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Tsuuti'na Nation chosen as the recipient of CCAB's 2016 Aboriginal Economic Development Corporation Award

The Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB) and Sodexo Canada are pleased to announce that Tsuut’ina Nation — Economic Development Lands and South West Ring Road has been chosen as the recipient of the 2016 Aboriginal Economic Development Corporation Award.

Tsuut’ina Nation was chosen among a field of excellent candidates for its historic Transportation and Utility Corridor (TUC) Agreement with the province of Alberta that transferred 1058 acres of land to the province for the construction of the final portion of the South West Ring Road. The multibillion dollar ring road will stretch from Highway 22x up to Highway 8 along the city of Calgary’s western edge, skirting Tsuut’ina Nation’s territory. The Nation plans on using the revenues from the ring road project to support long term investments in employment, education, and health.

CCAB will be celebrating Tsuut'ina Nation's accomplishments at its third annual Calgary gala taking place on May 11. The AEDC Award is founded and exclusively sponsored by Sodexo Canada.

(pictured: Chief Roy Whitney-Onespot of the Tsuut'ina Nation)

CCAB honours its new award winners Chief Darcy Bear and Jacob Pratt at the 18th Annual Toronto Gala

On February 2, 2016, at the Ritz Carlton hotel in downtown Toronto, the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB) honoured the two newest inductees in its Aboriginal Business Hall of Fame (ABHF): Chief Darcy Bear of the Whitecap Dakota First Nation in Saskatchewan, who received CCAB’s 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award, and Jacob Pratt, Creative Director of Wambdi Dance, also from Saskatchewan, who received the 2016 National Youth Aboriginal Entrepreneur Award. Both awards are founded and exclusively sponsored by ESS Support Services, a member of Compass Group Canada. Also joining the award winners that evening were Olympian and Aboriginal activist Waneek Horn-Miller, who acted as event MC, and NHL hockey legend Reggie Leach, who was the keynote speaker.

(Pictured from l to r: Reggie Leach, Chief Darcy Bear, Jacob Pratt, Waneek Horn-Miller, and JP Gladu)


Third issue of The Aboriginal Business Report now available 


CCAB has published the third issue of its Aboriginal business report, which you can read online or pick up at select Porter Airlines lounges. Issue highlights include: 

  • Building and Bettering AEDCs - CCAB's hosts its first ever conference dedicated to Aboriginal Economic Development Corporations
  • One On One With Paul Martin - An interview with the former Prime Minister conducted by our President & CEO JP Gladu 
  • The PAR Path to Success - The inner workings of CCAB's Progressive Aboriginal Relations {PAR) program and how it benefits both Aboriginal communities and Canadian companies
  • The Arctic Prescription - The role of a Metis explorer in the search for Sir John Franklin's Erebus

Thunder Jack and Nadine St-Louis on the cover of the Aboriginal Business Report 

Mayor John Tory reading the magazine


Upcoming Events


A discussion on the future of Indigenous education featuring Paul Martin, Wab Kinew, and Roberta Jamieson

Indigenous peoples represent Canada's youngest and fastest growing demographic. With over half the population under the age of 27, this represents an enormous opportunity to spur business growth from coast to coast to coast.

Join us in Toronto as we learn about the opportunities and challenges facing Aboriginal youth as they become a new and empowered force in Canadian business in the 21st century. 

Our keynote speakers are Roberta Jamieson, president and CEO of Indspire; Wab Kinew, writer, journalist, and Anishnaabemowin advocate; and the Right Honourable Paul Martin, former prime minister and the inaugural recipient of CCAB's Award for Excellence in Aboriginal Relations. 

NEW! Online registration is available. Click HERE to buy tickets. 


CCAB invites you to its third annual Calgary celebrating the 2016 recipient of AEDC Award

Join us at the third Annual Calgary gala as we celebrate the accomplishments of Tsuut'ina Nation - Economic Development Lands and South West Ring Road, the recipient of CCAB's 2016 Aboriginal Economic Development Corporation (AEDC) Award. 

The Calgary gala provides a fantastic networking opportunity with the country's top Aboriginal businesses and forward-looking Canadian companies focused on the future of business in Canada. 

The AEDC Award is founded and exclusively sponsored by Sodexo Canada.

NEW! Online registration is available. Click HERE to buy tickets. 


Please check out the latest event information on our website or contact our events coordinator Gloria Truong at  


Member Voices

Member Voices is a feature that lets our valued members update you directly about the great work they are doing with Aboriginal peoples, communities, and businesses. If you would like to submit stories or have your work highlighted please send an email to


Remote line cook program a success for Superior Strategies

Superior Strategies, located in Nipigon, ON, is a First Nation-owned business offering quality management consulting and training services.  Offered the chance to try something new and building on the versatility in delivering the services their customers have come to count on, Superior Strategies’ owner Jason Thompson jumped at the opportunity to partner with Anishinabek Employment and Training Services and the Ontario Tourism Education Corporation (OTEC) to create a 5-week Remote Line Cook program.

