RBC presents the 2008 Toronto Aboriginal Business Association (TABA) Entrepreneurs of the Year Awards



    Celebrating the Spirit of Aboriginal Entrepreneurship

    TORONTO, Jan. 14 /CNW/ - On March 20, 2008, the Toronto Aboriginal
business community will recognize three outstanding Aboriginal entrepreneurs
at the 6th annual TABA Awards. Invited guests will come from the Aboriginal
and non-Aboriginal business communities as well as representatives from all
levels of government. A new feature this year is the involvement of RBC with
the Awards. Each Award carries a value of $1,000.
    "RBC has long been a supporter of Miziwe Biik and is proud to be part of
the TABA awards," said Harry Willmot, Senior Manager, Aboriginal market
development for RBC. "The awards are a valuable opportunity highlight the
achievements and opportunities for Aboriginal entrepreneurs."
    Miziwe Biik Aboriginal Employment and Training was created in 1991 to
meet the unique training and employment needs of Aboriginal people in the
Greater Toronto Area. The name Miziwe Biik is associated with a female water
spirit, meaning water which flows all around us. Miziwe Biik is like a pool of
water where a ripple effect has been created, reaching out and making positive
changes in the lives of urban Aboriginal people. Miziwe Biik created TABA in
2001 to profile and promote emerging Aboriginal businesses. The Awards were
first launched in 2002.

    
    Last year's award winners included:

    -  Aboriginal Businesswoman of the Year, Brenda MacIntyre, musician and
       speaker
    -  Aboriginal Businessman of the Year, Brian Wright-McLeod, music
       producer and author
    -  Aboriginal Youth in Business, Adam Garnet Jones, filmmaker
    





For further information:

For further information: Kenn Ross, Manager, Aboriginal Business
Resource Centre, Miziwe Biik Employment & Training, (416) 591-8727,
kross@miziwebiik.com; Alexis Mantell, Manager, Public Affairs and Media
Relations, RBC, (416) 974-4796, alexis.mantell@rbc.com


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