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The National Aboriginal Trust Officers Association (NATOA) is excited to announce the 5th Annual Indigenous Trust and Investment Conference and Annual General Meeting that will take place at The Banff Centre on May 23-24, 2018 in Banff, Alberta.


NATOA is delighted to host another successful Trust and Investment Conference. The 2-day event is designed to provide an informative and interactive venue for all those involved with Aboriginal Trusts. Speakers will represent both the Indigenous Communities who have established, or in the process of establishing, and maintained successful Trust operations, and members of the Corporate Industry that effectively service these Communities.


The theme of this year’s conference is Be A Part Of Your Community’s Future.


We all have the opportunity to make decisions that affect our future generations to come.  From the short term needs of current population to the longer term goals of economic prosperity, healthy opportunities and education that reflect traditional and cultural values.


The 2018 NATOA National Indigenous Trust and Investment Conference will provide you with valuable information on how some of our communities have been able to implement successful strategies that provide great benefit to their people. From Responsible Investment decisions that impact our environment and traditional lands to the Indigenous rights we hold in such high regard to the day to day management of our Trust funds, this conference will help you ensure your community will be set on the proper path for success.


Set in the beautiful traditional lands of the Kootenay, Stoney, Blood, Peigan, Siksika and Tsuu T’ina peoples, the Banff environment will be a relaxing and educational experience.





Keynote Speaker – Tahu Potiki


Tahu Potiki currently represents the people of Otakou as their representative to Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu. Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu is the government entity for the Ngai Tahu tribe. His early years included time as a fitter and welder, social worker and educator but more recently Tahu has been fully involved in Maori tribal development. He was the CEO of Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu for nearly six years having previously chaired the Ngai Tahu Development Corporation. Tahu has had considerable governance experience having sat on five South Island DHBs, been Deputy Chair of Maori Television, sat for two terms on Environmental Science and Research Ltd and currently sits on the board of Ngai Tahu Tourism. He has also sat on several other community boards and governance entities. For many years Tahu has been a key leadership figure for the local Otakou Marae and Runaka (Council). He is fluent in te reo Maori and is an acknowledged expert in South Island Maori history, traditions and unique dialect. Tahu was born and raised at Karitane and now resides on the Otago Peninsula with his wife and three children. With 11 businesses from saving kiwi to jet boating, Ngāi Tahu’s tourism empire isn’t showing any signs of slowing down. Learn more by clicking this link to watch a short video.




The Banff Centre
107 Tunnel Mountain Drive
Banff, AB T1L 1H5
Toll Free: 1-800-884-7574
Phone: 403-762-6100


Room types available are either one bedded or two bedded rooms. Rates below do not include applicable fees and taxes and are based on single or double occupancy.  Additional fees apply per adult per room up to a maximum of 4 people per room.

Lloyd Hall Queen (1 bed): $180 per night (single or double) / $20 extra person
PDC-Suite $270 per night (single or double) / $20 extra person

Group dates are: Sunday, May, 20, 2018 to Saturday, May, 26, 2018.

Reservations cannot be made after: Friday, April, 20, 2018.


Contact Flight Centre Business Travel, an official partner of NATOA, and save 10% off flights. To get these rates, contact Roberto Molica-Lazzaro at (416) 323-9920 or email



For more information, please contact NATOA:
Toll Free: 1-866-409-1315
Fax: 1-866-462-7648




NATOA is a charity organization, and is committed to providing the Aboriginal Peoples of Canada with the resources and information that will help them efficiently create, manage, and operate trusts as a means to ensure the seven generations yet unborn, can benefit from the goals and dreams of the present generation. NATOA’s goal is to be a highly professional and relevant resource for the Aboriginal Peoples in becoming self-sustaining and vital economic communities.