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Mark Freedman
Vice President, Manitoba

Mark Freedman A Metis from Flin Flon, Manitoba, Mark Freedman is a corporate relations professional with over 25 years of experience in government and private sector projects including the development and implementation of key strategic initiatives and programs. Specializing in Aboriginal and mainstream procurement, he also has key experience in business development, relationship building, sales and marketing.

Mark is very well connected to the private and public sectors including the three levels of government, crown corporations, municipalities, the Aboriginal business and political communities, and Chambers of Commerce. When he served as Vendor Relations Coordinator with the Province of Manitoba, his connections played a key role in the success of Manitoba's Aboriginal Procurement Initiative, with partnerships between non-Aboriginal and Aboriginal firms when bidding on Manitoba tenders. With Manitoba being the first provincial government to have its own Aboriginal procurement strategy and Mark being a key player in its development and implementation, his advice was routinely sought out by other provincial jurisdictions and organizations interested in Aboriginal procurement.

Prior to joining the Province, Mark was the Economic Development Coordinator for the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce. As staff liaison to the Aboriginal Economic Development Committee (AEDC) and Trade Development Committee, he played a key role in the development of the AEDC and was the co-founder of the Aboriginal Procurement Relationship Building initiative. With the Trade Development Committee, Mark organized and participated in bilateral trade missions with Chambers along the Mid Continent Trade Corridor, from Grand Forks to Guadalajara, Mexico. It was this initiative that inspired him to create the Indigenous Trade Across Borders initiative, setting up bilateral trade missions with Aboriginal members of the WCOC and members of the Minnesota American Indian Chamber of Commerce. This successful initiative was believed to be the first of its kind between a Canadian Chamber of Commerce and American Indian Chamber of Commerce.

Mark also had a successful career in Sales and Marketing in the hospitality and transportations industries. His diverse experience in the private and public sectors led to the development of a workshop entitled ‘Contacts = Contracts: Networking and Relationship Building Your Way Into More Sales’ where Mark provides useful insights to business owners, sales representatives, and aspiring entrepreneurs on ways to increase their sales and grow their businesses.