MEDIA RELEASE – March 2019
World Indigenous Business Forum 2019, Vancouver
PRIVATE PRE-LAUNCH EVENT
Guest Speaker: Dr. ERNESTO SIROLLI (International Expert on Entrepreneurship and Economic Development, renowned TED Talk Speaker)
Indigenous and Non-Indigenous business leaders and companies are encouraged to sign up for the 10th
annual World Indigenous Business Forum as Vancouver gears up to host the international event.
“WIBF 2019 is a shining opportunity for Indigenous People to showcase our business and trade success
to the world” says Rosa Walker, President and CEO of the Indigenous Leadership Development Institute,
the organization that created and organizes the forum.
“Enterprising Indigenous peoples will be among the 700 business leaders from around the globe who
are coming to our door. The forum will be bustling with opportunities for partnerships, insights and
experience from across the world. Let’s make the most of that.” says Ms. Walker.
This is the first time Vancouver has hosted the event which takes place in October 8-10 2019, and only
second time in Canada. The forum has a proven track record of connecting Indigenous businesses for
the long term. The Vancouver programme will feature Indigenous business and assets, networking
opportunities, cultural interactions, state of the art Indigenous business experiences and world-class
Former Chiefs and business leaders, Robert Louie and Keith Matthew, have been involved from the
start. They attended the 2018 forum in New Zealand to accept he honor of hosting rights for 2019.
“I have seen first-hand what goes in at this event since it started. It’s impressive. I look forward to
sharing our culture and home later this year”, said Robert Louie.
The first forum was held in New York City in 2010 by the Indigenous Leadership Development Institute in
Canada. President and Chief Executive Officer Rosa Walker says Vancouver has what it takes to stand
alongside some of the world’s biggest host cities.
“Vancouver is the perfect city to host the World Indigenous Business Forum as it has a significant
presence of Indigenous entrepreneurs and businesses. We believe many interesting connections will
happen, and previous links will be strengthened”, she adds.
Given the massive attendance of the 2016 edition in Saskatoon, and the most recent success in the
Pacific Region in WIBF 2018 Rotorua (New Zealand), international delegations from Australia, New
Zealand, Taiwan, Chile, and USA, among other countries, are expected to attend and have already
started their registration process.
10:30 a.m. – Welcome
11:00 a.m. – Introductions
11:30 a.m. – GUEST SPEAKER Dr. ERNESTO SIROLLI
12:00 p.m. – Join us for Lunch & Networking
For more information, kindly visit www.wibf.ca, call us at 1-204-940-1700, or contact:
Bernadette Smith-Carlson (Conference Coordinator)
Miranda Smoke (Special Projects Administrator)
Uriel Jelin (Research and Communications)