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Aboriginal Business Day Event Brings one-of-a-kind Talent to Thunder Bay


Thunder Bay, ON, October 17, 2012 - The Thunder Bay & District Entrepreneur Centre is welcoming two very successful aboriginal ambassadors to Thunder Bay for their first ever Aboriginal Business Day. Dynamic hip-hop artist and well-known broadcaster, Wab Kinew, and President and CEO of the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business, JP Gladu, will address participants at the event.

Kinew has been named by Postmedia News as one of "9 Aboriginal movers and shakers you should know". Kinew is well-known for hosting the acclaimed CBC Television series “8th Fire”, a series that aimed to dispel many of the misconceptions and negative stereotypes held about First Nations people by average Canadians. Most recently, the University of Winnipeg has named Kinew as its first Director of Indigenous Inclusion. Kinew has a reputation of being very upfront with his audiences, delivering inspiration and empowering messages.

JP Gladu, who was born and raised in Thunder Bay, has over two decades of experience in the natural resource sector. He has produced a number of publications related to First Nations issues including: forest certification, Native values collection, biofuel opportunities, First Nation community land use plans, criteria and indicators for sustainable forestry, and cedar product development.

The Thunder Bay & District Entrepreneur Centre organizes more than 20 informative and educational business workshops annually across Northwestern Ontario. This year is the first time that the Centre is hosting an Aboriginal Business Day during Small Business Week, which hundreds of current and prospective business owners attend annually. CEO of the Thunder Bay Community Economic Development Commission, Steve Demmings, says; “We are hoping to ignite and strengthen Aboriginal entrepreneurial spirit in our community and highlight the many business opportunities and resources available to Aboriginal professionals in Northwestern Ontario.”

The Thunder Bay & District Entrepreneur Centre has partnered with the Development Bank of Canada as well as Nishnawbe Aski Development Fund for the event. Continues Demmings; “The number of self-employed Aboriginal people continues to increase right across Canada. These accomplishments are due first and foremost to the efforts of Aboriginal people themselves, who are identifying and seizing new opportunities. The Thunder Bay & District Entrepreneur Centre continues to work with the community to promote Aboriginal business development. ”

The Aboriginal Business Day Event will take place on Friday, October 19, 2012, at the Victoria Inn. Media will have an opportunity to speak with the keynote speakers at NOON. An event agenda is attached. Media are welcome to take photos and video at their convenience.

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