Advanced Business Match is pleased to announce a new partnership with the Mississaugas of the Credit Business Corporation (MCBC). They will be our co-host for ABM Indigenous: East August 26 – 28, alongside the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB).
This is an important relationship for our network, as we prepare to facilitate business connections on the traditional lands of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation (MCFN) at the Arcadian Court in Toronto.
MCBC is the economic development organization founded by the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation to develop and manage a portfolio of for-profit enterprises on behalf of its people. It is led by recently appointed CEO Leonard Rickard, a member of the Moose Cree First Nation, who has also served on the board of the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business.
“We are really pleased to form this partnership with ABM,” says Leonard. “Our organization is taking some big steps into ambitious projects, and securing the right relationships that help us reach our goals is key to our success. We’re looking forward to connecting with like-minded businesses at the next ABM event in Toronto, and in learning more about the ABM network. We are pleased they share our mindset of building business with a foundation of integrity and in the true spirit of partnership.”
Qwastånayå (L. Maynard Harry), Partner, Raven Events (who produce Advanced Business Match) says he’s pleased to welcome MCBC to the network. “Our new partnership is a great fit for both our organizations. The relationships that come from ABM events provide meaningful positive benefits for Indigenous communities, such as training, employment and economic opportunity. We have also witnessed many acts of relationship-building between governments (Indigenous and non-Indigenous), communities and industry. From my experience, the majority of First Nation economies across Canada have been in a state of recession for many decades. This is changing. Economic reconciliation for First Nation peoples is occurring in many different forms. We recognized a long time ago that partnerships and relationship building were too important to ignore. Future generations will benefit from this generation working together.”
In 2010, Canada and MCFN took a major step forward on a path of reconciliation and renewal with the signing of a historic claim settlement.
This means that MCFN are now uniquely positioned to take advantage of the many opportunities open for development within their treaty lands. These include almost all of Ontario’s Greater Golden Horseshoe, an area containing approximately two-thirds of Ontario’s GDP and one-fifth of Canada’s GDP. With approximately 8 million people, this is the largest single population concentration in Canada.
Their Strategic Plan, released two years ago, shares their vision for long-term, sustainable growth and employment for their Nation’s people.
In it, we see a number of opportunities for partnerships and relationships with MCBC for members of the ABM network.
Their Plan includes visions and goals for the following:
- An MCFN off-reserve collaboration hub where their membership could own and manage a multi-use commercial development in Brantford, Hamilton, Kitchener-Waterloo, Milton, Mississauga, Toronto or other urban centre within their territory. Their strategy plan notes “this dynamic concept would bring together market-priced hotel and conference, office collaboration space and possibly an urban resort destination theme into an integrated complex under an MCFN or broader First Nation brand theme.”
- An MCFN real estate property management company which could lead, manage and be a partner in commercial and residential real estate development projects in the territory, potentially partnering with an established construction firm.
- An on-reserve MCFN Business Incubator which hosts under one roof a mix of start-up and early-stage businesses.
- Becoming an innovative “New Mobility” pilot project site, an early adopter for car share and ride hailing services, and eventually hosting autonomous vehicles.
- Exploring a plan to become a low-carbon economy within the MCFN in the next five years, with the longer-term goal of zero emissions in 25 years.
- Establishing The Centre for First Nations, based in Greater Toronto, to stand as a “collaboration between the MNCFN, other First Nations across Canada and the world, and the governments, universities and not-for-profit groups that are mandated to study, serve and advance the broad First Nations agenda for justice, prosperity and sustainability. The Centre will be a magnet for talented youth and students of First Nation culture, history and development … and feature the definitive, permanent interpretation centre on the history and evolution of the MCFN and other First Nations in Canada.”
Come meet MCBC at ABM Indigenous East. They’ll be on stage, alongside our co-host CCAB, as part of the opening ceremony, and will welcome opportunities to meet with our ABM network delegates.
Photo courtesy of The Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation Cultural Committee.