The Thunder Bay Hot Topic Series focused on partnerships between Canadian companies and Aboriginal communities to launch businesses in urban and rural markets. Elder Victor Pelletier from Fort William First Nation opened the event with a welcome and opening prayer. Our moderator, Andre Morriseau (Director, Awards & Stakeholder Relations, CCAB) and speakers, Alex Janavicius (Director, Rack Forward Strategy, Petro-Canada), Nick Javor (Principal, Oskee1 Consulting & former Senior Vice President, Development for Tim Hortons Canada), and Nivera Wallani (President and General Manager, KFC Canada) explored issues including the creation and alignment of shared goals, team building and management, and resource maximization.
This year, the CCAB partnered with the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce and hosted the APEX – Aboriginal Partnership Exchange. Sixteen exhibitors showcased their products and services while networking with event attendees. A list of exhibitors can be found below.