Jacob Pratt is the recipient of CCAB’s 2016 National Youth Aboriginal Entrepreneur Award

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Jacob Pratt is the recipient of CCAB’s 2016 National Youth Aboriginal Entrepreneur Award

by pmnationtalk on December 3, 2015550 Views


Jacob Pratt is the recipient of CCAB’s 2016 National Youth
Aboriginal Entrepreneur Award

December 3, 2015, Toronto, ON — The Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB) and ESS Support Services (a member of Compass Group Canada), are pleased to announce that the recipient of the 2016 National Youth Aboriginal Entrepreneur Award is Jacob Pratt, the founder and creative director of Wambdi, a performance and events company based in Saskatchewan. Since 2012, Wambdi has been providing high quality and culturally appropriate First Nations music, dance, and event services for corporate functions and in First Nations communities. It also offers workshops and youth training.

Jacob Pratt will receive $10, 000 to be put toward his business endeavours and will be honoured at CCAB’s annual Toronto Gala on February 2, 2016 in Toronto, along with the winner of the 2016 ABHF Lifetime Achievement Award.

“We had an impressive field of candidates this year. Youth Aboriginal entrepreneurship is growing in Canada in exciting ways. Jacob Pratt and Wambdi have brought traditional Aboriginal culture to the very competitive field of performance and events, and I look forward to seeing how Jacob expands his business. We’re very excited to have him as the recipient of this year’s award,” said Michael Hachey, President of ESS North America.

The Aboriginal Business Hall of Fame (ABHF) National Youth Aboriginal Entrepreneur Award is given each year to a First Nations (Status or Non-Status), Inuit, or Métis business person between the ages of 19 and 35 at CCAB’s Annual Toronto Gala, and celebrates an Aboriginal entrepreneur who is leading the next generation of Aboriginal business owners and innovators.

“When we started the National Youth Entrepreneur Award we did it to highlight the future of Aboriginal business in Canada. Jacob Pratt demonstrates how Aboriginal peoples are creating new, exciting models of business while bringing forward culture and tradition. I congratulate Jacob on this award and I look forward to celebrating his accomplishments at our annual Toronto gala,” said JP Gladu, President & CEO of CCAB.

To learn more about this year’s gala visit https://www.ccab.com/18th-annual-toronto-gala.



For more information please contact:

Andre Morriseau
Director, Awards & Communications
[email protected]

Saira Husain
Corporate Communications Manager, Compass Group Canada
905-568-4636 x7432
[email protected]

About CCAB

The Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB) is committed to the full participation of Aboriginal peoples in Canada’s economy. A national non-profit, non-partisan association, CCAB offers knowledge, resources, and programs to both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal owned companies that foster economic opportunities for Aboriginal peoples and businesses across Canada.

About ESS Support Services
ESS Support Services, a member of Compass Group Canada, leads the market in providing food and support services to major companies operating in the oil and gas, mining, construction and defense sectors. In the defense, remote and offshore sectors, we provide vital workplace support for every aspect of daily community life in large-scale accommodation centres, or “villages”, which are “home” to thousands of workers for whom a hot nutritious meal, a clean bed, freshly laundered work wear and quality recreation are essential comforts – 365 days a year, 24 hours a day. Our experience and proven competence, our commitment to health and safety and ability to effectively mobilize at anytime, anywhere, have earned us an enviable reputation for providing fully integrated food and support services for global clients.


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