Inland is the dynamic leader in a competitive heavy-duty truck and equipment marketplace and has been for over 70 years. They own over 30 dealerships around North America and are one of the oldest and largest Kenworth dealers in the world. They are known as the premier provider of heavy equipment in Western Canada.
McDougall Energy is a privately owned, Canadian family business that has been serving households, businesses, motorists and wholesale energy customers since 1949. The company is a trusted distributor and marketer of propane, Esso™ heating oil, Esso Diesel Efficient™ and Esso Synergy™ fuel products, plus Mobil™ lubricants, and owns and manages a network of Esso-branded retail stations and its own proprietary Pump brand. McDougall Energy business solutions include bulk delivered fuels, lubricants and specialty fluids; wheel-to-wheel and into-equipment refuelling; and access to the coast-to-coast Esso Commercial Cardlock™ network. McDougall Energy has been recognized as one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies consistently since 2011. Read about their relationship with ABM here.
The Government of Saskatchewan’s Ministry of Energy and Resources, Immigration and Career Training and Trade & Export Development promotes and develops the province’s competitive advantages and investment opportunities in key sectors of their economy: Agriculture and Agri-value, Energy, Forestry, Life Sciences and Biomass, Manufacturing, and Minerals.
General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada is a global defense industry leader in providing land and amphibious combat vehicle solutions. Their specialists excel in machining, materials, electronics, software development, prototyping, logistic support and systems integration. They provide innovative solutions to their customers and continuously strive to create new technologies to build cutting-edge solutions.
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Superior Propane has been Canada’s leader and trusted propane provider for more than 65 years, operating a distribution network of over 200 locations strategically located to serve customers with dependable energy solutions from coast-to-coast. They are revolutionizing the propane industry by offering digital solutions that make managing propane easier and more convenient for their customers.
Sponsoring ABM Indigenous: Prairies, Vancouver Island and West
The Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business fosters relationships between Indigenous businesses and partnerships between Indigenous entrepreneurs and Canada’s institutional enterprises. They provide tools, training and network building as well as producing major business awards and national events as part of their mission to increase Indigenous business opportunities in Canada’s economy.
The County of Brant consists of several unique communities in southern Ontario, each offering their own unique characteristics, steeped in arts, culture and heritage. Boasting an impressive quality of life, impressive growth potential and a thriving diversified economy, Brant welcomes new business investment as well as support for those operating within its region.
The Clarence Campeau Development Fund is one of the most successful Métis financial institutions in Canada. They identify market opportunities and provide Saskatchewan Métis entrepreneurs with innovative financing and skill development solutions.
Indigenous Tourism BC is a non-profit, stakeholder-based organization of tourism experience providers whose focus is growing and promoting a sustainable, culturally rich Indigenous tourism industry. Its training, information resources, networking opportunities and co-operative marketing programs make it a valuable resource for its members.
Indigenous Tourism Ontario (ITO) is Ontario’s first and only dedicated Indigenous tourism organization that focuses on uniting communities, Indigenous organizations and industry leaders to support the growth of Indigenous tourism in the province. Through product development and marketing of authentic Indigenous experiences, ITO establishes a platform for Indigenous cultural expression and preservation through tourism.
Louis Bull Tribe form part of the Cree nations, the largest group of First nations in Canada, with over 200,000 members and 135 registered bands. They are actively involved in economic development and business ventures on and off-reserve to increase employment opportunities, generate revenue and support their members and lauded for their green energy initiatives.
Mighty Oaks connects people, places and supply chains with custom technology. Their suite of services includes e-commerce solutions for grocers, parcel pick-up lockers and their specialized software CedarBox, a secure web-based application for promoting collaboration and managing consultation, heritage, fieldwork, GIS and council data to support First Nation communities’ governance and economic development.
The people of Sagamok Anishnawbek First Nation live on the north shore of Lake Huron. Their culture and language is Anishinabek and their Nation is made up of the Ojibwe, Odawa and Pottawatomi tribes. They operate the Sagamok Bingo Hall and Ritchie Falls Resort, among other businesses.
