2018 BC Indigenous Business Awardees Celebrated

Indigenous Businesses recognized at gala dinner
2018 BC Indigenous Business Awardees

Awardees of the Tenth Annual BC Indigenous Business Awards were celebrated at a Gala Dinner ceremony on October 15, 2018 at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver where over 650 people gathered to honour excellence in Indigenous business in British Columbia.

"The BC Indigenous Business Awards' program has elevated over 170 outstanding businesses from throughout the province for the past 10 years,” said Scott McIntyre, Foundation Chair. “As we mark this important decade of excellence and look to the future, the 2018 cohort of awardees lead the way as examples of entrepreneurship, commitment and extraordinary vision, all of which play a key role in the strength of our provincial economy. Congratulations on your achievements and thank you for inspiring us all."

Members of the 2018 jury panel include Brenda Baptiste, Louis de Jaeger, Laurie Sterritt and Laara Yaghujaanas.

In addition, Chief Gordon Planes of the T'Sou-ke First Nation was selected as the recipient of the 2018 BC Indigenous Business Award for Individual Achievement in recognition of his efforts towards economic development and business in the Province. The award is selected by the British Columbia Achievement Foundation's Board of Directors.

Young Entrepreneur of the Year
Skywest Environmental Inc.
Williams Lake

Outstanding Business Achievement
  • Van - Isle Auto Brokers , Victoria

  • Business of the Year - one-to-two person enterprise
    Ay Lelum-The Good House of Design

    Outstanding Business Achievement
  • Second Pass Forestry Ltd. , Kamloops

  • Business of the Year - three-to-10 person enterprise
    Reciprocal Consulting
    West Vancouver

    Outstanding Business Achievement
  • Haida Style Expeditions, Skidegate
  • Kootenay Waste Services Ltd., Nelson

  • Business of the Year - 11+ more person enterprise
    Mussell Crane Manufacturing

    Outstanding Business Achievement
  • Kikinaw Energy Services Ltd., Fort St. John

  • Community-Owned Business of the Year - one entity
    Yucwmenlúcwu (Caretakers of the Land) LLP

    Outstanding Business Achievement
  • Painted Rock Aggregates & Contracting LLP , Savona
  • Quilakwa Investments , Enderby

  • Community-Owned Business of the Year - two or more entities
    Kanaka Bar Land and Resource LP

    Business Partnership of the Year
    Nuu-chah-nulth Seafood Limited Partnership
    Port Alberni

    Outstanding Business Achievement
  • Cariboo Aboriginal Forestry Enterprises Ltd., Williams Lake

  • Individual Achievement Award
    Chief Gordon Planes - Hya-Quatcha

    Since 2007 Chief Planes has been the Chief of the T’Sou-ke First Nation. He has boldly embarked on a 100 year process to build a new community vision, one that fosters a healthy Indigenous population with a focus on four pillars: autonomy, food security, cultural renaissance and economic development. Under Chief Planes’ expert leadership the T’sou-ke Nation is emerging as a leader in renewable and green energy for future generations. In the last few years they have launched a solar micro-grid demonstration project, and currently operate wasabi and oyster farms. The community generates electricity from solar power through a demonstration project launched over a decade ago that is so successful that the T’Sou-ke Nation offers tours to people all over the world. The community’s success has been attributed to Chief Planes’ focus on long-term sustainability, rather than personal profit, as the Chief explains: “It’s all about future generations.”

    BC Indigenous Business Award sponsors
    British Columbia Achievement Foundation
    T. 604.261.9777 | Toll Free 866.882.6088 (in BC)
    E. info@bcachievement.com


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