Classic vs. Without Borders

“The Without Borders event so far have been more effective than the traditional ABMs we’ve participated in.”
– Yuho Okada, President, Barkley Project Group

“I have attended many ABM Classics over the years. In October, I attended ABM Without Borders for the first time and found it to be better. Every contact I made was highly relevant as only decision-makers with a stake or interest in tourism attended. While ABM Classic events were focused, this one was distilled. I also found the experience to be more relaxing as there was no need to physically transition between appointments, no other people to wave at and so on. ABM Without Borders was four hours of unobstructed relationship development time.”
Brenda Baptise, Chair, Indigenous Tourism BC

ABM is exceedingly productive.

“Raven Events’ technology-facilitated business matching and event-centric meeting scheduling system is unparalleled and offers customized opportunities to efficiently and effectively connect businesses and organizations… The Raven Events team invests tirelessly to provide a welcoming and constructive environment that supports the success of Indigenous business and communities. It is key opportunities such as ABM Lower Mainland that have seeded mutual interest in new conversations around social innovation, mutually valued project opportunities and economic prosperity.”
– Val Gafka, Senior Manager, Economic Investment & Development, Township of Langley, ABM Member

“ABM Indigenous: East provided an incredible opportunity to the Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University, to meet with Indigenous communities and entrepreneurs to learn more about their unique economic development goals and aspirations. It is in the spirit of engagement and exchange of knowledge that we hope to build strong education and economic and workforce development partnerships. We couldn’t have had this opportunity in just 2.5 days without the highly productive and structured approach that ABM offered. The location was perfect and I can’t say enough about how much I appreciate ABM organizers and Raven Events team’s work, who were fabulous in curating the whole process: from information to registration to welcoming and matching prospective partners. Thank you!”
– Sana Mulji Dutt, Senior Advisor, External Stakeholder Engagement and Strategic Partnerships, Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University

ABM is highly efficient and cost-effective.

“It’s a brilliant way in a short period of time to meet as many businesses as you want to meet to try and do business with. If you are looking at working in Indigenous communities and with Indigenous organizations there’s nothing better than this. You absolutely get to sit down and just talk and figure out if there’s a connection if not. I wish this was a mainstream model for business networking, I think we’d get a whole lot more business.”
– Cori Maedel, Chief Executive Officer, Jouta Performance Group &
ABM Delegate since 2012

“The speed-dating format was perfect for our needs, with the 20-minute meetings allowing us to maximize our opportunities to meet with as many delegates as possible. The ABM environment and structure is a great fit for the work we are doing to support and grow the Indigenous economy.”
– Troy Deck, MNP 

“We had our whole team onsite and made some good connections.  We like the efficiency and structure of the business matching format and the 20-minute meetings are the right length. We’ll be back next year!”
– Guy Lonechild, CEO, First Nations Power Authority

“I would not even call ABM a trade show. The event with its preparation online and one-on-one meetings is much more efficient and allows to make truly valuable connections in a short period of time.”
– Shane Matson, Sustainability Manager, Newmont Goldcorp

ABM events are built around a curated, vetted network of high-quality opportunities.

“I was hesitant about signing up at first because I wasn’t familiar with this type of format, but I’m glad I did. I really appreciate the structure because it allows me to see who’s attending ahead of time and learn more about them before requesting meetings. The online engagement helped focus our in-person time and it made the whole experience very productive. I found new opportunities and got the chance to interact with current clients too, which is important for my business growth. Thanks, ABM, for a rewarding experience.”
– Liana Frenette, CEO, TBT Engineering

“The Collaborations and Partnerships in Tourism event was one of the best Without Borders events I’ve attended. The incredibly qualified group of attendees were really worth my time and I feel like there will be excellent relationships coming out of it. Everyone had done their homework and were ready to talk about opportunities. Thanks, ABM!”
– Nick Ward, CEO, The Update Company, ABM Member

“I have been attending ABM since 2012. Every time I attend, I walk away with something positive and useful. Because the people who attend ABM tend to be very engaged, dynamic, and entrepreneurial in their approach, it is often the appointment that I do not expect much from that offers surprising benefits and opportunities. ABM helps us to move our key economic objectives forward by understanding our priorities and introducing us to the right companies and decision-makers.”
– Cindy Stern, CEO, Nanoose Economic Development Corporation (Snaw-Naw-As First Nation, Nanoose, BC, Canada)

ABM is about building effective, long-lasting relationships.

