ABM Indigenous: Vancouver Island

– in partnership with Songhees Nation

March 16-18, 2020
Songhees Innovation 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 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.  We are looking for companies that represent all industry sectors from technology to tourism and retail etc. We are interseted in those who want to explore opportunities in the Foreign Trade Zone and those who want to mazimize and expand the reach into local markets.

Please contact David Marsh at (604) 414-3647 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 likeminded 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.

Important Date(s)

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.

As communities do not require a booth, we will accept their applications even the day of the show. However, the sooner you start business matching, the better your results.

For detailed registration fees, click here.


To be advised.

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)