ABM Vancouver Island

March 26 to 28, 2018
Kwakiutl Territory
Port Hardy Civic Centre
7450 Columbia St
Port Hardy, BC
V0N 2P0

We, alongside our co-hosts Gwa’sala Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw Nations, the Truck Loggers Association, Vancouver Island Economic Alliance and the District of Port Hardy are pleased to announce the return of ABM Vancouver Island to Kwakiutl Territory!

About the Co-Hosts

Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw Nations is a strong community, with a rich history and bright future. The Nation has been a part of the National ABM Network since its inception. Conrad Browne and many others were part of the knowledgeable leaders that helped develop ABM to what it is today.

The Quatsino First Nation is made up five Kwakwaka’wakw tribes, the: Giopino, Hoyalas, Klaskino, Koskimo and Quatsino. The “Place of Origin” for the Quatsino people is Xwatis (Hwates), in Quatsino Sound. The tribes occupied the lands and waters of the far northwest corner of Vancouver Island. Since 1972, the Quatsino people occupy the current village site of Quatsino First Nation IR 18, which is located in Coal Harbour 15 km west of Port Hardy.

Vancouver Island Economic Alliance (VIEA) is a collaborative partnership spearheading regional economic development for the Vancouver Island region. VIEA provides opportunities for communities, First Nations, businesses, and other key stakeholders to collaborate on broad-based economic development programs to improve the region’s overall capacity for economic vitality. ABM has been a Silver Sponsor for the VIEA Summit for the past two years.

Truck Logger’s Association’s (TLA) is built on a strong foundation with deep roots in BC’s coastal communities where timber harvesting contractors live and work. As a co-host at last year’s event, the TLA contributed to the highest presence of forestry companies that ABM had seen at an event yet.

The District of Port Hardy serves as the gateway to the fast-growing Central Coast. It supports several traditional and emerging sectors and remains rich in natural resources and community spirit. Last year, Mayor Hank Bood not only attended ABM Vancouver Island but also personally invited ABM Vancouver Island to return to the Port Hardy region.

Vancouver Island’s Business Matching Priorities

ABM Vancouver Island 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 from technology to tourism and retail etc. Please contact Alisha at (604) 414-8126 or email info@ravenevents.ca 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 Date(s)

Super Early Bird: Expired December 26, 2017
Early Bird: Expired January 26, 2018
Payment Due Date: February 26, 2018

The payment due date is not a registration deadline. Provided your application is approved, we will accept companies into the show as long as we have booth space. If you register after the payment deadline, your payment is due when your application is approved and required before you can start business matching.

As communities do not require a booth, we will accept their applications even the day of the show. However, the sooner you start business matching, the better your results.

For detailed registration fees, click here.


Kwa’lilas Hotel
9040 Granville St,  Port Hardy, BC V0N 2P0

Tradeshow Logistics

We will post shipping information, floor plan and booth assignments closer to the event date.

Ready to Business Match?


Please contact us at 1-604-483-3532 or info@ravenevents.ca if you want to discuss if ABM Vancouver Island can assist you in your business development goals.

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