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WORLD SUMMIT OF INDIGENOUS ENTREPRENEURS
WORLD TRADE UNIVERSITY GLOBAL SECRETARIATE
INSTITUTE FOR LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT, CANADA

Held on August 18, 19 and 20, 2003
In Toronto, Ontario, Canada

August 18-20, 2003, World Summit of Indigenous Entrepreneurs, Toronto, Canada

ABOUT the WSIE


The World Summit of Indigenous Entrepreneurs (WSIE) is designed to provide a global forum for indigenous (i.e. Native, First Nations, Aboriginal) entrepreneurs from a variety of industries in countries around the world, as well as other entrepreneurs who wish to do business with indigenous people. The WSIE will include plenary sessions by experts in international trade, aboriginal banking, and other fields, and several hands-on interactive workshops that provide participants with the opportunity to network, advertise their products and services and explore joint venture opportunities.

The WSIE focuses on diversity through the selection of participants from a broad range of sectors including food and agriculture, information and communication technology, textiles and fabrics, biotechnology, energy, e-commerce, exports/imports, finance and investment, transportation and manufacturing, tourism, gaming, arts and handicrafts, natural resources management, and traditional knowledge. During the selection process we will also do our utmost to ensure diversity of representation among indigenous tribes and groups, countries and regions of the world, and gender.

The Summit operates on a selection-by-invitation basis, with rigorous standards for selection. Individuals must be nominated by a business or organization - their local chamber of commerce, business association, or other relevant organization.

Participants may be of indigenous (i.e. First Nations, Aboriginal) descent or be interested in doing business with indigenous peoples.

ABOUT THE CONFERENCE:
The World Summit of Indigenous Entrepreneurs (WSIE) hosted more than 250 indigenous business leaders from 40 countries in Toronto, Canada. The summit, a program of the World Trade University, is premised on the theme "Indigenous Entrepreneurs and World Trade: A New Mechanism for Shared Prosperity". A mission statement for global indigenous trade will be drafted.

E-commerce is one of the leading tools for marketing products by indigenous peoples. Aboriginalbiz.com, supported by the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business, maintains an Aboriginal Mall selling products from aboriginal peoples throughout Canada. The Institute for Leadership Development, organizers of WSIE, promotes e-ventures as one of the most promising business tools for indigenous peoples.

The Inaugural WSIE was held at The BMO Financial Group Institute for Learning, Toronto, Canada. The theme will be Indigenous Entrepreneurs and World Trade: A New Mechanism for Shared Prosperity. The World Summit of Indigenous Entrepreneurs (WSIE) is designed to provide a global forum for indigenous (i.e. Native, First Nations, Aboriginal) entrepreneurs from a variety of industries in countries around the world, as well as other entrepreneurs who wish to do business with indigenous people. The WSIE will include plenary sessions by experts in international trade, aboriginal banking, and other fields, and several hands-on interactive workshops that provide participants with the opportunity to network, advertise their products and services and explore joint venture opportunities.

Senior executives from provincial, regional, national, international destination marketing organizations (i.e. travel associations, tour operators, city tourism promotion agencies, tourism boards, tourism administrative authorities, destination management agencies, etc); Senior executives in leading institutions involved in the management of ecotourism sites, heritage properties, tourist attractions;

National and international transportation agencies (i.e. airlines, railways, tours, cruises); Public or private tourism associations involved in the promotion of tourism; Senior executives from private and public cultural institutions; National and international hotel chains;

Senior executives from the food and beverage industry involved in the promotion of tourism; Senior executives from private and public media institutions (i.e. radio, TV, newsprint, etc) who are involved in the promotion of tourism.

It is expected that approximately 65% of delegates will be Chinese tourism authority representatives who are eager to welcome their foreign counterparts.

Goals of the Summit:

1.Develop a dialogue with fellow indigenous entrepreneurs

2.Initiate a flow of ideas and information across all boundaries and borders

3.A potential formation of joint ventures and development of organizations to promote indigenous products

4.Possibly establish an institute for indigenous knowledge

5.Discuss issues of greatest importance to Indigenous entrepreneurs

6.Provide networking opportunities between entrepreneurs and venture capital organizations

For more information contact Phillip Trip (Karuk): dla1@aol.com Phone number: 415.283.4757

Co-Chair of the Summit and Global Coordinator is Sujit Chowdhury email: wsie@wtuglobal.org

World Summit of Indigenous Entrepreneurs
Institute for Leadership Development
1810-2 Assiniboine, 4700 Keele Street
Toronto, ON M3J 1P3 CANADA
Telephone: 416.736.5646
Fax: 416.736.5693
wsie@wtuglobal.org.