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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

WORLD SUMMIT OF INDIGENOUS ENTREPRENEURS - A UNITED NATIONS GLOBAL PARTNERSHIP PROGRAMME - TO MEET IN TORONTO

BMO Bank of Montreal Aboriginal Banking is Official Host CCAB is Canadian Partner


The first World Summit of Indigenous Entrepreneurs - a United Nations Global Partnership Programme (WSIE) will meet in Toronto, Canada from August 18 – 20, 2003. The Summit will bring together indigenous businesspeople from over 40 countries to meet, hear from experts in international trade, aboriginal banking, economic development and other fields and, most important, do some business. The World Summit of Indigenous Entrepreneurs is Organised by the Institute for Leadership Development

WSIE is the ninth World Summit of Entrepreneurs and the first specifically designed to attract Aboriginal businesspeople from around the world. This is the first time a World Entrepreneurs Summit has focused on Aboriginal business.

The Summit operates on a by-invitation basis, with rigorous standards for selection. As the Canadian partner, CCAB will select the 100 Canadian Aboriginal companies and individuals to be invited to participate. In addition, CCAB will invite 25 non-Aboriginal companies interested in doing business with indigenous peoples to participate.

The Institute for Leadership Development (ILD) - A United Nations Global Partnership Institute affiliated with the UN’s World Trade University, has chosen the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB) as the Canadian partner for the Summit. CCAB is Canada’s leading organization dedicated to promoting the full participation of Aboriginal people in the Canadian economy,

“CCAB is excited to be part of this ground-breaking event. The Summit will be an opportunity for Canada’s Aboriginal entrepreneurs to strut their stuff on the world stage – they will be the stars of this show as they share experiences with people from around the world and explore new global markets,” said Jocelyne Soulodre, CCAB President and CEO.“It will also provide a platform to share our revolutionary Progressive Aboriginal Relations (PAR) program with the world,” she said.

The official host of the WSIE is Aboriginal Banking, BMO Bank of Montreal, a CCAB Seven Generations Patron company. The Summit is being held at the BMO Financial Group Institute for Learning in Toronto, where we hold our FAAY scholarship and bursary selections every year.

BMO knows that the most effective engine for economic development is the private sector. More and more, Aboriginal people are behind the wheel of that engine and are taking it where they want to go. I have seen in past Summits how ideas are exchanged and, equally important, business relationships are formed that are profitable for all the people involved,” said Ron Jamieson, Senior Vice President, Aboriginal Banking, BMO Bank of Montreal, WSIE Chair and CCAB National Co-Chair. “This Summit will be a great way to build trade links and get more Aboriginal Canadians into the global economy.”

The WSIE is designed to provide a global forum for indigenous entrepreneurs from 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 various fields and several hands-on interactive workshops to provide participants with the opportunity to network and make contacts, advertise their products and services and explore joint venture opportunities.

For more information on the summit, call CCAB at 416-961-8663 ext. 229 or email at Roibin Adamson at robinad@ccab.com.