2011 BC Aboriginal Business Awards announced

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 in Vancouver.

"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.


  • 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 Course, Chase
  • 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

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Nora Newlands, Executive Director
BC Achievement Foundation

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