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Waubetek hosting economic conference this May

This year’s theme is “Leading Practices for First Nation Economic Development."
Kendal Netmaker, founder of Neechie Gear, will be one of the guest speakers at the 2017 Waubetek Economic Conference in May.

The Waubetek Business Development Corporation will host its annual Economic Conference May 3 to 4 in Sudbury.

Formerly known as the Waubetek Economic Forum, this year’s event will follow the theme “Leading Practices for First Nation Economic Development."

The event is open to First Nations leadership, economic development staff, and Aboriginal entrepreneurs. It’s described as “business-oriented and interactive event with public and private sector experts brought in as resources to present and discuss topics on business, finance, management, and economic opportunities."

This year’s special guest speakers include Geoff Gay, CEO of the Athabasca Basin Development Corp. in Saskatchewan; Chris Trainor, president of Morningstar Hospitality; and Kendal Netmaker of Netmaker Enterprises.

Waubetek will also present its annual report, review the last year’s initiatives, and set priorities and approaches for new developments.

The registration deadline is Thursday, April 27. Visit for more information.

The Waubetek Business Development Corporation, located on the Whitefish River First Nation, is an Aboriginal-owned and controlled organization that delivers business financing and economic development services to First Nations and Aboriginal businesses located throughout northeastern Ontario.