2014 Leadership in Partnership and Collaboration Visionary Award, awarded by the Industry Council for Aboriginal Business (ICAB) – Thursday, July 17, 2014
Roundhouse Community Centre, Vancouver, BC
The Indigenous Business and Investment Council works to improve Indigenous involvement in the economy, through the promotion of Indigenous businesses and entrepreneurs, and also through industry partnerships. The Aboriginal Business Recognition Awards celebrate and recognize successful partnerships between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal corporations and individuals that create shared economic opportunities.
The 2014 Leadership in Partnership and Collaboration Visionary Award was given to the collaborative effort between Uvic’s Gustavson School of Business, TRICORP, Service Canada, BG Group, and Spectra Energy, in delivering the Aboriginal Canadian Entrepreneur program. Commenting on the achievements of the ACE program, ICAB CEO Brenda Ireland stated that the “innovative community-based program is indeed worthy of acknowledgement.”
One of the two original founding partners of the ACE program, The Tribal Resources Investment Corporation (TRICORP) provides a wide range of financial services to First Nations entrepreneurs in Northwestern British Columbia. The other founding partner, Uvic’s Gustavson School of Business, provides broader administrative and instructional support.
The ICAB award also recognizes the two key innovations central to the NW-ACE partnership: UVic Gustavson professors travel to Prince Rupert to deliver the curriculum in the community and the program actively seeks Aboriginal students with skill-sets that can be leveraged to start a business and tap into the many projects set to launch in the area.