About Us

Our History

Vision Quest Conferences Inc. is a community based charitable organization formed through partnerships with five Community Futures Development Corporations (Cedar Lake CFDC, Dakota Ojibway CFDC, Kitayan CFDC, North Central CFDC, Southeast CFDC).

Since 1997, the Vision Quest Conference has taken place in May of each year in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. This event is an undeniable success with over 1,000 individuals attending annually as delegates, volunteers, trade show exhibitors and sponsors. Participants consistently respond to the Conference with rave reviews of the workshops, keynote presentations and entertainment and our Trade Show exhibitors find the showcase exceptionally well-attended.

Vision Quest brings together innovators, entrepreneurs and business leaders to discuss and promote Indigenous business, community and economic development. At the heart of Vision Quest is the mission of supporting sustainable Indigenous economic development, and the goal of the emergence of best business practices that support and synergize community and individual development.

Vision Quest has welcomed keynote presenters, workshop leaders and performers such as: Award-Winning Singer/Songwriter Susan Aglukark; Entrepreneur and Author Kendal Netmaker; Actor/Comic/Activist Candy Palmater; former NHL All-Star, Stanley Cup winner and Olympic Gold Medallist Theoren Fleury, Olympic Athlete Waneek Horn-Miller, actors Michelle Thrush, Tantoo Cardinal, Eric Schweig, Adam Beach, Wes Studi; recording artists Inez Point, Crystal Shawanda, Buffy Saint-Marie; Canadian Boxing Champion Ralph “Junior” Moar; actor/singer Tom Jackson; environmental activist David Suzuki; and comedian Don Burnstick.

Registered Charitable Organization: #888588670RR0001

Board Members

Carol Johnston (Acting Chair)
Southeast CFDC

Joe Cote (Vice Chair/Treasurer)
Cedar Lake CFDC

Charlene Beamin
Dakota Ojibway CFDC

George Leonard
Kitayan CFDC

Tamy Burton
North Central CFDC


Cedar Lake CFDC Dakota Ojibway CFDC Kitayan CFDC North Central CFDC Southeast CFDC