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“Pathways to Prosperity and Stronger Relationships”

President & CEO of the Canada Council of Aboriginal Business, JP Gladu is sought after around the world, to provide real leadership that inspires partnerships between Industry and Indigenous people. Bringing his experience mentoring and enhancing relationships with all stakeholders, Gladu reveals how to motivate conversations and create opportunities that spark real change in the business landscape.  Bridging the gap between educational institutions, business, government, and indigenous communities, JP Gladu translates ideas into mutually beneficial prosperity and development.

Jean Paul (JP) Gladu is currently the President and CEO of the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB) based in Toronto.  Anishinaabe from Thunder Bay JP is a member of Bingwi Neyaashi Anishinaabek located on the eastern shores of Lake Nipigon, Ontario.  JP completed a forestry technician diploma in 1993, obtained an undergraduate degree in forestry from Northern Arizona University in 2000 and holds an Executive MBA from Queens University.

JP has over two decades of experience in the natural resource sector.  His career path includes work with Aboriginal communities and organizations, environmental non-government organizations, industry and governments from across Canada.

In JP’s current capacity at CCAB, he speaks extensively not only across Canada but internationally as he shares the challenges and successes of Aboriginal business in Canada today.  In 2014 he addressed delegates at the World Indigenous Business Forum in Guatemala; in 2015k, he presented at both the Sodexo Quality of Life Conference and the Corporate Leadership Indigenous Peoples’ Rights Building a Community of Practice Conference in New York City. 

Currently, JP serves on the Colleges and Institutes Canada (previously ACCC), the Northern Policy Institute, Canadian Foundation for Economic Education, is an advisory member to the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, a committee member to the Provincial Forest Policy Committee and was recently appointed to Ontario Power Generation’s Board of Directors. In 2014, he was identified as a Diversity 50 Board Ready Candidate from the Canadian Board Diversity Council and a recipient of the Community Service Award – Transformation Awards from Diversity Magazine.

As a father to his young daughter Chloe, along with a passion for his community, his culture and traditions; JP brings the past, present and future to the table, moving non-Aboriginal and Aboriginal business toward sustainable partnerships and shared economic prosperity.

  • Sodexo Quality of Life Conference 2015 – New York, New York

    Canada’s first economic engine was run by my people, the fur trade and it had outstanding global economic impacts. For a very long time we were on a forced hiatus from business mainly due to colonialism. A hiatus that impacted our ability to drive our livelihood and contribute to society. There is however new optimism, over the last twenty to thirty years incredible Indigenous business leaders have emerged creating a business renaissance where the tide is changing and bringing with it waves of opportunity…

    World Indigenous Business Forum 2014 – Guatemala

    There are many opportunities out there, but it only takes one person to make a difference in their community. There’s always going to be diamonds in a community. Your job is to find those diamonds and nourish the relationships and support those people because they will grow and then they will supply the market to the rest of the world. Companies are building market space, investing in relationships beginning de-risking projects and developing capacity. Corporate Canada as well as Aboriginal businesses and communities all need revenues. They need revenues for their shareholders we need revenues for our people and our future generations. It doesn’t matter how big or small you are, everybody has a role to play in our communities.

    We need to remember that we have values and they are not that different, if we look at it. The opportunity lies in our ability to align our strengths, manage our weaknesses and remain open to change. Little things that you can do today can make a great impact tomorrow. Strong Indigenous people mean strong communities…

    The New Reality of Indigenous Businesses

    The present business model is not creating business certainty. We’ve been asking the same questions of Indigenous peoples in this country for way too long. It’s like we’re drowning and everybody is describing the water. It’s time to execute, it’s time for action.

    It’s time for government and business policy to reflect the new realities of Indigenous peoples in this country. Realities such as our educated workforce that is the fastest growing youngest demographic in Canada today.

