SASKATOON, June 6, 2017 /CNW/ - Indigenous communities across Canada and businesses from all sectors are coming together for a chance to ignite business opportunities with new and innovative market players. The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for Western Economic Diversification Canada, announced funding of $20,000 for the Saskatchewan Indian Equity Foundation Inc. (SIEF) to deliver two Aboriginal Business Match (ABM) events in Saskatchewan.
ABM Spotlight: Agriculture & Manufacturing will connect community, national, and international decision-makers interested in building a more competitive business environment and tapping into critical market intelligence. ABM Spotlight events facilitate business meetings between Indigenous and non-Indigenous companies and community organizations across all sectors, including innovative agriculture development and state-of-the-art manufacturing technologies. Business-ready opportunities range from joint ventures in crop and livestock production to machinery manufacturing, transportation, industrial equipment training programs, as well as partnerships in the aerospace and defence sector.
With a focus on trending industries of pronounced interest, ABM Spotlight events offer productive business matching important to Indigenous communities, key stakeholders, and industry partners.
"Indigenous Canadians represent the fastest-growing segment of the Canadian population and are an important part of Canada's economic prosperity. Our Government is committed to investing in opportunities for Indigenous Peoples to help secure a better quality of life for their communities, while building a stronger, more unified, and prosperous Canada."
- The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for Western Economic Diversification Canada
"ABM is the most comprehensive way to connect with business-ready community decision-makers. It's all about building relationships between Aboriginal communities and the private sector. As a participant of ABM, everyone is able to share and engage in business development. ABM creates a win-win atmosphere for all involved."
- Terry K. Brodziak, General Manager, Saskatchewan Indian Equity Foundation Inc.
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SOURCE Western Economic Diversification Canada
For further information: Rhonda Laing, Director, Policy, Planning and External Relations, Western Economic Diversification Canada, 306-975-5944, firstname.lastname@example.org; Terry K. Brodziak, General Manager, Saskatchewan Indian Equity Foundation Inc., 306-955-8570, TBrodziak@sief.sk.ca