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Trading Nations: Indigenous Business Goes Global 

Presented by thePanel in partnership with Manulife

13 MAY



Reconciliation goes beyond apologies and acknowledging injustices. It is also about recognizing economic sovereignty.


Indigenous peoples established the trade routes that built Canada. Today, Indigenous businesses are more likely than others to be exporting or working with foreign investors.


Only recently have we started to consider Indigenous perspectives and priorities in our national trade agenda. What more needs to change? 


Karen Restoule

 Co-Founder of BOLD Realities

Karen is an impact-driven leader, specializing in relationships, change management, systems and design thinking, and policy development.

She is the co-founder of BOLD Realities, a non-profit organization that convenes dialogue and develops educational tools to advance the industry-Indigenous relationship. 




Networking and cocktail reception


thePanel discussion

Topic 1

Challenges and barriers

Topic 2

Opportunities, the Indigenous advantage and what's next?

Topic 3

Questions & Answers




The Hon. Jim Carr

Minister of International Trade Diversification

The Hon. Jim Carr is currently the Minister of International Trade Diversification. He was elected as Member of Parliament for the riding of Winnipeg South Centre. Jim entered public life in 1988, when he was elected to represent Fort Rouge in the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba. He was also the deputy leader of his party.

Angela DeMontigny

International Indigenous Fashion Designer

Angela DeMontigny is an internationally renowned, award winning, indigenous designer who has developed her own unique, signature style that has been showcased globally from Canada and the US to the UK to South Africa. Her original, upscale, leather fashion is her trademark and she honours her native heritage by drawing inspiration from traditional elements as the foundation behind her collections. 



Daniel Mellsop

New Zealand High Comissioner to Canada

Daniel Mellsop was appointed New Zealand High Commissioner to Canada in February 2016. He is concurrently High Commissioner to Jamaica.

Daniel is a career diplomat. During his time in the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade he has worked on a wide range of issues, from trade negotiations to counter-terrorism. Previous appointments included postings to the New Zealand embassies in The Hague and Seoul. 

Jace Meyer


Jace Meyer is a Metis speaker, teacher, and artist working at Shopify in Ottawa, ON. Jace holds a Bachelor of Education from the University of Victoria and has co-created science, technology, engineering, and math curriculum with Indigenous people from coast to coast to coast. (...)



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