Discover the Possibilities of a Co-op


Co-operatives are businesses that allow people to come together and work towards a common goal.  Communities, leadership, and Indigenous people are creating ingenious opportunities in their own communities with this under-used business model. Co-ops are a perfect fit when entrepreneurs want to tackle a large problem, share resources, or just want to benefit as many people as possible. Learn how co-ops can enhance any economic development strategy.


  • Trista Pewapisconias, Director of Indigenous Relations, Co-operatives First

Speaker Bio

Trista Pewapisconias is a member of the Little Pine First Nation in Saskatchewan and the Director of Indigenous Relations for Co-operatives First. In her role with Co-operatives First, Trista is passionate about building relationships and working alongside community members to create co-operative businesses. She supports groups of entrepreneurs by guiding them through the process of starting a successful business. Trista’s professional experience includes various marketing roles, as well as writing business plans for Indigenous start-up companies. A tireless advocate for Indigenous business, Trista holds an MBA from Edwards School of Business at the University of Saskatchewan and is most proud of being a hockey mom to her two sons.