Recap: Aboriginal Opportunities Forum 2014 (with video and presentations)

Wed Jun 18, 2014 07:15 AM - Wed Jun 18, 2014 02:00 PM
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Kim Baird, Former Chief of the Tsawwassen First Nation, delivers the closing keynote at The Vancouver Board of Trade's fourth annual Aboriginal Opportunities Forum on June 18, 2014. More photos.

The Vancouver Board of Trade hosted its fourth annual Aboriginal Opportunities Forum on June 18, with a focus on the critical relationship between aboriginal issues and economic development in B.C.

While aboriginal communities in Canada enjoy increasing importance in today's economy, building effective cross-cultural working relationships with these communities has become a major challenge for businesses of all sizes, industries, and sectors. More than ever, businesses today need to address this challenge, or bear the often expensive, long-term effects from cultural blunders and miscommunication.

The event kicked off with a breakfast keynote by Bill Gallagher, lawyer and author of the book Resource Rulers, followed by an Intercultural Presentation led by Bob Joseph Jr., Founder of Indigenous Corporate Training Inc.

The forum also included a panel discussion “From Dialogue to Success” with executives from six of B.C.’s leading companies, including BC Hydro, Teck Resources, and TD Canada Trust.

Following lunch, Jody Wilson-Raybould, Regional Chief of the BC Assembly of First Nations gave special remarks, before Kim Baird, Owner of Kim Baird Strategic Consulting and Former Chief of the Tsawwassen First Nation, delivered the closing keynote.

Click here to watch video of Bob Joseph Jr.'s presentation.

Click here to download Bob Joseph Jr.'s presentation [PDF].

Click here to download Kim Baird's presentation [PDF].


Click here to download the event program with speaker bios [PDF].


Supporting Sponsors:



Pacific Northwest LNG


Community Sponsors:

SFU Beedie
EMBA in Aboriginal Business and Leadership
Aquilini Development and Construction Inc.

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