Our next webinar for Indigenous entrepreneurs is scheduled for Tuesday July 7 at 7pm EST.
Our topic for Episode Two is "Shifting your business online".
More details coming soon.

A big thank you to those who were able to join us June 9 at 7pm for the first show in our series: Crisis Recovery for you, the Indigenous Entrepreneur.  It was a huge success with over 110 registrants, despite the very short notice!

We'd also like to thank our CEO Shannin Metatawabin for his opening remarks and also answering some of the questions live in the Chat!  The information about the various business support programs was beneficial, thanks to our panelists Gerry Huebner, Chief Strategy Officer here at NACCA, Todd Evans, National Lead, Indigenous Exporters, Export Development Canada (EDC), and Ryan McLean, Vice President, Financing, Interior, North, Indigenous at Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC).

And we appreciated the insight from Karleigh and Kaleb Warkentin, the brother and sister team from Aztec Towing.

You can view the recording of the webinar here on the Zoom website.  The password is 6v@1t5n+

We answered many questions during the webinar, however we were not able to get to all of them.  We will create a PDF file of all the questions with answers and post that document here as soon as it is ready.

Speaker Info

Gerry Huebner
Chief Strategy Officer, NACCA

Todd Evans
National Lead, Indigenous Exporters, Export Development Canada

As National Lead for Indigenous Exporters, Todd’s role is to advance EDC’s understanding of the specific needs and challenges of the Indigenous business community and to help develop a longer-term strategy for serving this market.  Mr. Evans is responsible for EDC’s engagement with external stakeholders and Indigenous clients.  He works closely with his EDC colleagues and senior management to support the growing export needs of Indigenous businesses.

Prior to taking on his current role, Todd was a Principal with EDC’s Economics team. His previous positions at EDC include Director of Economic Analysis and Forecasting and Director of the Corporate Research Department.  Before joining EDC in 1997, Todd worked with various public and private sector organizations including Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada, the Economic Council of Canada, the Conference Board, and HLB.  His areas of expertise include economic development and international trade.

During his time with EDC, Mr. Evans led a number of initiatives including development of the Corporation’s Canadian Economic Benefits framework, developing the Global Export Forecast and he is a key author of EDC’s Integrative Trade methodology.  He has published several articles on issues around international trade, investment, and global supply chains.  Mr. Evans has a BA degree in economics and statistics from Memorial University of Newfoundland and a MA degree in economics from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada.

Originally from Newfoundland and Labrador, Todd is proud of his Mi’kmaw culture and is dedicated to passing on traditional knowledge to younger generations.  He is a traditional pow wow dancer and plans to spend a lot more time on the pow wow trail when he retires.

Ryan McLean
Vice President, Financing, Interior, North, Indigenous at BDC

View Ryan's LinkedIn page

Based in Kelowna, I am responsible for overseeing BDC's teams providing financing and consulting services to Entrepreneurs in the Interior and North of BC, the Territories, and across the country in our Indigenous Banking Unit.

I lead a proactive and dedicated team who are focused on fulfilling our mandate in creating and developing strong Canadian businesses through financing and consulting services, with a focus on small and medium-sized enterprises.

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