The Saskatchewan Indian Equity Foundation is owned by the 74 First Nations of Saskatchewan and was one of the first Indigenous financial institutions in Canada to offer developmental lending to First Nation businesses in the province. They provide business lending solutions and business consulting services and administer lending programs and services for their member communities.
The Kwantlen First Nation Traditional Territory extends from Richmond and New Westminster to Surrey, Langley, Mission and Stave Lake. They are committed to practicing environmental sustainability to preserve their natural resources. Their economic development arm, Seyem’ Qwantlen Business Group, manages the growing business activities related to lands, resources, and economic development, and is a limited partnership of Kwantlen First Nation.
Six Nations of the Grand River Development Corporation (SNGRDC) manages Six Nations’ economic interests in renewable energy projects and numerous economic development opportunities, in and around the Six Nations territory near Ohsweken, Ontario. SNGRDC’s current green energy portfolio is capable of producing nearly 900 MW of renewable energy through its direct or indirect involvement in seven wind, six solar and one hydroelectric project(s).
The Songhees First Nation is a Coast Salish Community near Victoria on Vancouver Island. Their business portfolio includes Salish Sea Industrial Services, Skwin’ang’eth Se’las Development Corporation, Songhees Events and Catering, Songhees Tours and the Songhees Nation Investment Corporation. In 2019 they began actively exploring and promoting opportunities for development that can support their community’s employment needs while providing prosperity for all.
The City of Greater Sudbury is known as a “people” place that welcomes and encourages talented individuals from diverse cultural backgrounds and lifestyles. It is a regional capital that functions as the service hub for all of Northeastern Ontario – a market estimated at 550,000 people. While mining and resource-based industries remain a major influence on the local economy, the city has diversified significantly to establish itself as a major centre of financial and business services, tourism, health care and research, education and government.
Total Support has been providing IT Services and employment opportunities to communities throughout BC since 2003. They focus on connecting and improving the experience of Band Management and the communities they serve. In conjunction with indigenous training partners Total Support also provides internationally recognized IT training and job placement for people looking to make IT a career.
Tk’emlúps te Secwepemc are members of the Interior-Salish Secwepemc (Shuswap) speaking peoples of BC, occupying a vast territory in the province’s interior. Their business arm developed and has operated one of the largest industrial parks in Canada – the 350 tenant Mt. Paul Industrial Park – for over 40 years. They look for joint ventures and partnerships related to commercial, industrial and residential development opportunities that will bring the utmost benefit to their members and the long-term sustainability of the land, people and culture.
The Township of Langley is a thriving, business-friendly community in Metro Vancouver’s Fraser Valley. Its economic development team promote and develop access to their bustling transportation network, skilled labour force, and some of the region’s most affordable housing and business rates — including competitive tax rates.
The Update Company is a full-service digital marketing agency based in Cumberland BC, on the unceded traditional territory of the K’ómoks First Nation. Using their expertise in web design, lead generation and SEO services, they drive online traffic, goal conversions and product sales for their clients.
Waubetek Business Development Corporation is an Indigenous-owned and controlled organization that delivers business financing and economic development services to First Nations and Indigenous entrepreneurs in North-Eastern Ontario. Waubetek also delivers an aquaculture initiative in Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario.
Woodward & Company LLP works exclusively for First Nations governments and organizations in their quest for justice. Their specialties include Aboriginal title, treaty rights, taxation, Indigenous law, business and economic development, land code, employment and human rights law and impact benefits agreements.
Yorkton Tribal Council has 6-member nations that they actively serve and support in the Yorkton region, and they are one of that city’s biggest employers, making a sizable contribution to the area’s economy. They focus on economic and social projects and are actively seeking investors and partners as they serve their Nations in their quest for prosperous, sustainable futures.
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The British Columbia Economic Development Association (BCEDA) helps their over 500 members to grow, expand and attract new business investments, while advocating for strategic infrastructure investment, land use planning, and community enhancement on a provincial level.
