Startup Canada and Tsleil-Waututh Forum Ignites Discussion About Entrepreneurship, Aboriginal Economic Development

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September 21, 2012

NORTH VANCOUVER/TSLEIL-WAUTUTH TERRITORY, BC – Aboriginal business leaders came together for a Tsleil-Waututh Nation Leadership Forum featuring Startup Canada that was an engaging, spirited talk about Aboriginal economic development and entrepreneurship.

The September 19 forum was the only one of 130 affiliated forums held across Canada co-hosted by a First Nation. It featured an exciting roster of speakers that included Tewanee Joseph, CEO of Tewanee Consulting Group, and Leonard George of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation, a highly respected and forward driving pioneer of Aboriginal economic development.

“This forum was an important springboard for the discussion about the economic power of Aboriginal business,” said Chief Justin George of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation. “When Aboriginal business leaders share their individual stories, it is a powerful way to both educate and inspire ideas that support Aboriginal entrepreneurship.”

The event was designed to work together with the Canadian entrepreneurial community in developing a clear, collective vision for the future by exchanging information about entrepreneurship, its role and value, and its opportunities and challenges in the context of on- and off-reserve Aboriginal economic development. The dynamic discussion was facilitated by Rick Spence, a weekly business columnist with the National Post.

Other presenters included Sharon Bond, owner of the Kekuli Cafe in Westbank; Danny Chase, President of Chase Office Interiors in Vancouver; and Tahltan artist Alano Edzerza. World-renowned fashion designer Dorothy Grant participated in the panel discussion, which was about the best way to support burgeoning Aboriginal entrepreneurs. For more information visit

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