Our Speakers

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Christopher Buchanan

Partner - McLennan Ross

Christopher's approach relies upon listening, identifying common ground, and working towards a resolution that best suits his clients. He is skilled at distilling complex legal concepts and relating information in plain language.  // Full Bio

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Jeremy Dixon

Legal Counsel - McLennan Ross

Jeremy's holistic approach sets his services apart. He offers tailored solutions that account for as many factors as possible while effectively addressing his client's concerns.  // Full Bio

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Mark Heyck

Arctic Energy Alliance Executive Director

Mark was born and raised in Yellowknife. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History from McGill University in Montreal, and worked at the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre as the Website and Multimedia Coordinator from 2000 to 2012.
Mark served three terms on Yellowknife City Council from 2003 to 2012, was Deputy Mayor from 2006 to 2012, and was elected Mayor in 2012 and re-elected in 2015. During his time on Council, Mark chaired the City's Heritage Committee and Community Energy Planning Committee. From 2007 to 2017, Mark served as a member of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities' Green Municipal Fund Council. He was also on the Board of Directors for the NWT Association of Communities, representing Cities, Towns and Villages of the Northwest Territories. Mark joined the Arctic Energy Alliance as Executive Director in the fall of 2018.

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Marie-Pier Leduc

Legal Counsel with McLennan Ross

Marie-Pier is responsive and thoughtful in her practice. She genuinely values her trusted professional relationships with both clients and colleagues.  // Full Bio


Kathy Macdonald

Cyber Awareness

Kathy Macdonald is a retired police officer with 25 years of investigative and crime prevention experience. She possesses extensive experience in developing and delivering cyber awareness and crime prevention programs for both public and private sector organizations. Kathy’s areas of expertise include online fraud, social engineering, online abuse, social media, cyberbullying, targeted intrusions, and privacy protection.

Integrating her understanding of police work with her experience in public relations, Kathy instructs cybercrime prevention and personnel security at the University of Calgary. She conducts cybersecurity presentations all over the world and also works as an associate with Toddington International, where she conducts open-source investigations. Kathy is a published writer and over the years has been a guest speaker at many security and safety-related conferences internationally. In 2009, the Governor-General of Canada invested Kathy with the Member of the Order of Merit of the Police Forces.

Kathy Macdonald understands online behavior risks, mistakes, and tactics that expose individuals and organizations from their online activity. Her presentations focus on prevention and awareness strategies. Her presentations provide practical insights on experts on both the legal and criminal aspects of cyber-security, cyber-crime, fraud prevention, seniors & fraud, cyber-attacks, malware, hacking, preventative software, social media, the dark web, human trafficking, cryptocurrencies, ransomware, cyberbullying and online investigations. Her dynamic ability to address all aspects of cybersecurity enables her to speak to any audience, business, organization or individual about how they can improve their online behaviours.     


Dëneze Nakehk'o


Dëneze is Dehcho and Denesuline Dene from Denendeh. He is a strong advocate for Indigenous knowledge systems, particularly Dene ways of knowing. As one of the founding members of Dene Nahjo, he works at encouraging and supporting connections/re-connections to land, language and culture. Dëneze is a public speaker that recognizes and actively confronts the impacts of colonization through Dene methods of decolonization. He has over a decades worth of experience in northern media and communications. Dëneze is originally from Liidlii Kue but now lives in Yellowknife with his family.