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Setting the Stage to Educate and Inspire!

Winnipeg MB (April 3, 2018) ? The 22nd Vision Quest Conference & Trade Show, Canada's longest running Indigenous business, community and economic development conference, is gearing up to take place May 15-17 at the RBC Convention Centre Winnipeg.

Vision Quest is a dynamic gathering that encourages best business practices, celebrates entrepreneurial success stories within the Indigenous community, and inspires youth. We bring together innovators, entrepreneurs, business leaders, and students, to discuss and promote Indigenous business, community and economic development. At the heart of Vision Quest is the mission of supporting sustainable Indigenous economic development, as well as individual professional and personal development.?

Highlights for this year include:?
- Two acclaimed keynote presenters?
- 15 interactive workshops about business, leadership and personal development
- Pre-conference certification course
- Business advice for entrepreneurs?
- Empowering Youth Program?
- Trade Show with over 90 exhibitors (FREE for the public to attend)?
- Dragon's Quest Business Plan Competition finals?
- Gala Banquet with unforgettable evening of entertainment?
- Cultural presentations?
- Continental breakfasts, lunches and refreshment breaks?
- Prize draws and award presentations

TWO KEYNOTE PRESENTERS ? EARL LAMBERT & ANDREA MENARD

Earl Lambert is a Cree/Metis motivational speaker, certified life coach, inspirational storyteller, and entertainer. His dynamic and entertaining way of combining music, magic, hip-hop and humour with inspirational life-lessons has made him popular across Canada. Earl is also a successful entrepreneur, as CEO and President of PROUD TO BE Apparel. The clothing line was created with the spirit and intent of encouraging people everywhere to stand strong, walk tall and be proud of who they are, and is selling worldwide. Driven by his passion to motivate others toward making positive life choices and living their dreams, Earl remains committed to inspiring others with the gift of his words.?

Andrea Menard is five-time Gemini-nominated actor and multiple award-winning singer/songwriter. Her electrifying, spiritual and heartfelt performances surpass the boundaries of culture and language and capture audiences of all ages and nations. An actress on Netflix series Blackstone and many other television productions including Supernatural, Andrea knows what it takes to succeed. She has performed and spoken all over the world, for royalty, prime ministers, ambassadors, governor generals, even NATO Generals. A M?tis woman, Andrea takes pride in helping Indigenous youth and women recognize their brilliance and importance, and helping others find their voice and move forward in success.

HONOURARY CHAIR ? LORETTA ROSS

Each year, Vision Quest chooses a distinguished member of the Indigenous community to be recognized as Honourary Chair. This year, we are honouring Loretta Ross.?

Loretta obtained her law degree from Queens University, has been a practicing lawyer for over 20 years, and has served as legal counsel to many First Nations governments and organizations. Loretta is a member of the Hollow Water First Nation, a mother of four, and a kokum. She has served on various Boards including the Manitoba Human Rights Commission, and recently became the new Treaty Commissioner. Loretta believes it?s important to help people understand treaties and the role they played in creating the country. "Awareness and education are the key to addressing discrimination, as the adversarial process often does little other than to further polarize views," she says.
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TRADE SHOW WITH FREE PUBLIC ADMISSION

More than 90 exhibitors will be on display at Vision Quest's Trade Show, representing business suppliers, service providers, hospitality groups, career opportunities, economic organizations, educational institutions, information services, and a wide selection of artists and artisans. FREE PUBLIC ADMISSION on Wednesday May 16 (8:30am to 4:30pm) and Thursday May 17 (8:30am to 2:30pm).

DRAGON?S QUEST BUSINESS PLAN COMPETITION?

Vision Quest Conferences Inc. is pleased to once again partner with the Indigenous Business Development Services in presenting the Dragon's Quest Business Plan Competition. Cash prizes totaling $10,000 are awarded in two categories ? Rural and Urban (City of Winnipeg) ? to assist winners in turning their business dreams into reality. Three finalists in each category will present their business plans to a panel of judges, with the winners announced at the Gala Banquet on Thursday, May 17.

GALA BANQUET ON CLOSING NIGHT

toro bravo watches It's a Vision Quest tradition to close the Conference with a Gala Banquet on Thursday evening. This year's Gala features a three-course dinner, presentation of awards for the Dragon's Quest Business Plan Competition and Steve Prince Memorial Bursary, cultural presentation by Plains Ojibway Singers and Dance Troupe, and entertainment featuring the hilarious parody songs of Earl Lambert and artistry and storytelling by Momentum Aerial and Acrobatic Troupe.

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