About the Award
CCAB and ESS Support Services Worldwide, a division of Compass Group Canada, are proud to present the Aboriginal Business Lifetime Achievement Award.
This annual award honours and recognizes outstanding Aboriginal business leaders who have built full and rich careers, and showcases the outstanding accomplishments of Aboriginal business people across the country. The men and women we honour are well-advanced in their careers and have built a legacy that serves as an example of excellence.
CCAB encourages nominations from all First Nations (Status and Non-Status), Métis and Inuit business professionals. The award is presented each year at the CCAB Gala Award Dinner in Toronto. The recipient and a guest receive air travel and accommodation to attend the event.
BUSINESS LEADERSHIP AND EXCELLENCE
Nominees should have a history of excellence in the conduct of their business. Their careers, both in their corporate life and in the community, should reflect entrepreneurial and leadership skills, vision, determination and perseverance. Laureates of the Aboriginal Business Hall of Fame (ABHF) are distinguished business people who are well advanced in their successful careers.
CONTRIBUTION TO COMMUNITY
Nominees should be known for their contributions to the development of their community. Setting an example for others to follow can be as important as holding a formal leadership position. Nominees should enjoy broad community support because of the impact of their business activities. Nominees should be catalysts for change in their community.
COMMITMENT TO BUILDING CAPACITY
Nominees should have contributed to the expansion of knowledge and capacity. Embracing new technologies while remaining committed to traditional ways is an important part of sustainable development. Nominees should have the vision to challenge accepted wisdom and move beyond it, and the commitment to give their employees meaningful training and education opportunities.
Nominees should have contributed in a substantive way to the economic well-being of their community. Their results should be identifiable and measurable, and could include economic development, employment opportunities, sustained business growth, starting and maintaining new ventures, and creating options for the future.
Nominations for the 2021 Aboriginal Business Lifetime Achievement Award are now closed. The award winner for 2021 is John Bernard.
*Candidates are deemed ineligible if they have an existing formal relationship with CCAB (e.g. Board of Directors, Board of Governors, Corporate Sponsor, etc.