3rd Annual Aboriginal Economic Development Conference

Please note that the AEDC is SOLD OUT! If you would like to be placed on the waiting list, please contact Gloria Truong (gtruong@ccab.com).


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The 3rd Annual Aboriginal Economic Development Conference (AEDC) will highlight innovation in the Indigenous economy. Aboriginal economic development corporations (AEDCs) work in a competitive environment, with constantly moving targets and changing expectations. To stay relevant in this environment, companies are continually innovating to gain market share, develop and apply new technologies and improve operations and processes. These innovations take place every day across the country, in big and small ways. From the construction of sophisticated energy and internet infrastructure to new ways of engaging cultural tradition in business operations, Aboriginal AEDCs are innovating to deliver a better future to their communities and Canada.

Thank you to everyone who joined us at this year’s Aboriginal Economic Development Conference – hope to see you next year on May 10, 2018! Photos courtesy of Blaire Russell.

Thank you to our sponsors

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Agenda – May 11, 2017

Start Time Event
8:00am Registration, Breakfast, Networking
9:00am Opening Remarks and Introductions
9:15am Morning keynote presentation: Innovation, Technology and Partnerships
10:00am Morning panel discussion: Business innovation in a competitive market
11:00am Networking break
11:15am Morning Breakout session #1: Innovative Financing and partnerships
11:15am Morning Breakout session #2: Innovation in community governance
12:15pm Networking break
12:30pm Lunch
1:30pm Opening Remarks and Introductions
1:45pm Afternoon keynote presentation: Canada’s evolving role in a Global Economy
2:30pm Afternoon panel discussion: Response Panel: Oil & Gas, Forestry and Mining
3:30pm Networking break
3:45pm Afternoon Breakout session #1: Innovative Solutions to Doing Business in the Arctic
3:45pm Afternoon Breakout session #2: Innovation and Corporate Social Responsibility
4:45pm Conference concludes

Registration Information

Ticket Level Cost Tax  Total
CCAB Aboriginal Business Members*:  $395.00  $19.17  $414.75
CCAB Business Members:  $495.00  $24.75  $519.75
Non-Members:  $595.00  $29.75  $624.75
Student**:  $165.00  $8.25  $173.25

* Defined as Aboriginal Business owned and operated by 51% or more Aboriginal person(s). If you are unsure whether your company is registered as a member or not, please visit the CCAB Membership Directory for more information.
**Must provide valid student ID


Calgary TELUS Convention Centre
MacLeod Hall C & D
120 9 Ave SE
Calgary, AB T2G 0P3


Sheraton Suites Calgary Eau Claire rooms are SOLD OUT!

CCAB has reserved a number of rooms for attendees at the The Westin Calgary. Click HERE to book today! Room block is available until May 5, 2017.

The Westin Calgary
320 4th Ave SW
Calgary, Alberta T2P 2S6

Please note that the The Westin Calgary is approximately a 5 minute drive to the Calgary TELUS Convention Centre.

Book Room Here

Sponsorship Information

Get noticed, sponsor a CCAB event! Sponsorship opportunities are now available. Sponsorship of events is a main source of revenue for the CCAB which contributes to our day-to-day operations, enables us to continue to deliver quality programs, and provide platforms for discussion, knowledge sharing, understanding, and potential business opportunities between Canadian businesses and Aboriginal entrepreneur’s & communities.

JOIN US in our mission to foster sustainable business relations between First Nations, Inuit, and Métis people and Canadian business.

Click HERE to view sponsorship opportunities or contact Lynda Keith to learn more about sponsoring this event.