ESS Support Services Worldwide are a leading food service and support services company. ESS impacts the lives of millions of people across Canada each year by serving delicious, nutritious meals and by providing cleaning and maintenance services in a variety of key markets including education, healthcare, business and industry, sports and leisure, and defense, offshore and remote sites.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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