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Quarter in review

Last quarter saw the CCAB go from strength to strength as we welcomed 60 new members and our President and CEO appeared in New York City to talk before a distinguished panel of speakers and delegates about the Canadian experience of Aboriginal relations.

Our events and programs are also bursting with new content and unrivalled opportunities for knowledge and networking - across Canada - from Vancouver to Halifax. See you there!


The Canadian Experience of Aboriginal Relations


J.P. Gladu, President and CEO, CCAB appeared at the Sodexo Quality of Life Conference in New York, U.S.A. from May 5-6 where he talked about the Canadian experience of Aboriginal relations. 

Speaking to a global audience, Mr Gladu covered the events that inspired the creation of the CCAB; how business can be used as a tool to bridge divides in society; the need for a sustainable income, relationships and environment, and; the Canadian Aboriginal track record of success and the ways in which they continue to build political, social and business capital.


Above: J.P. Gladu


Upcoming Events


Visit us at the Circle of Trade Exhibition - July 7,8,9

The CCAB is participating in the 2015 Assembly of First Nations Circle of Trade Exhibition in Montreal July 7, 8, 9 at the Hotel Bonaventure.

Please come and visit our trade booth.


We are pleased to announce our Aboriginal Economic Development Corporation Conference

  • November 26, 2015: TCU Place, Saskatoon Arts & Convention Centre, Saskatoon, SK.

The Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business is introducing a new event - the Aboriginal Economic Development Corporation (EDC) Conference, the first of which will take place in Saskatoon, SK on November 26.

The EDC conference will provide a platform for engaging discussions and offer fantastic networking opportunities between business Canada and Aboriginal EDCs. 

The day begins with a networking breakfast, followed by a panel featuring keynote Chief Darcy Bear of Whitecap Dakota First Nations, SK. Lunch keynote will be Mr. Tim Gitzel, CEO, Cameco. The afternoon brings an opportunity to attend breakout sessions focused on how EDC’s are effected by finance, procurement, capacity, community aspirations and governance. 

The evening portion features a reception and networking opportunity including keynote speaker Keith Martell, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of First Nations Bank of Canada.

Registration will open shortly. 


Aboriginal Business Luncheon: Trades perspective; a look at the road ahead to bolster Aboriginal participation

  • June 18, 2015
  • 11:30am-1:30pm
  • The Westin Nova Scotian, Halifax, NS

Featuring the FREE PAR WORKSHOP from 10:30-11:15. See the Programs section for details.


Aboriginal Business Luncheon: The evolving face of Aboriginal business

  • September 10, 2015
  • 11:30am-1:30pm
  • Thunder Bay, ON

13th Annual Vancouver Gala

  • September 24, 2015
  • 5:30-9:00pm
  • Fairmont Waterfront, Vancouver, BC

Please check out the latest event information on our website or email Tarah McMaster for registration information:


Member Updates


Featured Members

The CCAB's quarterly spotlight on two of our valued members.

Applecross Innovations Inc.

Applecross Innovations Inc. solves all manner of project- and program-management problems for large industrial clients, contractors and sub-contractors, and stakeholders. We take special satisfaction in data-integration projects that link corporate silos to save clients millions of dollars each month. Based on client needs, we tailor services from pre-planning and analyses, up to software design and deployment, and total project management.

Just Knock Consulting Ltd.

Just Knock Consulting offers full Surface Land Administration support such as: reviewing and interpreting Surface Leases and Right of Way Agreements, ensuring annual rentals are paid and or received, issuing and requesting third party consents, coding and issuing invoices, conducting land ownership searches, cleanup and maintenance of existing physical and electronic files, training and mentoring of junior administrators.



