Forward Summit & CCAB Gala Award Dinner

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2020 Forward Summit and CCAB Gala Award Dinner

Tuesday April 28 – Wednesday April 29, 2020

CCAB’s Aboriginal Economic Development Conference has transitioned to the Forward Summit as we begin a new partnership that allows these premiere events to collaborate and provide an even larger platform for the voices of Economic Reconciliation. In addition, Forward Summit will include CCAB’s annual Gala Award Dinner, an evening event of entertainment and celebration that honours the 2020 recipient of the Aboriginal Economic Development Corporation award.

Forward Summit, April 28-29, includes two full days of workshops. In 2019, the summit featured an engaging lineup of 100+ speakers, an extensive list of exhibitors, and supported networking opportunities with representation of over 40 communities, 100s of businesses in major industries.

The new collaboration between CCAB and Forward Summit represents a unique occasion for a professional, open environment that allows Indigenous communities, industry and organizations to share, learn and build relationships. Forward Summit helps to advance partnerships and opportunities through gathering and sharing information on Aboriginal business, which is key to growing the future of the Indigenous economy, building wealth, and prosperity.

Spring in Calgary now marks an important time for Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal businesses, communities, thought leaders, and change makers to come together and participate in a national conversation about the economy, about potential, and moving forward. This is the event that listens and implements new initiatives based on your conversations and valuable input – the event that helps to promote change and growth – the event you don’t want to miss!

Tickets for Forward Summit and the CCAB Gala Award Dinner  can be purchased separately or as a combination for greater value.

 CCAB Gala Award Dinner

Join us for an evening of networking, conversations, entertainment and celebration as we honour the corporate recipient of the 2020 Aboriginal Economic Development Corporation Award.

  • Make valuable Indigenous people contribute over $30 billion to Canada’s GDP and it is estimated this will increase to $100 billion by 2024.
  • Network with Aboriginal business leaders and start working with the fastest-growing demographic in the country.
  • Celebrate the outstanding accomplishments of Aboriginal Business in Canada
  • Enjoy performances by some of the biggest names in Indigenous entertainment.

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CCAB members have the advantage of greater discounts – Become a CCAB member now!  


Partnership programs are available for Forward Summit 2020. To learn more on how your organization can be involved at Forward Summit contact:

Kelly Hall
Business Development
Connect Group


t: 403.648.0876 ext. 707


Paul-Emile McNab
Director, Business Development and Strategic Initiatives
Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business
t. 416.833.6732