Bringing Indigenous Business Into the Supply Chain

What organizations can do to make “economic reconciliation” a reality
Free Webinar
45 minutes
Friday October 12, 2018 1:00 PM EDT

There are some 43,000 Indigenous-owned businesses in Canada, contributing some $12 billion to the national GDP. Indigenous firms can be found in a wide range of industries and sectors, from natural resources and construction to manufacturing, retail, and services. Linking Canada’s private sector with these businesses holds the key to economic reconciliation.

In this webinar, JP Gladu, president and CEO of the Canadian Council of Aboriginal Business (CCAB), discusses the private sector’s role in ensuring that Indigenous peoples have equitable access to jobs and business opportunities. The CCAB has created a digital Aboriginal procurement marketplace in which Indigenous and non-Indigenous companies can exchange information about procurement opportunities.

Participants will learn:

•   The scope of Indigenous enterprise in Canada
•   Strategies to partner with Indigenous organizations
•   How the Supply Change initiative connects corporations and small and medium-sized enterprises with qualified Indigenous-owned businesses
•   Best practices for procurement from Indigenous firms

Jean Paul (JP) Gladu
President and CEO, Canadian Council of Aboriginal Business

Jean Paul (JP) Gladu is president and CEO of the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business based in Toronto. Anishinaabe from Thunder Bay, JP is a member of Bingwi Neyaashi Anishinaabek located on the eastern shores of Lake Nipigon, Ontario. JP completed a forestry technician diploma in 1993, obtained an undergraduate degree in forestry from Northern Arizona University in 2000, holds an Executive MBA from Smith School of Business, Queen’s University, and the ICD.D from Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto. JP has more than two decades of experience in the natural resource sector. His career path includes work with Aboriginal communities and organizations, environmental non-government organizations, industry, and governments from across Canada. Currently, JP serves on the Board of Ontario Power Generation and Noront Resources as well as the Canadian Electricity Association Public Advisory Panel. He has most recently been appointed as the Chancellor of St. Paul’s University College Waterloo.

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