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2017 Archive

Pathways to Partnerships – Edmonton, AB – January 2017

Promoting pathways to success, sharing best practices and profiling success stories is an important part of APAC’s work.

In collaboration with NorQuest College, Pathways to Partnerships is an evening dedicated to exploring successful partnerships and the success of Indigenous professionals representing the private, public, entrepreneurial, education and non-profit sectors.

This evening networking opportunities pre and post the panel discussion featuring:

JP Gladu, President & CEO, Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business

Randy Moore, Vice President Bee Clean Building Maintenance

Roberta Bear, Indigenous Relations Manager, NorQuest College

Miranda Jimmy, Co-founder, Reconciliation In Solidarity Edmonton

2016 Archive

Annual Aboriginal Professional Acheivment Awards Ceremony

The Aboriginal Professional Association of Canada (APAC), is pleased to announce the winners for the 2016 APAC Aboriginal Achievement Awards. APAC will be presenting awards to one male and female professional, and a student. Winners will be awarded an art piece by Patrick Hunter, an Ojibway artist/graphic designer from Red Lake, Ontario.

The awards ceremony will be held on Thursday, June 16, 2016 from 5:30 PM to 9:30 PM at The Tempered Room, 1374 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON.

The winners for the 2016 APAC Aboriginal Achievement Award include:

Collin Faubert (Male Professional Category)

  • Member of Temagami First Nation
  • Lead Negotiator, Department of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada

Kandice Baptiste (Female Professional Category)

  • Member of Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory
  • Senior Project Coordinator, Council of Ontario Universities

View here bio here.

Jesse Thistle (Student Category)

  • Métis-Cree from Saskatchewan..
  • First Story, Rupertsland Institute: Métis Centre of Excellence, National Representative for Aboriginal Homelessness at Canadian Observatory on Homelessness, and Independent Historical Researcher.

View his bio here.

Harry Hall, VP, Supply Chain at Bruce Power will provide the keynote address along with presenting the awards to the recipients.  A guest speaker address will be completed by Dr. Sheila Cote-Meek, Associate VP, Academic & Indigenous Programs at Laurentian University.

View Harry’s bio here.

View Sheila’s bio here.


5:30 pm- Registration
5:30 pm- 6:30 pm- Networking Reception**
6:30 pm- 6:40 pm- Elder Welcome
6:40 pm- 6:45 pm – APAC Opening Remarks
6:45 pm- 7:05 pm Keynote Address by Bruce Power
7:10 pm- 7:40 pm- Aborignal Acheivment Award Presentation
7:45 pm- APAC Closing Remarks
8:00 pm- Networking**

** Open bar and h’orderves included in ticket price

Ticket Prices:

APAC Members: $20
Non-Members: $30

Not a member? Membership with APAC is currently complimentary. That means for the time being, you have access to all the events, connections and opportunities at a free or discounted rate – all with no obligation to you. This is your opportunity to try out what we have to offer. Sign up here.

To register for this event click here.

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Networking Dinner: Mentorship Matters

June 22, 2016
Vancouver, BC

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Second Annual Summit: “Values Driven Business” (March 2016)

On Tuesday March 22, 2016 APAC held it’s second Summit and networking reception themed “Values Driven Business” hosted by CIBC. The keynote address was presented by Janis Peleshok, Special Initiatives, Risk Management, CIBC. Additional speakers included: David Abbott, Managing Director and Owner, Morning Sky Consulting; and Jennifer Laidlaw, CIBC.

A very special thank you to our Corporate Sponsor CIBC. We look forward to welcoming our members at our next networking event and we appreciate any feedback you may have.

To view more pictures click here.

Photography by Keesic Douglas

2015 Archive

2015 Events

The Journey to Success: Promoting Aboriginal Women in Leadership Roles

On Tuesday November 17, 2015 Aboriginal Professional Association of Canada (APAC) welcomed over 100 guests to The Journey to Success: Promoting Aboriginal Women in Leadership Roles held at Hart House.

