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2017 Vancouver TFAB Aboriginal Business Networking Event


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CCAB is excited to announce the TFAB program’s 5th Aboriginal Business Networking Event featuring a special keynote address by Sean Willy,  President & CEO of Des Nedhe Development and Co-Chair of CCAB’s Board of Directors, who will be sharing insights into building sustainable relationships between Indigenous communities and corporate Canada.

This event provides great networking opportunities for community individuals and business leaders. Overlooking the Vancouver skyline, attendees will have the opportunity to network, build valuable relationships and share best practices. This TFAB Networking Event will be taking place ahead of CCAB’s Vancouver Gala to ensure a diverse range of industries are represented. Each TFAB Networking Event has provided attendees with high quality contacts and connections. CCAB is looking forward to hosting our first Vancouver TFAB Aboriginal Business Networking Event for our members and guests.

Free for CCAB Members or registered attendees of CCAB’s Vancouver Gala and only $15 for guests!

This event is open to all CCAB members, Aboriginal entrepreneurs and all other organisations and individuals committed to developing relationships with Aboriginal businesses and communities. Beverages and canapes included with registration.


TFAB Aboriginal Business Networking Events are held in a variety of locations across Canada to:

  • Create a space for Aboriginal entrepreneurs to connect with likeminded peers
  • Provide Aboriginal entrepreneurs and businesses with the opportunity to grow their professional networks and profile through connecting with CCAB corporate members and other organisations committed to Aboriginal business
  • Provide opportunities to learn more about what it takes to succeed as an entrepreneur from special guest speakers.


Agenda – September 28, 2017 (Pacific Time)

2:00 pm Registration begins (refreshments upon arrival)
2:15 pm Opening remarks
2:25 pm Keynote address by Sean Willy
2:55 pm Closing remarks
3:15 pm Networking reception begins
4:00 pm Event to conclude

Registration Information

Ticket Level Cost  
CCAB Members and Vancouver Gala ticket holders: Free
Non-Members  $15.00  GST inclusive


The Fairmont Waterfront, Terrace Room

900 Canada Place, Vancouver, BC

V6C 3L5


Sean Willy, President & CEO of Des Nedhe Development

After a 20-year career in the resource industry and an extensive history in executive leadership, community development and human resources, Sean Willy was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Des Nedhe Development in August 2017.

Willy joined Des Nedhe as Vice President in July 2016 and led numerous business development initiatives for Des Nedhe. His experience with Indigenous communities and corporations enabled him to establish strong ties between our companies and our numerous Indigenous and non-Indigenous partners.

With roots in the Denesuline and Metis communities, Sean brings an understanding of the expectations and needs of Indigenous people. Growing up in a mining household, he experienced life in communities across the Canadian Shield – from the Northwest Territories to Nunavut to Alberta to Saskatchewan.

In his role as Director, Corporate Responsibility at Cameco, Sean developed the strategies and led all negotiations which saw Cameco build upon its successful track record with Indigenous peoples. This led to Sean building partnerships in Australia, the United States, and throughout Canada.

Sean’s greatest career achievement was signing five community-based agreements in Australia and in northern Saskatchewan and completing the most unique legacy trust fund in Canada, the Six River Trust.

Sean also serves as co-chair of the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business, chair of the highly successful training partnership Northern Career Quest and a director of the Global Indigenous Trust.