February 3, 2023
FHQ Developments 1st Business Development BD Day
Our first-ever Indigenous Business Development Day was developed to answer the call to question of “How can I contribute to Economic Reconciliation?” We wanted to give our community ways in which they can be pack leaders and make an impact in your community while meaningfully contributing to economic reconciliation.
We featured speakers from each of the FHQ Developments Companies, as well as companies from each of our 11 Nations. Our aim was to showcase our capabilities while participants could learn and build relationships! We believe this event was a success and hope to plan another.
FHQ Developments shared information regarding the success behind Indigenous Business Models in business development and economic development.
We featured the following speakers in order of appearance:
🟢 Blessings from Elder Harry Francis
🟢 Tribal Chief Jeremy Fourhorns, Tribal Chief/Chair of File Hills Qu’Appelle Tribal Council (FHQTC)
🟢 Thomas Benjoe, President & CEO of FHQ Developments
🟢 Cherish Francis, CEO of Nekaneet Management Ltd.
🟢 Nick Boyd, Chief Investment Officer of BluEarth Renewables
🟢 Desarae Lang of Star Blanket Cree Nation
🟢 Harley Upton, Project Management, Business Development of Star Blanket Cree Nation
🟢 Lynda Bigknife, CEO of Red Dog Holdings, Star Blanket Cree Nation
🟢 Kevin Kirkwood, General Manager of Topa Contracting
🟢 Richard Missens, President & CEO of PFN Group of Companies, Pasqua First Nation
🟢 Treena Amyotte, Director of Business Development of PFN Group of Companies and Pro Metal Industries Ltd., Pasqua First Nation
🟢 Ryan Bernesky, General Manager of Stone & Arrow Consulting LP
🟢 Annette Verschuren O.C., Chair & CEO of NRStor Inc.
🟢 Shivani Chotalia. P. Eng., Director, Development & Partnerships of NRStor Inc.
🟢 Michelle Brooks, Indigenous HR Strategy Manager of Tokata HR Solutions
🟢 Peter Poshtar, General Manager of Pathway Supply LP
🟢 Samantha Schmidt, Account Manager of Mammoet Canada Western Ltd
🟢 John Desjarlais, General Manager of Great Plains Contracting
FHQ Developments Ltd. and Regina & District Chamber of Commerce (RDCC) held a press conference on Wednesday, January 25 at 12 p.m. at the Queensbury Convention Centre during the FHQ Developments’ Business Development Day “A World of Opportunity”.
The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) outlined the intent to collaborate in mutually beneficial activities to further the missions of both organizations.
The day concluded with networking among participants.