Helping Indigenous Businesses Sell Goods and Services to Government


Come to an overview of tools, strategies, and best practices that empower Economic Development Officers working with local indigenous businesses that want to sell goods and services to government. The federal government purchases over 15 billion dollars of goods and services each year. Participating in these opportunities can help build local capacity, community readiness, and collaborative partnership opportunities. The overview will include information on the Procurement Strategy for Aboriginal Businesses (PSAB). PASB allows for federal contracts to be set aside for competition between only indigenous businesses and understanding this process is a valuable tool for EDOs.

Presented by, Ken Turner, Office of Small & Medium Enterprises, Public Services & Procurement Canada


Kevin Turner is the Regional Director, Office of Small & Medium Enterprises (OSME) of Public Services & Procurement Canada. The office’s role is to help companies learn what products & services the Government of Canada buys and how the procurement processes work. OSME is also responsible for the Build in Canada Innovation Program (BCIP) which helps companies to bridge the pre-commercialization gap by procuring and testing late stage innovative goods and services within the federal government before taking them to market. Kevin is based in Edmonton, Alberta and is responsible for the Prairies, Northwest Territories, and Nunavut.