Indigenous Business Award (IBA) Gala 2022 elevates excellence! 

The fourteenth annual IBA Gala presented by BC Achievement on November 29 was a huge success thanks to the exceptional Indigenous Business Awardees and the invaluable people behind each one of them. We’re grateful for everyone who came together to support and honour the 2022 recipients. 

The Gala celebrated and shared stories of Indigenous business excellence and, in doing so, underlined the theme for the 2022 program: thuyshaynum: preparing the path, directing the feet. “We are all working to correct the understanding of Indigenous history with guests in our territory and mindfully building respectful and meaningful relationships to prepare the path.” Angela Marston, IBA Program Director. 

The evening’s hosts Geena Jackson and award alumna, Carol Anne Hilton, welcomed guests and captured the attention of the sold-out room. DJ O Show, another IBA alumni member, kept the atmosphere electric, ushering awardees to the stage with their selected individual walk-up songs. Thank you to everyone who took to the stage or sent greetings to acknowledge the awardees, including newly minted award alumni! 

We raise our hands to the to the 2022 recipients: Dark Arc Welding, dK Architecture, Culture Shock Life, Warrior Plumbing, M’inuw’ilum DBA Cheanuh Marina, Sasuchan Development Corporation, Central Chilcotin Rehabilitation Ltd, and Chief David Jimmie. We’re honoured to celebrate your achievements and hear your inspiring stories of hard work and success. These stories have been captured in short films produced on each awardee – premiered at the IBA Gala and now viewable on BC Achievement’s YouTube channel

A huge thanks to all the program sponsors. It was a pleasure having all of you join the awardees and guests at the  #IBAgala, celebrating Indigenous business excellence. 

If you missed the livestream, watch a recording at or through Telus’ Optik TV Indigenous Channel 126 across BC after November 30. 

Nominations for the 2023 Indigenous Business Award open June 1, 2023. 

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