Vision Quest – From Vision to Reality

Vision Quest celebrated its 25th Anniversary Conference & Trade Show in 2022, with a record 1300+ participants and a sold-out Trade Show!

Vision Quest is proud of its reputation of successfully bringing 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 encouraging sustainable Indigenous economic development, and the goal of the emergence of best business practices that support and synergize community and individual development.

Attendees are educated and entertained with two motivational keynote presentations, 14 interactive workshops including an empowering youth program, nearly 100 Trade Show exhibits, access to professional artists and entrepreneurial advice, cultural presentations and entertainment, continental breakfasts, lunches, refreshment breaks, networking opportunities, and a closing Banquet.

Vision Quest continues to have a positive impact on the business community, our youth and the community-at-large. It provides information, encouragement and enlightenment. This event serves as an important celebration of both business and culture. Over the past 25 years, over 21,000 people have participated. We look forward to being able to gather together in person once again in May of 2023.

The Vision Quest Conference & Tradeshow includes

  • Networking with nearly 1,000 delegates, exhibitors, speakers, sponsors, and volunteers
  • Interactive workshops and motivational keynote presentations delivered by business, cultural and industry leaders and role models
  • Empowering Youth Program
  • Nearly 100 Trade Show Exhibits
  • Business Advice for Entrepreneurs
  • First-hand Experience with Professional Artists
  • Cultural Presentations and Entertainment, Continental Breakfasts, Lunches and Refreshment Breaks
  • Dragon’s Quest Business Plan Competition Finals
  • Prize Draws
  • Opportunity to register for Pre-Conference Certification Course
  • Opportunity to purchase tickets to the Conference Banquet with renowned entertainment

Our Delegates

While many of our delegates travel from Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Northern Ontario and Alberta, Indigenous leaders and entrepreneurs from as far away as Nunavut, Northwest Territories and the U.S.A. have also participated. Our delegates include: Indigenous business owners and operators; Indigenous youth; community leaders; economic development officers; investors and financial institutions; government and corporate representatives; business and community service providers; individuals or businesses interested in working with the Indigenous community.

Our History

Vision Quest has welcomed keynote presenters, workshop leaders and performers such as: Actor/Musician/Motivator Mo Brings Plenty; Former Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada/Author Jody Wilson-Raybould; 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.

Vision Quest Community Future Partners: Dakota Ojibway CFDC, Kitayan CFDC Southeast CFDC, Cedar Lake CFDC, North Central CFDC