Alberta's Chief Jim Boucher & Chief Judith Sayers of BC to be honoured Newest Inductees to the Aboriginal Business Hall of Fame

    TORONTO, Feb. 16 /CNW/ - The CCAB Aboriginal Business Hall of Fame Award
(ABHF) will be awarded this year to Alberta's Chief Jim Boucher and Chief
Judith Sayers of British Columbia to recognize and celebrate their
accomplishments as individual Aboriginal business leaders and for their
contributions to sustainable economic development for Aboriginal communities.
    Chief Jim Boucher is the elected Chief of Fort McKay First Nation. He is
Chairman of the Board of the Fort McKay Group of Companies (FMGC), which
operates six limited companies, is 100% owned and controlled by the Fort McKay
First Nation in Alberta, and is involved in a number of joint venture
partnerships. Under Chief Boucher's vision and leadership, the FMGC has grown
into one of the most successful First Nation-owned business ventures in
Canada, boasting annual revenues in excess of $100 million.
    Chief Judith Sayers is the elected Chief of the Hupacasath First Nation.
Judith has been the elected chief in her community for over 13 years and chief
negotiator for over 14. Her priorities include capacity building, sustainable
development and restoring and rehabilitating Hupacasath territory. Chief
Sayers earned a law degree from the University of British Columbia, and was
awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws from Queen's University.
    The ABHF was initiated in 2004, for the 20th Anniversary of CCAB and is
now in its fifth year of recognizing the outstanding achievements of
Aboriginal business people. The two 2009 inductees will receive their awards
on February 18th, 2009 at CCAB's 25th Anniversary celebration Gala Dinner for
which more than 500 Aboriginal and mainstream business and community leaders
will be gathering in Toronto. For more on this event, please visit
    The Award recognizes leaders who have demonstrated exceptional foresight,
determination, and resilience in their business careers in a number of ways,
including revenue development, employment creation, and partnership
innovation. Hall of Fame laureates serve as an example and inspiration to
others. Chief Boucher and Dr. Sayers join an impressive group of ABHF

    -   Nellie Cournoyea, Chair and CEO of the Inuvialuit Regional
        Corporation (IRC) and is a former Premier of the Northwest
    -   Ron Jamieson, a Mohawk from Six Nations, Ontario, former Senior Vice
        President of Aboriginal Banking at the Bank of Montreal
    -   Dr. Billy "Chief" Diamond, a northern Québec Cree, and founder of Air
    -   Irvin Goodon, a Métis from Boissevain, Manitoba and founder of
        Canada's largest post frame construction company
    -   Aboriginal aviation pioneer and community leader Fred Carmichael, a
        Gwich'in from the Northwest Territories
    -   Alberta business leader and entrepreneur Chief Victor Buffalo, a Cree
        from Samson Cree First Nation
    -   Harry Cook, the former Chief of Saskatchewan's Lac La Ronge Indian
        BandFirst Nation, who oversaw the exceptional success of Kitsaki
        Development Corporation
    -   Entrepreneur Garfield Flowers, an Inuk from Hopedale, Newfoundland
        and Labrador
    -   The late Suzanne Rochon-Burnett, a Métis from Ontario and the first
        Aboriginal person to operate a commercial radio station

    Peter Godsoe, former Chairman, and CEO of Scotiabank chairs the ABHF
selection committee.

    ESS Support Services Worldwide, a division of Compass Group, is the
founding and exclusive sponsor for the Aboriginal Business Hall of Fame.
Compass Group is the nation's leading food service and facilities management
company serving markets including business and industry dining, vending,
healthcare, sports and entertainment, remote sites, and travel concessions
across Canada. Compass Group has received the Gold PAR award from CCAB in
Progressive Aboriginal Relations.

    ABOUT CCAB: The Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB) was
founded in 1984 by a small group of visionary business and community leaders
led by Murray Koffler. CCAB is committed to the full participation of
Aboriginal people in Canada's economy. A national non-profit organization,
CCAB offers knowledge, resources, and programs to both mainstream and
Aboriginal owned companies that foster economic opportunities for Aboriginal
people and businesses across Canada.

For further information:

For further information: CCAB: Claire M. Tallarico, (416) 690-0316;
Chief Judith Sayers, (250) 720-9328; Chief Jim Boucher, (780) 828-2439/Jeff

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