What We Do

Business Services

Waubetek currently delivers the following services:

  • Commercial Loans as a Community Futures Development Corporation and as an Aboriginal Financial Institution
  • Business counselling and support to individuals and communities in the areas of starting or expanding a business, community development, proposal development, joint venture development or access to financing
  • Regional Economic Services in collaboration with our member First Nations to focus our sector strategies (i.e. Fisheries, Mining, Aquaculture, Tourism)


Business Awards Gala

Waubetek hosts a Business Awards Gala every two years to pay tribute to the accomplishments of Aboriginal businesses in North-Eastern Ontario. Waubetek is extremely proud to take the time to honour the achievements and hard work of many Aboriginal businesses who have overcome challenges and barriers to create businesses within Waubetek’s service region. In addition to recognizing the achievements of four businesses, the event includes a program of Aboriginal music performances showcasing local talent.  The evening provides an opportunity to network with successful entrepreneurs and community organizations, also to celebrate the hard work and dedication of our community members and most of all, it is a fun and enjoyable evening.  


Annual Charity Golf Classic

The Annual Waubetek Charity Golf Classic is held in August at the Rainbow Ridge Golf Course on Manitoulin Island. There are three divisions, Men's, Woman's and Mixed.  The money raised is distrubuted through the Student Bursary Fund.


Student Bursary Fund

Each year Waubetek hosts a  Charity Golf Classic to raise funds for our Aboriginal Post Secondary Student Bursary Fund. Post-secondary students attending a business related program of study are selected to receive a bursary of $500 each.

For more information on the Student Bursary Fund, click here.

2017 Recipients

Tracy Manitowabi

Rayburn Misquadis

Joshua McGregor

Jamie Manitowabi

Ruby Panamick

Andrew A. Manitowabi

Past Recipients


Jamie Manitowabi

Quinn Meawasige

Ruby Panamick

Angel Peltier

Janet Restoule

Ian Trudeau


Natalie Shawana-Waboose
Jolene Recollet
Adam Restoule
Katrina Owl


Janet Esquimaux
Santanna Francis
Jason Oshkabewisens
Amanda Eshkibok
Meryca Shawongonabe
Rachel Corbiere


Daneille Toulouse
Jamey Lynn Trudeau
Santanna Francis


Daneille Toulouse
Jamey Lynn Trudeau
Santanna Francis


Dallas Bondy
Jasmine Recollet
Quansance Boissoneau
Lyndsay Brisard
Santanna Francis


Matthew McGregor
Clara Restoule
Wendy Debassige
Teresa Pitawanakwat

Annual Waubetek Economic Forum

Every year, Waubetek hosts an event which is open to First Nations leadership, Economic Development staff, and Aboriginal entrepreneurs.  This is a very business-oriented and interactive event with public and private sector experts brought in as resources to present and discuss topics on business finances, management, and opportunities.  For Waubetek, this is an opportunity to present the Waubetek Annual Report, confirm that initiatives we have undertaken the previous year have gone in the proper direction and determine priorities and approaches for new developments. 

Annual Economic Development Officers Session

Each year, Waubetek invites the Economic Development Officers within our service area to participate in an annual networking session. This session allows us to bring together the economic development practitioners to share information and learn of various examples of other economic initiatives and determine ways in which to support Aboriginal business development in their communities.

Part of the session includes concurrent workshops that touch on various topics such as Proposal Writing, Board Governance, Business Opportunities and Project Management to name a few. The next EDO session is being planned for 2016.