by Clayton



Our next in-person gathering is scheduled and we have an excellent lineup of speakers and sessions.

The First Nations Business Development Association (FNBDA) was established in 2020 to support First Nation-owned Development Corporations (and First Nation Economic Development offices and teams).

There are now over 50 member organizations in the FNBDA.

The list of sectors these organizations are engaged in is impressive:

  • Procurement and Investment
  • Professional Services
  • Land Development
  • Construction
  • Fisheries
  • Forestry
  • Mining
  • Energy
  • Retail

(To name a few)

On Thursday and Friday, March 7th and 8th, FNBDA is hosting our annual in-person Capacity Building Series event. (There is no cost for the event and we have travel subsidies available)

Over the 1.5 days, attendees will be hearing from and sharing in dialogue with:

  • Khowutzun Development Corp. CEO Jodee Dick
  • Award-winning Tiičma Enterprises and CEO Gary Wilson
  • Cheam Enterprises CEO Sam Minde
  • Merle Alexander, K.C. – Indigenous Resource Lawyer and Principal Miller Titerle + Company
  • Josh Kierce, CPA Investment Banking Associate at Stifel Financial Corp.
  • InBC Investment Corp. CEO Jill Earthy (FNBDA has an MOU with InBC and Innovate BC).
  • reps from JEDI (FNBDA has been working on an MOU with the BC Ministry of Jobs, Economic Development and Innovation – JEDI)

With more to come as we confirm times some other speakers and guests, including Simon Fraser University – Beedie School of Business. (FNBDA has a partnership agreement with this team at SFU to develop training for Dev Corp staff and board members)

Plus, the FNBDA will be providing updates from a growing portfolio of projects. And an opportunity to meet our growing team.

Also!  Back by popular demand – the Development Corporation Case Studies.

An opportunity to work through and discuss with colleagues from other Development Corporations:

  • various opportunities and challenges currently faced by Dev Corps and Economic Development teams — from governance and community relationships to capacity through investment and securing capital.

Here is the registration link.

There is no cost to attend, we just ask you to pre-register so we can be prepared for food and space requirements.

We have travel subsidies ($500) to assist those coming from a little further afar.

If you are part of a BC-based First Nation Development Corporation, or in a First Nation community looking to establish or reignite one… you’ll want to attend.

We recently updated our website. Stop by for a visit.

On our home page, you will find a link to become a member of the Association.  

Membership in the FNBDA is FREE and open to BC-based First Nation-owned Dev Corps and Ec Dev teams.

Reach out if you have any questions or inquiries.

Looking forward to seeing some of you in early March. Watch for our next update coming soon. We have been making some excellent progress on several projects.


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