June 3, 2014, 5:00 pm
Buffet Dinner: 6:15 pm
Robert Sutherland Hall, 138 Union Street, Room 202
David de Launay became Deputy Minister of Aboriginal Affairs on September 3, 2013. David has been an Assistant Deputy Minister in the OPS since 2004 with the Ministry of Natural Resources, the Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs, Cabinet Office, and Northern Development and Mines. He has led policy, operational, and corporate management divisions, including Regional Operations in the Ministry of Natural Resources with its 1,100 staff, 47 offices, and $150 million budget.
David is well known for his inter-ministerial project work on economic, environmental, Aboriginal and inter-governmental matters including, the Moose River Basin hydroelectric development in the 1990s, international agreements protecting the Great Lakes (1999 – 2005), and the Far North initiative (2007 – 2010). David has a wide range of negotiation and facilitation experience with stakeholders and First Nations and has spoken at many conferences and workshops.
The interview will be conducted by Bob Watts, Adjunct Professor at the School of Policy Studies, Queen's University. Bob also works on a human rights matters and assisting corporations to development partnerships with Aboriginal communities. Bob is a frequent speaker regarding Aboriginal issues and in particular the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. He is a former CEO of the Assembly of First Nations and before that the Interim Executive Director of the Canada's Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which will examine and make recommendations regarding the Indian Residential School era and its legacy. Bob lead the process, with support from across Canada and internationally, to establish the Commission. Bob served as the Chief of Staff to the AFN National Chief Phil Fontaine, and was a member of the team which negotiated the historic Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement. Bob is from Mohawk and Ojibway ancestry and is a member of the Six Nations Reserve.