October 11 Editorial

How’s she going? Yes, The Canadian Business Journal was in St. John’s, N.L. this month for the Canadian Chamber of Commerce’s AGM, and we picked up some of the local dialogue. As the official media partner of the event, CBJ was on hand to meet representatives from the municipalities whose achievements we have shared in the past three years, and discuss which exciting developments we will be spotlighting next.

The AGM was a wonderful opportunity to see the diversity that Canadian business encompasses. The Canadian Business Journal’s mandate is to provide the best coverage of Canadian business and when a study on the economic impact of Aboriginal business came out, we realized that this is an underrepresented group in business media, despite projections that aboriginal business will contribute more money than the GDP of Newfoundland and Labrador and P.E.I. combined by 2036.

Once we started to look for them, good news stories of successful and innovative aboriginal businesses came flooding and will be featured in this and coming issues of CBJ. Former Prime Minister Paul Martin was eager to speak to us about the achievements of the Aboriginal community and what the private sector has done to support it, a conversation you will find in this issue. Martin’s political commitment to helping First Nations groups has crossed over to his private life, and he was recognized by the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business for his continued work towards improving education, social programs and employment for those groups.

We’re happy to bring you these stories and more, including an interview with John Carruthers, President of Northern Gateways Pipelines on the mega-project that will be opening Canadian markets to the east.

Anna Guy