Indigenous youth are the fastest-growing population segment in Canada and are graduating from post-secondary institutions in greater numbers than ever before. They offer Canadian employers a vibrant and expanding labour pool. But in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields, they are still not being trained and employed in proportion to their numbers.

Students and academics along with leaders from Indigenous communities, industry, and government are invited to join The Conference Board of Canada and Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics.
"Where ideas collide and curious minds meet."
These two days of structured and spontaneous conversations will explore new STEM pathways for Indigenous learners and professionals. Hosted at the world-leading Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in Waterloo, the conference will offer an engaging blend of formal plenary presentations and exhibits, facilitated discussions, and social events.

For students and academics

Indigenous students working towards STEM careers should be heard at the highest levels of industry and government. This event will create a safe space for Indigenous post-secondary students to engage in big-picture conversations with their peers and leaders from industry, government, and academia. Sponsorships will be available to support the participation of up to 25 emerging Indigenous student leaders from across the post-secondary STEM fields.

For employers and industry leaders

This event will provide employers, HR recruiters, and industry leaders with a unique opportunity to work closely with a national cross-section of Indigenous students, educators, and innovators from throughout the STEM fields. Our plenary presentations, facilitated discussions, and networking opportunities are designed to stimulate bold new ideas and actionable insights.

Your hosts

The Conference Board of Canada

We are Canada’s largest independent, evidence-based applied research organization. Leaders turn to us for help solving complex challenges in our areas of expertise. Our reputation is backed by 65 years as a trusted resource to Canada’s decision-makers. Our priority is to build a stronger Canada.

Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics

Perimeter Institute is a leading centre for scientific research, training, and educational outreach in foundational theoretical physics. Founded in 1999, its mission is to advance our understanding of the universe at the most fundamental level, stimulating the breakthroughs that could transform our future.

Speakers and Agenda

We are hard at work developing an outstanding program for this event. Please check this page for updates.




Early Bird Price
Until March 13, 2020.

Coming with a group?
Please contact us for more information and group rates.

Ottawa city


Perimeter Institute
31 Caroline St N, Waterloo ON
N2L 2Y5

*Event fees do not include accommodations. Please contact the hotel directly for reservations and mention the event to receive a preferred rate.


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