  • 2124140 Ontario Inc. o/a Praztek Construction
  • A.O.K. Medical Services
  • A.P.E. Maintenance Ltd.
  • Alberta Rig Mats Inc.
  • All Nations Placement Agency Inc.
  • Applecross Innovations Inc.
  • Arrowhead Industrial Insulators Ltd.
  • Axl Industrial Services Ltd.
  • Bear North 
  • BHP Billiton Canada Inc. 
  • Big Country Drilling
  • Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP)
  • Canadian Food Safety Training
  • Casman Oil Sands Ventures Ltd.
  • City Gourmet
  • Crane Electric Service Ltd.
  • Crude Energy Services Inc.
  • Dakwakada Development Corporation
  • David Guy Barnes

New Members

  • Doug Tremblay's Precision Services Ltd.
  • EcoVac Wood Buffalo
  • Environics Research Group
  • Fort McKay Alcor
  • Fort McKay Enterprises Ltd.
  • Frecon Construction Limited
  • Freeport Industries Ltd.
  • Fulton & Company LLP
  • Holy Grail Exploration and Consultation
  • ICL Services Ltd.
  • Infinity Petroleum Resouces Inc.
  • Ironclad Logistics Group - Denwill/ Bridgeway
  • Joint Economic Develoment Initiative (JEDI)
  • Just Knock Consulting Ltd.
  • Kisik Aerial Survey Inc.
  • KLS Earthworks Inc.
  • Landing Trail Petroleum Company Limited
  • Lockheed Martin Canada Inc.
  • McDonnell Metal Inc.
  • Mechanical Resources Inc.
  • MohawkNorth
  • Northern Lights Security Limited


  • Okwaho International Inc.
  • Ontario Power Generation
  • Paquin Consulting Inc.
  • Parking Boxx Corporation
  • Pentiction Indian Band Development Corporation
  • People Empowerment Solutions Corporation
  • Points North Group of Companies
  • Progress Energy Canada Ltd.
  • Ready4Work Industry Training Inc.
  • Reel Steel Inc.
  • Resolute Forest Products
  • Ron Kanutski/ With Care Consulting
  • Silverpoint Media Inc.
  • Slew Foot Ventures Ltd.
  • Sterling Crane
  • Symbols Design Corp.
  • Tarpon Westmo Services Ltd.
  • WealthTerra Capital Management Inc. 
  • Winners Circle Employment Services Inc.

Programs Update


An initiative that offers Aboriginal entrepreneurs a connection to expertise that may assist with planning or implementing business growth and development strategies, and offers support and guidance from experienced business professionals.

ABMP – CCAB would like to welcome Alicia Dubois, National Director, Aboriginal Financial Services at Scotiabank as a NEW MENTOR.

For more information on the ABMP Program, please contact Luanne Whitecrow, Program Manager, at or 416.961.8663 Ext. 221.


A certification program that recognizes improving Aboriginal relations amongst Canadian companies.

CCAB is pleased to announce that this year has been our busiest year to date. Please join us as we celebrate our 14th year of the PAR Program and the 29 companies going through PAR this year.


Progressive Aboriginal Relations (PAR) Workshop: Leading Practices in Business Development

  • June 18, 2015
  • 10:00 am–11:15 am
  • The Westin Nova Scotian, Halifax.
  • Host: Jarret Leaman, Director Program and Strategic Initiatives, CCAB

Whether using PAR to strengthen initiatives or pursuing certification, CCAB member companies are raising the bar in Aboriginal relations, and in the past few years, that bar is raising dramatically in the PAR performance areas; Employment, Business Development, Community Investment, and Community Engagement.

The PAR workshop will provide the perfect opportunity for companies to learn how to incorporate or strengthen ongoing Aboriginal relations initiatives by participating in PAR. Jarret Leaman, Director, Program Development will share his knowledge and experience of working successfully with Aboriginal communities.

For more information, please contact Luanne Whitecrow, Programs Manager,


Research Update

The CCAB is continuing to produce cutting edge research on the Aboriginal economy in Canada. This summer we are launching reports on:

  • Aboriginal Economic Development Corporations (EDCs), and;
  • Aboriginal Business Relationships in Ontario.

The reports focus on the achievements, challenges, goals and concerns of Aboriginal business people.

We are holding our launch for Community & Commerce Ontario, our report on EDCs, in late June. If you are interested in joining us, please contact Max Skudra, Senior Manager, Research for details:


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