VANCOUVER, Nov. 3, 2011 /CNW/ - The third annual British Columbia
Aboriginal Business Awards were announced today by the Hon. Mary Polak,
Minister of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation and Keith Mitchell,
chair of the BC Achievement Foundation. The honourees will be
celebrated at a gala ceremony on December 1, 2011 at the Hyatt Regency
"I'd like to thank the jury for their dedicated work in choosing such
worthy recipients of this year's awards," said Polak. "Aboriginal
business plays a vital role in generating on-the-ground jobs within
communities across the province. I know that the people we honour this
year will inspire budding entrepreneurs to follow their own dreams and
build on the contribution of Aboriginal business to the B.C. economy."
"From trades, construction and development to retail, lodging,
restaurants and catering, the BC Aboriginal Business Awards showcase
the Aboriginal business community and its accomplishments," added
Mitchell. "On behalf of the BC Achievement Foundation, I would like to
extend my congratulations to these deserving enterprises.
The BC Aboriginal Business Awards were launched in 2008 to honour and
celebrate business excellence. Seven award recipients, one from each
category, have been selected. In addition, a further group of eleven
Aboriginal businesses are noted for their outstanding achievement.
Members of the jury panel include Chief Harold Leighton of Metlakatla
First Nation in Prince Rupert and CEO of Metlakatla Development
Corporation, a past recipient; Tim Low, entrepreneur, former economic
development officer and currently director of Citizen Services, Service
Canada in Vancouver; and Janice Rose, Vice-Chair, Aboriginal Financial
Officers Association of Canada and Principal Consultant of JM Rose &
Associates in Ladysmith. The jury panel evaluated submissions based on
the entrants' viability, sustainability and competitiveness.
The BC Aboriginal Business Awards are presented by the BC Achievement
Foundation in partnership with the Ministry of Aboriginal Relations and
Reconciliation, and generously supported by New Relationship Trust, BC
Hydro, Teck, Encana and Spectra Energy.
The BC Aboriginal Awards are presented by the BC Achievement Foundation,
an independent foundation established and endowed in 2003 by the
Province of British Columbia to celebrate community services, the arts,
humanities and enterprise.
THE 2011 ABORIGINAL BUSINESS AWARD RECIPIENTS
Young Female Aboriginal Entrepreneur of the Year:
Recipient: Lara Yanik, Vernon
Outstanding Achievement: Erica Ryan-Gagné, Skidegate
Young Male Aboriginal Entrepreneur of the Year:
Recipient: Brady Erixon, Kamloops
Business of the Year - one to two person enterprise:
Recipient: Knotty By Nature, Victoria
Outstanding Achievement: Cedar Root Gallery, Vancouver; Halfyard Designs, Richmond
Business of the Year - two to ten person enterprise:
Recipient: 3 Rivers Contracting, Glen Vowell
Outstanding Achievement: Bravo Restaurant & Lounge, Chilliwack; Salishan Catering, Vancouver
Business of the Year - ten or more person enterprise:
Recipient: CSC Electric Ltd., Kamloops
Outstanding Achievement: EM Salon & Spa, Port Alberni; Himwitsa Enterprises, Tofino
Community-Owned Business of the Year:
Recipient: Tseshaht Market, Port Alberni
Outstanding Achievement: Duz Cho Construction Ltd., Chetwynd; Quaaout Lodge & Talking Rock Golf
Joint Venture Business of the Year:
Recipient: Takaya Developments Ltd., North Vancouver
Outstanding Achievement: Black Diamond Dene LP, Fort Nelson; TFN Construction/Matcon Civil Joint Venture, Tsawwassen
Detailed information about the award recipients and a list of past
winners is posted on the foundation's website at www.bcachievement.com.
Information about tickets to the 3rd annual BC Aboriginal Business Awards' Gala in Vancouver, can be found
at www.bcachievement.com or by calling 604-261-9777/1-866-882-6088.
SOURCE British Columbia Achievement Foundation
For further information:
Nora Newlands, Executive Director
BC Achievement Foundation