CFX 2023 CONFERENCE
October 30 – November 2, 2023 | Online Event
Indigenous-Led Cumulative Effects Pathways:
From Words to Action
Featuring Indigenous-led initiatives, challenges and successes in holistic cumulative effects, opportunities to build capacity in your community and much more.
CFX 2023 Registration Closed (Sold Out)
Shown below are the confirmed speakers for CFX 2023. To learn more about our speakers, click the 'Meet our Speakers' button below. Click "View the Agenda" to find their session.
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Chief Judy Desjarlais
Chief of Blueberry River First Nation
Pepita Elena McKee
Founder and CEO of Impact Resolutions Ltd.
Tmícw Research Assistant at Qwelmínte Secwépemc
Dr. Jill Blakley, PhD, MCIP, RPP, CLC
Professor at University of Saskatchewan
Dr. Ryan MacDonald
Hydrologist at MacDonald Hydrology Consultants Ltd. (MacHydro)
Natasha Deganello Giraudie
Filmmaker and Nature Practice Guide at Rosa Guayaba
Cumulative Effects and Environmental Stewardship Coordinator at The Confederacy of Mainland Mi’kmaq
Director of Research at BC Métis Federation
Lands Manager and Client Liaison at Shared Value Solutions
Executive Director at Mackenzie Valley Environmental Impact Review Board
Tmícw Technician at Qwelmínte Secwépemc
President of Harmony Walkers Inc.
President at Infinitely Iskwew Consulting Ltd.; Sustainability and Strategic Partnerships Director at Surepoint Group
Chief Byron Alexander and Jasmine Jesso
Indian Head First Nation and Newfoundland Naturals
Council Member at Whispering Pines/Clinton Indian Band
Intern Program Coordinator at Qwelmínte Secwépemc
Title and Rights Director and Natural Resource Director at Adams Lake Indian Band
Director of Salmon Recovery Program at Fort Folly Habitat Recovery
Knowledge Builders Program Coordinator at Qwelmínte Secwépemc
Bruce Shelvey, PhD
Academic Research Consultant at BC Métis Federation
Councillor at Qalipu First Nation
Cumulative Effects Manager at Tsleil-Waututh Nation
Dr. Juan Carlos Tejeda González
Full Time Professor and Researcher at University of Colima
Energy Director at Equitable Origin
Strategic Governance, Policy and Government Relations Specialist at Impact Resolutions Ltd.; Mayor of Gibsons, BC
Barry J. Wilson
Systems Dynamicist and CEO at CE Analytic Ltd.; Founder of the RavenWater Learning Circle™
The CFX Conference is a path to action.
Let's Take Control of Our Future
The CFX Conference sets us on a path to create the prosperous future we want by caring for the Earth that provides for us.
We start with the understanding that everything is connected. This knowledge means that achieving prosperity today and for future generations hinges on applying a holistic, systems approach to managing our activities on the land and waters of Earth.
Attending the CFX Conference(s) will give you direct access to real-world examples, success stories, case studies and more from experts around the world. You won’t get this anywhere else.
Experience an inclusive and neutral online setting.
"I enjoyed the inclusion & indigenous focus. It was effective and done throughout. Great job with that!!"
- Kateri Koster
"Very informative. I liked seeing all the work that is going on, and that there are many different models that can be used to study CE within our territory."
- Jenny Allen
About This Year’s Conference
INDIGENOUS-LED CUMULATIVE EFFECTS PATHWAYS: FROM WORDS TO ACTION
Cumulative Effects are an issue that just won't go away. The regulatory minimize/mitigate isn't enough. The unending stream of project referrals process we endure now consumes significant time, resources, and just isn’t sustainable.
Seeing the big picture creates opportunity for prosperity and sustainability. How can we create this harmony? We'll need to move beyond the “business as usual” model.
The answers to sustainability challenges and how to capitalize on new opportunities for prosperity starts with first understanding that the environment, people and the economy are all connected. This systems understanding is a critical factor in finding the best path forward for sustainability and a high quality of life.
Indigenous-led holistic cumulative effects programs offer a new pathway to guide proponents and government in the direction of our desired future. A holistic approach, building upon the knowledge of ancestors and utilizing new technologies can shed light on the path to our prosperous future.
The CFX 2023 Conference provides an opportunity to view these concepts, challenges and successes through an Indigenous lens. Over the course of four days, it offers everyone a unique opportunity to explore Indigenous-led cumulative effects initiatives and approaches and creates engagement opportunities to explore Indigenous knowledge and values in a cumulative effects context.
Join us and walk away with...
New relationships, networks and partnerships.
Action items that you can implement immediately to make a difference in your work and your organization.
A renewed sense of optimism and purpose to collaborate and hold up one another to be stronger and more effective together than we would be on our own.
New knowledge of methods, techniques and approaches you can use in your own work.
A strong understanding for the need to involve Indigenous peoples in cumulative effects assessments, or better yet, the need for Indigenous-led cumulative effects assessments.
Why attend CFX 2023?
Environment-Friendly and Sustainable
Holding our conference online will significantly reduce carbon footprint/emissions, paper waste, food waste and more! What better way to practice what we stand for?
Flexible and Decompressed Schedule
We strongly believe in and practice healthy work habits, which include taking breaks and pacing ourselves to avoid burnout. Our approach to hosting conferences is no different. CFX 2023 will be held over the course of 4 days for only 3 hours a day, allowing for you to take mental and physical breaks without missing out on anything. We also understand everyone has work commitments and responsibilities that sometimes can’t wait a full week to be addressed. Our flexible and decompressed schedule over the course of the week will accommodate those needs.
Our online conference removes geographical limitations and makes it easy for you to attend. Not only do you get to attend in the comfort of your own home or office, but you can also more easily integrate the conference schedule into your calendar as it will take up less time in your day than a typical 9-5, in-person conference would.
Greater Reach and Diverse Audience
With increased accessibility comes greater reach and a more diverse audience. We are excited to be holding a conference that is able to accommodate guests not only in Canada, but internationally as well! An international audience brings diversity in knowledge, experience, ideas and the opportunity to begin unique partnerships.
Greater Interaction and Engagement
In-person conferences offer many great benefits and opportunities, but so do online conferences! During CFX 2023, you will have multiple opportunities to participate and actively engage with other participants in Q&A sessions, breakout activities, our open mic session and more. Do you struggle with speaking in front of others? If yes – don’t worry – you will also have the opportunity to participate within your comfort zone using Zoom’s chat feature and our live polls throughout the week!
Diverse Speakers and Presentation Topics
Enjoy and take advantage of our amazing lineup of speakers with diverse backgrounds and knowledge on a variety of topics related to cumulative effects. The theme of CFX 2023 is “Indigenous-Led Cumulative Effects Pathways: From Words to Action”. CFX Conference speakers will be speaking across a range of cumulative effects topics including:
- Capacity Building
- Regional Collaboration
- Two-eyed seeing
- Intergenerational Knowledge Transfer
- Youth Involvement
- Health and Well-Being
- Taking Action
- Legal Context
And we'll announce the 4th Annual CE Analytic Award recipients!