We also thank BCEDA and NATOA for their support.
September 14 to 16, 2020 – Classic (subject to change)
Thompson Rivers University
We have a long standing relationship with Indigenous Tourism BC and are pleased to once again work closely with its team to produce ABM Indigenous: West. Tourism continues to play a pivotal role in Indigenous business development. As a stakeholder-based organization committed to growing and promoting a sustainable, culturally rich Indigenous tourism industry, ITBC works with communities and businesses across British Columbia. We know the tourism sector, along with its supply chain businesses, will be active in creating opportunities and partnerships at the event, especially as it looks to rebound from a global pandemic.
We are also pleased to work with Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc, and their development arm The Kamloops Indian Band Development Corporation (KIBDC). They are highly focused on businesses that support and sustain their community.
“Economic development is our community’s hope for its future, and business must go on if we are to continue growth after the pandemic is over. Building sustainable and prosperous business models for our people is, now more than ever, of utmost importance. Creating new relationships with like-minded business leaders who are invested in our mutual success is one of the best ways we can accomplish that. It is why we have partnered with ABM to co-host ABM Indigenous: West. ABM is part of our strategy for recovery – we encourage you to make it part of yours by registering as a delegate. Their virtual event eliminates travel costs and restrictions and keeps us all safe while doing business. It’s a win-win for everyone.” – Devin Gambler, Interim Manager, KIBDC.
Business Matching Priorities
Here’s what our ABM Indigenous: West delegates have indicated they are interested in connecting about at this year’s event:
- Agricultural design and production, with an emphasis on nurseries and organics and medical marijuana; as well as suppliers and support for grocery retail
- Supply and service for the oil and gas, mining and construction industry
- Support in the growth of self-owned utilities and green energy operations
- Accounting and financial services
- Real estate support for commercial and residential development
- Hospitality management services and tourism attraction development and growth
- Technology support for land information gathering and IT and software solutions providers
- Training and employment for the trades industry
Preparation is Key
Because business matching is the central component of your attendance at ABM, your success on the trade show 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 trade show floor ready to go, see a real result at ABM.
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.
To be confirmed.
We will post shipping information, floor plan and booth assignments the week of May 4.
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“I have attended a lot of networking and trade show events over the years and this is one of the most unique. I was impressed with the efficiency of the one on one meetings and being able to sit down with the delegates in person after reviewing their profiles and needs online. It is really about networking and business relationships – the ABM format definitely works. I gained many contacts and will be building those relationships moving forward. Looking forward to the next ABM.”
Troy Scott, Director of Operations, Western Petroleum Services Inc. & Delegate, ABM Indigenous: Prairies 2020