20 February, 2019
6:00 PM – 9:30 PM
Canadian War Museum, 1 Vimy Place, Ottawa, ON

Conflict and despair may make the headlines, but behind the scenes an unknown and unsuspected revolution is transforming the Indigenous world. For the first time since the arrival of non-Indigenous people, Aboriginal people have acquired real power and are asking themselves how to use it to solve the challenges they face. Contrary to much popular opinion, the answer they are coming to is that the way to make the most of this newfound power is not to oppose economic development but to work in mutually-respectful partnership with other Canadians to unlock opportunity for everyone, especially in natural resources and infrastructure. Neither side can move ahead without the other. How are we going to make this work?

The Macdonald-Laurier Institute has been recognized as the national leader in facing these issues head on, finding the right policy ideas, and bringing together the people with the ability and the desire to make things better. Now, we are devoting our biggest forum, MLI's annual dinner, to a new national discussion on the place of Indigenous peoples in Canada. Our program will feature the powerful new Indigenous voices that all Canadians need to be hearing more from.

As always we are planning to bring together Ottawa's movers and shakers, opinion leaders and policy makers, for an evening that will leave everyone informed and inspired about meeting our country's greatest challenges. Please join us.

Event Details

  • Date: Wednesday, February 20, 2019
  • Time: 6:00 PM – 9:30 PM (Registration starts at 5:45 pm)
  • Location: Canadian War Museum, 1 Vimy Place, Ottawa
  • Cost: $199 per ticket (or $1592 for a table of 8)

As always, the event will feature a networking reception, a sit-down dinner and a panel discussion.

Keynote Speakers

  • Blaine  Favel,  CEO of Kanata Earth; Director at the Macdonald-Laurier  Institute
  • Crystal Smith, Chief Councillor, Haisla Nation Council

Panel Speakers

  • Sean  Willy,  President  and  CEO,  Des  Nedhe  Development
  • Stephen  Buffalo,  President  and  CEO,  Indian  Resource  Council
  • Theresa Tait-Day, Founding Member of the First Nations Major Projects Coalition
  • Karen Ogen-Toews, CEO of the First Nations LNG Alliance
  • Ken Coates, MLI Munk Senior Fellow (moderator)

We hope that you can join us!

MLI would like to thank our generous event sponsors for making this year’s dinner possible.

Presenting Sponsor

LNG Canada

Platinum Sponsors

Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers

Canadian Natural

Silver Sponsors

National Bank


Bronze Sponsor


Host Venue

Canadian War MuseumMusée Canadien de la Guerre

Partner Sponsors



Cement Association of Canada

3Sixty Public Affairs

Modern Miracle Network

Canadian Gas Association



How do I notify the organizer of any food allergies or other dietary preferences (i.e. vegetarian)?

Please reach out to allison.carrigan@macdonaldlaurier.ca regarding any dietary restrictions in your group prior to January 30, 2019.

What's the dress code for this event?

Business attire.

How many people are seated at each table?

There will be eight people seated at each table.

Will parking be available on site?

Yes, the museum offers 310 indoor parking spaces. There is a flat rate for evening parking (after 5 pm) of $6.00 per vehicle.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

Yes, please bring your printed ticket to the event.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

If you have any questions, please contact Allison Carrigan at 613-482-8327 ext. 101 or allison.carrigan@macdonaldlaurier.ca.

Are members of the press invited? 

Yes. For members of the press interested in covering the event, please register in advance so that we may better accommodate any equipment needs and schedule interviews. For questions regarding interviews and registration, contact Brett Byers at 613-482-8327 ext. 105 or brett.byers-lane@macdonaldlaurier.ca.

Are sponsorship opportunities available?

Yes. If you're interested in learning more, please contact George Habchi at 613-482-8327 ext. 109 or george.habchi@macdonaldlaurier.ca.