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BC Achievement Foundation reveals recipients of its 15th annual Indigenous Business Award program

Indigenous businesses and entrepreneurs are celebrated for their transformative achievements Vancouver, B.C. (​​September 12, 2023): The BC Achievement Foundation is honoured  to announce the recipients of its 15th annual Indigenous Business Award (IBA) program. The award recognizes the outstanding accomplishments of Indigenous businesses, entrepreneurs, partnership entities and community-owned enterprises. It is one of five programs led by BC Achievement, an independent foundation that honours excellence and inspires achievement throughout the province. “Congratulations to the recipients of the 2023 Indigenous Business Award for exceptional entrepreneurship, outstanding contributions

The Indigenous Business Award of Distinction designation: Inspired leadership

Photo: Chief David Jimmie, Recipient, 2022 IBA Award of Distinction Indigenous entrepreneurs who receive the IBA program’s award of distinction designation leave an indelible mark on their respective communities and contribute significantly to the broader province and its economic landscape.  “Hard work is what creates success. We need to teach our young people to understand that hard work will get you to where you want to be.  Achievements are not the result of one person or work; they are the collective result of people working

Announcing your Directors of Ceremony for the 15th annual Indigenous Business Award Gala: Geena Jackson and Chief David Jimmie!  

Photo: Chief David Jimmie & Geena Jackson, 2023 IBA Co-Director of Ceremonies For a second year, Geena Jackson will be serving as Director of Ceremonies (DC) having enchanted Gala-goers last year with her effervescent hosting and empowerment of Indigenous enterpreneurship. Joining Geena on stage will be Chief David Jimmie, the 2022 Indigenous Business Award of Distinction recipient.  Geena Jackson   Geena Jackson  is a proud member of the shíshálh Nation (Sechelt) and a passionate advocate for Indigenous Rights and self-determination. With a degree in Broadcast Journalism

Celebrating Indigenous entrepreneurship: Get your IBA Gala tickets starting August 15! 

Join us at the Indigenous Business Award (IBA) Gala Dinner where the 2023 IBA recipients will be honoured and celebrated! The IBA Gala Dinner and award presentation will take place at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver on Wednesday, November 1, 2023, at 5:30 pm. In an annual event that is synonymous with business excellence for Indigenous entrepreneurs, the 2023 IBA Gala Dinner promises to be a night of celebration, recognition, and inspiration. While showcasing the immense potential and talent inherent within the growing Indigenous economy, the celebration

The Office of the Lieutenant Governor and the BC Achievement Foundation announce 2023 Reconciliation Award Recipients

Vancouver, B.C. – The Office of the Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia, in partnership with BC Achievement Foundation, is honoured to announce the recipients of the third British Columbia Reconciliation Award. The award recognizes four extraordinary individuals and two organizations who have demonstrated exceptional leadership, integrity, respect, and commitment to furthering reconciliation with Indigenous peoples in the province of British Columbia, or inspired others to continue reconciliation efforts.  Individual Recipients:  Dr. Danièle Behn Smith (Victoria) Chief Willie Sellars (Williams Lake) Klith-waa-taa, Dr. Barney Williams (Campbell River) Dr. Eldon Yellowhorn

Celebrating 15 years of the Indigenous Business Award program – thanks to our sponsorship family 

Photo: Vancity, IBA program sponsor Since 2009, the Indigenous Business Award (IBA) program has celebrated over 220 Indigenous businesses, showcasing their courage, skill, and strength that reflect the growing Indigenous economy in British Columbia.  BC Achievement is honoured to uplift these exceptional entrepreneurial models and set a course for others to follow, made possible by our steadfast and evolving sponsorship family.  Today, we express our heartfelt appreciation to the numerous supporters and partners of the IBA program. With each passing year, our sponsorship family grows,