Speaker Spotlight

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President and CEO of the World Trade Centre Winnipeg

Mariette Mulaire is the President and CEO of the World Trade Centre Winnipeg, Manitoba’s leading trade organization. She has spent most of her career developing economic and trade initiatives and is the founding President and CEO of three economic development organizations that have been key to Manitoba’s growth, among them the Conseil de développement économique des municipalités bilingues au Manitoba (CDEM).

Mariette has been elected as Vice-Chair of the World Trade Centers Association Board of Directors and brings a unique trade perspective to her roles as a Director on the Bank of Canada Board, the Canada West Foundation board as well as TV5 Canada-Québec.


Over the years, Mariette has volunteered on many boards and committees in a variety of sectors, such as health, sports, culture, francophone affairs and economic development. Her many awards and recognitions demonstrate her dedication and contributions to the community. She was the spokesperson for the 200th anniversary of Université de St. Boniface (2018). She was the 2015 recipient of the Award of Excellence – Promotion of Linguistic Duality from the Commissioner of Official languages. She received the Prix Riel and the Prix Maurice Gauthier in 2017 in recognition of her ongoing commitment to the promotion of linguistic duality in Manitoba and Canada.


President and Chief Executive Officer, CEDEC 

John Buck is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Community Economic Development and Employability Corporation (CEDEC).  CEDEC has designed a new and innovative approach to economic development that helps communities achieve lasting success by identifying and leveraging their strongest opportunities for growth.  Specifically, CEDEC helps create public-private-civil society partnerships to foster economic innovation and creativity, combine resources and expertise, and drive local economic development initiatives.


Mr. Buck has served in his capacity as President and CEO at CEDEC since 2006 and he has been involved with CEDEC since the organization was created in 1999.  As a founding member, Mr. Buck served on the Board of Directors and then went on to serve as Treasurer and Secretary, and as Chair of the Board of Directors in 2002-2004.  Prior to working at CEDEC, Mr. Buck worked in the field of finance with one of Canada’s leading consulting firms.


Mr. Buck is a Board Director on the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Local Employment and Economic Development (LEED) Forum.  He is also the Vice-Chair of the Canadian Society of Association Executives (CSAE), and a Director on the Board of Directors of CSAE.


Mr. Buck studied at Bishop’s University, McGill University and Laurier University and holds degrees both in sciences and in business administration. He also holds a Certified Association Executive (CAE) professional designation and certificates in governance from The Institute for Corporate Directors (ICD).  Mr. Buck is also a member of the Government Relations Institute of Canada and the Public Affairs Association of Canada (PAAC).

Director general ÉCONOMUSÉE Network Society

Since 2013, Carl-Éric Guertin has been the director general of the ÉCONOMUSÉE Network Society (ENS) overseeing the Canadian and International development of the organization.  Established in 1992, the ENS, a not-for-profit organisation, is the founder, owner and promoter of the ÉCONOMUSÉE® concept. Now grown into an international organization with its head office in Québec City, Canada, the network of partners shares the same goals: the continuation, protection and promotion of traditional trades and know-how in the craft and agri-food sectors. 


The primary mission of ENS is to maximise the full potential of the ÉCONOMUSÉE® concept worldwide by allowing artisans and craft enterprises to develop and promote in-situ traditionally inspired crafts and knowledge as well as to offer the public a high-quality cultural and tourism learning experience.


Carl-Éric Guertin earned a bachelor’s degree in forestry in 1993 from the Faculty of Forestry of Laval University (Québec City, Canada) and started his forestry career overseas. In 1997, he completed a master’s degree from the same university in Forest Sciences in the field of forest policies and community forestry.  After working for 15 years for trade associations in the forestry and forest products sector, where he developed expertise on responsible trade and sustainability issues, promotion of the use of wood in construction to tackle climate change, communication, regional and international development, he joined the tourism industry in 2013.


President & CEO, Steel River Group

A proud Indigenous entrepreneur and business leader with 23 years of experience with some of Canada’s most prominent pipeline, infrastructure, and mining companies, Mr. Fequet founded Steel River Group 3 years ago based on the belief that there has never been a better time to reimagine how a private Indigenous business defines, creates and captures value for Indigenous communities’ & people. To achieve this goal, Mr. Fequet centered his company around Governing Principles, which are deeply rooted in Indigenous values, beliefs, and culture. The foundation is grounded by a strong sense of community, centered around people and relationships. These relationships are premised around creating alignment between three critical groups: Steel River Companies; Indigenous Communities; and Alliance Partners through Steel River Group’s Inclusion Ecosystem Model. 


Steel River Group brings these entities together under a shared vision and common goals and facilitates agreements, partnerships, and the creation of new companies. As a management entity, Steel River Group provides corporate governance, structure, and support to its group of companies as well as to its Ecosystem partners. 


As President and CEO, Mr. Fequet drives Steel River Group’s vision and provides support and guidance to his team and Ecosystem partners. He believes strongly in helping those around him to succeed and spends countless hours supporting and enabling his staff and mentoring entrepreneurs and individuals around him. His vision for the organization’s future is to support the process of collaborative engagement, foster the preservation of cultural and traditional values, and champion social sovereignty and economic sustainability for his people.