Beyond the Business Case—What it will take to get economic infrastructure investment in the North

The Conference Board of Canada, April 22, 2020
Recorded Webinar
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There is almost universal consensus on what is required to support a more sustainable northern economy—infrastructure. There is considerable disagreement, however, about how to get government and industry to invest in the necessary economic infrastructure and how best to finance and sustain that infrastructure.

Since 1988, many First Nations have been advancing a strategy to expand their fiscal and land jurisdictions to grow their economies, so they have more revenues to build economic infrastructure. This work resulted in the First Nations Fiscal Management Act (FMA) and the First Nations Lands Management Act (FNLMA). To implement these new jurisdictions effectively, the Tulo Centre of Indigenous Economics was created to develop original curriculum for three new university accredited programs in First Nation Tax Administration, Applied Economics and Lands Management.

Important lessons have emerged from the growth of the FMA, FNLMA and Tulo Centre that may help viable projects in the north move from the infrastructure business case to infrastructure projects. These lessons will be the focus of this recorded webinar.

Webinar Highlights

André Le Dressay is the Director of Fiscal Realities Economists and the Director of the Tulo Centre of Indigenous Economics. He covers the following topics:

  • What are some economic and fiscal benefits from selected northern resource development projects?
  • What are some benefits from northern development to the southern economy?
  • What are the institutional elements of a competitive investment climate and why is this important to northern development?
  • Why is building political coalitions so important to advancing policy and jurisdictional change
  • How might the work of the Tulo Centre, FMA and FLMA be of relevance to northern development?

About André

Photo of André Le DressayDr. André Le Dressay has over 25 years of experience working with indigenous communities, organizations, and institutions and local governments. He has written numerous academic and consulting reports in his areas of expertise: building the legal, administrative, fiscal and institutional framework to support economic growth. He is the Director of Fiscal Realities Economists, the Director of the Tulo Centre of Indigenous Economics, and a professor at Thompson Rivers University. He co-authored a book which was nominated for the Donner Book Prize in 2010. He was the principal author of the Tulo Centre online textbook—Building a Competitive First Nation Investment Climate (2015). He has also authored the closing chapter, Unlocking First Nation Wealth:  Past Efforts & Future Opportunities, in a compilation entitled, Unlocking the Wealth of Indian Nations (2016) edited by Terry L. Anderson at Stanford University. His most recent working paper is Renewing Indigenous Economies Through Creative Destruction. He has received a distinguished alumni award from Thompson Rivers University and a lifetime achievement award from the First Nations Tax Administrators Association. He has helped facilitate over 20 service agreements between First Nations and local governments. He has developed the curriculum for 14 original courses in First Nation Tax Administration and First Nation Applied Economics. André holds a PhD in Economics from Simon Fraser University, a Masters in Applied Economics from the University of Victoria and an Honors degree in Math and Economics from the University of Regina.

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