Aboriginal Business Showcase 2024, presented by Suncor

April 24th and 25th, 2024 at Shell Place, Fort McMurray Wood Buffalo

The Aboriginal Business Showcase is NAABA’s premier business networking event of the year. Potential clients and contractors from all over the region can interact and engage with the very businesses that make our organization.

In 2024, attendees will experience Entrepreneurial Story Telling, Keynotes, and Focused Business Sessions as well as the highly requested and very engaging networking opportunities. The ultimate goal of this event is to bring together decision-makers, business leaders, and Indigenous entrepreneurs from across the region to discuss current and pending business trends and opportunities for working together in the future.

You won’t want to miss this!

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April 24th:

5:00pm – 6:30pmNetworking Reception 

6:30pm – 9:30pm | Dinner, Panel Discussion, and Entertainment

Evening Panel Discussion

Join us for a pivotal panel discussion featuring executives from Canada’s top financial institutions as we embark on a journey toward economic reconciliation for Indigenous peoples. This enlightening session aims to uncover the complexities and opportunities that lie at the intersection of economic empowerment, sustainable investing, and corporate accountability. We will dive into the principles of sustainable investing and how alongside corporate accountability and corporate reporting they are being integrated into the strategies of Canada’s financial institutions and the corporations and initiatives they invest in. Beyond the importance of ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) we will seek to expand the understanding of the roles and responsibilities of corporate Canada at all levels to make lasting and impactful change.

Panel Speakers

Myan Marcen-Gaudaur is a member of the Metis Nation of Ontario and proud descent of the Chippawas of Rama First Nation.   

After a fifteen-year career in sponsorship and marketing, Myan shifted toward reconciliation work first with CIBC, leading the bank’s Indigenous Client Strategy and more recently at Scotiabank.  In her role as Director, Social Impact & Reconciliation, Myan is leading the development and implementation of an enterprise-wide Truth & Reconciliation Action Plan.  

Within the Truth and Reconciliation mandate, Myan is also accountable for cultivating a culture of Reconciliation within Scotiabank, strengthening community relationships, creating new channels of dialogue between Scotiabank and Indigenous communities and stewarding corporate reconciliation by positively influencing peers across within and beyond our sector. 

April 25th:

8:30am – 10:30am | Quick Connect (7:30am – 8:15am, Participant Breakfast)

11:00am – 12:00pm | Presentation, UNDRIP Part I with Anita Boscariol

Anita Boscariol, Associate Counsel

Anita is Associate Counsel at Watson Goepel LLP. Her practice focuses primarily on Indigenous Law, with a portion dedicated to the area of Immigration law. Having worked in the public sector for over 25 years, the last ten as Director General, Treaties and Aboriginal Government Negotiations West, for the former Department of Indigenous & Northern Affairs, Anita brings a wealth of experience and perspective to her Indigenous practice.

Anita assists and advises a variety of clients with matters related to issues of Indigenous self-government, economic development, governance, and engagement, consultation, and accommodation. She is an accomplished negotiator, consensus builder and problem solver.

12:00pm – 1:00pm | Lunch, Panel Discussion with NAABA Board of Directors

Join us for an enlightening panel discussion with the NAABA board members as we explore our new strategic direction.  This discussion will provide an in-depth look at the recent developments within NAABA and our collective decision to focus on Advocacy, Education and Reciprocity.

The board will delve into the reasons behind our renewed focus on core values and principles that have historically guided NAABA, setting the stage for a rejuvenated path forward.

This panel is a must-attend for all NAABA members who are keen to contribute to and drive our shared goals. We look forward to an engaging and productive discussion that promises to not only reflect on our past but more importantly, pave the way for a prosperous future.

1:00pm – 2:00pm | Presentation, UNDRIP Part II with Anita Boscariol

2:15pm – 3:00pm | ATB Presentation: Financing for your Business: What banks look for in a business plan with Chris Reitz

In this interactive session, we will walk through a lender’s perspective on the ‘5 C’s of Credit’ to help guide you through preparing a business plan when you are looking for financing. This will be a look at the numbers and how you can position your company so that a lender can support your business model.

Chris Reitz

Chris Reitz is an experienced business leader and entrepreneur turned banker with over 20-years in the private sector and self-employment.  He ha

s led and been a part of teams providing budgeting and forecasting, planning, project management, and business transformation. Chris has also boot

strapped his own startup while working in the real estate industry. He now shares the benefit of his experience through the lens of a business lender with a unique empathy for the needs of the business owner.

Chris has a Bachelor of Commerce in Service Operations Management/Entrepreneurship from University of Victoria (BC) and has been in Fort McMurray his entire working career. He is active in the community on several non-profit boards and can be seen year-round training alongside his children as a cross country ski coach.

3:00pm – 4:00pm | Fireside Chat with Certified Full Aboriginal Members

Join us for an inspiring panel discussion, moderated by Board Chair Sandy Sanderson, featuring a dynamic group of Indigenous entrepreneurs, set to explore their unique journeys into the business world.

Our esteemed speakers will share their individual narratives, discussing the origins of their entrepreneurial ventures, the challenges and triumphs they’ve faced, and the unique propositions of their businesses. Throughout the discussion, panelists will delve into how their cultural identities shape their business practices and strategic goals, highlighting the integration of traditional knowledge and modern business acumen. We invite all aspiring entrepreneurs, community leaders, and anyone interested in the powerful synthesis of culture and entrepreneurship to attend this discussion

4:00pm – 5:00pm | Closing Ceremonies