Award Categories & Selection of Awardees

Award Categories

Young Entrepreneur of the Year
This award recognizes success in the operation of an existing business. Entrants must be 35 years of age and under, the sole owner of the business and have been in business for at least two years.

Business of the Year
Businesses must be at least 51 per cent Indigenous-owned and operated. The Business of the Year Award recognizes business achievement and celebrates the entrepreneurial spirit in three sub-categories:
  • a 1–2 person enterprise
  • a 3–10 person enterprise
  • an 11 or more person enterprise

Community-Owned Business of the Year
To be eligible for this award, businesses must be 100% community-owned. This award acknowledges one or more businesses owned by a community, with the intention of building a strong economic foundation for community members.
This award recognizes business achievement in two sub categories:
  • a single corporate entity
  • two or more corporate entities

Business Partnership of the Year
This award recognizes a specific business entity created by two or more parties. Indigenous ownership must be at least 51%. It acknowledges efforts that contribute to the economic well being of the area; increases employment and training opportunities for Indigenous people and businesses; and is committed to the community in which they serve.

Selection of Awardees

An independent panel of judges representing Indigenous business expertise throughout British Columbia will adjudicate the 2019 BC Indigenous Business Awards. The jury panel will evaluate nominations based on the documentation provided and will be guided by the success and sustainability of the business and how the businesses are benefitting the community.

The jury panel will select a first place Recipient and up to two second place Outstanding Business Achievers. The jury panel will be solely responsible for the review, evaluation and selection of Awardees. Recipients and Outstanding Business Achievers will be invited to the Gala Presentation Ceremony as guests and their travel and accommodation expenses will be paid by the BC Achievement Foundation.

Gala Presentation Ceremony

The 2018 awardees were celebrated at the 10th Annual BC Indigenous Business Awards Gala on Monday, October 15, 2018 at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver.

See Also

British Columbia Achievement Foundation
T. 604.261.9777 | Toll Free 866.882.6088 (in BC)
F. 778.379.0511


Previous Awardees

BC Indigenous Business Awards

  • 2018 Awardees Announcement
  • 2018 Awardees
    • Skywest Environmental Inc.
    • Ay Lelum-The Good House of Design
    • Reciprocal Consulting
    • Mussell Crane Manufacturing
    • Yucwmenlúcwu (Caretakers of the Land) LLP
    • Kanaka Bar Land and Resource LP
    • Nuu-chah-nulth Seafood Limited Partnership
    • Chief Gordon Planes - Hya-Quatcha

  • 2018 Outstanding Business Achievers
    • Van - Isle Auto Brokers
    • Second Pass Forestry Ltd.
    • Haida Style Expeditions
    • Kootenay Waste Services Ltd.
    • Kikinaw Energy Services Ltd.
    • Painted Rock Aggregates & Contracting LLP
    • Quilakwa Investments
    • Cariboo Aboriginal Forestry Enterprises Ltd.

  • Photos from the 2018 Gala Dinner
  • Videos from the 2018 Gala Dinner