Oil Sands Conference & Trade Show

Indian Resource Council: Strengthening Our Message

Stephen Buffalo -

President and CEO

Indian Resource Council

September 15, 2021 -

4:00 pm

As President/CEO of the Indian Resource Council (A national organization of 170+ First Nations involved in responsible energy development) Stephen Buffalo has seen the challenges and opportunities that face development of energy project in Canada.  Stephen will address Indigenous participation in responsible energy development, fostering and creating new relationships First Nations and being proactive about messaging on the energy industry on a global stage.

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Stephen Buffalo

President and CEO

Indian Resource Council

Mr. Buffalo is a proud member of the Samson Cree Nation, located approximately 100 kilometres south of Edmonton, Alberta. He graduated secondary school from Athol Murray College at Notre Dame, Saskatchewan. Mr. Buffalo then went on to complete a Business Administration program at Medicine Hat College, continuing on to the University of Lethbridge, where he completed a Management Degree in 1998. He began working at Peace Hills Trust two days after his convocation. Mr. Buffalo worked for Peace Hills Trust for 15 years. He reflects on his time with the organization stating, “Near the end of my tenure at the Trust, I felt I had reached a certain limit of job growth, I looked at the both the pros and the cons of my position and decided that it was time for a major career move.” Peace Hills Trust’s loss has been IRC’s gain. Mr. Buffalo is great asset exemplified in his eagerness to begin work in his new position. He notes, “the oil and gas industry is very exciting, and especially for First Nations. Oil and gas are natural resources that can help them build First Nations communities.” He continues, “having spent 10 years as a Regional Manager for Peace Hills Trust, I am confident in my abilities as a business leader. We need to be accountable and, at the same time, do our best to reach our mandates.” The IRC supports First Nations through working with government and industry. With this mandate in mind Mr. Buffalo notes, “With all the non-renewable resources, protecting the First Nations’ interests and ensuring that they maximize on their resources should be a common goal to sustainability.”