Media Advisory - 500 Business and Aboriginal Business and Community Leaders Gathering in Toronto

    Wednesday February 18, 2009/Daytime and Evening Events

    Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business to celebrate 25th Anniversary

    How Canadian companies initiate, build and sustain positive relationships
    with Aboriginal communities

    New Research to be released: First in a series on Progressive Aboriginal
    Relations and Business

    TORONTO, Feb. 16 /CNW/ - The Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business
(CCAB) will mark its 25th Anniversary on February 18th in Toronto. Daytime and
Evening Events - starting at noon - will bring together nearly 500 Aboriginal
and non-Aboriginal business and community leaders to meet, debate and
celebrate about the reality, challenges, and benefits of working together.
Both events take place at the Fairmont Royal York in downtown Toronto.

    NOON: A SOLD OUT FORUM ON Corporate Social Responsibility and Aboriginal

    -   Noon: A lively panel on the strong connections and ultimate goals of
        positive Aboriginal business relations between individual companies,
        industry sectors and Aboriginal communities with Michel Scott,
        Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP), Michael Jantzi,
        President, Jantzi Research Inc., Cherie Brant, Legal Counsel, First
        Nations Energy Alliance and Don Bubar, President and CEO, Avalon
        Ventures Ltd. on behalf of Prospectors and Developers Association of
        Canada (PDAC). Close to 200 participants slated to attend. Media
        participation welcome.

    EVENING: More than 500 Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal business and
    community leaders will be at this event. Cocktails at 5:30 and Dinner
    at 7. Media must call ahead to attend evening events.

    -   Photo opportunities (lots!) and interviews available
    -   Keynote by John Ralston Saul, Air Farce Comedian Craig Lauzon to
    -   Newest Aboriginal Business Hall of Fame Laureates, Scholarship
        Recipients to be fêted
    -   Eight Original 1984 Founders plan to attend

    Where: Fairmont Royal York, 100 Front Street West, Toronto.

    ON LINE/SAME DAY: New key findings from its first research report on how
Canadian companies initiate, build and sustain positive relationships with
Aboriginal communities. This Report focuses on 38 companies - in diverse
sectors and geographic locations - and their efforts and commitment to engage
with First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities, businesses and people. These
companies represent roughly 300,000 employees in Canada and approximately
$200B in annual revenues. The Report will be released on line at 9 AM on WED,
call 416 616 9940 for details, interviews or visit on Wednesday

    ABOUT CCAB: The Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB) was
founded in 1984 by a small group of visionary business and community leaders
led by Murray Koffler. CCAB is committed to the full participation of
Aboriginal people in Canada's economy. A national non-profit organization,
CCAB offers knowledge, resources, and programs to both mainstream and
Aboriginal owned companies that foster economic opportunities for Aboriginal
people and businesses across Canada.

For further information:

For further information: To attend, get research info, interview
participants, explore coverage: Claire M. Tallarico, (416) 616-9940 (mobile)

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