As 2017 came to a close, James Hobart recalls that his days felt routine, with few new challenges. But that was about to change when, along with 11 other participants, Hobart was accepted into the 2018 cohort of the Aboriginal Management Program (AMP) at the UBC Sauder School of Business.
AMP is a rigorous five-month-long certificate program aimed at identifying promising Indigenous entrepreneurs then putting them on a fast track aimed at developing their leadership, project management, finance, and business planning skills.
Hobart, who belongs to the Spuzzum First Nation located in Nlaka’pamux territory of British Columbia, soon experienced a stream of opportunities after he joined AMP. Within a few weeks of his enrolment, Hobart gained the confidence to accept a role as a marriage commissioner for the Province of British Columbia. And by the time he graduated from the program in May 2018, he was elected Chief Council of his First Nation community. Now he’s in the process of reaching out to investors for a business idea he conceptualized while enrolled in AMP.
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