Posted by on

Charting a new course for Aboriginal business in Edmonton –Your input is crucial on May 29th

What: Industry Dialogue Session
When: Thursday, May 29th, 2014 from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Where: Salon 11 at the Shaw Conference Centre (9797 Jasper Avenue).
RSVP by May 26, 2014
Call 780-918-1621 or E-mail tmacdonald@edmonton.com

Aboriginal business in Edmonton is thriving. And Aboriginal professionals are employed and self-employed in all industries.

In 2011, the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business released the most in depth study of Aboriginal business in a decade. According to then CEO Clint Davis:

“The majority of Aboriginal businesses are profitable and are experiencing stability or growth.  Many Aboriginal businesses are hiring and training other Aboriginal people.  Overall Aboriginal business owners see themselves as successful and are positive about the future.”

Between 2001 and 2006, Aboriginal entrepreneurship in Canada increased 38% from 27,000 to 37,000. During this time, the rate of growth of self-employed Aboriginal people was five times that of self-employed Canadians overall (7%). When the study was released in 2011, Alberta had the third largest concentration of self-employed Aboriginal people in Canada.

But what about in Edmonton?

Information about the Aboriginal business and professional community in Edmonton is lacking. Community organizations and City Council have made it a priority to map the resources that exist for Aboriginal business and professionals and determine who is in this landscape. Without this information, it is difficult to develop connections and work together.

If you are engaging with or thinking of engaging with the growing Aboriginal business and professional community in Edmonton, the upcoming May 29th industry dialogue facilitated by Aksis and Edmonton Economic Development Corporation is an important event to attend. Even if you are curious, the dialogue is for you.

In addition to helping to gather information in this area to potentially create a centralized, easy-to-access, and easy-to-update source for all of us, and one that is specific to Edmonton and area, Aksis and EEDC are determining what their respective roles will be in helping to increase engagement with Aboriginal business and professionals. How can we support you and complement the work that you are doing?

It is essential for us all to come together to share our knowledge and information if we’re to move forward together to realize the potential we have as a city to be a centre for Aboriginal business and engagement excellence in Canada. Good work is being done. Let’s connect the dots.

This is a workshop. We’ll be rolling up our sleeves and getting down to it to explore a uniquely Edmonton approach.

We hope you can join us. Participants from any industry, and with any degree of knowledge, are welcome.

Who will attend?
– Edmonton companies and organizations interested in attracting and
retaining Aboriginal employees and/or working with Aboriginal businesses;
– Edmonton-based Aboriginal professionals, and professionals working with
the Aboriginal community.

We think: the more diverse the perspectives, the better.

Aksis, Edmonton’s Aboriginal Business and Professional Association
Aksis is a membership driven, not-for-profit organization made up of Aboriginal
businesses, professionals, students and associate members (non-Aboriginal industry,
government and academic organizations) that are united in entrepreneurial spirit and
inspired to connect, collaborate and flourish.

Enterprise Edmonton
Enterprise Edmonton delivers the necessary support and services to organizations
that want to do things differently, approach business problems from new angles and
continuously strive to create increased value for their customer and
the world at large.

Join the conversation