Tk’emlups Petro Canada, a Kamloops-based video production firm and a North Thompson-based environmental consultant have been recognized through the B.C. Aboriginal Business Awards.
The Tk’emlups-owned service station and car wash on East Shuswap Road won as a community-owned business of the year. 4TR Ventures, a company run by former Simpcw councillor Fred Fortier, won for outstanding achievement in the category of one- or two-person enterprise.
As well, Alpha-Omega Productions of Kamloops was honoured for outstanding achievement in the young entrepreneur category. Nolan McAllister, principal of Alpha-Omega, is a TRU graduate and a 2015 recipient of the All Nations Trust Company Youth Entrepreneur of the Year award.
The awards were announced Tuesday by Premier Christy Clark and Keith Mitchell, Chair of the B.C. Achievement Foundation, the presenting organization.
Recipients will be celebrated at a gala dinner ceremony on Oct. 19 at the Fairmont Hotel.
"Aboriginal entrepreneurship is vital to ensuring that all British Columbians benefit from our growing economy," said Premier Christy Clark. "The awards shine a spotlight on the important and expanding role of Aboriginal business in B.C. while showcasing successful Aboriginal entrepreneurs from across the province."
The awards were launched in 2008 to honour and celebrate business excellence. A total of 15 Aboriginal businesses, entrepreneurs, partnership entities and community-owned enterprises will be recognized at this year’s gala dinner.
“The 2016 awardees represent entrepreneurial excellence in diverse and unique industries within British Columbia including law, communications, resource management, construction, entertainment, esthetics, landscaping and retail,” added Keith Mitchell.
2016 BC Aboriginal Business Awardees
- Business of the Year – one-to-two person enterprise:?Big Bear Services Wildlife Monitoring, Moberly Lake Outstanding Achievement: 4TR Ventures Ltd., North Thompson
- Business of the Year – three-to-10 person enterprise:?Callison & Hanna Law, Vancouver?
Outstanding Achievement: Tim Tom Construction, Dawson Creek
- Business of the Year - 10 or more person enterprise:?Getumdone Contracting Ltd., Houston
Outstanding Achievement: Tla’amin Convenience Store, Powell River
- Community-Owned Business of the Year – one entity: Tk’emlups Petro Canada/Carwash, Kamloops
Outstanding Achievement: Gitxsan Safety Services Inc., Hazleton Outstanding Achievement: Rupert Lawn & Garden, Prince Rupert
- Community-Owned Business of the Year – two or more entities:?Seyem' Qwantlen Business Group, Fort Langley?
Outstanding Achievement: Penticton Indian Band Development Corporation, Penticton
- Aboriginal – Industry Business Partnership of the Year: Tsi Del Del Enterprises Ltd., Chilanko Forks
- Aboriginal – Aboriginal Business Partnership of the Year: Northern Native Broadcasting (CFNR), Terrace
- Young Entrepreneur of the Year:? Defy Hair and Esthetics, Kelowna?
- Outstanding Achievement: Alpha-Omega Productions, Kamloops