CEI Presents: Empowering Indigenous Communities through Entrepreneurship & Innovation
Indigenous entrepreneurs are the fastest growing demographic of entrepreneurs in Canada. Between 2001 and 2006, the number of Indigenous entrepreneurs grew by 38 per cent - five times that of the general population. What are the roles of entrepreneurial opportunities and experiences in improving the social well-being and economic prosperity of Indigenous Canadians?
Join JP Gladu, President and CEO of the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Businesses, for a look at Indigenous entrepreneurship in communities across Canada, and insights on the tools, programs, financing, and relationships needed to successfully support Indigenous entrepreneurs as they start, scale and innovate.
About JP Gladu
Jean Paul (JP) Gladu is currently the President and CEO of the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB) based in Toronto. Anishinaabe from Thunder Bay JP is a member of Bingwi Neyaashi Anishinaabek located on the eastern shores of Lake Nipigon, Ontario. JP completed a forestry technician diploma in 1993, obtained an undergraduate degree in forestry from Northern Arizona University in 2000 and holds an Executive MBA from Queens University.
JP has over two decades of experience in the natural resource sector. His career path includes work with Aboriginal communities and organizations, environmental non-government organizations, industry and governments from across Canada. In JP’s current capacity at CCAB, he speaks extensively not only across Canada but internationally as he shares the challenges and successes of Aboriginal business in Canada today. In 2014 he addressed delegates at the World Indigenous Business Forum in Guatemala; in 2015k, he presented at both the Sodexo Quality of Life Conference and the Corporate Leadership Indigenous Peoples’ Rights Building a Community of Practice Conference in New York City.
About the Canadian Entrepreneurship Institute
The Canadian Entrepreneurship Institute (CEI) connects policy makers and program managers at the municipal, provincial, and federal levels with professional development training that builds entrepreneurial expertise and competencies within the public service. Through inter-departmental learning sessions, expert lectures, accelerated mentorship programs and Ministerial roundtables, CEI is strengthening the public sector’s connectivity, capacity and competencies to create the best environment possible for entrepreneurial growth in Canada. For more information, visit www.startupgov.ca.
About Startup Canada
Startup Canada is the leading national social enterprise supporting and giving a voice to entrepreneurs through online programs, national awards, flagship events, and partnerships with private sector and government to foster a community for startup and small business success across the country. For more information, visit www.startupcan.ca.