18th Annual Seasonal Networking Celebration & AGM

Thursday, December 1, 2022

Grey Eagle Resort   |  5:00 – 9:30 pm


– –  SOLD OUT  – –

Join us for an evening of networking and celebrate the start of the Holiday Season. Connect with fellow CFAR members, non-members and like-minded individuals representing Indigenous, Industry, Community and Government Liaison Practitioners, along with a variety of other professions.

In addition to a fun and informative Networking Mixer style event, a brief review of the business of the prior fiscal year will be presented.

This year’s theme is: Parallel Values in Truth & Reconciliation: ESG

Exploring community well being in ESG through 7 generational thinking.




Evening Presentation & Speakers

Rainforest Energy, Transforming Environmental Waste into Community-Based Business Ventures

Craig is an Indigenous Engagement Consultant, Director, and Board Member with over 25 years of senior expertise working on high valued projects. (BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Northwest Territories). He has successfully negotiated and launched Joint Venture Partnerships between First Nations Right Holders, corporate clients, service providers, third party contractors and vendors. He is highly skilled at negotiating beneficial agreements and building relationships between clients, project stakeholders and Indigenous Communities.
Craig is fluent in Clean Technology, Energy Production, Oil & Gas, Pipelines, Industrial Services, Safety Supply and Site Security Services.


Pete has a unique, exciting story. Pete is Chairman of Rainforest Energy Corporation, Investor, Geek and Business Mentor. Raised in a mining equipment manufacturing town and 1 of 6 children, found himself in the world, out of the house at 18 years old and working to pay his way through college. His first real job was in Edmonton, Alberta in 1977 as a fur trader with the Hudson Bay Company. He discovered computers in 1981, took programing at UofA and went on to work at Apple Computers for 9 years where he won Salesperson of the World. After refusing a move to Toronto he entered enterprise software and services. He was Co founder and CEO of Zymeta Media Systems, a Video Jukebox for bars and restaurants and sold them into 600 locations across Canada. Pete has worked for Microsoft as a product specialist. Today, Pete is part of the mentoring community with Peerguidence.com, Intergenconnect.com and Rainforestab.ca. He teaches families how to fish on the Columbia River, BC, is an avid mountain biker, snowboarder, proud Canadian and constant learner. He has two daughters and his lifelong partner Leila.


Hotel Accommodation

Plan to stay at Grey Eagle Resort where you can book your special rate by calling toll free at 1.844.719.8777 or locally at 1.403.719.8777 and request to book with Circle for Aboriginal Relations (CFAR) until November 25, 2022 at 11:59 pm.


Sponsorship Opportunities

The CFAR Society relies on partnerships to enable us to host meetings, workshops, and networking events throughout the year, as well as our annual conference. It is our vision to provide networking and educational opportunities to share our collective knowledge, passion, and experience in building a circle of relatives.

Our sponsors are our partners and we equally wish to build opportunities for our sponsors.  That is why we are pleased to offer a range of sponsorship levels for each CFAR Society event that recognize and promote valued sponsors through visual, verbal and print recognition.

For more information on how we can help each other, please contact Craig Van Dongen at sponsorship@cfarsociety.ca