Big Stone Cree Nation is comprised of three communities: Calling Lake, Chipewyan Lake, and Wabasca in Alberta’s interior. Business holdings include oilfield services and supplies, contracting, forestry, retail and trucking.
The Chamber of Commerce Brantford Brant is the united voice of business of their community, with a commitment to advocate for the betterment of that community on a municipal, provincial, federal and international level. They also maintain and develop partnerships with key stakeholders for the benefit of their members.
The City of Brantford is a progressive community with a rich history and proximity to major consumer and industrial markets. It boasts a proactive local government, robust infrastructure network, and a vast inventory of future development lands. It’s also renowned as “Telephone City,” the self-proclaimed “dreaming place” for Alexander Graham Bell, where he conceived his idea for the telephone.
Co-owned by 6 local First Nations, the Burns Lake Native Development Corporation exists to enhance the economic well-being of the Aboriginal people of Northern British Columbia’s Lakes District. They provide a broad spectrum of economic/business development services including training, employment and entrepreneur, loans and business plan development.
CanSIA is a national, not-for-profit organization that works on behalf of its members to facilitate and promote the responsible and sustainable growth of solar energy across Canada. CanSIA provides education and networking opportunities for members, researches and develops renewable energy policy options for different levels of Canada’s government and implements a broad range of communications activities on solar energy.
Christina River Enterprises (CRE) is the operating business of the Fort McMurray #468 First Nation in the Wood Buffalo Region since 1987. They provide resource services within their region, seeking opportunities that promote prosperity while caretaking the environment.
The Woodland Cree speaking peoples of Driftpile First Nation in Alberta are active in economic development, currently exploring a wide variety of revenue-generating projects in their community, including tourism, retail and commercial development.
Ermineskin Resources Development Ltd is the economic development arm of the Ermineskin Cree Nation, who are a member Nation of the Four Nations of Maskwacis in central Alberta. Although the communities of Maskwacis have benefited from a large oil and gas deposit on their lands, they also enjoy large tracts of prime agricultural land and property on one of Alberta’s more popular lakes (Pigeon Lake).
Gesgapegiag is one of two First Nations reserves on the south shore of the Gaspésie, near the Quebec/New Brunswick border, most of whom are of Mi’gmaq ancestry. Their economic development strategy focuses on retail and real estate development and tourism initiatives including a destination hotel and fishing experiences and industry services.
The Kwakiutl First Nation calls Port Hardy their home, and also known as the Fort Rupert Band, known in traditional Kwakwaka’wakw terms as the Kwagu’ł or Kwagyewlth. They own the Cluxewe Resort and waterfront bistro and are active in the fisheries industry.
Lac des Mille Lacs Nation is located west of Thunder Bay in Northwestern Ontario. The community is actively focused on growing its prosperity while retaining its youth, and they are active in forest management, resort development and infrastructure development.
The Muskoday First Nation (formerly the John Smith First Nation) is based in Muskoday, Saskatchewan. It is composed of Cree and Saulteaux peoples, and their territory is located in the aspen parkland biome.
Four Horse Developments (FHDL) is a limited partnership creating economic opportunities for Sakimay First Nation through the development and acquisition of businesses in their region near Regina, Saskatchewan. Their almost 300 acres of land on the doorstep of the Global Transportation Hub offers development opportunities directly linked with this gigantic, $103 million addition to Canada’s transportation infrastructure.
The Tla’amin Nation is a self-governing nation located near Powell River in BC (and is where the headquarters of Raven Events, the producing company of Advanced Business Match, are based). Tla’amin Management Services LP is their business arm, representing their interest in land development, forestry, aquaculture, retail, hospitality and tourism.
Touchwood Agency Tribal Council works for the advancement, quality of life and to re-connect the past with the present for the Cree/Saulteuax Nations of TATC; the Daystars, Kawacatoose, Gordons, and Muskowekwan First Nations in Saskatchewan.
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