First Nations Governance and Business Development 2016


Course Date: June 2, 2016

Total: 5h 24min

Welcome and Introduction

First Nations Governance and the Indigenous Economy

  • context of Indigenous economic development
  • Harvard study on economic development
  • economic development and governance structures
  • examples of governance structures

Bryan Gallagher, PhD — Adjunct Professor, Beedie School of Business, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby
Adam Munnings — Munnings Law, North Vancouver

Structuring First Nations Business Entities

  • factors to structuring
  • structuring and planning business models
  • relationship between business and politics
  • what makes an effective board in a First Nations business

John W. Munnis — DLA Piper (Canada) LLP, Vancouver

Networking Break

First Nations Governance: Advanced Issues

  • tax issues for First Nations businesses
  • tax issues for First Nations industry partnerships 
  • examples of First Nations partnerships

Bill S. Maclagan, QC — Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP, Vancouver

Networking Lunch

Industry Approaches to First Nation Partnerships

  • new opportunities for industry-First Nation partnerships
  • structuring for success—steps to create "win-win" partnerships
  • common commercial issues and how to resolve them
  • negotiating points and tips for industry-First Nation partnerships
  • implementation approaches to provide for long-term success

Kai Alderson — Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP, Vancouver
Paul C. Wilson — Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP, Vancouver

Networking Break

New Developments in First Nations Business and Governance

  • Indigenous dispute resolution: opportunities and challenges
    • dispute resolution within First Nation governance
    • the lawyer's role in dispute resolution
  • First Nations governance and economic development

Moderator: Michael J. McDonald — DLA Piper (Canada) LLP, Vancouver
Halie (Kwanxwa’logwa) Bruce — Cedar & Sage Law Corporation, Chilliwack
Pekultn Siyam Chief Dale Harry — Aboriginal Economic Solutions Inc., Squamish