ABM Indigenous: Vancouver Island

– in partnership with Songhees Nation and Esquimalt Nation

March 16-18, 2020

Songhees Wellness Centre, 1100 Admirals Road
Lekwungen Territories
Victoria, BC

ABM Indigenous: Vancouver Island will take place in the land of the Lək̓ʷəŋən People, known today as the Esquimalt and Songhees Nations. We are honoured to collaborate with Songhees Nation to curate the network that will congregate at the event to create opportunities for business.

Songhees Nation pursues the generation of income, capacity and economic opportunity with the goal of being financially self-reliant and prosperous. The Nation is continuously increasing its participation in the regional economy.

“We are the original businesspeople of this region. We have an ancient history of trade with other Nations and European settlers. Our responsibilities are monumental. We ensure our cultural heritage resources are protected, support our youth and insist on our rightful place as beneficiaries and driver of the region’s economy. ABM Indigenous is one way for us to move our goals forward by inviting businesses and other Nations to join us, discuss partnerships, learn about each other’s business priorities and create meaningful relationships that support our shared goal of self-reliance and economic success.” Chief Ron Sam, Songhees Nation

“We are a Nation under pressure. The demands on our leadership and staff are high. It is important for us to identify real opportunity efficiently. ABM allows us to do so. We encourage all

companies that want to do business with Island First Nations to participate and let us know how your business model, product, service or partnership approach can be of benefit for us.” Christina Clarke, CEO, Songhees Development Corporation

Vancouver Island’s Business Matching Priorities

ABM Indigenous: Vancouver Island is about connecting communities and companies with complementing goals, supporting economic diversification and innovation while providing opportunities to form partnerships that result in new ventures, stronger market presence and a sharper competitive edge.

The business eco-system for this event encompasses a variety of sectors and industries. Here’s what’s been identified as some of the business needs our delegates are looking to connect on:

  • Tourism and hospitality development and product partnerships in transportation, booking, packaging, sales and marketing as well as consulting.
  • Retail and residential development partners from concept to completion, including grocery and cannabis.
  • Supply and services for energy projects on Vancouver Island.
  • Professional management services in the marine, aquaculture, forestry and mining sectors.
  • HR strategists for businesses of all sizes.
  • Administration training and capacity development, as well as youth engagement training program services.
  • Investors and investment opportunities for the domestic and foreign market.

Please contact Michele Hansen at 250-896-2294 or email info@advancedbusinessmatch.com to discuss your business development priorities and who you want to see at the table.

“The Greater Victoria Harbour Authority (GVHA) manages properties in the heart of Lekwungen territory which include the Victoria Cruise Ship Terminal, Steamship Terminal, Fisherman’s Wharf, and the Causeway, Ship Point, Wharf Street, and Johnson Street marinas. We are committed to working in partnership with the Esquimalt Nation and Songhees Nation as they pursue their cultural and economic aspirations in the harbour. ABM allows us to explore procurement opportunities with Indigenous businesses and to connect with like-minded private sector organizations that share a commitment to be a productive partner in the creation of economic equality for Indigenous people across Vancouver Island. We are interested in hearing about your best practices and to explore partnerships that support anything from training to environmental stewardship.” Judy Kitts, First Nations Engagement Manager, GVHA

Preparation is Key

Because business matching is the central component of your attendance at ABM, your success on the tradeshow floor depends on being active on the ABM system prior to the show — the sooner the better. Kick-starting these conversations early gives you a better chance of locking in those pre-scheduled appointments for a fuller, more effective show. Delegates who are engaged on the ABM system, active in accepting and declining pre-scheduled appointment requests and who show up on the tradeshow floor ready to go, see a real result at ABM.

Key Dates

Super Early Bird: October 16, 2019
Early Bird: January 16, 2020
Payment Due Date: February 16, 2020

The payment due date is not a registration deadline. Provided your application is approved, we will accept companies into the show as long as we have booth space. If you register after the payment deadline, your payment is due when your application is approved and required before you can start business matching.

For detailed registration fees, click here.

IMPORTANT! Booth availability is limited.

You do NOT purchase an exhibitor booth.
Your registration fee is for your online profile and appointment schedule only. Booths are merely a requirement to create meeting space, are free and allocated to companies on a first-come-first-serve basis. If you register late, you may not get one. For the purposes of business matching this is inconsequential as you create your trade show schedule before the event and do not need to attract traffic to your booth. Booths are allocated in this way to create an additional incentive, along with Super Early Bird and Early Bird rates, to register and create business matching activity early.

Booths are NOT required for community decision makers as they travel through the ABM exhibit from appointment to appointment. However, communities that do not require a registration fee discount but pay full rate can choose to have a booth provided they register early enough.

If parties without booth allocation meet, the ABM system assigns flex booths.


Ocean Point Resort
100 Harbour Rd, Victoria, BC V9A 0G1
$166 plus applicable taxes
(250) 360-2999

Book your room online now!

The conference rate will be available until Tuesday, February 18, 2020.

Tradeshow Logistics

We will post shipping information, floor plan and booth assignments closer to the event date.

“My mission is to create awareness of our National Indigenous Cannabis & Hemp Conference among Indigenous communities and businesses from all over Canada. This was the perfect forum for me to meet Vancouver Island nations, communities and businesses in one location, at one event. The organizers know how to efficiently and respectfully facilitate the relationships I’m looking for. I came away with new contacts and relationships in an incredibly productive experience.”

— Lisa Marin, Operations and Sales Manager, National Indigenous Cannabis & Hemp Conference & Delegate, VIEA Business Match 2019 (an ABM event)