Paulette Flamond receives 2019 Indigenous Business Award of Distinction

September 23, 2019

Vancouver - Anne Giardini, O.C., O.B.C., Q.C., chair of the BC Achievement Foundation, is pleased to announce that Paulette Flamond is the recipient of the 2019 Indigenous Business Award of Distinction.

Paulette will be honoured on October 17 along with the juried awardees for the 2019 Indigenous Business Award (IBA) program. The Gala Presentation Ceremony at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver will showcase excellence in the Indigenous business community in the province.

'Paulette leads with compassion and vision while empowering others to do the same', said Giardini. 'She has dedicated her life to building employment opportunities for present and future generations in her Fort St. John community and beyond. Her own entrepreneurial endeavours are a contemporary example of innovation achieved through hard work and determination,' she added.

As Executive Director of the Northeast Aboriginal Business Centre for the past 17 years and owner of Scoop Clothing Ltd., Paulette Flamond leads by example and strives to improve communities by encouraging wellness, training and entrepreneurship. A self- described “servant leader' Paulette is a strong Métis woman whose style of leadership is evidenced in her support of women entrepreneurs and her dedication to social enterprises such as the Indigenous artists' market. Paulette's impact includes a 29-year board commitment to Indigenous business, including the Canada Council for the Advancement of Native Development Officers, the Aboriginal Business Network, NEDAB Native Economic Development Advisory Board for the Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation (MIRR) and the Northern Development Initiative Trust.

From 2001 to 2019, she served on MIRR's Council on Indigenous Women. In July 2019 Paulette joined the board of ICBC marking its first Indigenous appointment.

The Award of Distinction honours a person who has made a significant impact in the Indigenous business community and in doing so serves as an inspiration to us all.

The IBA program is presented by BC Achievement in partnership with the Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation, and is generously supported by New Relationship Trust, BC Hydro, CN, Enbridge, Encana, Fortis, TD, Teck, Vancity and Western Forest Products.

The BC Achievement Foundation is an independent foundation established in 2003 to celebrate excellence in community service, the arts, humanities and enterprise.

For information on IBA and Gala Dinner tickets as well as information on past recipients of the award, visit our website or call 604 261-9777 or toll free 1-866 882-6088.

Cathryn Wilson
Executive Director

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