We Are All Treaty People




Lloydminster Economic Partnership Summit

  • October 12, 2017 8:15 am - 3 pm
  • Treaty 6 Territory, Lloydminster Exhibition Grounds

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The Economic Partnership Summit works to develop Indigenous Partnerships with industry opportunities. The summit brings together business, leaders and Indigenous People primarily in Treaty 6 Territory to look at best practices, models that work, and build partnerships!

Event speakers include: Zane Hansen, President & CEO of Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority Darrell Carter, General Manager of Beretta Pipeline Construction LP
Business Connection: Newly introduced this year will be Business Connections which will be a match making expo, a form of constructive networking where attendees can set up meetings with other businesses or community representatives in attendance to sit down, one on one, and discuss their products/services and build constructive relationships.

This year's keynote speaker is Chief Tammy Cook-Searson, Chief of Lac La Ronge Indian Band.

A member of Lac La Ronge Indian Band (LLRIB), Tammy Cook-Searson was raised mostly on the family trap line near Brabant Lake. A strong advocate of culture and language, she is a fluent Cree speaker and has strong cultural ties to the land.

At the age of 25, Cook-Searson was first elected to the LLRIB Council and served three consecutive terms. After eight years on council, Cook-Searson ran for the position of Chief to which she is currently serving her fifth consecutive term. Cook-Searson currently serves as the President of Kitsaki Management Limited Partnership, the band’s economic development initiative whose ventures include group insurance, environmental services, engineering services, mining, utility project management, catering, trucking, and a golf course. With its focus on long-term sustainable businesses, Kitsaki examines many potential business opportunities that meet appropriate profitability, risk, and employment criteria.

In 2016, Cook-Searson received an honorary degree, a Doctor of Laws honoris causa, from the University of Regina for her leadership and advocacy for Indigenous issues. She has also received the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal in 2002, the Saskatchewan Centennial Medal in 2006, and Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012. As a Canadian Ranger with the 4 Canadian Ranger Patrol Group, she is instrumental in assisting in community evacuations and conducting search and rescue operations. She is an active member of the community, involved in many cultural events as well as fundraising activities, including the Jim Pattison’s Children’s Hospital Foundation.

A mother of three, Cook-Searson has been married for 26 years. She enjoys spending time with friends and family in the bush and on the lake. She loves berry picking, boating, and canoeing. She has completed four marathons and one ultra-marathon. She is currently training for the 2017 Bank of America Chicago Marathon.

Please visit the Economic Partnerships website to register