Four women from the private, public and entrepreneurial sectors,shared inspiring stories on their personal journeys to success. Speakers included:

  • Ashley Callingbull (Enoch Cree Nation), Mrs. Universe and Blackstone on
    Aboriginal Peoples Television Network
  • Lisa Charleyboy (Tsilhqot’in from Tsi Del Del First Nation), Urban Native
    Magazine and Urban Native TV
  • Liz Jordan (Six Nations of the Grand River), National Director, Aboriginal
    Markets at RBC
  • Dr. Karyn Recollet, Assistant Professor at Women and Gender Studies,
    University of Toronto

The event was hosted by Sarah Midanik (Métis), Executive Director, Native Women’s Resource Centre of Toronto.

A very special thank you to our Corporate Sponsor RBC
and to our Partners
University of Toronto
Hart House
First Nations House – University of Toronto

Click here to view the images taken during the event.


Celebrating Excellence: Recognizing Aboriginal Leaders in the Community (June 2015)

The Aboriginal Professional Association of Canada celebrated National Aboriginal History Month this year on June 25th, 2015 by recognizing 3 outstanding Aboriginal leaders in our community (pictured above). Our members enjoyed a moving keynote by Clint Davis who discussed what it means to be an Aboriginal Leader. 

Special thanks to TD Bank for making this possible. See more photos of the event here

2013 Archive

Student & Professional Connections (February 2013)

On February 28, 2013 APAC developed an event that brought together 30 Aboriginal students with 30 Aboriginal professionals. Recognizing that many First Nations, Metis and Inuit students are often pioneers in their community – the leap from education to employment can be a daunting one. This event focused on bringing students together with professionals in their area of study, with the goal of building networks and career development strategies.

This event was made possible with funding from the Urban Aboriginal Strategy.

2012 Archive

Inaugural APAC Summit (November 2012)

On November 1, 2012 APAC held its Inaugural Aboriginal Summit and Networking Reception. Featuring John Kim Bell as the keynote speaker he captured the attention of attendees as he shared his journey to becoming on of Canada’s more successful Aboriginal luminaries.

Those in attendance enjoyed breakout sessions hosted by Kirsti Stubbs, the program manager of staffing at Starbucks Coffee Canada, and Jeffery Coleman, an Organizational Effectiveness Consultant at Target Canada. Offering sessions on developing your personal brand and leveraging social channels, as well as how to be strategic in what you say, the two shared their tactics to help professionals stay ahead of the competition.

Walking away with tangible skills that were designed to help each attendee grow as leaders in the community APAC members had a fantastic time networking while enjoying traditional Aboriginal appetizers. Over 45 Aboriginal Professionals were in attendance for this event.

 National Aboriginal History Month Luncheon (June 2012)

National Aboriginal History Month is about celebrating Aboriginal heritage and leadership. Building on that energy, the Aboriginal Professional Association of Canada partnered with RBC to host a luncheon featuring a moderated panel with:

  • Phil Fontaine, Former National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations
  • Ratna Omidvar, President of Maytree
  • Cherie Brant, Partner at Willms & Shier Environmental Lawyers LLP

The luncheon was an opportunity to discuss the role Aboriginal leader’s play in the community, and why Aboriginal representation is needed across all sectors.  Over 50 Aboriginal Professionals were in attendance for this event.

Aboriginal Professional Leadership Panel (March 2012)

This panel hosted three amazing Aboriginal Professional based in the Greater Toronto Area, with the theme that was really quite simple “Aboriginal Leadership.” The panel, along with the 30 other First Nations, Metis and Inuit professionals in attendance discussed the challenges, successes, and opportunities of being an Aboriginal professional. The discussion touched on points such as developing oneself as a leader while keeping in line with traditional teachings, and how we can all work together to pave a positive path for the generations that follow ours. This event was made possible through the generous support of TD.

2011 Archive

 APAC Launch Party (November 2011)

The Aboriginal Professional Association of Canada celebrated our launch through our an energetic networking event in the fall of 2011. Through this event, members and community supporters were able to connect with Aboriginal professionals, as well as other industry leaders from the public, private and social sectors. Those in attendance were able to hear from a keynote by Pam Palmater, as well as enjoy an amazing performance by Metis artist Jani Lauzen. This event was made possible by the generous support of RBC Royal Bank of Canada and Accenture, Inc. Over 75 leaders in the community attended this event.