WIBF: Guatemala City 2014

The Host Nation welcomes you to their traditional territory to Share, Connect and Inspire.

national palace in Guatemala City

The capital and largest city of the Republic of Guatemala and Central America, the city is located in a mountain valley called Valle de la Ermita in the south central part of the country. It is home to Central America’s top Communication, Industry and Financial companies.

The World Indigenous Business Forum: Guatemala City 2014 will take place the week of October 27 to 31, 2014

The World Indigenous Business Forum is an opportunity for leaders to come together to share experiences and insights to raise the level of success for our global communities. We have stories that need to be told, we have lessons that we have learned and we have ideas that we know can improve our communities. This is an exciting opportunity to discuss leadership perspectives and build global relationships for the future. We invite you to Connect. Share. Inspire. 

ILDI recommends that delegates have Travel Insurance in place prior to attending any event.

Master of Ceremonies:

Special Guest:

Featured Speakers:

  • Carlos Batzin Former Minister of Culture and Sport – Republic of Guatemala, Indigenous Entrepreneur (Guatemala)
  • Federico Melville Former President of the Board – Cementos Progreso (Guatemala)
  • Francisco Raymundo Hernández President – Union of Business Indigenous Guatemaya (Guatemala)
  • Javier Zepeda Executive Director – Industrial Chamber of Guatemala, since February 2008 (Guatemala)
  • Eduardo Aguirre Cantero Institutional Manager – Cementos Progreso (Guatemala)
  • Luis Velasquez Principal Consultant – Consultoria Internacional (Guatemala)
  • Maria Tuyuc Business Advisor – Indigenous Chamber (Guatemala)
  • Don Tomas Calvo Mateo Nim Winak, (General Principal) – Santo Tomas Chichicastenango (Guatemala)
  • Raquel Garcia Macaria Ixkik Museum Director, Quetzaltenango (Guatemala)
  • Gary Davis President and CEO of the National Center For American Indian Enterprise Development (USA)
  • Jean-Paul Gladu President and CEO – Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (Canada)
  • Phil Fontaine President – Ishkonigan, Inc. and Former National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations (Canada)
  • Chief Robert Louie Westbank First Nation and Chair of the First Nation Land Advisory Board (Canada)
  • Chief Austin Bear Muskoday First Nation and Board Member of the First Nation Land Advisory Board (Canada)
  • Clare Beckton Executive Director – Centre for Women in Politics and Public Leadership Carlton University (Canada)
  • Stephen Lindley Vice President – Aboriginal & Northern Affairs, SNC-Lavalin Inc. Toronto, Ontario (Canada)
  • Jeff Cyr Executive Director – National Association of Friendship Centres (Canada)
  • David Chartrand President – Manitoba Metis Federation Winnipeg, Manitoba (Canada)
  • Tristina Macek Informed Decisions Consulting (Canada)
  • Carol Anne Hilton CEO – Transformation (Canada)
  • Claire P. Reid Master’s in Development Practice: Indigenous Development (Canada)
  • Dr. Alexandria (Alex) Wilson Associate Professor of Education and Director of the Aboriginal Education Research Centre at the University of Saskatchewan (Canada)
  • Marc Storms CEO and Senior Advisor – GMG Consulting Services (Canada)
  • Lee White Negotiator and Senior Advisor – GMG Consulting Services (Canada)
  • Toni Ah Sam Director – Ochre Business Consulting (Australia)
  • Brad Jackson Managing Director – Northern Project Contracting (Australia)
  • David Williamson & Amanda Lear Strategic Communications (Australia)
  • Chrisch Sirririka Chief Executive Officer – Indigenous People’s Business Forum (Africa)

Host Hotel: Westin Camino Real Hotel Guatemala


Official Partners of WIBF: Guatemala City 2014

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News & Event Updates

  • Explore Guatemala!

    Would you like to see some of the beautiful sights Guatemala has to offer or shop in the local markets but are unsure of going alone? Clark Tours is offering special rates to WIBF delegates to the tours and areas shown below. Click here for the fabled sights and attractions Guatemala has to offer!

    Please contact Clark Tours for more information.

    Lucrecia de Rogers or Gilda Sagastume
    Clark Tours
    (502) 2412-4700

  • NPC Corporate

  • Experience 5 Star Golfing In Guatemala

    San Isidro Country Club1Why not stay an extra day and join other WIBF delegates for a day of golf at the beautiful 5 star San Isidro Country Club

    Golfing Information
    Date: October 31, 2014
    Entry Fee: $150.00 USD
    San Isidro Country Club2Fee Includes: Green fees, personal caddy & a steak dinner (max. 60 caddy’s available)
    Other costs: $30 for cart rental

    *There are no golf clubs available for rent, please bring your own set.

    Look for more information as we get closer to WIBF

  • WIBF Guatemala 2014 Agenda

    Please click the link to view: WIBF Guatemala 2014 Agenda

  • Dinners in Guatemala


    In addition to the great events happening at WIBF, Historically guests and members of WIBF meet and dine on local Cuisine.For your information, we will be at the following restaurants if you wish to join in.

    On October 28 we will be dining at Kakao Restaurant which serves Guatemalan Food

    On October 29 we have two great restaurants to choose from:

    La Cucina di Borgorotondo Restaurant (Italian Food) &
    Cafe Saul (International Food)

    Look for more information regarding these dinners in Guatemala. We look forward to seeing you there


    NEWS RELEASE July 7th, 2014

    Winnipeg’s own Indigenous Leadership Development Institute, Inc. to lead the way Winnipeg, July 2014 Hundreds of enterprise-minded Indigenous people from all over the world will converge in the country of Guatemala October 28-30, 2014 for the 5th annual World Indigenous Business Forum (WIBF). Leading the way is the Indigenous Leadership Development Institute, the founder of WIBF. The forum was launched in 2010 in order to create and promote unique learning and networking experiences for global Indigenous business, corporations, leaders and youth. International speakers from various sectors of the economy will share their thoughts on innovation, creativity and vision. It is a positive and proactive forum that lends to creating effective partnerships on a global scale and to forming strategic alliances with other global leaders.

    Press Release – WIBF – July 2014

  • Special Guest: Nick Jardine


    Special guest speaking at the VIP Evening Reception on October 30, 2014.

    Principal Owner – Urban Handyman (Canada)

    Nick Jardine, born in South Africa, immigrated as a child to Australia and grew into a successful businessman in the construction industry, all the while developing his skills as an avid rugby player. In pursuit of adventure he followed a dream and immigrated to Canada in 2006 to pursue rugby. Enjoying several years of playing and coaching rugby Nick honed in on his business skills once again, by using the only two tools he had brought to Canada with him, his hands, Nick founded Urban Handyman Inc. in 2009, a full-scale renovation/build company.
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  • WIBF: Guatemala City 2014 Featured Speakers

    Click here for the WIBF: Guatemala City 2014 Featured Speakers.