The Indigenous ACE Program has been privileged to offer support and watch students grow into successful entrepreneurs. Our graduates' achievements have created program recognition internationally, nationally and regionally.
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Program Awards

The Indigenous Advancement of Cultural Entrepreneurship Program (I-ACE) works hard to offer top-level entrepreneurial education and training to prospective Indigenous entrepreneurs. Over the years, the program has been recognized and awarded at regional, national and international levels for the ongoing work and programs it provides.

International Awards

The European Foundation of Management Development (EFMD) Excellence in Practice (EiP) Awards recognize outstanding and impactful client-supplier partnerships in the domains of Leadership, Professional, Talent and Organizational Development. In 2019, the program was awarded the gold medal for Ecosystem Development.
The International education-business Partnership Network (IPN) celebrated NW-ACE in 2016 for outstanding and effective business, education and community partnerships. The Program received the gold medal and the award was given for the category of Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Skills for the North America region. The ACE Program was also awarded The Overall Global Winner out of 84 contenders.

The annual Global Best Awards are given out by the International Business Education Partnership Network, in collaboration with the Conference Board of Canada, to celebrate the achievements of outstanding education, business and community organization partnerships. 
ACE program director Dr. Brent Mainprize received global recognition at the 27th International Conference on College Teaching and Learning in 2016 from Florida state College at Jacksonville for his innovative teaching techniques.

This prestigious award honours the world’s most highly creative men and women who have contributed significantly to teaching, learning, and technology in higher education. The program director Dr. Brent Mainprize was the recipient of this award in 2016. 

This award, presented by The Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE), celebrates and recognizes up to five post-secondary educators each year for their innovative approaches that promote student-centred teaching and learning. Dr. Brent Mainprize received this award for his ability to create highly effective learning opportunities for students.

National Awards

This team-based award for excellence in collaborative teaching and learning in post-secondary education was given to the ACE Program by the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE).

Regional Awards

Peter B. Gustavson School of Business has been recognized as a runner-up award recipient of The Business of Good in Indigenous Prosperity Award, featured on BC Business.

The collaboration of UVic’s Gustavson School of Business, TRICORP, Service Canada, BG Group and Spectra Energy in delivering an Aboriginal entrepreneurship program – Northwest Aboriginal Canadian Entrepreneurs (NW-ACE) - has won the Industry Council for Aboriginal Business (ICAB) 2014 Partnership and Collaboration Visionary Award.

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