Aboriginal senior leaders gather to attend AFOA National Conference in Montréal, Québec - February 13 & 14, 2008

    MONTREAL, Feb. 11 /CNW Telbec/ - The Aboriginal Financial Officers
Association (AFOA) of Canada is holding its 8th National Conference February
13 & 14, 2008, at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montréal. Over 700 Aboriginal
leaders, senior managers and professionals will be in attendance.
    The Conference theme is "Aboriginal Management and Leadership - Working
Together Towards Prosperity". The theme is meant to underscore the need for an
effective relationship between managers and elected/appointed leaders as a
prerequisite for social and economic progress in Aboriginal communities and
    The Conference is being co-chaired by Lise Bastien, Director, First
Nations Education Council, Quebec and Ricky Fontaine, Senior Partner, RSF
Consulting Services. Conference sessions throughout the two days will
highlight Aboriginal success stories from across the country and focus on
building finance and management capacity in Aboriginal communities and
organizations to support self-governance and economic growth.
    Over 50 speakers are on the two-day program including Grand Council Chief
John Beaucage, Union of Ontario Indians, Chief Gilbert Dominique, Conseil des
Montagnais du Lac-Sain-Jean, Quebec, Bill Namagoose, Executive Director, Grand
Council of the Crees, Elisapee Sheutiapik, Mayor of Iqualuit, Nunavut,
Dr.Wilton Littlechild, Alberta Regional Chief, Assembly of First Nations and
Senator Gerry St. Germain, Chair of the Standing Committee on Aboriginal
    The 2nd Annual Aboriginal Youth Financial Management Awards will be
presented on Wednesday, February 13th at lunch. The Awards are designed to
encourage Aboriginal youth to enter into the financial management profession.
    The fifth annual Xerox-AFOA Excellence in Leadership Awards will be
presented at the Conference Banquet on Thursday, February 14th. The Award is
given to Aboriginal leaders who have demonstrated excellence and leadership in
Aboriginal finance and management.

    AFOA Canada was founded as a not-for-profit association in 1999 to
enhance finance and management in Aboriginal communities and organizations.
The organization's members believe that sound management is a key building
block of social and economic prosperity for Aboriginal communities,
organizations and people.
    For more information on the conference program and AFOA, visit

For further information:

For further information: Suzanne Seebach, Director,Programs & Services,
AFOA Canada, Toll free 1-866- 722-2362 ext. 114, Local (613) 722-5543 ext.
114, sseebach@afoa.ca

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