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

  • 2019 Awardees Announcement
  • 2019 Awardees
    • Mr. Bannock Indigenous Cuisine
    • Imagination FX
    • T’ashii Paddle School
    • Animikii Indigenous Technology
    • Quaaout Lodge & Spa at Talking Rock Golf Course
    • Simpcw Resources Group of Companies
    • Salish Seaside RV Haven
    • Paulette Flamond

  • 2019 Outstanding Business Achievers
    • Persistence Training Centre
    • Tseax Development Group Ltd.
    • Nechako Valley Animal Health
    • Rivermist Excavating Ltd.
    • Top Notch Oilfield Contracting Ltd.
    • Mustimuhw Information Solutions Inc
    • Coast Salish Group
    • Lower Nicola Site Services

  • Videos from the IBA 2019 Gala Dinner
  • Videos from the 2019 Gala Dinner