2022 · volume 4

President's Message

Boozhoo, members!

Are you coming to our upcoming Pathways to Indigenous Prosperity event? Thursday, May 26th at 1:30PM (ET) we’ll be online with ABPA Director Jason Thompson and guest speaker Manny Argiropoulos from Procurement Assistance Canada. You can read the details in the newsletter below, and we hope to see you there.

It seems like everyone is busy this season, and this newsletter has details of new projects and business locations from our members, member voices being shared in publications, and two of our members have been nominated for the upcoming Thunder Bay Chamber Awards!

There has also been a great deal of public discourse on the practical aspects of what reconciliation and relationship building should mean in the long term. It’s been inspirational to hear the voices of Indigenous leadership and Indigenous business as a growing force to be reckoned with, whether in policy making or as television entertainment.

We hope your communities & organizations are thriving, and hope to see you at an event soon!



MEMBER Spotlight

Because businesses are stronger together.

Our Chamber is a voluntary, Member-driven organization of individuals and businesses working together to advance the commercial, financial, and civic interests of our community. Whether we’re pooling resources to offer Member learning opportunities, raising our voices together on a policy issue or facilitating connections between members of our business community, we know that businesses that work together are stronger.

In the community

Chamber of Commerce Business Awards

Congratulations to two of our members! Superior Strategies & CSL Environmental and Geotechnical Ltd have each been nominated for a Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce Business Awards! Jason Thompson is up for Business Person of the Year as well as Superior Strategies for Business Excellence. CSL is up for New Business Excellence, and we’ll be keeping an eye out after the awards ceremony coming up on May 26th. Best of luck to all the businesses and organizations and individuals nominated for awards. For a full list of nominees, head to their page below.

A new paradigm for Indigenous relations

ABPA Director Jason Rasevych contributed a timely piece to CIM Magazine on April 27th, examining the spotlight on mining and resource companies to create and maintain relationships with Traditional land rights holders. 

Visit CIM Magazine for the whole story:

Thunder Bay – Superior North Candidates Debate

The Ontario election is coming up on June 2nd, and The Anishnawbe Business Professional Association was very pleased to partner once more with the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce to host a Candidates’ Forum for the Thunder Bay-Superior North riding. You can watch the debate below to learn more about the candidates and their plans to address business and community issues or the whole story:

Photo Credits: Marissa Baecker, Shoot the Breeze

APTN Putting an Indigenous Twist on Reality TV with The Bears Lair

Bears’ Lair is an upcoming new reality TV series coming to the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) this fall.

The show will follow the journeys of 18 diverse Indigenous Entrepreneurs from across Canada as they pitch their plans to ‘The Bears’ – a panel of Indigenous business moguls. A familiar face is appearing as a core judge – congratulations to Tabatha Bull, President & CEO of the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business! An exciting venture we look forward to checking out with some popcorn in September.

Read more about the project at:

New projects & new Location for TBay Modular Floors

TBay Modular Floors is proud to announce that they will be supplying and installing all flooring materials in the following new buildings:

  • KDSB Student and Family Housing in Sioux Lookout
  • KDSB 41 Unit Seniors Apartment Building in Dryden
  • Biigtigong Nishnaabeg First Nation School at Pic River

They have also relocated to a new retail location! They are open to the public, and invite all ABPA Members to visit at 113 May St. North, Thunder Bay to visit their store to see the latest and greatest flooring materials.

Check out their website to learn more about their company and services.


Upcoming P2IP Event

Happening Thursday, May 26th from 1:30-3:00PM (ET). Our Pathways to Indigenous Prosperity series offers workshops and speakers that are complementary to our members and First Nations, and open to non-member guests for a small fee. At Procurement Mythbusting, we’ll be hearing from ABPA Director Jason Thompson of Superior Strategies and guest speaker Manny Argiropoulos of Procurement Assistance Canada. The Government of Canada buys billions worth of goods and services each year, and you may be surprised to learn that many of those contracts are awarded to small businesses. Join us with your questions on Thursday, and register below:

Governance and Community Involvement Opportunity with Shkoday

Member Shkoday is looking for Indigenous Leadership on their Board of Directors. Acting as a board director can be a valuable step for both personal and career development. You can gain valuable experience in new and diverse settings that hone your communication, critical thinking, and collaborative skills, and you also have the unique opportunity of offering your own expertise to support a larger endeavour with an interdisciplinary team. If you are looking for governance or other professional development experience, reach out to Shkoday! Their mission supports Indigenous Children, Families, and Youth to create a brighter future, and you can reach out to them & view the details at:

the abpa is hiring

The Anishnawbe Business Professional Association is looking for a creative administrator prepared for a diverse network. The successful candidate will maintain and develop our membership base, help facilitate events and projects, and provide support to our Board of Directors. We’re looking for excellent communication skills, project or program facilitation experience, and willingness to work alongside diverse professionals and organizations across the region. This is an NOHFC funded opportunity for a full year position, ideally to be extended.

Apply today, or share with your networks!

Thunder Bay CEDC Seeking Executive Director

The Thunder Bay Community Economic Development Commission is seeking a passionate and driven individual to lead their team.

Under the direction of the Community Economic Development Commission (CEDC) Board of Directors, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) will lead the business development and support initiatives of the organization to achieve its vision and long-term goals to drive economic success for Thunder Bay and Northwest region.

The CEO will continue to build a high performance organization and an environment conducive to innovation and timely execution of defined priorities.

To apply, email your cover letter and resume to or visit to learn more.

Deadline to apply is May 25, 2022 at 11:59 pm.

The full job description can be found here.

Benefits of your membership

We provide information sessions and networking events targeting relevant topics and projects for business expansion in Northern Ontario.

We develop best practices for major First Nations development projects and non-First Nations businesses related to procurement policies and human resource polices focused on inclusion.

Members will be the first to know about special discounts on all events and access to new programs for doing business in Northern Ontario

Members will have better access to economic buyers and key decision makers in Northern Ontario through our business directory and special events and conferences.

We Need to hear from you.

Are there topics or areas of interest that you want to learn more about?

Do you know an Indigenous professional who you think our members should hear from?  

What do you want to see from your ABPA membership?

We try to keep an ear to the ground, but Indigenous enterprise is a thriving, growing economy, and there’s always new voices to hear and new faces to see.

 If there is something or someone you would want to see in a seminar, workshop, or networking event, we invite you to get in touch. Feel welcome to pitch us a topic, nominate a speaker, or simply tell us what’s important to you. Let us know…

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