Who we are

We strive to promote sustained, inclusive, and sustainable economic growth, support and advance underserved communities with honesty and integrity.

Founded and headquartered in Edmonton, Alberta since 2019, Canadian Imperial Advantage (CIA) is a not-for-profit that is committed to empowering the Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour (BIPOC) communities in Alberta with business support services and access to capital through capacity building workshops and networking event.

CIA is also one of the six organisations approved by the Government of Canada to advance the black business ecosystem in Western Canada; and has since facilitated value-accretive capital and advisory support to over 250 entrepreneurs.

Want to know about our team?
Our team members are a diverse group of professionals who are committed to CIA’s vision. Board members have a variety of business and professional experience, and contribute their valuable time serving the organization.
Is to establish and support a sustainable solution through quality resources, technology, and practicality to the dynamic complexities that the world faces, requiring individuals to reach beyond the surface.
The Organization’s Mission is to provide the highest quality of services with the aspect of unique and diverse opportunities for all individuals, clearly establishing valuable connections and supports in which people may discover a personal journey with considered equality, ability, and contributions; empowering individuals to achieve their fullest potential.
Canadian Imperial Advantage seeks to provide clear and relevant information through cost- effective, easily accessible mentorships, counselling, and consultations with a strong client focus approach. We strive to promote sustained, inclusive, and sustainable economic growth, support and advance underserved communities with honesty and integrity.
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Are your services free?

Yes, our services are free.

What are the requirements to qualify for your services?

In order to qualify for our services, you must be a resident of Canada.

What support is available to me as I develop my business plan?

There are a few different types of support that may be available to you as you develop your business plan. CIA offers free business advisory services, training, and resources. You can book a consultation here:

What types of business support services does CIA offer?

CIA offers a range of business support services including workshops focused on capacity building, access to capital, and networking opportunities that cater to the unique needs of BIPOC entrepreneurs.

How do I know which of your services will be the best for me?

Thank you for your question! We would be happy to help you figure out which of our services would be the best for you. Book a consultation with our business advisor to discuss this further.

Can I get a grant from you?

Thank you for reaching out to us. Currently, we do not offer grants to individuals. We do, however, share other grant opportunities with our members. Sign up today and see these opportunities

Do you have a mentorship program?

Yes, we have a mentorship program. For more information, please visit our website (www.imperialadvantage.ca) or contact us at info@imperialadvantage.ca

How does CIA support entrepreneurs?

CIA supports entrepreneurs through capacity building workshops, networking events, and by facilitating access to capital. We focus on providing valuable business resources and support to BIPOC entrepreneurs in Alberta.

Is CIA a government-approved organization?

Yes, CIA is one of the six organizations approved by the Government of Canada to advance the black business ecosystem in Western Canada. This official recognition highlights our dedication to supporting BIPOC entrepreneurs.

How can I get involved with CIA's initiatives?

You can get involved with CIA by participating in our capacity building workshops, attending our networking events, or exploring opportunities to support our mission through partnerships or donations.

How can I apply for CIA's programs and workshops?

Details about applying for CIA's programs and workshops can usually be found on our website. We provide information on application processes, deadlines, and eligibility criteria.

Is CIA limited to specific industries?

CIA's initiatives are open to entrepreneurs from various industries. We aim to provide support across a wide range of sectors to foster economic growth and empowerment within BIPOC communities.