Tabatha Bull Named OCC’s 2022 CEO of The Year Award Recipient


Tabatha Bull Named OCC’s 2022 CEO of The Year Award Recipient

Toronto, ON – October 27, 2022 – As part of its 40th annual Ontario Business Achievement Awards (OBAAs), the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) is proud to announce Tabatha Bull, President & Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB), as the 2022 CEO of the Year Award recipient. This award is given to a CEO that has demonstrated exceptional leadership over the past 12 months, bringing their organization to a new level of growth and success within their industry.

“We are extremely proud to honour Tabatha Bull as this year’s CEO of the Year recipient,” said Rocco Rossi, President and CEO, Ontario Chamber of Commerce. “Tabatha has led her team to exponential growth and success, while advocating for economic reconciliation at a critical time in the country’s history. Her work helps build bridges between Indigenous and non-Indigenous organizations to foster an inclusive economy for all.”

The OBAAs is the most distinguished industry celebration in the province recognizing business success. This year’s 40th anniversary special will feature community leaders and organizations working toward an inclusive economy. These include the CEO of the Year and Lifetime Achievement awards for exceptional leadership and those that contribute to generating opportunities for persons with disabilities, climate action, inclusive hiring and advancing digital literacy.

“I am humbled and honoured to receive the CEO of the Year Award and owe it to my tremendous staff and all those that have supported the work that we do at CCAB,” said Bull. “Over the last couple years, I have seen tremendous growth and progress in our work to help improve economic reconciliation for Indigenous communities and businesses. We all stand to benefit by supporting, partnering, procuring from, and investing in Indigenous businesses, communities, and peoples.”

The CEO of the Year Award televised episode will explore Tabatha’s story and celebrate her accomplishments since becoming CCAB’s President and CEO in 2020. Under her leadership, the organization is breaking barriers and committed to supporting Indigenous procurement. Tabatha’s recent advocacy work includes helping develop a National Indigenous Economic Strategy for Canada and being a member of the federal government’s COVID-19 Supply Council.

Watch the 2022 Ontario Business Achievement Awards on Saturday, November 12 at 3:30 pm ET. on TLN TV– now on free preview across Canada. This year’s OBAAs are supported by our Series Presenting Partner, CN and Broadcast Partner, TLN Media Group. The CEO of the Year Award Episode Partner is Laborers’ International Union of North America. To learn more about the broadcast and our partners, see the OBAAs website here.


About the Ontario Chamber of Commerce

For more than a century, the OCC has been the independent, non-partisan, indispensable partner of Ontario business. The OCC’s mission is to support economic growth in Ontario by defending business priorities at Queen’s Park on behalf of its network’s diverse 60,000 members.

About Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business 

CCAB is committed to the full participation of Indigenous peoples in Canada’s economy. As a national, non-partisan association, its mission is to promote, strengthen and enhance a prosperous Indigenous economy through the fostering of business relationships, opportunities, and awareness. CCAB offers knowledge, resources, and programs to its members to cultivate economic opportunities for Indigenous peoples and businesses across Canada. For more information, visit www.ccab.com.

For more information, please contact:

Alissa Reid

Coordinator, Public Affairs, Ontario Chamber of Commerce

E: alissareid@occ.ca | T: 705.205.1434

Alannah Jabokwoam
Senior Associate, Communications & Public Relations
Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business
T: 416.961.8663 ext. 227