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Central Business Forum

10:00 AM

Registration & Coffee Connection Networking

Grab a coffee and network with fellow attendees, sponsors, CCAB Board members and staff before beginning our mainstage panel.

11:00 AM

Opening: Elder, Entertainment, Host

Welcome from Host – Sarabeth Holden
Opening Blessing with Knowledge Keeper Cam Hill, Six Nations of the Grand River Territory
Opening Entertainment  – Sky Dancers, Six Nations of the Grand River Territory

11:15 AM

Mainstage Panel: (I)ESG – How corporations can work with Indigenous partners to support meaningful ESG commitments
ESG performance can not be measured without considering Indigenous inclusion. There is always an “I” in ESG. Hear from these remarkable panelists on how to ensure your ESG action plan includes Indigenous priorities.

12:15 PM


1:30 PM

Welcome back

Host return – Sarabeth Holden

Lead Sponsor Welcome


Adam Kahgee J.D.

CEO remarks – Tabatha Bull

Speaker: Tabatha Bull

1:45 PM

Mainstage Panel: Energy partnerships and Indigenous equity for a greener future.
To make our planet in a better place for future generations, we must ensure that solutions serve the many and not the few. Innovative solutions and Indigenous participation are key for a successful, equity-based approach to support a greener economy. Join these panelists as they share greening strategies through Indigenous values and understand what different types of expertise contribute to best practices.

2:45 PM

Networking Break with Coffee and Dessert

3:30 PM

Breakout Sessions and Speed Networking

#1. Supply Change™: From strategy to success and beyond. A moderated panel session featuring representation from an Aboriginal Procurement Champion, Certified Aboriginal Business and the federal government. Learn from both the perspective of the buyer and the supplier on successfully navigating procurement opportunities and how to overcome barriers, along with updates on the federal procurement mandate of the 5% target.

#2. Indigenous inclusion in all levels of the workforce
Workplace strategies and tools to help you set out policies and approaches for Indigenous recruitment, mentoring, promoting, and retention of board members and senior executives.

#3.  Reshaping the Global Economy. The focus of this round-table discussion includes methods for new growth strategies, assessing trade and export potential, tactics to evolve your business, and linking to global value chains.  Members of trade commission services from Canada, UK and other countries will be there to listen to the conversation, offer insights into tools and programs that exist, answer questions and help build your network with connections to resources.  Share your journey and hear different perspectives from Indigenous entrepreneurs on how they have gotten started working internationally.

4:45 PM

Closing Remarks

5:00 PM

Forum ends

CCAB Awards Dinner

6:00 – 7:00 PM

Cocktail Reception

7:00 PM

Opening Entertainment

7:10 PM

Elder welcome

7:15 PM

Lead Dinner sponsor welcome

7:20 PM

Award presentation to Young Aboriginal Entrepreneur Lesley Hampton

7:40 PM


8:50 PM


9:00 PM

CEO remarks – Tabatha Bull

9:10 PM

Award presentation to Business Lifetime Achievement recipient

Dawn Madahbee Leach

9:30 PM

Closing remarks

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