2017 BC Aboriginal Business Awardees Celebrated

Aboriginal Businesses recognized at gala dinner
2017 BC Aboriginal Business Awardees

Awardees of the Ninth Annual BC Aboriginal Business Awards were celebrated at a Gala Dinner ceremony on October 26, 2017 at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver where over 650 people gathered to honour excellence in Indigenous business in British Columbia.

"The BC Aboriginal Business Awards program shines a spotlight on the important and expanding role of Indigenous business in the province," said Scott McIntyre, Foundation Chair. “The 2017 Awardees exemplify the best of vision, enterprise, resourcefulness and commitment while reflecting the diversity of Indigenous businesses contributing to the provincial economy."

The BC Aboriginal Business Awards were launched in 2008 to honour and celebrate business excellence, to share success and inspire change. A total of 19 Indigenous businesses, entrepreneurs, partnership entities and community-owned enterprises were recognized at this year's Gala Dinner.

In addition, Chief Gibby Jacob of the Squamish Nation received the 2017 BC Aboriginal Business Award for Individual Achievement in recognition of his efforts towards economic development and business in the Province. This award is selected by the Board of Directors of the British Columbia Achievement Foundation, the program’s presenting organization.

Members of the 2017 jury panel included Brenda Baptiste, Glen Ohs and Laara Yaghujaanas.

Business of the Year - one-to-two person enterprise
Satya Organics
Port Moody

Outstanding Business Achievement
  • Life Compass Counselling & Consulting | Equine Edge, Toms Lake
  • All About U Arts Ltd., Haida Gwaii

  • Business of the Year - three-to-10 person enterprise
    Sierra Helicopters Ltd.
    Pitt Meadows

    Outstanding Business Achievement
  • Veridis Plumbing & Heating Ltd., Mill Bay
  • Beyond the Bell Out of School Care, Kamloops

  • Business of the Year - 10 or more person enterprise
    Prime Quality Construction Inc.

    Outstanding Business Achievement
  • Bar S Ventures, Merritt
  • Gordon Peters Logging Ltd., Vanderhoof

  • Community-Owned Business of the Year - one entity
    Thuy'she'num Property Management

    Outstanding Business Achievement
  • Best Western Tin Wis Resort Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations, Tofino
  • Homalco Forestry Limited Partnership, Campbell River

  • Community-Owned Business of the Year - two or more entities
    Gitxsan Development Corporation

    Outstanding Business Achievement
  • Huu-ay-aht Group of Businesses, Port Alberni

  • Aboriginal - Industry Business Partnership of the Year
    Black Diamond Cygnus
    Moberly Lake

    Aboriginal - Aboriginal Business Partnership of the Year
    Twin Sisters Native Plants Nursery
    Moberly Lake

    Young Entrepreneur of the Year
    Peterson Stone Works

    Outstanding Business Achievement
  • Chastity Davis Consulting, Vancouver
  • Salish Eye Productions, Chemainus

  • Individual Achievement Award
    Chief Gibby Jacob

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


    Previous Awardees

  • Please click here for accommodation options

  • 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