Tracy Gomes, Scotiabank VP multicultural & aboriginal banking; Mary Simon, award recipient and keynote speaker; J.P. Gladu, Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business president & CEO; and Lee Walker, Scotiabank director aboriginal financial services.

Tracy Gomes, Scotiabank VP multicultural & aboriginal banking; Mary Simon, award recipient and keynote speaker; J.P. Gladu, Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business president & CEO; and Lee Walker, Scotiabank director aboriginal financial services.

Steve Lindley, SNC-Lavalin VP aboriginal & northern affairs and CCAB board member; and Lisa Charleyboy, Urban Native Magazine co-founder and CCAB board member.

Steve Lindley, SNC-Lavalin VP aboriginal & northern affairs and CCAB board member; and Lisa Charleyboy, Urban Native Magazine co-founder and CCAB board member.

Randy Moore, Bee Clean Building Maintenance VP and CCAB board member; and Candice Holmstrom, CH Designs Inc. president and CCAB board member.

Randy Moore, Bee Clean Building Maintenance VP and CCAB board member; and Candice Holmstrom, CH Designs Inc. president and CCAB board member.

Barry Telford, Sodexo Canada president; Mary Simon, National Committee on Inuit Education chairperson, award recipient and keynote speaker; and J.P. Gladu, Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business president & CEO.

Barry Telford, Sodexo Canada president; Mary Simon, National Committee on Inuit Education chairperson, award recipient and keynote speaker; and J.P. Gladu, Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business president & CEO.

Duncan McCue, CBC National reporter; and Niska Napoleon, singer/songwriter.

Duncan McCue, CBC National reporter; and Niska Napoleon, singer/songwriter.

Mary Jane Loustel, IBM national aboriginal program executive; James McKay, TD Bank Group manager recruitment aboriginal peoples; and Nadine St-Louis, Sacred Fire Productions.

Mary Jane Loustel, IBM national aboriginal program executive; James McKay, TD Bank Group manager recruitment aboriginal peoples; and Nadine St-Louis, Sacred Fire Productions.

Chris Allicock, Amberlight Productions CEO; Dean Johnson, Sodexo Canada past-president; and Mary Jane Loustel, IBM Canada national aboriginal program executive.

Chris Allicock, Amberlight Productions CEO; Dean Johnson, Sodexo Canada past-president; and Mary Jane Loustel, IBM Canada national aboriginal program executive.

Debbie Shea, DOMCOR VP operations/aboriginal liaison; Dave Robitaille, IBM Canada director corporate citizenship & corporate affairs; and Natiea Vinson, CCAB director program development.

Debbie Shea, DOMCOR VP operations/aboriginal liaison; Dave Robitaille, IBM Canada director corporate citizenship & corporate affairs; and Natiea Vinson, CCAB director program development.

Ruth Dion; and her husband, Joe Dion, Frog Lake Energy Resources chairman & CEO.

Ruth Dion; and her husband, Joe Dion, Frog Lake Energy Resources chairman & CEO.

Howard Campbell, AMS Services owner; Byron Louis, Okanagan Band chief; and Darrell Mounsey, Sockeye Solutions president.

Howard Campbell, AMS Services owner; Byron Louis, Okanagan Band chief; and Darrell Mounsey, Sockeye Solutions president.

Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business 12th Annual Vancouver Gala 2014
Pan Pacific Hotel
September 25, 2014

More than 500 guests attended the 12th annual Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business gala at the Pan Pacific Hotel. Sponsored by Scotiabank, the event celebrated companies that have Progressive Aboriginal Relations (PAR) certification. A VIP reception was followed by the main reception with dinner and a keynote speech by Mary Simon OC QC, winner of the 2014 Award for Excellence in Aboriginal Relations.

The Award for Excellence in Aboriginal Relations recognizes a Canadian who has contributed, through professional and voluntary commitments, to building bridges between aboriginal people and Canadian society. Their efforts have made a substantial impact across Canada and across sectors, including business.