WIBF

NEWS RELEASE

March 24, 2015
INDIGENOUS BUSINESS LEADERS WORLDWIDE TO CONVENE IN SASKATOON, SASKATCHEWAN CANADA FOR THE 7TH WORLD INDIGENOUS BUSINESS FORUM

Hundreds of enterprise-minded Indigenous people from around the globe will converge on the beautiful prairie city of Saskatoon, located in Saskatchewan, Canada to participate in the annually held World Indigenous Business Forum (WIBF).

“The World Indigenous Business Forum lends to creating meaningful business relations and creating proactive partnerships and friends,” says Milton Tootoosis, chairperson, Saskatchewan First Nations Economic Development Network. “The international meetings have led to forming strategic alliances and global partners and we’re hoping to benefit as well.”

Leading the way is the Indigenous Leadership Development Institute, Inc. (ILDI) – the founder of WIBF. The Institute sponsored its inaugural meeting at New York City in 2010, in order to create and promote unique learning and networking experiences for global Indigenous business, corporations, leaders including youth.
Further such forums were held in Sydney, Australia; Windhoek, Africa; and Guatemala City. This year, the United States will host the WIBF forum in Hawaii.

“Saskatoon is the perfect city to host the Canadian World Indigenous Business Forum as it has a significant presence of Indigenous entrepreneurs and many formidable partnerships involving all levels of governments,” says Rosa Walker, ILDI President and Chief Executive Officer. “Just as important, Saskatoon is one of the first cities in North America to designate city property to First Nations land; so, are excited to share these successes with business leaders from around the world!”
Please join us in welcoming world leaders and to be part of the delegation at the upcoming World Indigenous Business Forum to be held August 23rd – 25th, 2016 at TCU Place Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada.

For More Information on WIBF, Please contact:
Barb Hambleton, Vice-President – ILDI
Email: barbhambleton@ildii.ca or Telephone: (204) 940-1700

L-R: Gilles Dorval, Director-Aboriginal Relations, City of Saskatoon; Milton Tootoosis-Chair, SFNEDN; Curtis Standing-Chair, Indigenous Music Festival; Lou Gardiner-Minister Responsible for Economic Development, Metis Nation of Saskatchewan; Mark Arcand-Saskatoon Tribal Council Vice Chief; Rosa Walker-CEO, Indigenous Leadership Development Inc.,; May Henderson-Metis Nation of Saskatchewan; His Worship Don Atcheson-Mayor of the City of Saskatoon; Robert Doucette-President of the Metis Nation of Saskatchewan; Barb Hambleton-VP Indigenous Leadership Development Institute Inc.