The 23rd Vision Quest Conference & Trade Show is pleased to announce Jordin Tootoo and Lorne Cardinal as this year’s Keynote Presenters.
NHL’s First Inuk Player, Author of All the Way
Keynote Presenter, Wednesday May 15
Jordin Tootoo played for the Brandon Wheat Kings before being chosen by the Nashville Predators to become the first Inuk NHL player. He went on to play with Detroit Red Wings, New Jersey Devils and Chicago Blackhawks, banking 161 points in 723 games. An Indigenous athletic trailblazer, Jordin has long understood his responsibility as a role model. His memoir All the Way: My Life on Ice brings an uplifting message, and he is committed to his work through Team Tootoo Foundation, founded in honour of his late brother Terence. Jordin was awarded a Meritorious Service Medal for promoting healthy living in Nunavut, and for encouraging conversations about difficult topics like addiction and suicide.
Award-Winning Film & TV Actor, Stage & Screen Director
Keynote Presenter, Thursday May 16
Lorne Cardinal is best known for his work on CTV’s Corner Gas, playing Sgt. Davis Quinton. Previous stage credits include The Last Wife (ATP), Governor General Award-winning Where the Blood Mixes, and Thunderstick (Theatre Network, Persephone Theatre, Western Canada Theatre). Recent television and film credits include When Calls the Heart, Bad Seed, Trouble with Christmas, and Tin Star. His voice work can be heard on Corner Gas Animated (Comedy Network), and Molly of Denali (PBS). Lorne is also a Director of the stage and screen.
Meet both of these dynamic presenters at Vision Quest, Canada’s longest running Indigenous business, community and economic development conference, May 14-16 at RBC Convention Centre Winnipeg.