The Vision Quest team has a long tradition of choosing a distinguished member from the Indigenous community to be recognized as Honourary Chair. This year’s Honourary Chair is Don Cardinell!
Don Cardinell has been involved with the Vision Quest Conference since its inception, 25 years ago. Don was employed by the Government of Canada as a project officer at both Canada Employment and Immigration and Western Economic Diversification. Together with Steve Prince, Ian Cramer and many others, a plan was developed 27 years ago, to develop and implement an economic development conference focused on the needs of Indigenous youth and Indigenous communities throughout Manitoba. The result being the Vision Quest Conference and Trade show.
Don has worked extensively in economic diversification, community development, urban improvement and renewal and is a strong advocate of human rights issues for Indigenous and LGBTQ2S+ communities.