15th Annual Indigenous Business Award Recipients

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The BC Achievement Foundation has 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.

Indigenous Business Award Recipients 2023
2023 Indigenous Business Award Recipients

Indigenous Business Award Program

Now in its 15th year, the Indigenous Business Award program shares remarkable stories of Indigenous business excellence – while setting an inspiring example for the next generation of entrepreneurs. In addition to providing an authentic space to showcase successes and drive change, the awards help build stronger connections between Indigenous and non-Indigenous economies in the province. It counts over 220 business leaders within its alumni.

This year’s IBA theme is “Building Community”. The awardee selection was made by a jury panel that included Rhianna Millman, Indigenous Cultural Safety and Humility Consultant, BC College of Nurses and Midwives and a member of Métis Nation BC; Ernie (Bones) George, CAO of Tsleil-Waututh Nation; and Jeff Ward, Ojibwe and Métis, founder and CEO of Animikii and a two-time IBA alumnus.

15th Annual Indigenous Business Award Recipients

Young Entrepreneur of the Year:

The Ballantyne Project, Maple Ridge
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Business of the Year – one-to-two person enterprise:

Daxgedim Haanak Nation Building, Comox
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Business of the Year – three-to-ten person enterprise:

Totem Design House, Courtenay 
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Business of the Year – 11+ person enterprise:

Jelly Academy, Fort Langley
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Community-owned Business of the Year – one entity:

Sugar Cane Archaeology, Williams Lake 
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Community-owned Business of the Year – two or more entities: 

Tiičma Enterprises, Campbell River
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Business Partnership of the Year: 

Shxw’owhamel Land Sea Limited Partnership (SLLP), Hope
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Award of Distinction for Lifetime Achievement:

Teara Fraser, Richmond
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Indigenous Business Awards Gala

The recipients of the 2023 Indigenous Business Award will be recognized during a formal gala ceremony at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver on Wednesday, November 1, 2023. The event is open to the public, and tickets can be purchased for $250 per person online here. Awardees will receive a certificate and medallion to honour their achievements and be celebrated through an online campaign, #ShineTheLightBC.

About BC Achievement Foundation

BC Achievement is an independent foundation established in 2003 that celebrates the spirit of excellence in our province and serves to honour the best of British Columbia. By recognizing the accomplishments of our province’s entrepreneurs, artists, community leaders, youth and volunteers, its award programs pay tribute to exceptional people, doing exceptional work, while carving a path forward for others to follow.

Miss604 is a proud sponsor of BC Achievement Foundation programs in 2023

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