Aboriginal Business Match National Partners
The National ABM Partners Group is a dynamic circle of Aboriginal and corporate leaders from across the country who use ABM to collaborate, driving business development and change. The Group provides real-world and bottom-line oriented marketplace expertise, ensuring ABM provides the highest value possible to its decision makers.
BDO Canada provides assurance, accounting, tax, and advisory services that are tailored to our clients’ industry, unique priorities and ambition. The company learned of the ABM through the Vancouver Island Economic Alliance (VIEA) Summit, of which ABM is now a Silver Sponsor. With piqued interest, Partner at BDO, Giles Newman, attended ABM Vancouver Island and found immense success in ABM’s 2.5-day format of business matching. They became a National ABM Partner shortly after and have attended almost every show ever since.
Horizon North Logistics Inc. recognizes the importance of building strong relationships with Aboriginal communities. Their mandate to involve Aboriginal communities in business partnerships to provide economic and employment benefits is one of the core reasons for partnering with ABM.
President of McDougall Energy Inc., Darren McDougall, attributes half of the business from First Nations out West as a “direct result of ABM.” They jumped on board as National Partners officially at ABM East in 2016, after being part of the National ABM Network since its inception. “We experienced first-hand the positive impact being part of the ABM National Network has had on our business and the connections we are able to make in the Aboriginal marketplace,” he said. “It is a natural fit for our company to support and become part of the National ABM Partners Group.”
FleishmanHillard Canada is one of the world’s largest communications agencies, bringing clients fresh thinking, strategic expertise and creative power for authentic, break-through communications. “Our experience through ABM has been that our clients are committed to mutual benefits, work with us collaboratively to reach goals, and do this with a high level of respect and understanding,” says Vice-President of FleishmanHillard Canada, Elisha McCallum. “Our partnership with the Aboriginal Business Match goes hand-in-hand with our continuing work to develop compelling stories of success, encourage investment, share knowledge and develop skills among First Nations across North America.”
QM Environmental is a leading environmental and industrial services provider. The company dedicates the time and resources necessary to establish solid and collaborative relationships with Aboriginal peoples and businesses, all of which translate into a more productive and safer work environment.
Woodward & Company LLP is one of Canada’s oldest and most experienced law firms working only with First Nations governments and businesses. As legal counsel to the Tsilhqot’in Nation, they won the first declaration of Aboriginal title in Canadian history. Firm Partner Drew Mildon enthused: “Many of our clients have fought long and difficult legal battles to establish the legal power of their Indigenous rights; the next project is to realize the promise of the economic power that is inherent in those rights. We are thrilled to work with ABM and its partners on the strategies to achieve that goal.” Woodward & Company LLP works closely with clients to develop opportunities that are consistent with their community’s values and objectives while ensuring appropriate due diligence and making use of sustainable business structures that offer the best protections and taxation strategies for long-term success.
These partnerships have laid the foundation for improved client and stakeholder relations and project success. We respect and value local culture, tradition and protocol, and recognize how critical these elements are to effectively working with the businesses, organizations and individuals within the communities we operate.
We work with every partner individually to understand business priorities as they align with ABM. We then agree on expected results and determine investment.
If you would like to discuss a deeper immersion into the Aboriginal business space visit our Partnerships/Sponsorships page for more details.