Mentoring Leaders/Thunder Bay 2020 – on hold

This is the third conference of its’ kind in Thunder Bay. This conference will look at Best Practices and offer a strength based approach to Mentoring Leadership across all sectors – education, women, youth, early years, learning, health, wellness, research, leadership, land based learning, Indigenous Knowledge, finance, economics, and other sectors. The date has been changed to the spring to offer time to secure time for sponsors.

Featuring Keynote Speaker, Jean Paul (JP) Gladu.

Jean Paul (JP) Gladu is currently the President and CEO of the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB) based in Toronto. Anishinaabe from Thunder Bay JP is a member of Bingwi Neyaashi Anishinaabek located on the eastern shores of Lake Nipigon, Ontario. JP completed a forestry technician diploma in 1993, obtained an undergraduate degree in forestry from Northern Arizona University in 2000, holds an Executive MBA from Queens University and the ICD.D from Rotman School of Management University of Toronto. JP has over two decades of experience in the natural resource sector. His career path includes work with Aboriginal communities and organizations, environmental non-government organizations, industry and governments from across Canada. In JP’s current capacity at CCAB, he speaks extensively not only across Canada but internationally as he shares the challenges and successes of Aboriginal business in Canada today.

Currently, JP serves on the Board of Ontario Power Generation and Noront Resources as well as the Canadian Electricity Association Public Advisory Panel. He has most recently been appointed as the Chancellor of St. Paul’s University College Waterloo. His previous appointments include Colleges and Institutes Canada (previously ACCC), the Northern Policy Institute, Canadian Foundation for Economic Education, advisory member to the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, a committee member to the Provincial Forest Policy Committee. In 2014, he was identified as a Diversity 50 Board Ready Candidate from the Canadian Board Diversity Council and a recipient of the Community Service Award – Transformation Awards from Diversity Magazine.

As a father to his young daughter Chloe, along with a passion for his community, his culture and traditions; JP brings the past, present and future to the table, moving non-Aboriginal and Aboriginal business toward sustainable partnerships and shared economic prosperity. See more:

This innovative and exciting one event will bring together leaders in youth, women, corporate, health, education, economics, government, and other sectors, together for a day with a focus on Indigenous Knowledge.

Expect conversation on relationships and building them, best practices, business start ups, as well as shared stories, and Lived Experiences in building leadership, entrepreneurship, education & mentoring.

Bridging together Indigenous Knowledge and leadership is important for thinking about the future for generations, as well the impact your organization or company may have currently.

This one day conference is aimed to bring together leaders and inspire leadership.

Vendors are welcome. Well be having networking where you can share & connect. Bring your organization, for the day to network, share information, support community and be together. Please consider this whole day conference an opportunity to learn, and meet new and old friends.

beSuperior established in 2015 with an aim to provide services in the area of Indigenous Knowledge, and in providing connecting activities, and professional development, training and support in offering Best Practices. Thunder Bay’s First Indigenous Knowledge Conference was held

-In 2017 featuring Dr. Leroy Little Bear, Answering The Call

-2018 featuring Ballena Anderson, Spring & Renewal

-2019 featuring Ontario Regional Chief, RoseAnne Archibald, and held in Calgary AB,

 2020, this Spring, featuring JP Gladu in Thunder Bay, Ontario.

If you can please support this event, by directly sponsoring the event, where your logo and information will be shared on the final agenda, contact @ It would be great to have your support at this important event. Your contribution will help to support the Keynote Speaker travel costs, or costs associated with hosting an event.

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