Breakout Session Round 1 (Room 1) - Fireside Chat
11/9/23, 11:00 AM - 11/9/23, 12:00 PM (Canada/Central) (1 hour)

Public Procurement Opportunities for BIPOC-Owned Businesses
Speaker - Joe, PAC Services
Speaker - Joe, PAC Services

Barry Payne

He took his first venture Adirondack Technologies Furniture Inc. as a start-up venture in 2002, from the basement of his home on his First Nation near Peterborough, Ontario, to a nationally recognized organization with sales of more than $20 million annually. 


This venture allowed him to expand into a variety of other entrepreneurial activities, including the creation of Adirondack Information Management in 2006, which provides Information Technology, Engineering, Professional and Administrative Personnel to the private and public sectors across Canada and has become a primary supplier to the Canadian Federal Government, with sales exceeding $25M annually


Has personally been involved in well OVER $200M in various Canadian Federal Government contracts. 

Further Information: A proud member of Hiawatha First Nation, started from a humble beginning growing up in a single-parent First Nations household, living in low-income housing in Toronto, with no special talents, gifts or contacts, other than determination and a copy of a life-altering book, “Think and Grow Rich”, by Napoleon Hill. 

Barry was featured in the Globe and Mail’s “Report on Business” in October 2007. And was also featured in the 2013 RBC Aboriginal Partnership Report 


Most recently was appointed as an Expert In Residence for the Peterborough/Kawarthas Innovation Cluster

Board of Directors I.P.A.A. (Indigenous Performers Artists Alliance) www.ipaa.ca

Board of Directors's Mushkegowuk Economic Development Corp. www.mushkegowukdc.ca


Selected as the FIRST non-American minority business owner to be invited to attend the prestigious U.S. National Minority Supplier Development Council, Advanced Management Education Program, at Kellogg School of Business (Northwestern University) in Chicago. An honor bestowed upon only 25 minority businesspeople, from across the entire United States each year.


Barry mandates that all his ventures are to employ aboriginal people whenever/wherever they can.

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