Reconciliation on Bay Street: In Through The Business Door
Panelist: Ron Jamieson, JP Gladu and Moderated by Clint Davis; Christopher Angeconeb Keynote Address
The 92nd Call to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Committee is a call issued to corporate Canada.
Ron Jamieson, The First Senior VP of Aboriginal Banking at BMO, and member of the Conference Board of Canada’s Council on the Corporate Management of Aboriginal Affairs, and JP Gladu, President and CEO of the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business discuss the action needed to respond to this call. This discussion will be moderated by Clint Davis, Partner and Managing Director, Acasta Capital Indigenous. Christopher C. J. Angeconeb will follow this discussion with a short keynote address.
Born on the Six Nations of the Grand River reserve in southern Ontario in 1948, Ron a Mohawk who inhabits two worlds and he’s got the moccasins and the wing tips to prove it. He became the first Aboriginal stock broker in Canada and spent the next 10 years selling real estate backed securities. Beginning as a trainee he progressed to being the company president.
In the early 90s the Bank of Montreal approached him and engaged him as Vice President to establish BMO’s Aboriginal banking making him Canada’s first Aboriginal senior executive at a big bank. He built the first financial bridges to the Aboriginal market. Increasing the bank’s Aboriginal portfolio to over 1 billion dollars and it’s still growing. Ron made BMO the bank of choice for Aboriginal communities.
Ron always makes time to volunteer his talents: he’s very proud of having chaired the economic section of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples and has served as a Director of many aboriginal business organizations. He developed a program that allows Indian people on reserve to at last own their homes. It’s his legacy to the First Nations of Canada. Ron is known as a man of great integrity; whose word is his bond. He is considered by many as the greatest single force for Aboriginal economic development Canada has ever seen.
Ron Jamieson has received both the Order of Ontario and the Order of Canada. The Governor General of Canada cited his award being for his pioneering contributions to the finance industry, notably in improving access to financial services for First Nations people across Canada.
Jean Paul, JP, Gladu is currently the President and CEO of the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business, CCAB, based in Toronto. Anishinaabe from Thunder Bay JP is a member of Bingwi Neyaashi Anishinaabek located on the eastern shores of Lake Nipigon, Ontario. JP completed a forestry technician diploma in 1993, obtained an undergraduate degree in forestry from Northern Arizona University in 2000 and holds an Executive MBA from Queens University. JP has over two decades of experience in the natural resource sector. His career path includes work with Aboriginal communities and organizations, environmental non government organizations, industry and governments from across Canada. In JP’s current capacity at CCAB, he speaks extensively not only across Canada but internationally as he shares the challenges and successes of Aboriginal business in Canada today.
Currently, JP serves on the Board of Ontario Power Generation and Noront Resources as well as the Canadian Electricity Association Public Advisory Panel. His previous appointments include Colleges and Institutes Canada, previously ACCC, the Northern Policy Institute, Canadian Foundation for Economic Education, advisory member to the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, a committee member to the Provincial Forest Policy Committee. In 2014, he was identified as a Diversity 50 Board Ready Candidate from the Canadian Board Diversity Council and a recipient of the Community Service Award, Transformation Awards from Diversity Magazine.
As a father to his young daughter Chloe, along with a passion for his community, his culture and traditions; JP brings the past, present and future to the table, moving non Aboriginal and Aboriginal business toward sustainable partnerships and shared economic prosperity.
Christopher C. J. Angeconeb:
First Nations Leadership: Christopher C. J. Angeconeb March 3rd, 2017: AurCrest Gold Inc. names Mr. Christopher C. J. Angeconeb President and CEO, a member of the Lac Seul First Nation,LSFN, band in Northwestern Ontario. Chris possesses a strong understanding of the interrelated issues facing many First Nations, of the requirements of many of the agencies involved with aboriginal affairs and of the practical implementation of the Crown’s duty to consult and accommodate. Chris has served as a Director to AurCrest since 2011, and was Executive Vice President from July 2015 to February 2017.
Clint Davis, Partner and Managing Director, Acasta Capital Indigenous:
Clint Davis is the Partner and Managing Director of Acasta Capital Indigenous, ACI, an Indigenous owned subsidiary company of Acasta Capital. ACI partners with Indigenous governments and economic development corporations to achieve growth and value creation by assisting in the maximization of their inherent competitive advantage. Prior to the creation of this company, Clint was the Vice President of Indigenous Banking at TD.
Clint, an Inuk from Labrador, is the Chair of the Board of Directors for the Nunatsiavut Group of Companies, which is the economic arm of Nunatsiavut Government, a self governing entity that represents the political, social and economic interests of the Inuit of Labrador. Under Clint’s leadership, NGC has grown to owning and partnering in fourteen operating companies with general revenue of over $35 million annually.
Clint has a diverse professional background. He began his career as a lawyer in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, but later entered public service at the Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development Canada. Upon leaving government, he moved to BMO where he worked as the National Director for Aboriginal Banking, then later joined the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business, a chamber of commerce for Indigenous business, as President and CEO.
In 2016, Clint received the Indspire Award for Business and Commerce which represents the highest honour the Indigenous community bestows upon its achievers. He was also recognized by his alma mater Acadia University as a Distinguished Alumni. He is on the Board of Directors for Indspire, is the Co Chair of the Fundraising Committee for the creation of the Labrador Wellness Centre in his hometown of Goose Bay and he was recently named as one of two Canadian representatives to the Arctic Economic Council.
Clint has a Bachelors of Business Administration from Acadia University, a Bachelors of Laws from Dalhousie University and a Masters of Public Administration from Harvard University. He is a Canada U.S. Fulbright scholar and the recipient of multiple scholarships including two awards from the National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation, now Indspire, as well as the Fred C. Manning Entrance Scholarship at Acadia University.
Clint lives in the beautiful east Toronto neighbourhood of Riverdale with his wife Hillary Thatcher and their three children.
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