NABOC deemed a success

Organizers of the annual National Aboriginal Business Opportunities Conference (NABOC) are pleased with how the 2015 event went.

Organizers of the annual National Aboriginal Business Opportunities Conference (NABOC) are pleased with how the 2015 event went.

Hundreds of delegates from around the province, country and world attended the 2015 conference, which took place from April 28 to 30 at the North Coast Convention Centre, Jim Ciccone Civic Centre and Lester Centre of the Arts.

“We had 535 delegates registered and they represented 284 different organizations,” said Geoff Greenwell of the 2G Group, adding he was “delighted” with how the conference went.

“That’s 100 more delegates than last year.”

“We greatly appreciated how far some people travelled from to attend the conference. We had people from Australia, Asia and Europe. It was a big effort for them to get there,” said Greenwell.

Greenwell said a highlight of this year’s NABOC was the speech made by Chief Roger William of the Tsilhqot’in First Nation. Chief Williams spoke about the landmark Aboriginal Title Recognition made by the Supreme Court of Canada in June 2014 and what it means for companies that want to do business in that region.

“Lots and lots of people said they enjoyed that,” he said, adding other popular presentations among delegates were those made by representatives from some of the proposed LNG facilities on the North Coast.

The dates have already been set for the 2016 NABOC event, scheduled to take place during the last week of April.