Keynote Presentations

Meet & Greet
     Ms. Cathy Towtongie, President, Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated


Breakfast with Brian Penney [presented by Todd Burlingame]
Doing Business in the North: An Experienced Perspective
     Mr. Todd Burlingame, Vice President, Sustainable Development, Baffinland Iron Mines


Lunch with the Honourable Peter Taptuna
A Bright Future for Nunavut Business
     The Honourable Peter Taptuna, Premier of Nunavut [NOTES]


Nunavut Business Achievement Awards
     Ms. Sherri Rowe, Deputy Minister of Economic Development & Transportation


Breakfast with Harry Flaherty
30+ Years of Doing Business in the North
     Mr. Harry Flaherty, President, Qikiqtaaluk Corporation Group of Companies


Lunch with the Senator Dennis Patterson
25 Years of Progress
     Senator Dennis Patterson, Senator for Nunavut [NOTES | POWERPOINT]


Final Gala & Auction
     The Honourable Monica Ell-Kanayuk, Deputy Premier, Minister of Economic Development & Transportation [NOTES]


Conference Sessions

Conference Session #1Trades & Apprenticeships: Meeting the Needs of Our Growing Territory

As major developments ramp up in Nunavut it is important to understand the opportunities as it is important to know what kind of skilled workers are required. This session will examine what specific trades are required to assist businesses and to help grow their workforce.


Conference Session #2: New NNI Policy

The Nunavummi Nangminiqaqtunik Ikajuuti (NNI) policy, which was developed by the Government of Nunavut (GN) and Nunavut Tunngavik Inc (NTI), is the GN’s preferential procurement policy. Its objectives are: good value and fair competition in the procurement process; strengthening the territory’s economy; increasing Inuit participation; and education and training in Nunavut. In this session, NNI and NTI, along with GN’s Department of Community & Government Services (CGS) will give a joint presentation on the important changes to the new NNI policy, and how it affects GN contracting, followed by a Question & Answer period.


Conference Session #3: Economic Opportunities through Development

As Nunavut explores and develops its resources there will be many opportunities for SME’s and Large Corporations to take advantage of the opportunities. There are different sources of funding available for these projects that support business. This session will allow attendees to hear about some of the programs in place to support business growth. NDMS will present speakers who can attest to how inclusive hiring can help develop your business, and some funding sources that can support inclusive workplaces.


Conference Session #4: Business Development Support

What is debt financing? How do I successfully apply for a business loan? How will my business loan application be reviewed?

 In this presentation, Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC), Nunavut Business Credit Corporation (NBCC), Baffin Business Development Corporation (BBDC), Kitikmeot Community Futures Inc. (KCFI) and First Nations Bank of Canada (FNBC) will answer these questions, and share stories and lessons learned working with business owners. The new Inuktitut version of BDC’s and NBCC’s eBook: How to Get a Business Loan will also be presented.

  • Valerie Kosmenko, Chief Executive Officer, Baffin Business Development Corporation
  • Marg Epp, Executive Director, Kitikmeot Community Futures Inc
  • Patrick Lamarre, Senior Account Manager, Aboriginal Banking, Business Development Bank of Canada
  • Keith Martell, Chief Executive Officer, First Nations Bank of Canada
  • Peter Ma, Chief Executive Officer, Nunavut Business Credit Corporation.


Conference Session #5: Cultural Industries:  Arts, Crafts, Tourism and Film

Cultural Industries are a major part of the Nunavut economy. This session will review some of the changes that are taking place to help support the industries. The session will cover what is happening with film and how the relationship between the Government of Manitoba and Nunavut with the recent MOU is working on strengthening the arts industry.


Conference Session #6: Sealing, Fur & Fisheries

Sealing, Fur and Fisheries programs protect, promote and enhance the sustainable use of our environment, and its natural & cultural resources by maintaining healthy ecosystems, and creating healthy & prosperous communities. Responsible Development is very important to protecting our land and sea. This session will also focus on what responsible development actually means.