The Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business, Offset Market Exchange Inc., and the Saskatchewan First Nations Natural Resource Centre of Excellence have signed a memorandum of understanding to promote Aboriginal business opportunities and Aboriginal employment in Canada. This first-of-its-kind partnership in Canada links Aboriginal-owned businesses to procurement opportunities in the public and private sectors. “By linking our organizations, we will be able to maximize the opportunities for Aboriginal businesses to compete and win new procurements,” said Nicole Verkindt, president of OMX. OMX is Canada’s platform for government contractors to connect with suppliers and partners, as well as manage and track the economic impacts from their projects with government. OMX and CCAB will also collaborate on research studies, demonstrating the ability and capacity of Aboriginal-owned business to succeed in the global supply chain of defence procurements.