OTTAWA, Ontario (August 9, 2012) The 2012 Aboriginal Entrepreneurs Conference and Trade Show (AECTS 2012) October 15 and 16 at the Westin Hotel in Ottawa, will highlight the significant role Aboriginal people, communities and businesses will play in the future economic development of Canada. This event delivers an important opportunity for economic development players in the Aboriginal community to connect with major developers from the private sector and learn how to fully participate in the many lucrative projects currently being initiated in Canada.
“Aboriginal entrepreneurs are key players in the formation of strong, self-sufficient communities and are poised to participate in the more than 500 projects in the energy, mining and forestry pipeline with a combined worth of $500B, for example Plan Nord in Quebec, the Ring of Fire in Ontario, potash in Saskatchewan, biofuels in Alberta, mining in BC and North of 60” says John Beaucage, Chairman, Indigenous.net
This year the Aboriginal Human Resource Council (AHRC) was selected to host the two-day event, which will involve 400 participants and over 40 exhibitors. “Companies that build business partnerships with the Aboriginal community and position themselves as employers-of-choice for Aboriginal talent will have an advantage as Canada’s Aboriginal labour market continues to grow six times faster than our non-Aboriginal market”, says Kelly J. Lendsay, President and CEO, AHRC. “We are honoured to be host to this conference, as it fits with our mandate to help employers advance Aboriginal inclusion through the workplace.”
Supporting Federal departments include Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC), Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC), and Natural Resources Canada (NRCan).
In the weeks following the conference, Indigenous.net will provide a site allowing participants to maintain connections with Aboriginal businesses and deliver valuable tools and resources. This site will also develop a free interactive online textbook featuring the material covered at the conference, with the support of academic sponsors, Confederation College of Applied Arts and Technology and Negahneewin College, for a social entrepreneurship credit course planned for 2013.
Enter To Win:
Indigenous.net invites Aboriginal entrepreneurs to upload a video about their company for a chance to win a “Send Me” package that includes a passport to the conference, transportation to
Ottawa, meals and accommodation at the Westin Hotel. (Contest void in Quebec.) Four “Send Me” packages will be awarded (Youth, start up and mature businesses). For detailed entry information and “Send Me” contest rules go to: www.Indigenous.Net/sendme
About Aboriginal Human Resources Council: The Aboriginal Human Resources Canadian Council was founded in 1988 as a national not-for-profit organization. Today as a thriving social enterprise, AHRC is a national Canadian based organization with a mandate to advance the full participation in the economy of Aboriginal Peoples in Canada and Indigenous Peoples around the world.
About Indigenous.net: Indigenous.net is a website dedicated to assisting the development of business and networking opportunities for the indigenous population of Canada and beyond. The site is managed by leaders from Canada’s Aboriginal communities as well as business leaders and educators committed to using the power of the Internet and new technologies for training and advancement of Indigenous peoples.
To learn more about AECTS 2012 and to register, visit www.aects2012.com
For Registration Enquiries, please contact:
Brent Moore & Associates Inc.
For Media Enquiries, please contact:
Chris Allicock, Amberlight Productions Inc.