Eight Indigenous entrepreneurial leaders recognized for outstanding achievements and impact

Eight Indigenous entrepreneurial leaders recognized for outstanding achievements and impact

“It is an honour for us to celebrate and recognize the journeys, achievements and impact of Indigenous entrepreneurs that contribute to our collective entrepreneurial landscape,” said Sunshine Tenasco, Founder of Pow Wow Pitch. “Congratulations to each of the recipients. You demonstrate entrepreneurial confidence, and your work inspires present and future generations to use entrepreneurship as a tool for community impact, cultural preservation, and reclamation. Thank you for your good work, leading with your hearts and for your example.”

Mi’kmaq Coalition wins the Entrepreneurial Icon Award

Mi’kmaq Coalition wins the Entrepreneurial Icon Award

“When Indigenous and non-Indigenous businesses meet at the table 50-50, with benefits for both, it puts reconciliation into action and demonstrates the value of working with Indigenous organizations,” said Membertou Chief and CEO Terrance Paul a respected leader instrumental in creating the deal. “The Clearwater Seafoods acquisition is a transformational and generational deal that is an example of the resilience, value and power of our Mi’kmaq communities.” 

Jennifer Harper wins the Entrepreneur Icon Award

Jennifer Harper wins the Entrepreneur Icon Award

“Cheekbone Beauty would like to be a role model for Indigenous youth, leading with love and being courageously curious,” said Jennifer Harper. “We are proud of the innovation we are working on. The steps we are taking will have lasting effects on the beauty industry. We hope to help provide a place where Indigenous youth can also see their potential in STEM, using Indigenous wisdom and teachings to build better.”

Patrick Hunter wins the Entrepreneur Spirit Award

Patrick Hunter wins the Entrepreneur Spirit Award

“My vision is for Indigenous iconography to permeate the mainstream culture in a positive way,” said Patrick Hunter. “Not everyone grows up being proud of their culture, or get to it in public buildings. So, evening though entrepreneurship is not easy, it’s all worth it. To wake up every day and decide what to do with the day is one of the best feelings. Being able to support yourself with your gift and to make life better for others is truly special.”

Tara Audibert wins the Entrepreneur Spirit Award

Tara Audibert wins the Entrepreneur Spirit Award

“I am proud of my culture, and I share it with humour, love and a reverence for nature,” said Tara Audibert. “My main goals are to share my Indigenous culture with the rest of the world. I hope my stories will help children bring our lessons into adulthood and make a better world.”