The British Columbia Aboriginal Business Awards

First Aboriginal Business Awards Recipients Announced

The recipients of the inaugural British Columbia Aboriginal Business Awards were announced by Premier Gordon Campbell and Keith Mitchell, chair of the BC Achievement Foundation. The recipients will be honoured at a gala celebration on January 27, 2009 in Vancouver.

"Congratulations to these 21 businesses for the leadership and entrepreneurial spirit they have shown in being selected for the first-ever B.C. Aboriginal Business Awards," said Premier Campbell. "Each one is an outstanding reflection of the contribution the province's Aboriginal business community is making to keep our economy strong for the future."

The BC Aboriginal Business Awards were launched in October 2008 to honour and celebrate business acumen. Eight inaugural award recipients were selected. In addition, a further group of Aboriginal businesses were noted, in each category, for their outstanding achievement.

"Our thanks to the jury who had the difficult task of selecting these inaugural award recipients from so many outstanding businesses," said Mitchell. "The BC Achievement Foundation extends its appreciation to the jury members, Paulette Flamond of Ft. St. John, Chief Michael LeBourdais, Clinton, Chief Judith Sayers, Port Alberni and Ruth Williams, Kamloops for their thoughtful deliberations."

"The winners of these awards come from all corners of the province," said Michael de Jong, Minister of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation. "They demonstrate just how strong the pool of Aboriginal business talent is. I hope that these awards will encourage the next generation of Aboriginal business people to have faith in their ideas, set up their own businesses and be well-positioned to receive one of these awards in years to come."

The 2009 Aboriginal Business Award recipients:

Young Entrepreneur of the Year
Cristy Johnson
Cristy's Jewelry Designs

Jacob Beaton
CopperMoon Communications Inc.

Outstanding Business Achievement
  • Dean Cloutier, Vancouver
  • Alano Edzerza, Vancouver

  • Business of the Year - one to two person enterprise
    Tryna Gower Photography
    Dawson Creek

    Outstanding Business Achievement
  • Artifaax, Vancouver
  • Bikram's Yoga College of India, Vancouver

  • Business of the Year - three to 10 person enterprise
    Chase Office Interiors Inc.

    Outstanding Business Achievement
  • Little Miss Chief Gourmet Products, Westbank
  • Wind Spirit Art & Gallery, Powell River

  • Business of the Year - 10 or more person enterprise
    BC General Contracting Inc.

    Tin Wis Best Western Resort

    Outstanding Business Achievement
  • Chinook Cove Contracting, Kamloops
  • Paul Paquette and Sons Contracting, Moberly Lake

  • Community-Owned Business of the Year
    Metlakatla Development Corporation
    Prince Rupert

    Outstanding Business Achievement
  • Doig River Energy Ltd., Fort St. John
  • Ivy Green Husky, Ladysmith
  • Pine Acres Home, Westbank

  • Joint Venture Business of the Year
    Nicola Pacific Forestry Products Ltd.
    partner: Ardew Wood Products Ltd.

    Outstanding Business Achievement
  • RTS Referral Tracking Systems, Chase
  • Takaya Developments, Vancouver

  • Individual Achievement Award
    Dorothy Grant

    Angelique Merasty Levac
    Prince George

    BC Indigenous Business Award sponsors
    British Columbia Achievement Foundation
    T. 604.261.9777 | Toll Free 866.882.6088 (in BC)


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