AFOA Canada's NATIONAL CONFERENCES - Canada’s Premiere Conference for Indigenous Management, Finance and Governance Professionals that focuses on Building Capacity and Creating Wealth in our Communities

AFOA Canada's National Conference is the premiere event for the exchange of knowledge and information on Indigenous management, finance and governance in the country.  It is an important venue where Indigenous financial professionals, Chief Administrators/Executive Officers, Program and Business Managers, Chiefs, Tribal Council members, Government representatives and consultants working with Indigenous communities can get together to explore emerging strategies and tools to enhance finance, management and leadership in Indigenous communities and organizations.

Who attends?

The conference attracts over 1,000 delegates from across the country. Delegates to the conference include professionals, practitioners, executives and stakeholders working with First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities and organizations.

  • Financial Professionals
    • Financial executives, managers, officers and administrators
    • Trust Officers
    • Indigenous business owners
  • Senior Management
    • Chief Administrative Officers and Chief Executive Officers
    • Band Managers
    • Senior management, program and business managers
  • Elected and Appointed Leaders
    • Chief and Councillors
    • Community Leaders and Elected Representatives
    • Band Administrators
    • Board of Directors
  • Corporate Canada
    • Management consultants
    • Financial Institutions and Accounting firms
    • Economic development officers
    • Resource Companies
  • Educational Institutions
    • Educational Institutes and Stakeholders
    • Academic leaders, students and Aboriginal Youth
  • Government
    • Federal, Provincial and Municipal government representatives

What happens at the conference?

  • Opening reception in a local venue with Indigenous entertainment
  • Plenary sessions featuring national Indigenous leaders from across the country
  • A mixture of over 20 sessions focusing on issues impacting Indigenous peoples and professional development skills
  • Over 70 trade show exhibits featuring a wide range of products and services
  • Product/Service Information Sessions
  • Technology Café with computers, internet access, IT displays and coffee chat room
  • Two luncheons with keynote speakers
  • National Conference Banquet with Indigenous entertainment and featuring the convocation of Certified Aboriginal Financial Managers, Certified Aboriginal Professional Administrators and the presentation of the MNP-AFOA Excellence in Aboriginal Leadership Awards
  • Unlimited networking opportunities


Contact Us

  If you have any questions about the conference, please do not hesitate to contact the Conference Secretariat or AFOA Canada.
  Conference Secretariat   AFOA Canada
  Registration and Program Information
Micheline Bélanger
Telephone: 819-827-5931
Toll-Free: (866) 775-1817

Sponsorship and Exhibit Information
George Rogerson
Telephone: 819-827-5168
Toll-Free: (866) 775-1816
  1066 Somerset Street West, Suite 301
Ottawa, Ontario K1Y 4T3

Tel: 613-722-5543
Toll-Free: (866) 722-2362
Fax: 613-722-3467
  Please visit our website at as we continue to provide updates on the 21st National Conference.


AFOA has held twenty Conferences to date:
  • October 2019 - Saskatoon, SK
  • October 2018 - Ottawa, ON
  • October 2017 - Vancouver, BC 
  • February 2017 - Calgary, AB 
  • February 2016 - Montreal, QC
  • February 2015 - Winnipeg, MB
  • February 2014 - Halifax, NS
  • February 2013 - Toronto, ON
  • February 2012 - Saskatoon, SK
  • February 2011 - Vancouver, BC
  • March 2010 - Ottawa, ON
  • February 2009 - Calgary, AB
  • February 2008 - Montreal, QC
  • February 2007 - Vancouver, BC
  • February 2006 - Winnipeg, MB
  • February 2005 - Ottawa, ON
  • February 2004 - Calgary, AB
  • November 2002 - Saskatoon, SK
  • February 2001 - Vancouver, BC
  • February 2000 - Winnipeg, MB