Chamber to host Coutts at inaugural Procurement, Employment and Partnerships (PEP) Conference and Tradeshow

Greater Sudbury, February 2, 2018 – Alan Coutts, President and CEO of Noront Resources, will deliver a keynote address at the Greater Sudbury Chamber of Commerce’s inaugural Procurement, Employment and Partnerships (PEP) Conference and Tradeshow, presented by SNC-Lavalin and in partnership with the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business. Coutts will speak at 1 pm on Tuesday, February 6.

PEP is a conference and tradeshow created to explore ways to grow the Northern resource development and infrastructure sectors through innovative supply chain management. This will help businesses develop strategies to participate in projects like the Ring of Fire.

“Noront is focused on advancing development in the Ring of Fire by working in concert with local and First Nations communities, the Province of Ontario and the federal government,” said Alan Coutts, President & CEO of Noront Resources. “We believe that having a common view toward resource development, and effective partnerships in place, will be key to our success in moving ahead. I look forward to updating PEP attendees on our plans and progress, and hearing their input.”

Participating in projects like the Ring of Fire presents unique challenges and opportunities to businesses. PEP will help businesses develop strategies to maximize their opportunities by fostering the necessary relationships so that stakeholders can share expertise and best practices for working in Northern Ontario.

“Developing strong relationships is key to doing business in the North,” said Michael Macnamara, Chair of the Board, Greater Sudbury Chamber of Commerce. “The PEP Conference and Tradeshow will bring businesses together so they came overcome Northern Ontario’s unique challenges and take advantages of unparalleled opportunities.

The PEP Conference and Tradeshow also includes a variety of plenary sessions, concurrent sessions, and facilitated networking.

For more information on the PEP Conference and Tradeshow or to purchase tickets, please visit

Other Keynote Speakers include:
• Phil Fontaine, former National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations
• The Honourable Glenn Thibeault, MPP Sudbury and Minister of Energy

Panelists include:
• Ian Wood, Director of Economic Development, Greater Sudbury Development Corporation
• Brian Davey, Executive Director, Nishnawbe Aski Development Fund
• Stephen Flewelling, Chief Development Officer, Noront Resources
• Derek Chum, Vice President of Indigenous Relations, Hydro One
• David de Launay, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Northern Development and Mines (MNDM)
• Lorenzo Melchiorre, Manager of Business Services, Detour Gold
• Angie Robson, Manager of Corporate & Aboriginal Affairs, Vale
• Cheryl Recollet, Director, Sustainable Development, Wahnapitae First Nation
• Reggie Caverson, Executive Director, Workforce Planning for Sudbury & Manitoulin
• Jennifer Taback, President and Partner, Design de Plume
• Kim Howson, Senior Manager of Youth Strategy & Relationship Management, RBC
• Neil Milner, Project Manager, Victoria Project, KGHM
• Dr. Christine Kaszycki, Assistant Deputy Minister, Mines and Minerals Division, MNDM
• Alicia Woods, General Manager, Marcotte Mining Machinery Services Inc.
• Bill Best, President, Cambrian College
• Daniel Giroux, President, Collège Boréal
• Jason Bubba, Director of Training and Development, NORCAT
• Jolene Recollet, Economic Development Officer, Wahnapitae First Nation
• Ian Horne, Director of Environment and Community Relations, Greenstone Gold Mines
• Sara Monture, Executive Director, Aboriginal Apprenticeship Board of Ontario
• Michael Fox, President of Indigenous Community Engagement Inc. (I.C.E), Board of Directors PDAC. Co-chair of Aboriginal Affairs Committee PDAC
• Bill Barbosa, Assistant Business Manager, LiUNA
• Reg Canard, Skills Development Coordinator, Gezhtoojig Employment and Training
• Roy Slack, President Cementation Canada Inc.
• Michelle Toulouse, Environmental Field Technician with the Lands, Resources and Environment Unit, Sagamok Anishnawbek First Nation

Moderators Include:
• Andre Dumais, General Manager, Ionic Engineering
• Mark Romoff, President and CEO, Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships
• Dr. Pierre Zundel, Interim President and Vice-Chancellor, Laurentian University
• Dr. Sophie Bouffard, President and Vice-Chancellor, University of Sudbury
• JP Gladu, President and CEO, Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB)
• Bill Crowe, Manager of Aboriginal Community Engagement, Pioneer Construction

Emcee’s Include:
• Stephen Lindley, Vice President Aboriginal and Northern Affairs, SNC Lavalin Inc.
• Andre Morriseau, Director of Awards and Stakeholder Relations, Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB)
• Stephen Dyck, Vice President, Ontario Government Relations, SNC Lavalin Inc.

The chamber gratefully acknowledges the support of its generous sponsors for making PEP possible:

Conference and Tradeshow:
Presenting Sponsor: SNC Lavalin
Gold Sponsors: Pioneer Construction, LiUNA
Silver Sponsors: CN, Vale
Bronze Sponsors: Fisher Wavy, Aboriginal Apprenticeship Board of Ontario (AABO)
Keynote & Youth Panel Sponsor: RBC Royal Bank
Networking Break Sponsors: MIRARCO Mining Innovation, Laurentian Mining Innovation and Technology, Professions North/Nord, Greenstone Gold Mines
Swag Sponsor: New Day Wellness

VIP Reception Sponsors:
Gold Sponsors: Hydro One

Gala Sponsor:
Silver Sponsors: Huntington University

The chamber would also like thank their partners in the event, the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business.