    Look at the corporate structure of our boards, pale, male and stale. How is this reflective of the genetic make-up of our country? With 17.1 % female on boards and less than 1% of boards represented by Indigenous people this is not acceptable.

    Truthfully whether you’re industry, non-profits or government our values don’t differ that much.  At the core of what we all want and all need is certainty, income, healthy environments and ultimately that our children, our grandchildren and our great grandchildren have healthy places to grow up and lots of opportunities. But we need a new history that reflects the new reality of Indigenous people as significant, positive contributors to a stronger Canada.

  • Clients

    • Our Land Conference, Rama, ON.
    • Sea Farmers Conference, Halifax NS
    • Speaking Oil Sand Summit, Calgary AB.
    • Business Partnerships with Aboriginal Communities, The Canadian Institute
    • Aboriginal Professional Association of Canada - Speaking Event
    • Aboriginal Financial Officers Association National Conference
    • Aboriginal Financial Officers Association- Canada National Conference. Leading workshop: Engaging Corp. Canada
    • Speaking Indigenous Partnerships Development Program
    • Research Money Conference
    • Provincial Forest Policy Committee
    • The University Women's Club of North York
    • Chemistry Industry Association of Canada Conference 2015
    • ShaleTech Canada
    • Corporate Leadership & Indigenous Peoples Rights
    • University Women's Club, York University
    • Frontier College Panel
    • Sodexo Quality of Life Conference
    • The Literary Review's Spur Festival
    • The National Aboriginal Trust Officers Association (APAC) Conference
    • Aboriginal Skills and Employment Training Strategy Conference
    • BC Natural Gas Symposium
    • Financial Executives International (FEI) Canada
    • Ontario Power Generation Native Circle
    • Oilsmen Business Forum                                                           
    • 11th Annual Bruce Power Supplier Conference
    • MacEwan University Conference - Aboriginal Business in Alberta
    • Council for the Advancement of Native Development Officers Annual Conference (CANDO)
    • The Canadian Council for Public - Private Partnerships 23rd Annual National Conference (CCPPP)
    • Champions of Change Conference
    • Positive Energy Big Ideas Energy Leaders Dialogue 
    • Speaker Series - University of Winnipeg
    • Young Entrepreneurs Symposium (YES) 2015 
    • Conference on Extractive Sector Transparency Measures Act (ESTMA)

Jean Paul (JP) Gladu is currently the President and CEO of the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB) based in Toronto.  Anishinaabe from Thunder Bay JP is a member of Bingwi Neyaashi Anishinaabek located on the eastern shores of Lake Nipigon, Ontario.  JP completed a forestry technician diploma in 1993, obtained an undergraduate degree in forestry from Northern Arizona University in 2000 and holds an Executive MBA from Queens University.

JP has over two decades of experience in the natural resource sector.  His career path includes work with Aboriginal communities and organizations, environmental non-government organizations, industry and governments from across Canada.

In JP’s current capacity at CCAB, he speaks extensively not only across Canada but internationally as he shares the challenges and successes of Aboriginal business in Canada today.  In 2014 he addressed delegates at the World Indigenous Business Forum in Guatemala; in 2015k, he presented at both the Sodexo Quality of Life Conference and the Corporate Leadership Indigenous Peoples’ Rights Building a Community of Practice Conference in New York City. 

Currently, JP serves on the Colleges and Institutes Canada (previously ACCC), the Northern Policy Institute, Canadian Foundation for Economic Education, is an advisory member to the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, a committee member to the Provincial Forest Policy Committee and was recently appointed to Ontario Power Generation’s Board of Directors. In 2014, he was identified as a Diversity 50 Board Ready Candidate from the Canadian Board Diversity Council and a recipient of the Community Service Award – Transformation Awards from Diversity Magazine.

As a father to his young daughter Chloe, along with a passion for his community, his culture and traditions; JP brings the past, present and future to the table, moving non-Aboriginal and Aboriginal business toward sustainable partnerships and shared economic prosperity.

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