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Indigenous Women in Leadership Award and Keynote


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The role of women in traditional life has long been one of leadership and strength. Through the tenacity and determination of our Indigenous women, the family has endured as has the culture and adaptation to changing economic and political landscapes since the arrival of the new peoples on the shores of Turtle Island.

In keeping with the changing times, CCAB is moving forward with a strong message supporting our Indigenous women and the leadership they have championed.

CCAB wishes to celebrate our successful, accomplished, committed women with a new award that will serve as not only as national recognition but as a platform to the future.  A future where Aboriginal women take their rightful place at the national table among men and women of all cultures in true celebration of lives well lived from tradition to academia, family to prosperity they continue to lead the way.

Join us as we award one of Canada’s top indigenous women with the 1st CCAB Indigenous Women in Leadership Award. Learn from our Award Winner as she discusses the challenges, achievements and vision for an equitable and prosperous future for all Canadians.

Lead Sponsor

The award is founded and exclusively sponsored by TD.

Supporting Sponsor


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Award Recipient

The recipient of the CCAB inaugural Indigenous Women in Leadership Award (2017) is the Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould.

Jody Wilson-Raybould is a member of the We Wai Kai Nation, a nd h er traditional Kwak’wala name is Puglaas, which means “a woman born to noble people.” She has long been an advocate for change, and has credited her grandmother, Pugladee, and her parents for ensuring that she knew her culture, her values, the laws of her Big House and how to conduct herself as a leader.

As a Commissioner of the British Columbia Treaty Commission, and later as Regional Chief of the Assembly of First Nations in British Columbia, Jody Wilson-Raybould helped First Nations in B.C. position themselves for increased economic opportunity and prosperity. Her support and participation in CCAB events have been a positive component in helping to bridge the business gap nationally while encouraging sustainable business practices and development. Elected as the Member of Parliament for Vancouver Granville in 2015, and then appointed as Canada’s first Indigenous Minister of Justice and Attorney General, Jody Wilson-Raybould has continued her hard work in ensuring that Canada provides all its citizens with opportunities to thrive and succeed.

Jody Wilson-Raybould is a role model for Indigenous women in Canada on many levels, including at the highest levels of government. Her accomplishments and achievements are a shared national p ride that we wish to celebrate. We wish to honour her with our inaugural Indigenous Women in Leadership award as a beacon to the future that complements and adds a much-needed balance to our awards portfolio.

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Photo Credit: Erich Saide Photography

Agenda – April 6, 2017

5:30 pm Registration and Cocktail Reception
6:30 pm Award Presentation and Keynote
7:45 pm Networking Reception
9:00 pm Event to conclude

Registration Information

Ticket Level Cost Tax  Total
CCAB Aboriginal Business Members*:  $73.50  $9.56  $83.06
CCAB Business Members:  $84.00  $10.92  $94.92
Non-Members:  $94.50  $12.29  $106.79
Student**:  $50.00  $6.50  $56.50

* 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


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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.

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