2017 Silver Sponsors


All Nations Trust Company (ANTCO), based in Kamloops, BC, is one of Canada’s leading Aboriginal financial institutions. ANTCO’s 220 Aboriginal shareholders include First Nation communities, Tribal Councils, Aboriginal organizations and Status, Non-status and Metis individuals.

ANTCO has provided financial services since 1988. Since that time, ANTCO has expanded its services to include access to business grants, loans and on-reserve mortgages.

ANTCO’s wholly-owned subsidiary, All Nations Insurance Brokers Inc (ANIB) is BC’s only 100% Aboriginal-owned, full service insurance brokerage. ANIB provides homeowner, commercial property and liability insurance as well as group pension and benefit plans. ANIB provides services throughout BC.

For further information see: www.antco.bc.ca and www.anib.ca



The BC Oil and Gas Commission (Commission) is an independent, single-window regulatory agency with responsibilities for overseeing oil and gas operations in British Columbia, including exploration, development, pipeline transportation and reclamation. The Commission’s core roles include reviewing and assessing applications for industry activity, consulting with First Nations, ensuring industry complies with provincial legislation and cooperating with partner agencies. The public interest is protected through the objectives of ensuring public safety, protecting the environment, conserving petroleum resources and ensuring equitable participation in production.

For further information see: www.bcogc.ca



Co-operatives First is a business development organization focused on increasing awareness and understanding of the co-op business model in rural and Indigenous communities across western Canada.

Our goal is to help groups and community leaders build new businesses, grow local economies and support community development.

Opportunities are often hidden in plain sight or disguised as deficits. Capturing an opportunity requires inspiration, recognition, innovation and the courage to see things a bit differently. We support groups hoping to capitalize on opportunities to build new businesses or organizations.

We also want rural and Indigenous communities to grow and thrive, and believe the co-operative business model has a role to play in capturing opportunities for new business, stronger local economies and more community development.

But a co-operative is a business and requires the same level of energy, skill and commitment as any other business. Plus, starting and building a business can be complicated, confusing and frustrating. We’re here to assist with that process, and we’re proud to be able to provide this service at no cost.

Our job is to make sure community leaders understand the benefits and versatility of the co-operative business model, and that groups have every available tool to make their venture a reality.

At Co-operatives First, we support leaders looking to capture opportunities, inspire others and realize their visions for growing, thriving communities.

For further information see: www.cooperativesfirst.com

2017 Gold Sponsor


British Columbia’s Ministry of Jobs, Trade and Technology pursues strategic opportunities to promote British Columbia internationally as a preferred place to invest and do business. The Ministry delivers services that accelerate British Columbia’s exports, attract strategic investments, develop international partnerships, and increase awareness of B.C.’s competitive advantages.

Trade and Investment Offices based in Vancouver, Japan, Korea, India, China, South East Asia, Europe and the United States create an international network that connects B.C. businesses with new markets and trade opportunities and promotes the province as a stable and attractive destination for investment.

For further information see: www.BritishColumbia.ca