Citation for BC Aboriginal Business Awards Achiever

Business of the Year - one to two person enterprise

MUG Solutions


Tina Thompson’s husband, a telecommunications repair worker, came home one day with a used syringe needle in his boot. Horrified, Tina set out to prevent this workplace hazard and improve conditions for those who work underground. The result is the patented Manhole Under Ground Flap, a device that blocks waste, specifically syringes, from entering manhole covers. TELUS Communications conducted a successful product field trial with MUG in 2007 and has since implemented MUGS throughout the downtown eastside of Vancouver and outlying areas. Tina’s invention and successful business strategies have now led to a US launch as well as future plans for international distribution.

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Previous Awardees

BC Indigenous Business Award

  • 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.

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