Inaugural Research Conference on Indigenous matters

This conference focuses on encouraging and presenting research that explores and studies Indigenous matters in the context of management studies. In addition to keynote and scholarly paper sessions, this research conference features discussions where leading Indigenous scholars and community members reflect on current and future research in the field.

Important Dates

Registration deadline: Closed! Thank you to everyone who registered.
Conference Dates: March 18-19, 2021

Opening Keynote Panel

Rick Colbourne, Assistant Dean, Equity and Inclusive Communities
Sprott School of Business, Carleton University

Ana Maria Peredo, Professor, Environmental Studies
University of Victoria

Michelle Evans, Associate Professor
University of Melbourne

Peter Moroz, Associate Professor (Entrepreneurship and Innovation)
University of Regina

Closing Keynote

Tantoo Cardinal
Indigenous Actor, Public Speaker and Environmental Leader


Thursday, March 18, 2021

*All times are Central Time (CT) Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada


9 - 9:10 a.m.

Arrival and mingling

  • Conference Co-chairs (Zhenyu Wu & Peter Pomart, University of Manitoba)
  • MC: Raj Manchanda, University of Manitoba
9:10 - 9:55 a.m.

Opening remarks and welcome

  • Land Acknowledgement
  • Opening prayer, University of Manitoba Elder
  • Dr. Gady Jacoby, Dean, Asper School of Business
  • Grand Chief Arlen Dumas, Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs
  • President David Chartrand, Manitoba Metis Federation 
  • Dr. Michael Benarroch, President, University of Manitoba
  • Dr. Catherine Cook, Vice President Indigenous, University of Manitoba
9:55 - 10 a.m. Break
10 a.m. - 11:20 a.m.

Opening Keynote Panel: Emerging Themes in Indigenous Business Scholarship

  • Rick Colbourne, Assistant Dean, Equity and Inclusive Communities, Sprott School of Business, Carleton University
  • Ana Maria Peredo, Professor, Environmental Studies, University of Victoria
  • Michelle Evans, Associate Professor, University of Melbourne
  • Peter Moroz, Associate Professor (Entrepreneurship and Innovation), University of Regina

    Moderators: Peter Pomart and Suzanne Gagnon, University of Manitoba
11:20 - 11:30 a.m. Break
11:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Opening paper
“Institutionalism and the logics of elimination and possession.” 
Theadora Carter, University of Alberta

Discussant: Ana Maria Peredo, University of Victoria

12 - 1 p.m. Lunch
1 - 2:15 p.m.

Self-determination & Sustainability

“Corporate social responsibility and Indigenous peoples in the Russian Arctic: The role of municipal authorities in negotiations with resource companies.”
Natalia Yakovleva, Tuyara N. Gavrilyeva & Marina A. Ivanova, Newcastle University, North-Eastern Federal University

“Gender inequality, Indigenous rights, and sustainable development.” Paul D. Larson, University of Manitoba

“Eldorado’s end? Late adoption of mining agreements by Indigenous Canadian communities.”
Maggie Cascadden, Emily Block & Dev Jennings, University of Alberta

Session Chair: Tina Dacin, Queen’s University

2:15 - 2:25 p.m. Break
2:25 - 3:40 p.m. Teaching and Pedagogy Panel and Discussion 
  • Dara Kelly, Assistant Professor of Business and Society, Beedie School of Business, Simon Fraser University.
  • David Deephouse, Eldon Foote Professor of International Business/Law; Professor, Strategy, Entrepreneurship and Management, University of Alberta.
  • Bruno, Dyck, Professor of Business Administration, Norman Frohlich Professor in Business Sustainability, University of Manitoba
3:40 - 3:50 p.m. Break
3:50 - 5:30

Honouring Indigenous Identities, Values, and Worldviews

“Managing tensions between two conceptions of territoriality and inventing new forms of organizing: The case of the tallymen of the Eeyou Istchee community.”
Mélanie Chaplier and François Cooren, Université de Montréal

