Join University of Alberta School of Business Dean Joseph Doucet and a panel of experts as they discuss the increasingly timely topic of energy development and First Nations partnerships.

Indigenous relations have become a critical consideration for Canada’s most successful energy firms. By working with local communities and governments, businesses are creating jobs, building capital, and discovering new and innovative solutions to the challenges of an increasingly uncertain energy industry.

At this year’s event, we are honoured to host Arlene Strom, Christopher Henderson, and Chief Jim Boucher.

The CONNECT event has brought together some of Alberta’s most influential business and government leaders to share ideas and create exciting new opportunities through discussion and knowledge. This exclusive professional luncheon takes place in Hall D of the Shaw Conference Centre, and includes a three-course meal and ample opportunity to network and connect.


Arlene Strom 

Arlene Strom

Vice President Sustainability & Communications, Suncor Energy Inc.

Arlene Strom has been with Suncor Energy for 15 years, most recently as the Vice President, Sustainability & Communications. She is responsible for Stakeholder and Aboriginal relations, communications and sustainability, including management of the Suncor Energy Foundation.

Christopher Henderson 

Christopher Henderson

President, Lumos Clean Energy Advisors

Chris Henderson is Canada’s pre-eminent Clean Energy Advisor to Indigenous communities. He has advised First Nation, Métis and Inuit peoples on the development of over 35 medium-large sized renewable hydropower, solar, wind and bio-Energy projects.

Jim Boucher 

Chief Jim Boucher

Chief of the Fort McKay First Nation

Since 1986, Chief Jim Boucher has been, and continues to be, one of the most influential people in Canada, and one of the most successful Aboriginal leaders in Canada.