Come explore opportunities, get inspired with fresh ideas, and celebrate Indigenous success and culture at the East Coast Business Forum and Award Dinner.

Tuesday, May 2, is only one day, but we’ve filled it with TWO events at the Halifax Convention Centre. The day starts with the Business Forum, kicking off with Coffee Connection and the Indigenous Marketplace – a great opportunity to network with forum attendees while discovering unique and hand-crafted goods from local Indigenous artisans.

In addition to the morning networking opportunities and lunch, the day features panels and sessions connected to the four pathways of the National Indigenous Economic Strategy (NIES), a roadmap for the economic aspects of reconciliation, and a path to greater prosperity for all.

Join us that evening for a celebration of Indigenous excellence at CCAB’s Award Dinner with a pre-dinner cocktail networking reception. Enjoy an evening of inspiration, success stories, and entertainment. We kick off with Dee Dee Austin and her band and comedian Clifton Cremo will entertain everyone after dinner. We close the evening by honouring the recipient of the 2023 Aboriginal Economic Development Corporation award, Meadow Lake Tribal Council Industrial Investments. 

But wait, there’s more! It all starts the evening before with a Maritime tradition – the Kitchen Party of course! Join us at East of Grafton on Argyle St. to meet old friends and new, share stories, and enjoy some music, food, and fun on Monday, May 1, from 7 – 10 pm.


CCAB’s East Coast Business Forum 2023

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CCAB’s West Coast Business Forum on Thursday, October 6, focuses on what we do best – connecting people and businesses! Whether it be to innovate, learn, engage in discussions, pursue partnerships, make connections, or celebrate successes, our business forums provide concrete strategies to move your business forward.

Start the day with the Coffee Connection Networking Reception and shopping at the Indigenous Marketplace. Take ReconciliACTION during our morning fireside chat on the National Indigenous Economic Strategy. Attend workshops, roundtables, and panel discussions providing smart strategies, evolving ideas, and positive steps towards the journey to economic prosperity. Celebrate with us as we honour the 2022 recipient of the Award for Excellence in Aboriginal Relations, Dr. Marie Delorme.


*Additional Networking Opportunities to add to your registration

Pre-conference social sponsored by Parkland


Join us the evening before the forum on Wednesday, October 5 from 7:00 – 10:00 pm for an evening social sponsored by Parkland at TAPshack! Just a 10-minute walk from the hotel, this event is an excellent opportunity to network with sponsors, speakers, fellow attendees, and CCAB Board and staff. The $45 registration fee includes hors d’oeuvres and two drink tickets. Reconnect with old friends and make new connections in a casual setting. Event is complimentary for sponsors, patrons, and partners. Register early as there is limited capacity for this networking event.


Thank you to our Sponsors

Forum Sponsor

Award Sponsor

Dinner Sponsor

Forum Mainstage Panel

Networking Cocktail Reception

Contributing Sponsors

Pre-event Social Sponsor

Session Sponsors

Indigenous Marketplace

Coffee Connection

Community Sponsors