BC Achievement award recognizes Lílwat Business Group’s work to create and expand opportunities

LÍL̓WAT NATION – (October 6, 2020) Líl̓wat Holdings LP, the governing body of the Líl̓wat Business Group (LBG), has won the 12th annual BC Achievement Indigenous Business Award (IBA) for Community-Owned Business of the Year with two or more entities.

“This award from BC Achievement affirms that we’ve been moving in the right direction to grow opportunities, capacity and relationships that will benefit Líl̓wat Nation’s long-term economic goals,” said LBG President Lhpatq Maxine Bruce. “It also recognizes that integrating Nt̓ákmen—our ways—into our business processes is extremely valuable.”

Business excellence is the IBA jury’s primary consideration, but this year there was an additional consideration: COVID-19 response.

“I am particularly inspired by this year’s awardees. All of them exemplify resilience and innovation during this time of challenges. This year’s awardees demonstrate that integrating the practices of the past with the economies of the future benefits us all,” said BC Achievement Chair Anne Giardini.

The award marks the first time LBG, or any of its businesses, has received an IBA.

“This award belongs to everyone at LBG who has worked tirelessly over the years to ensure the success of the nation’s businesses,” said LBG CEO Kerry Mehaffey. “Being acknowledged for our achievements is both gratifying and motivating.”


About BC Achievement and Indigenous Business Awards:

BC Achievement is an independent foundation established in 2003 to celebrate community service, arts, humanities and enterprise. The Indigenous Business Award (IBA) program was launched in 2008 to honour and celebrate business excellence. Today, IBA has 200 remarkable Indigenous businesses within its alumni.

BC Achievement presents the IBA program in partnership with the Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation. It is generously supported by TD Bank Group, Enbridge, New Relationship Trust, Ovintiv Inc., Teck, Vancity, and Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, ANTCO, BC Hydro, BC Transit, CN, FortisBC, and Shaw.