Tabatha Bull – President & CEO, Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business
Tabatha is Anishinaabe and a proud member of Nipissing First Nation near North Bay, Ontario. She is the President & CEO of Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business working with Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal businesses to help strengthen a prosperous Indigenous economy and Canadian market. Also, a member of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce board, Tabatha is committed to working with members to improve business competitiveness across all industry sectors. Prior to her current role as CEO, Tabatha joined CCAB in the fall of 2018 as Chief Operating Officer.
Tabatha, an electrical engineer from the University of Waterloo, led the First Nations and Métis Relations team at the IESO, Ontario’s electricity system operator. Supporting and advising Canada’s energy sector, academics and organizations to ensure a collaborative approach with Indigenous leaders, communities, heads of industry and government, Tabatha sits as a member on both the Positive Energy Advisory Council and the C.D. Howe Institute’s Energy Policy program.
As a testament to her passion to better the lives of Indigenous people and stay connected to her community, Tabatha serves as a director on the board of Wigwamen Housing Inc.; the oldest and largest urban Indigenous housing provider in Ontario.
Tabatha is also an active member on the board of Young Peoples Theatre in Toronto and the Canadian advisory group to UN Women “promoting women’s economic empowerment through responsible business in G7 countries”.
Tabatha is the proud mom to two boys and can often be found in a hockey arena or at the baseball diamond.
“In a study we conducted at the start of the pandemic, Indigenous women owned businesses reported a more negative impact and higher revenue drops than businesses owned by Indigenous men. Over the last year, we have seen women rise to the challenge, support one another, and adapt to this new economy. Women, and especially Indigenous women, are innovative and resilient. On behalf of all of us at Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business, thank you for your perseverance and for providing much needed inspiration. A critical piece of Canada’s economy, we appreciate your dedication to moving forward despite the setbacks.”