A New Relationship For Indigenous Success

CCAB Booth at ABM Indigenous: Prairies

ABM’s New Partner Promotes Shared Prosperity

What do the words ‘shared prosperity’ mean to you? For us at Advanced Business Match, they mean creating economic opportunities for all Canadians that benefit our businesses, our families and our communities without leaving anyone out in the cold. They mean bringing people together with common goals for positive impacts. And for us, shared prosperity is one of the best ways to bring about social change.

The vision of shared prosperity is why we started ABM, which now facilitates economic reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples through mutually beneficial business relationships. The ABM network is continuously growing, but we know we are still only at the beginning.

To amplify the vast opportunities in the Indigenous business space we are now partnered with the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Development (CCAB), a major, established catalyst for Indigenous business. They will be our co-host for ABM EastAugust 26 – 28 in the Missisissaugas of the New Credit Territory, Toronto, Ontario.

JP Gladu, President and CEO of CCAB notes they’re looking forward to the partnership because of “the opportunity it provides for dialogue, collaboration and business matching and in supporting CCAB’s Aboriginal Business Marketplace and its expansion of procurement opportunities for Indigenous businesses across all industry sectors.”

We appreciate CCAB’s commitment to growing a diverse and prosperous Aboriginal business community through respect for all cultures, strong ethics and integrity, and honest and transparent relationships with all stakeholders because it mirrors our own core values.

Katrin Harry, Managing Partner of ABM producing company Raven Events, says “we are thrilled that CCAB is joining us an ABM Partner. Collaborating on ABM Indigenous: East is only the first initiative for us to jointly support Indigenous business development across the country and across all industry sectors.”

ABM Producer Qwastånayå (L. Maynard Harry) adds “it is my pleasure to welcome the CCAB as our newest ABM National Partner. As a CCAB certified Cultural Awareness Trainer, I understand fully the reasons why it can be sometimes challenging for non-Indigenous businesses to meaningfully engage Indigenous communities across Canada. Part of this challenge has to do with the immense diversity that exists between Indigenous communities in Canada. Both CCAB and the ABM team are continuously demonstrating their understanding of not only challenges of engagement but also opportunities as they present themselves.”

What makes us especially excited about this relationship is the complementary nature of our programs. While CCAB facilitates the growth of Indigenous business through programs such as Progressive Aboriginal Relations (PAR) and the Aboriginal Business Marketplace (which is focused on procurement), ABM provides the hyper-productive forum where CCAB tools are used to generate new business deals.

There are 43,000-plus Indigenous businesses contributing to the Canadian economy. Let’s double, triple, quadruple that number. Together, we’ll continue to put our delegates in front of the right people to have the right conversations and move their business goals forward. It’s the ABM way!

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