Supplier Forum

The Canoe Supplier Forum is a special education and networking event for our preferred supplier partners. The forum is planned for September 13 – 15, 2021 at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge in beautiful Jasper, Alberta. This invite-only event will help you explore the growth and unlock the potential of your business while you enjoy the majesty of the Rocky Mountains. As our exclusive guest, you will have the opportunity to network with industry peers, engage with content experts in cooperative purchasing and free trade legislation, learn about trends in the Canadian economy, and expand your business across the country.

Registration is $200 and includes accommodations for two nights at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge. For an additional fee of $50, there will will be a round of golf at the Fairmont Park Golf Course on Monday, September 13 from 11:30 am. There will be a hospitality evening for all attendees on Monday, September 13 and meals will be provided during the event on Tuesday, September 14. Attendees are responsible for their travel expenses and any meals outside the forum.



There are still a few spots available – please email Miranda Andersen or call 780.955.4093 if you’d like to register. 

Registration fee is $200 per person. If you would like to golf on the first day, there will be an additional $50 per person. If you would like to bring your spouse or significant other to the dinner on Tuesday, September 14, there will be an additional $100 charge.


Monday, September 13
11:30 am Golfing Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge
6:00 pm BBQ & Hospitality Evening Gardener’s Cabin
Tuesday, September 14
8:00 – 9:00 am Breakfast Beauvert Ballroom
9:00 – 9:30 am Canoe Introduction Duane Gladden, Chief Operating Officer; Canoe Dave Dextraze, Manager of National Partnerships; Canoe Beauvert Ballroom
9:30 – 10:00 am AMM Manitoba Governmental Update Beauvert Ballroom
10:00 – 10:15 am Coffee Break & Networking Beauvert Ballroom
10:15 – 11:00 am AMSA Perspective Beauvert Ballroom
11:00 am – 12:00 pm Economic Update Beauvert Ballroom
12:00 – 1:00 pm Lunch & Networking Beauvert Ballroom
1:00 – 2:00 pm RMA Alberta Government Update Beauvert Ballroom
2:00 – 2:15 pm Coffee Break & Networking Beauvert Ballroom
2:15 – 3:45 pm Breakout Sessions Choice of two, 40-minutes sessions:
  • Communicating Collaboratively with Canoe
  • Strong Process = Strong Relationships
  • Maximizing Your Journey with our Team
Beauvert Ballroom Tekarra Room Signal Room
3:45 – 4:00 pm Conclusion Beauvert Ballroom
4:00 – 6:00 pm Activities Beauvert Ballroom
6:00 pm Dinner TBA

Breakout Sessions

Communicating Collaboratively with Canoe
As a Canoe approved supplier, your organization is positioned for success with municipal, public sector, and not-for-profit organizations. However, many suppliers aren’t aware of all the Canoe marketing supports available. In this session, Brandon Low, Manager of Marketing & Communications with Canoe, will walk you through the official resources available to help you connect with Canoe members – including a full dive into the online supplier resource hub.

Strong Processes = Strong Relationships
Join our legal team for an overview of the 5W’s of the Canoe RFP process.

Maximizing your Journey with our Team
A discussion with our Manager of Business Development. Engaging the “sales” team and the method for our joint success.


Duane Gladden, MBA
Duane is the Chief Operating Officer at Canoe and the Director of Business Services at the Rural Municipalities of Alberta (RMA). Within the scope of this position, Duane oversees all business functions, holds the roles of senior executive of RMA Insurance, and is the Principal Attorney for the Genesis Insurance Reciprocal. Duane holds a Masters of Business Administration and Bachelor of Commerce Degree.

David Dextraze, CET
Dave is the Manager of National Partnerships for Canoe and the Rural Municipalities of Alberta (RMA). Prior to working with Canoe and the RMA, Dave was the Director of Public Works overseeing utilities, waste management, bridges, fleet management, and road infrastructure for the County of Wetaskiwin. While with the county, Dave took part in the first Sourcewell equipment purchase with RMA in Western Canada. Dave is one of the past presidents of the Alberta Municipal Supervisors Association (AMSA), as well as a past chair for the RMA Trade Advisory Committee.

Travis Wierenga, P.ENG
Travis Wierenga currently serves as the Vice President of AMSA and is the Public Works Manager for the County of Barrhead. He is a professional engineer and has spent the last six years of his career in public works. Prior to that, he has worked in the mining industry and consulting engineering. After working throughout Western Canada, Mr. Wierenga has now come full circle, working for the county he grew up in. Outside of work, he spends time with his wife and two boys who are all active in the family’s small farm. He also enjoys hunting, fishing, and other outdoor activities.

