Annie Korver

BEx 2022 Keynote

Annie Korver

Annie is a purpose-driven entrepreneur dedicated to enriching relationships between Indigenous and corporate communities. Inspired by reconciliation in Canada and her own Metis ancestry, Annie founded Rise in 2013 to respond to reconciliation and advance Indigenous inclusion with a focus on economic development.

Bringing together Indigenous and corporate communities to create shared value, Annie champions a values-based approach to strategic inclusion. She creates undisputed space for her clients to realize their vision and establish inclusive relationships, ultimately supporting clients in reconciliation. Annie holds a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Calgary and her background in economic development, marketing and communications provides her with a solid foundation for translating multifaceted socio-economic challenges and opportunities, while leveraging the strengths and skills of those around her.  

Annie is a member of the Metis Nation of Alberta and is proud to volunteer and serve as a Director on the Board with the Canadian Council of Aboriginal Business, the Board with Canadian Business for Social Responsibility, the Weaving Roots Foundation, and is a Co-Chair of the Young Women in Energy Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation Committee; Annie also serves on the Board of Directors with Shared Value Solutions.  

Annie lives within Ktunaxa ?amaki?is, the homelands of the Ktunaxa People, and the Kootenay Region of the Metis Nation of British Columbia in Fernie, British Columbia with her husband and their two young children where they enjoy skiing, biking, and hiking as often as possible. 

Rising with Inclusion

As we identify the intersection between reconciliation and inclusive workplaces, the opportunity exists for organizations to proactively participate in, support and partner on economic development activities with Indigenous communities and ventures. Through thoughtful strategic planning, the tactical implementation of a values-led, reconciliation pathway becomes a reality.

We will discuss our collective ‘why’ and then our ‘how’. We listen, learn, reflect and then act. 

We advance reconciliation through first understanding truth and from there, the opportunity for economic reconciliation comes to fruition. As we act, we do so on the tenant “nothing about you, without you” and we consider the interests of Indigenous peoples as we build relationships and opportunities that are inclusive. With the growing expectation by society, employees, and investors for businesses to transition to more sustainable business practices, which includes Indigenous engagement, we will also discuss the the value of an enhanced focus on ESG and how to build, strengthen and lead in the sustainability space.