Shake On It!

Presented by Cando and the Aboriginal Business Match
October 22 – 27, 2017
Wolastoqey Territory, Fredericton, NB
Fredericton Convention Centre

Two economic development powerhouses, one hyper-productive business event: Shake On It! is a powerful resource to build economic development capacity and get real deals done all in one action-packed week.

The Council for the Advancement of Native Development Officers (CANDO) and the Aboriginal Business Match (ABM) have joined forces to provide a platform where decision makers can take their business development to the next level — from that first handshake at CANDO’s networking and capacity training opportunities to that last handshake when closing a business deal on the ABM tradeshow floor.

Interested in attending the entire week of business development opportunities? Register here. If your busy schedule only allows to attend ABM Atlantic, the business matching portion of Shake On It!, please read below. Appointment schedules and timing are identical to any other ABM event but with a Wednesday to Friday combination instead of its traditional Monday to Wednesday set-up.

ABM Atlantic

October 25 – 27, 2017
Wolastoqey Territory, Fredericton, NB
Fredericton Convention Centre

We, alongside our co-hosts Saint Mary’s First Nation and the Joint Economic Development Initiative (JEDI), are pleased to announce ABM Atlantic in Wolastoqey Territory!

Last year, ABM Atlantic was offered for the first time to our National ABM Network with great success. Decision makers tapped into the unique market intelligence and partnership opportunities that the Atlantic region has to offer. It was here that Saint Mary’s First Nation saw a value-alignment in using economic development as a means for diversification and self-determination. Tapping into an extensive and business-ready national network over the course of 2.5 days, Economic Development Officer of Saint Mary’s First Nation, Kim Nash-McKinley, proposed to bring the same opportunities for business in the Fredericton region.

This year, business-ready communities and companies will once again connect over a hyper-productive 2.5-days, generating business development activity in the region and beyond.

About the Co-Hosts

Saint Mary’s First Nation is an urban community that puts the well being of their people first and foremost. Their vision for a better community is supported through their economic activities both within their Nation and in the surrounding area. As Chief Candice Paul likes to say regarding her Nation: “We’re open for business.”

JEDI began in 1995 as a tripartite partnership between Indigenous communities in New Brunswick, the Government of Canada and the Government of New Brunswick. In 2009, JEDI was incorporated as an independent, non-profit organization and over the years JEDI has grown into an Indigenous organization focused on working closely with its partners from Indigenous communities, organizations, government and the private sector to foster Indigenous economic development in New Brunswick.

Federally incorporated in 1995, the Atlantic Policy Congress (APC) of First Nations Chief Secretariat is a policy research and advocacy Secretariat for 32 Mi’kmaq, Maliseet, Passamaquoddy and Innu Chiefs, Nations and communities. With the support of the First Nation communities in Atlantic Canada, APC Secretariat follows a relationship vision that concentrates on partnership and cooperation, government to government relationships, dialogue and education, quality of life, and self-determination in First Nations Communities.

Business Fredericton North is the business improvement association representing approximately 200 businesses in both the boundaries of the BIA and greater area of Fredericton North. By combining the will of its member businesses to grow and prosper with the will of the citizenry, the non-profit aims to realize a more positive environment for the area’s business district.

Atlantic Business Matching Priorities

ABM Atlantic is about connecting communities and companies with complementing goals, supporting economic diversification and innovation while providing opportunities to form partnerships that result in new ventures, stronger market presence and a sharper competitive edge.  We are looking for companies that represent all industry sectors including those that are not directly related to oil and gas but offer opportunities from technology to agriculture and retail etc. On the right you find a list of all delegates that are currently registered. Business matching activities are in full swing. If you do not see what or who you are looking for, please contact Noah at (604) 414-4866 or Alisha at (604) 414-8126 or email to discuss your business development needs.

Preparation is Key

Because business matching is the central component of your attendance at ABM, your success on the tradeshow floor depends on being active on the ABM system prior to the show — the sooner the better. Kick-starting these conversations early gives you a better chance of locking in those pre-scheduled appointments for a fuller, more effective show. Delegates who are engaged on the ABM system, active in accepting and declining pre-scheduled appointment requests and who show up on the tradeshow floor ready to go, see a real result at ABM.

Important Dates

Early Bird: Expires August 25, 2017
Payment Due Date: September 25, 2017

The Super Early Bird rate has expired. For detailed registration fees, click here.

Travel & Accommodation

Delta Hotels Fredericton
225 Woodstock Road, Fredericton, NB E3B 2H8
$139.00 per night plus tax
Last day to book: September 25, 2017
Book here!

Ready to Business Match?


Please contact us at 1-604-483-3532 or if you want to discuss if ABM Atlantic can assist you in your business development goals.

ABM is more than your average tradeshow or conference. Read: How it Works