Xtended Hydraulics And Machine

Posted Neil's 2016 Adventure

This August, the World Indigenous Business Forum (WIBF) was hosted for the first time ever in Canada right here in Saskatchewan – in Saskatoon. WIBF has previously been held in New York City and Oahu, USA; Sydney, Australia; Windhoek, Nimibia and Guatemala City, Guatamala. The forum is a yearly event that engages Indigenous people in global economic discussions with a focus on four main sectors including Community, Industry, Academic and Government.
   
I attended the forum and was able to chat with Chief Darcy Bear of the Whitecap Dakota First Nation and Monica Brunet of the Clarence Campeau Development Fund.  The Clarence Campeau Development Fund aims to stimulate economic development activities of Métis people and communities by providing equity, support to community economic initiatives, and support for the development of the management skills of new and existing Métis business owners and entrepreneurs.
 
Monica suggested I check out a successful small business called Xtended Hydraulics and Machine, an example of a company that received funding through the Clarence Campeau Development Fund - and that’s exactly what I did. Rob is Métis, with deep ties to Saskatchewan’s northern and aboriginal communities. Rob and his wife Katherine have made a strong commitment to providing employment and training opportunities for First Nations and Métis people. They have expanded the team from six to 14 - and they see even more growth in the future.