A 50-30 Challenge Webinar

Are you passionate about equity, inclusion, and the pursuit of meaningful reconciliation?

join us for a compelling webinar where our speakers will share their perspectives on how the call for Indigenous reconciliation is being addressed. Throughout the event, we will explore key aspects of Indigenous career development, Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility (IDEA).

Our speakers will provide important information about the value of instituting policies and programs within a DEI framework so that businesses can help in the collective process of reconciliation with indigenous peoples. The practical challenges encountered by Indigenous communities and job seekers makes it incumbent for businesses to learn about how to implement the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s call to action #92. To assist in this undertaking, panel discussions will include Egale 50-30 Challenge partner, the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples, and other guest speakers from training/ education, pre-employment, and Human Resources. This webinar will provide proven and pragmatic approaches to ensuring Indigenous peoples have equitable access to jobs, training, and education opportunities

From breaking into the labour market and finding a well-suited career path to accelerating Indigenous talent in learning institutions and workplaces, attendees will gain knowledge and insight about paths to Indigenous career success.

Hosted by:

  • Congress of Aboriginal Peoples and Egale Canada

Date and Time:

  • October 23, 2023  
  • 11:30 am EST (9:30 MT)

Webinar Presenters

Jessica Vandenberghe

Jessica Vandenberghe, P.Eng., M.Sc. is born of the Dene Thá First Nation, is a sixties scoop survivor and raised in an inclusive German farming family in northern Alberta. Her exceptional career is based on two engineering degrees from the University of Alberta. She has worked in the oil sands, mining, regulatory, infrastructure, consulting industries and academia. She is the Assistant Dean, Engineering Community and Culture at the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Alberta. Her consulting firm, Guiding Star Consulting walks in a good way with Indigenous Peoples and Communities and those who want to build meaningful relationships to build strong vibrant communities. She is a mother of two and is passionate about ensuring inclusive organizations and equitable frameworks. She sits on many boards and Councils that contribute to STEM outreach, support underrepresented demographics, build capacity and lead to healing, ethical behaviour and trusted relationships. 

Randy Martin 

Randy Martin is a dedicated professional serving as the Director of the Indigenous Skills and Employment Training (ISET) program at the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples (CAP). With a rich history at CAP, Randy has lent his expertise to various pivotal portfolios including justice, corrections, youth and Elders, capacity building, and intergovernmental relations. Since 2010, he has been at the helm of the ISET program, overseeing its operations and offering invaluable policy insights to the federal government concerning Indigenous labor market issues. 

Kelly J Lendsay  

Kelly Lendsay, a social entrepreneur, is internationally recognized as one of Canada’s foremost innovators and organizational development experts in Indigenous engagement and workplace inclusion systems, models, and corporate/Indigenous partnerships.  His dynamic communications style and passion for innovation have earned him a reputation as an engaging thought leader and effective bridge-builder fostering trusted partnerships for workforce and economic development across Canada, USA, Australia and abroad. He was honoured by the University of Saskatchewan as one of their “100 Alumni of Influence” in the last century whose accomplishments have been recognized for influencing the growth and development of the university, the province, and the world. A proud Canadian Indigenous leader of Cree and Métis ancestry, he moves seamlessly between both worlds fostering innovation, economic inclusion and wellbeing for all. 

Andrew George 

Andrew George, a proud member of the Wet’suwet’en nation, belonging to the Bear Clan (Gitdumden) and Grizzly House (Cas yex), has devoted his life to advancing Truth and Reconciliation efforts within the skilled trades industry. His Hereditary Chief’s name, Skit‘den (The Wise Man), is a title he has held with honor since 1998. 

As the Director of Truth and Reconciliation at SkilledTradesBC, Andrew is at the forefront of a vital mission, working collaboratively with Indigenous nations, 203 communities, and the chartered communities of the Métis people to promote and facilitate trades training within Indigenous communities.