Collaborative Forum Leaders
(Left-right) MNO Chair France Picotte, Canadian
Association of Petroleum Producers Ontario
Advisor David Sword and MNO President Margaret
Froh. Click here for larger picture.

On February 16, 2017, The Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) held its Collaborative Forum with industry at the Sheraton Centre Hotel in Toronto. The Forum included over 100 attendees and was described by many participants as the best Collaborative Forum ever. These attendees included MNO’s Regional Consultation Committee members, government officials, Métis business people and representatives from the mining, energy and forestry sectors. The Forum was an excellent opportunity for all attendees to get together, strengthen working relationships and network.

The Forum provided opportunities for a collaborative dialogue on a range of consultation related matters of interest to all participants. The event included greetings from MNO President Margaret Froh, MNO Chair France Picotte, Ontario Prospectors Association Executive Director Garry Clark and Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers Ontario Advisor David Sword. In addition, presentations were made by such speakers as Métis Infinity Investments LP CEO Scott Paties Richardson, New Gold Business Development Manager Chris Reeves, Economic Development Indigenous Affairs of Union Gas Manager John Bonin, Aboriginal and Government Affairs of Detour Gold Vice President Derek Teevan and Bruce Power Manager of Communications and Media Relations John Peevers.

Another highlight was a presentation by Thomas Isaac, a nationally recognized authority in the area of Aboriginal law, who advises business and government clients across Canada on Aboriginal legal matters and related environmental assessments, negotiations, regulatory and constitutional issues. In June 2016, Isaac delivered a report entitled A Matter of National and Constitutional Import: Report of the Minister’s Special Representative on Reconciliation with Métis: Section 35 Métis Rights and the Manitoba Metis Federation Decision to the Honourable Dr. Carolyn Bennett, the federal Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs.

Posted: March 10, 2017