Business Partnership of the Year 

This award recognizes a specific business partnership created within a resource-based economy, that can prove demonstrated, measurable success in the following ways;

– contributed to the economic well-being of the area;

– has developed training opportunities for Indigenous people and businesses;

– has created employment opportunities for Indigenous people and businesses; and

– has shown commitment to the community in which they have created a partnership.

This organization is an example of the importance of creating progressive partnerships with Indigenous Communities. 

Indigenous Business of the Year

This award acknowledges an Indigenous-owned business* and/or entrepreneur, who has investigated the opportunities, weighed the risks, and demonstrat­ed significant business achievement and sustainable financial performance. This business*/entrepreneur has proven to be a trailblazer and paved the way for other Indigenous businesses/entrepreneurs, while contributing to the economic prosperity of their community and peoples.

*Business must be (minimum) 51% Indigenous-owned and operated.


Winners from 2019


 Left: Design de Plume accepting the Indigenous Business of the Year Award 2019. Right: CreeQuest/CQ Industrial Laundry accepting the Business Partnership of the Year Award 2019.