The partners made arrangements to contact a trainer and a chef that would be interested in joining the Superior Strategies team. Together with Chef Krista Cheeseman, co-owner of Wilderness North Tour Company — Outdoor Recreation and an OTEC representative the program was designed to prepare participants to become line cooks.


Congratulations to CCAB members listed as one of Canada's Top 100 employers for 2016

Thirteen CCAB members were recognized for being great places to work in the 17th annual edition of the Canada's top 100 employers, a special editorial supplement published in the Globe and Mail.  Here they are below: 


New Members

  • 1047308 B.C. Ltd.

    506524 N.W.T. Ltd. o/a GL Services

  • 984246 N.W.T. Limited o/a Qamanittuaq Sana

  • ABM Surveys Inc.

  • Aboriginal Energy Solutions Inc. (A-ESI)

  • Abraflex (2004) Ltd.

  • ABS Manufacturing 7 Distributing Ltd.

  • AFOA Canada

  • Ashtale Contracting Ltd.

  • Aurora Geological Consulting

  • Anwaatin Inc.

  • Barron Concrete Ltd.

  • Beehive Group

  • Boulder Creek Trucking Ltd.

  • Canadian Emergency Medical Services

  • Canuck Welding & Fabrication Ltd.

  • Capital Helicopters (1995) Inc.

  • Carvel Electric Ltd.

  • Clearwater River Enviro

  • Compass Safaris Marketing

  • Creatrix Design Group

  • Dickinson-Wright LLP

  • DKI Services Ltd.

  • Domco Foodservices Limited

  • Dreamline Canada

  • Executive Hotels & Resorts

  • Federal Wireless Communicatios Inc.

  • Fisher Powerline Construction Ltd.

  • Fromme Engineering Ltd.
  • Fusion Maintenance Group Ltd.
  • Gitxsan Development Corporation
  • Greater Vancouver Lice Clinic
  • Guerin Tetreault Governance Consulting Inc.
  • H & J Enterprises Ltd. o/a Pyrgos Pizza
  • Home Health Store Medical Supplies
  • IFR Workwear Inc.
  • Infamous Energy Services
  • Innergex Renewable Energy Inc.
  • International Indigenous Speakers Bureau
  • IWL Steel Fabricators
  • J. Dimaggio Holdings Inc.
  • Kargan Properties
  • Ken Hoag Barrister & Solicitor
  • Kinosoo Trucking Ltd.
  • KLAC Security
  • Kostiw Construction
  • Lakeland Vegetation Management Ltd.
  • Laker Energy Products Ltd.
  • Langcore Construction Corp.
  • Lawson Consulting & Surveying
  • Lions Global Staffing Inc.
  • Lisa D. Weber Professional Law
  • Manito Ahbee Festival
  • Miawpukek Roughrider Ventures Limited Partnership
  • Morneau Shepell
  • Nation2Nation Consulting
  • Nation's Construction & Consulting Ltd.
  • Nor-Chief Consulting Services Ltd.
  • Optimize Training Company
  • Partners Furniture & Appliances
  • Peace Hills Trust
  • Pontiac Group

    Rally Glass & Mirror Ltd.

  • Renewal Energy Systems Canada Inc. (RES Canada)
  • Richards Transport Ltd.

  • Richter LLP

  • Rid Environmental

  • RobWel Constructors

  • SafeTech Consulting

  • Sarvair Aviation Ltd

  • Schlumberger Canada Limited

  • Seal X Supply

  • Skwachays Lodge Aboriginal Hotel & Gallery

  • Skytec Contracting Canada Ltd.


  • Stonebridge Financial Corporation

  • Stromquist Mechanical Ltd.

  • Superior Strategies

  • TFN Construction/ Matcon Civil Joint Venture

  • The Great-West Life Assurance Company

  • The Usand Group

  • Todds Welding

  • Toolcomm Technology Inc.

  • Triple K Oilfield Services

  • Tsakoza Boyz Contracting Ltd.

  • United Personnel Carriers

  • Wasaw Enterprises

  • Wholesome Healing

  • Yukon Energy Corp


Research Update

CCAB’s research department is pleased to announce our upcoming launch of a national report; Promise and Prosperity, 2015 National Business Survey. The research involved a telephone survey with over eleven hundred Aboriginal business owners interviewed across the country. In follow up to the survey, CCAB’s research department with academic and not-for-profits groups across the country, promoted and discussed the findings nationally.

These roundtables received the generous support of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. Max Skudra, Senior Manager of Research presented findings collected from the research study which contributed to the exciting discussion about Aboriginal economic development in Canada. This report will provide representative and qualitative data on Aboriginal entrepreneurship in Canada. Stay tuned as we will be announcing the release date of this report shortly.  


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