Tyler Hannemann, MBA
Tyler is the Manager of Supplier Relations for Canoe and the RMA. His team is responsible for creating the programs for Canoe and providing training to suppliers nationally. He has worked in both the public and private sector before coming to Canoe. Tyler currently has his Bachelors of Science degree and his Masters of Business Administration.

Raman Khabra, BA, LLB
Raman studied political science at the University of Alberta, and graduated from the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University in 2010. Called to the bar in Nova Scotia (2011) and Alberta (2012), Raman joined RMA in July 2017 after working in private practice as a civil and commercial litigator. As General Counsel for RMA, Raman reviews commercial agreements, manages and defends insurance claims, and oversees trade procurement practices with a focus on legislative compliance.

Nigel Gamester, BCOMM
Nigel is the Procurement Manager for the Canoe Procurement Group of Canada and supports the procurement activities within the Supplier Relations team by creating trade compliant purchasing programs for the public sector across Canada. Before Canoe, Nigel was the Director of Business Development for 8760 and worked with many municipal organizations in Alberta to optimize their electricity and natural gas costs through the Canoe Energy Program.

Nigel holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree and is set to complete his Supply Chain Management Professional (SCMP) designation in 2022.

Brandon Low
Brandon has been leading the marketing and communications effort with the buying group for the last three years. With more than 13 years of experience in the marketing and communications discipline, Brandon is passionate about developing campaigns that connect organizations with the right audiences. He has direct strategic marketing experience in the B2B, consulting, software, education, and tourism fields. In his work, he focuses on straightforward and consistent messaging coupled with relatable visual storytelling.

Jesse Patenaude, MMP
Jesse is the Manager of National Partnerships for the Canoe Procurement Group of Canada. Jesse has accountability for growth within the Canoe Energy Program, national member acquisition, and heavy equipment partnerships Canada-wide. Prior to joining the RMA, Jesse spent 20 years in the heavy equipment industry, specifically with Caterpillar and Volvo CE product lines. Jesse holds a designation as a Maintenance Management Professional along with Blue and Red Seal journeyman certification.

Jane McIntyre
Jane is a Principal Economist with the Economic Forecasting Knowledge Area at The Conference Board of Canada. In her role, Jane oversees the forecasts for 29 Census Metropolitan Areas (CMAs) in CBoC’s Major Cities Impact product. She also produces a monthly monitor of housing starts in these 29 cities, which includes a short and long-term expectation measure. For the Conference Board’s National and Provincial Outlooks, Jane is responsible for the fishing and trapping sector, as well as the province of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Beckie Scott
Three-time Olympian Beckie Scott retired in 2006, capping nearly two decades of competitive cross-country ski racing as Canada’s most successful cross-country skier and one of the world’s best all-around cross-country racers. She is also an Olympic broadcast analyst, elected member of the IOC, and recent honorary doctor of laws degree recipient from the University of Alberta.

Denys Volkov
Since joining the AMM in 2011, Denys has played an instrumental part of the AMM team in his capacity as Director of Advocacy and Communications. As of January 1, 2020, Denys transitioned to the Executive Director role.

Denys was previously employed in the Mayor’s
Office at the City of Winnipeg where he liaised with the representatives of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ Big City Mayors’ Caucus, North America’s Corridor Coalition (NASCO), and the Winnipeg-Kansas City Economic Partnership Agreement.

Denys was named one of 75 Canadians in the 2019 RBC Canadian Immigrant Awards and featured as Manitoba’s Future 40 Nominee in CBC Manitoba Contests in 2016 and 2017.

Tasha Blumenthal, MBA
Tasha joined the RMA in 2010 and became the Director of External Relations & Advocacy in 2018. Tasha’s prior experiences includes working for both provincial and municipal governments in research and coordinator capacities, and as a program coordinator for a non-profit education organization.

Tasha is responsible for guiding a team of policy specialists that collaboratively develop key positions, undertake research, and develop strategic communications that support the advocacy efforts of the organization. Liaising with the RMA’s elected Board of Directors, RMA members, and key partners and government stakeholders, Tasha works to develop positive relationships to promote the rural municipal perspective and strengthen advocacy efforts.

Tasha holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Lethbridge with a major in Sociology, and a Master of Business Administration (MBA).