“The ABM team were wonderful – friendly and very helpful. Maynard included me in a lunch meeting where the focus was on personal sharing and not just business networking which I really appreciated. Meeting people during the networking opportunities that occur at breakfast and lunch can be hugely beneficial in ways that are not easily quantifiable, so I encourage delegates to take advantage of those opportunities.”
– Jack Olson, Liaison / Client Development, First Nations Communities & Organizations, Pinchin

“We pride ourselves on a relationship-building, client-centred approach in our business, and we appreciate that ABM has the same focus. The intimate format of ABM events mean that we can create quality relationships with people whose needs we can meet. It fits our business model and it’s cost effective because it’s so targeted. We met new prospective partners, but we also got to grow existing relationships with current clients. We found the ABM team to be really supportive both in helping us match online and in facilitating our participation in the event.”
– Derek Wold, General Manager, Armour Safety Consulting and Training

Attending multiple ABM events pays off over time.

“It’s different from a convention where you’re just wandering booths or being at a booth with people wandering by that’s not structured. It’s more productive. We always get something out of every event and sometimes we will get something a year and a half later from something that started here [at ABM]. Over time, it’s got a good return.”
– Jen Rollins, Director of Lead Generation, The Update Company, ABM Member

“We became an ABM member in August and have derived high relational value from our participation already. Since attending ABM Without Borders, our company has seen significant value through meetings with Indigenous communities, their businesses, and other suppliers by way of ABM’s facilitating business introductions across the country. As a small company who values developing customized solutions for a client’s unique needs to move sustainably towards their vision, ABM is a sophisticated and experienced business development tool we will continue to use now, and in the future. It’s definitely a worthwhile investment.”
– Katrina Elliot, Owner and Founder, Four Corners Management Consulting, ABM Member

“I started with ABM in March doing the online meetings when this idea was in its infancy. Within a few short months, the reach of the program and the progress of the use of their technology has shown that ABM is going to be a serious play in helping Indigenous business’ grow!”
– Ron Calliou, President, Onotinikew Business Group, ABM Member

At ABM, people support each other in achieving success.

“The event today was amazing! I can already see some opportunities brewing, and to be able to connect with people that I never organically would have is awesome! The members were all so accommodating, and even if we were not a ‘match’ they were offering mentorship and ideas of who would be better suited. So collaborative and forward-thinking, it was refreshing!”
– Cathy Lawrence, Land Development Manager, Terra Developments Inc.

“I am an Indigenous woman from Six Nations of the Grand River First Nation in Ontario, Canada.  I am a licensed Paralegal with the Law Society of Ontario and opened my business in October 2019; however, my business was impacted by COVID-19, leaving me discouraged.

I was introduced to the ABM Network and have participated in three events hosted by the organization since joining in November 2020.

My opportunities have motivated me to focus on my market and I am connecting virtually which allows me further development on my presentation skills.  I am advertising my experiences, my skills, and knowledge which may result in partnership engagement, client referrals, or professional referrals to address needs that can be pursued within my community.

ABM is a National network, so I am exposed to many organizations across Canada which allows me to develop a broader network of opportunities.

ABM helps me identify services that will make me money and bridge gaps needed within my business.

I am still new to the network and have already connected with decision makers across Canada who may become clients, partners, or peer mentors.  The ABM Team is furthering my business development by arranging meetings with peer mentors to accomplish concrete tasks that will take me onto the next stage of my business.

My participation with ABM is free, so if you are Indigenous and thinking about starting your own business or are stuck in the process like I was, I strongly encourage you to contact ABM and get involved in the events offered.  You will not be disappointed.

Meet with me at one of the ABM Without Borders events and let’s help each other grow!”
Jaime L. Montour, Owner, JLM Professional Outsource