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AFOA Canada will be hosting its Inaugural International Indigenous Conference in Vancouver.

AFOA Canada will be hosting its Inaugural International Indigenous Conference at the Vancouver Convention Centre in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada from October 2 to 5, 2017.


AFOA Canada has hosted seventeen annual national conferences and will be hosting the Inaugural International Indigenous Conference in partnership with Deakin Business School, Indigenous Accountants Australia, Nga Kaitatau Maori o Aotearoa (National Maori Accountants Network) and NAFOA (Native American Finance Officers Association).

This is the premier event for the exchange of knowledge and information on Aboriginal finance, management and leadership. It is an important venue for Indigenous financial professionals, Chief Administrators/Executive Officers, Program and Business Managers, Chiefs, Tribal Council members, Government representatives and consultants working with Indigenous communities to explore emerging strategies and tools to enhance finance, management and leadership in Indigenous communities and organizations.


Delegates to the conference include professionals, practitioners, executives and stakeholders working with Indigenous communities and organizations from around the world. Specifically:

The theme of the 2017 International Conference is Building Sustainable Communities by Strengthening International Networks.

Guidelines for Abstracts

Tell us about an initiative, project or program and how it contributes towards creating and maintaining a sustainable community through an economic, social or cultural means. How does it help to educate and develop capacity for your leadership and/or governance? Is it a local, regional, national or international initiative and are you partnering with federal, provincial or municipal governments, corporate Canada, educational institutions, non-profits or other Indigenous organizations? Tell us how your community or organization is actively demonstrating best practices that contribute to building a sustainable community? Do you have a success story to share and from which we can all learn from?

The presentation descriptions should contain no more than 250 words. Presentations should fit into one of the following five tracks and be relevant to the conference theme:

  1. Financial Management - Best practices and trends in Indigenous Financial Management and Accounting
  2. Business Trade and Development - Featuring success stories in community business trade and development
  3. Leadership - Trends and governance success stories
  4. Community Administration - Best practices and trends in Indigenous Management
  5. Healthy Workplace (Human Resources) - Creating healthy work environments that reflect Aboriginal culture

Where applicable, presentations should address:

Presentation format:

Selection Criteria

The Program Committee will review all presentations - selection will be based on the following criteria:

Important note: If your abstract is selected and you are invited to deliver a workshop at the 2017 International Conference, you must submit a copy of the presentation in electronic format ie. PowerPoint and the biographies of the workshop speakers by Friday, August 25, 2017.

Deadline for Submissions

The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at 4:30 pm EDT. The submissions should be prepared in Word format. Please send your submissions by email to George Rogerson, AFOA Canada Conference Secretariat at


Speakers will be provided with a complimentary registration to the full conference, including admission to all sessions, the exhibit area, receptions and meals (3 lunches and 1 dinner).

Note: All speakers are responsible for expenses related to their travel and accommodation and all other expenses related to their participation at the conference.

Contact Information

If you have any questions about the Call for Presentations, please contact George Rogerson at or telephone 819-827-5168 or toll free at 866-775-1817 or Sheila Howard at or telephone 613-722-5543 or toll free at 866-722-2362.

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