“How is strategy in Indigenous business settings different? The case of a large dairy company in Aotearoa/New Zealand.”
Daniel Tisch & Gerson Tuazon, University of Auckland

“Wealthing out of identity? Indigenous entrepreneurship and social mobility.” Rochelle Côté & Michelle Evans, Memorial University and University of Melbourne

"Buen Vivir": A path to reconfiguring corporate social responsibility in Mexico during the age of Covid-19.” 
Bryan Husted, Tecnologico de Monterrey

Session Chair: Raj Manchanda, University of Manitoba


Friday, March 19, 2021

Time Session
9 - 9:10 a.m. Welcome and mingling

MC: Suzanne Gagnon, University of Manitoba
9:10 - 9:50 a.m.

Opening paper

“Rethinking capitalism and its measures of success: The example of an Indigenous-led conservation impact bond.” 
Diane-Laure Arjaliès & Bobby Banerjee, Ivey Business School & Cass Business School, City University.

Discussant: Rochelle Côté, Memorial University

9:50 - 10 a.m. Break
10 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.

“Stories of resilience from Wallmapu, Abya Yala (the Americas) Indigenous women entrepreneurs.” 
Ieva Žebrytė, Universidad de La Frontera, Chile.

“Coping with persistent disadvantage: Entrepreneurial action despite institutional inequality.” 
Ketan Goswami, Ivey Business School.

“Mikwam Makwa Ikwe| Ice Bear Woman: A national needs analysis of Indigenous women’s entrepreneurship in Canada.”  
Ashley Richard & Suzanne Gagnon, University of Manitoba.

Session Chair: Nathan Greidanus, University of Manitoba

11:15 - 11:30 a.m. Break
11:30 - 12:30 p.m.

Parallel Paper Bag Lunches

Breakout room 1: Graduate students with senior scholars
Breakout room 2: Indigenous and non-indigenous researchers

12:30 - 1 p.m. Break
1 - 2:30 p.m.

Story-telling, Imprinting and Entrepreneurship 
“Unfolding Entrepreneurial Path under Indigenous Relational Worldviews.” 
Ling Li, University of Liverpool.

“Oral histories and the cultural transmission of entrepreneurial action: Evidence from Indigenous entrepreneurship.” 
Wim van Lent, RA Hunt & DA Lerner, Montpellier Business School, Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University, IE Business School.

“Imprinting degree of hybridity in international businesses: The influence of entrepreneurs' cultural value orientations and ethnicity.”
Fernando Angulo Ruiz and Etayankara Muralidharan, MacEwan University.

“All of you is welcome here: An auto-ethnographic telling of an uncomfortable long loving deeply contemplative multisensory approach to research.” 
Shelley T. Price, St. Francis Xavier University.

Session Chair: Dara Kelly, Simon Fraser University

2:30 - 2:40 p.m. Break
2:40 - 3:55 p.m.

Two-Eyed Seeing: Theory and Practice
“Indigeneity in entrepreneurship: Exploring the role of Indigenous knowledge in building sustainable entrepreneurial practices for First Nations.” 
Christina Tachtampa, Jonathon Araujo Redbird, & Nusa Fain, Queens University.

“Cultural safety in Indigenous entrepreneurship: The entrepreneur-assistance exchange.” 
Jason Paul Mika & Leo-Paul Dana, Massey Business School New Zealand

“Constructive contributions: How non-Indigenous academics can engage with
Indigenous research meaningfully.” Miriam Yates, Terry W. Fitzsimmons & Ree Jordan, University of Illinois and University of Queensland

Session Chair: Bruno Dyck, University of Manitoba

3:55 - 4 p.m. Break
4 - 5 p.m.

Closing Keynote
Tantoo Cardinal
Indigenous Actor, Public Speaker and Environmental Leader
Introduced by Jennifer Moose, University of Manitoba

Closing and thank you: Conference organizers 


Conference Organizers