Get UNCORKED with us!
Uncorked is an upscale networking event attracting local entrepreneurs, business professionals, and leaders from the Greater Regina Area. Hosted on the 3rd Tuesday of the month, Uncorked aims to inspire through storytelling and casual couch conversation as we ask some of the boldest businesswomen and leaders of the community the most unpredictable and unfiltered questions about business, life, and community.
We welcome everyone and anyone to register – no membership required! Join us and get Uncorked!
Featuring Leanne Bellegarde, CEO of Akawe Technologies & Thomas Benjoe, President and CEO of FHQ Developments
About Leanne: Leanne is from Treaty 4 territory and is a member of the Peepeekisis First Nation. With a career spanning land claims, private/municipal/provincial/federal legal experience, in sectors like gaming, telecommunications, post-secondary institutions, mining, and agrifood, Leanne’s career has increasingly focused on fostering mutually beneficial relationships with Indigenous people for economic prosperity with an emphasis on employment and business opportunities directly and through economic development and supply chain and enhanced with strategic alignment of philanthropic investments. Her diversity and inclusion efforts increasingly expand to all diverse considerations, with recent efforts expanding to gender and LGBTQ2 inclusion. Volunteer and board experience had further exposed her at various depths to public safety and protective services sustainable technologies, digital economies, culture and heritage, and education.
Leanne has extensive board experience, both advising boards and as a director. She has a Professional Director status from a joint program of the Johnson Shoyoma Graduate School and Governance Solutions (formerly Brown Governance) that tailored an ICD style offering with Indigenous content and values for the File Hills Qu’Appelle Tribal Council.
About Thomas: Mr. Benjoe joined FHQ Developments in the fall of 2016 as the Corporation’s President/CEO. Thomas brings a wealth of experience in First Nations Economic Development, Entrepreneurship, Community Development, Business Administration, and Commercial Banking. He has a strong professional background, and a personal commitment to, partnership, relationship building and interest-based negotiation.
Mr. Benjoe is strongly committed to Aboriginal Business Development and FHQ Developments’ guiding vision of securing business partnerships that result in wealth generation and First Nation equity ownership in key economic sectors.
Mr. Benjoe is a founding board member of FHQ Developments and served 6 years as a Director. He is a former Commercial Banker from RBC that served the Aboriginal Market throughout Saskatchewan. He helped in the creation of the FNUniv Aboriginal Youth Entrepreneurship Camp.
Thomas is a graduate of Business Administration from the First Nations University of Canada and focused his education in First Nations Business, Economic Development and Governance. He is also a certified Professional Director from Brown Governance.
Uncorked is open to all (no membership required).