Thank You Post

WIBF 2019 was a huge success and we want to thank our Delegates, Speakers, Sponsors and Partners for this exceptional 10th anniversary edition!

Who We Are

The Indigenous Leadership Development Institute, Inc. is a non-profit organization established in the year 2000 to build leadership capacity in Indigenous people. We are run by Indigenous people and directed by a volunteer board reflecting the diversity of the Indigenous community.

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What We Do

The WIBF draws attention to Indigenous Economic Development and has previously been held in the following countries:
2011 New York City, USA
2012 Sydney, Australia
2013 Windhoek, Namibia
2014 Guatemala
2015 Oahu, Hawaii
2016 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
2017 Santiago, Chile
2018 Rotorua, New Zealand

Presently, ILDII is working on WIBF 2019 to be hosted in Vancouver, Canada.

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World Indigenous Business Forum ~ Welcome Reception ~

Bill Reid Art Gallery
639 Hornby Street Vancouver, BC

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

6:00 PM to 9:30 PM

(walking distance from Vancouver Convention Centre)

Hotel Information & Booking: Online booking directions

  • 1. Holiday Inn & Suites

    1110 Howe Street, Vancouver, British Columbia
    WIBF Courtesy Room Block

    Group Name: World Indigenous Business Forum
    Group Code: WIB

    Book by September 6, 2019 to secure group rate. (rates are subject to applicable taxes & fees)

  • 2. Skwachays Lodge

    31 West Pender Street, Vancouver, BC
    WIBF Courtesy Room Block

    Delegates call the Hotel at 888-998-0797 or 604-687-3589

    Group Name: World Indigenous Business Forum

    Reservation requests must be made 30 days prior to the arrival date to qualify for the Group rate. Individuals will be required to guarantee their reservations by use of a major credit card

  • 3. Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront

    1133 West Hastings Street Vancouver BC V6E 3T3

    Contact the Hotel at D: 604-691-2720, T: 604-689-9211, F: 604-691-2791

    Guestroom Rates: The hotel agrees that it will provide World Indigenous Business Forum – Courtesy Block the following rate below, based on availability: Start Date: 10-07-19, End Date: 10-10-19, Room Type: Cityside, Single/Double: $239.00, Triple: $269.00, Quad, $299.00

    All rates are net non-commissionable and are subject to applicable taxes and fees (currently 17.5%) in effect at the time of check-in.

    Reservations can only be made via our booking weblink provided. (Passkey)

    The following billing arrangements apply to guestrooms:

    [X] All guestroom related charges will be on an ‘each pay own’ basis and guaranteed to the individual with valid credit card.

Trip to WIBF 2019, Vancouver Canada

Getting here is easy – Vancouver International Airport is located on Sea Island in Richmond, British Columbia, Canada, about 12 km from Downtown Vancouver. It is the second busiest airport in Canada by aircraft movements and passengers.

Vancouver Tourism link –

Transportations Services

Feel free to explore all the transportations services on the airport website:

Non-Canadian WIBF Delegates:

You need to start working in your visa AT LEAST 12 weeks before the event
Visas for Canada and other useful information Click here

Other Activities in Vancouver:

  • Free of charge and participants must register.
    This event immediately follows the World Indigenous Business Forum, OCTOBER 8 – OCTOBER 10, 2019 , Vancouver, BC. For more information on this event visit the following site.
    For more information contact: Derek Hansom, Economic Development Policy Analyst at or phone BCAFN at (250)962-1603.
  • The Indigenous Women’s Leadership Summit, a 2 day summit right after WIBF will offer keynote presentations, hot topic panels, group exercises, and a workshops. As a participant of WIBF, IWLS will offer a 10% discount on their registration fee.
    Please visit

Scheduled Events

  • 09 thOctober, 2019

    Plenaries. 9:00 am to 4:30 pm. Vancouver Convention Center

    By Plenaries. 9:00 am to 4:30 pm. Vancouver Convention Center

    9:00 am to 4:30 pm

    OCTOBER 9, 2019 9:00 am – Opening Ceremonies 10:00 am – Refreshment and Networking 10:30 am – Presentation 11:00 am – Global Indigenous Business, International Partnerships for Economic Development...

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  • 08 thOctober, 2019

    Welcome Reception Activities

    By Welcome Reception Activities

    6:00 pm to 9:30 pm

    World Indigenous Business Forum ~ Welcome Reception ~ Bill Reid Art Gallery 639 Hornby Street Vancouver, BC Tuesday, October 8, 2019 6:00 PM to 9:30 PM (walking distance from Vancouver Convention Centre)

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