00 pm | TBD

1:30 pm | Fostering Opportunities with Businesses

2:00 pm | Revisiting Forestry & Mining Resources Revenue Sharing Agreements

2:50 pm | Closing Remarks & Closing Prayer
– Elder (TBD)
– Brian Davey, Executive Director, NADF