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Trade missions and events for Indigenous businesses

Trade missions, events and business delegations offer Indigenous businesses a platform to explore global markets. It’s a chance to gain international profile, access supplier diversity opportunities and gather market knowledge.

The Indigenous Business team plans and leads business delegations designed to connect you with global opportunities. The Trade Commissioner Service organizes a full range of sector-specific trade missions and events. To stay informed about upcoming opportunities, register with MyTCS. Be sure to identify your industry sector and your target markets so you can get access to targeted information that fits your business needs.

Upcoming business delegations

World Indigenous Business Forum (WIBF)

Vancouver, British Columbia

October 8 to 10, 2019

Connect with Indigenous businesses from around the world at the World Indigenous Business Forum. The Trade Commissioner Service will facilitate B2B and networking opportunities for Canadian Indigenous businesses. Please contact for more information.

The NMSDC Conference and Business Opportunity Exchange

Atlanta, Georgia

October 13 to 16, 2019

This annual conference offers networking opportunities for minority-owned businesses looking to partner with and sell to large multinational corporations.

Upcoming events for Indigenous businesses

October 8 to 10, 2019
World Indigenous Business Forum (WIBF)
Vancouver, British Columbia

October 13 to 16, 2019
NMSDC Conference and Business Opportunity Exchange  
Atlanta, Georgia

November 12 to 14, 2019
International Indigenous Tourism Conference
Kelowna, British Columbia

April 28-29, 2020
Forward Summit 2020
Calgary, Alberta

Benefits of participating in a business delegation

When you join an Indigenous-focused business delegation, you get the full support of the Indigenous Business team and the Trade Commissioner Service (TCS), along with:

Funding and support

If you want to join a business delegation, CanExport offers funding to help make it possible.

National Indigenous business associations and trade organizations may apply for Global Opportunities for Associations funding to participate in international business development activities.

Global Affairs Canada’s inclusive approach to trade includes services and support for Women, youth and LGBTQ2 entrepreneurs. 

Women, youth and LGBTQ2 entrepreneurs

Global Affairs Canada’s inclusive approach to tradeincludes services and support for you, too

Spotlight: Indigenous trade mission to New Zealand

The Trade Commissioner Service and the Indigenous Business team hosted a trade mission to the World Indigenous Business Forum (WIBF) in Rotorua, New Zealand from October 8 to 12, 2018.

Led by Omar Alghabra, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Trade Diversification, 37 Canadian delegates experienced the Māori culture and learned from their Māori counterparts. They heard from global Indigenous business and community leaders, and made valuable connections with other Indigenous businesses

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