In June 2016, Dr. Brent Mainprize, ACE Program Director, and I headed off on a quick trip to London, Ontario to accept the Alan Blizzard Award on behalf of the Aboriginal Canadian Entrepreneurs program. I say it was a quick trip because even though it took us almost a full day to get there and almost a full day to get back, we were really only in London for a 45-minute presentation. continue reading…
Patrick Shannon, Haida Owned and Operated Graduate, 2015 British Columbia Aboriginal Business Awards Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award Winner
Dana Foster, NW-ACE Graduate, 2015 Northwest Innovation Challenge Runner-Up
Harvey James Russell, NW-ACE Graduate, 2015 ThriveNorth Business Challenge Best New Social Enterprise Category Second Prize
Ben Davidson, Haida Owned and Operated Graduate, 2014 BC Achievement Foundation British Columbia Creative Achievement Award for First Nations’ Art Winner
Christine Moody and Giuliana Hauknes, NW-ACE Graduates, 2014 Northwest Innovation Challenge Winners
NW-ACE program’s golden glow: international recognition for in community entrepreneurial training program
May 16, 2019, Victoria, BC – The Aboriginal Canadian Entrepreneurs (ACE) program, developed in partnership with Tribal Resources Investment Corporation (TRICORP), provincial and federal governments and the Peter B. Gustavson School of Business has been honoured with the 2019 Excellence in Practice Gold Award in the special category of Ecosystem Development. Bestowed on the program by the world’s largest association in the field of management development, the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD), the international recognition honours ACE’s commitment to in community learning and development opportunities for Indigenous entrepreneurs across BC.
The only North American partnership to be recognized as part of the 2019 awards, the ACE program provides Indigenous students to learn, while in living in their communities, the tools needed to turn skills and passion into viable businesses that benefit themselves and their community.
“We’re proud of the ACE programs and the difference they are making in the lives of our people and in the economic self-reliance of our Indigenous communities. This prestigious international honour validates the power in partnership where we work together and learn from each other by bridging Indigenous culture with the key principles of entrepreneurship,” says Frank Parnell, CEO of TRICORP.
The program blends cutting-edge concepts and traditional values with hands-on practical learning and mentorship, leveraging the skills and wisdom of Indigenous community leaders and university educators. To date, the program has 309 graduates from 38 Indigenous communities with 84 businesses started. Enabling the creation of more Indigenous businesses is important for the prosperity of Indigenous communities and helps move toward economic reconciliation in Canada.
“It is an honour to be invited by TRICORP to co-design the ACE program to provide prospective entrepreneurs with the skills, knowledge and mentorship needed to successfully start a business, serve their communities with confidence, and foster entrepreneurial development while using their Indigenous heritage”, says Dr. Brent Mainprize, Director of the ACE Program and entrepreneurship professor at the Gustavson School of Business, “Indigenous businesses and communities in Canada hold tremendous potential to revitalize regional economies and contribute to prosperity and well-being for all Canadians.”
EFMD created the Excellence in Practice Awards in 2007 to showcase outstanding learning and development partnerships that demonstrate best collaborative practices in the field of executive education.
Award recipients will present their partnerships at the EFMD Executive Development Conference, held in Barcelona, Spain on November 12-13, 2019.
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2016 Global Overall Best Winner, awarded by International Education Business Partnership Network (IPN) in partnership with the Conference Board of Canada – September 16, 2016
13th International Education Business Partnership Conference – Oslo, Norway
The IPN Global Best Awards recognize the achievements of exceptional education, community, and business organizations partnerships. The NW-ACE program was selected by an international panel of judges as “Global Overall Best Winner” from an extremely competitive international pool made up of 84 finalists. Each finalist had previously received a gold or silver medal in competitions in one of six award categories in each of seven global regions.
The theme of the 2016 conference was Youth Employability—Partnership Solutions, and NW-ACE was selected in recognition of the significant impact the program has in those areas in northwestern British Columbia. The collaboration between Tribal Resources Investment Corporation (TRICORP), the University of Victoria’s Gustavson School of Business, industry and government, and representatives from Aboriginal communities, has delivered a top-tier business school education to Indigenous communities in the region. It has provided participants with the skills, knowledge and mentorship to start their own businesses. The ACE program now serves nine First Nations and over 25 Aboriginal communities.“We’re proud of the NW-ACE program and the difference it is making in the lives of our people and in the economic self-reliance of our Aboriginal communities. This prestigious international honour validates the power in partnership where we work together and learn from each other,” says TRICORP CEO Frank Parnell.
“Collaborating with TRICORP and being invited into Aboriginal communities to deliver the NW-ACE program has been a true honour and we are thrilled that this unique entrepreneurship skills training model is receiving global recognition,” says Brent Mainprize, program director and teaching professor at the Gustavson School of Business.
2016 Gold Medal for North America, in the category of Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Skills for the North America region, awarded by International Education Business Partnership Network (IPN) in partnership with the Conference Board of Canada – September 16, 2016
13th International Education Business Partnership Conference – Oslo, Norway
The IPN Global Best Awards recognize the achievements of exceptional education, community, and business organizations partnerships. The NW-ACE program was awarded the Gold Medal in the category of Entrepreneurship and Entrerprise Skills for the North American region by an international panel of judges as from an extremely competitive regional pool. The Gold Medal qualified the program for the Global Best Award, for which the NW-ACE program was also selected.
The NW-ACE program is a collaboration between Tribal Resources Investment Corporation (TRICORP), the University of Victoria’s Gustavson School of Business, industry and government, and representatives from Aboriginal communities.
2016 Global Stars Award, 2016 Reimagine Education STARS finalist, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.
Reimagine Education rewards innovative initiatives that produce enhancing student learning outcomes & employability. Each year a global conference recognizes those seeking to shape the future of education, by selecting from a poll of over 1000 educational innovators for the 16 award categories.
2016 International Award for Innovative Excellence in Teaching, Learning and Technology, awarded by the International Conference on College Teaching and Learning to Dr. Brent Mainprize, ACE Program Director
2016 Ernest L. Boyer International Award for Excellence in Teaching, Learning and Technology (runner up), awarded to Dr. Brent Mainprize, ACE Program Director
2014 D2L Innovation Award in Teaching and Learning, awarded by the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education to Dr. Brent Mainprize, ACE Program Director
2016 Alan Blizzard Award in Collaboration in Teaching, awarded by the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education – Friday, June 24, 2016
The Alan Blizzard Award publicly recognizes institutions, programs, and individuals that exemplify collaboration in university teaching that enhances student learning. The Award, named for the STHLE President Dr. Alan Blizzard, endeavors to disseminate scholarship of teaching and learning that is based in collaborative teaching practices.
“University teaching is typically assumed to be a solitary, private, and individual activity. Collaboration can also be an effective strategy for accomplishing student learning. The Alan Blizzard Award highlights excellence in collaborative university teaching and learning.”
Awarded to the flagship Northwest Aboriginal Canadian Entrepreneurs (NW-ACE) program, the Alan Blizzard award recognizes the collaborative effort between Aboriginal Communities served by Tribal Resource Investment Corporation: (TRICORP), regional and provincial governments and the University of Victoria’s Gustavson School of Business in delivering entrepreneurial learning to Indigenous communities of northwest British Columbia. This partnership enables the NW-ACE program to bring a university business education directly to the Indigenous community, enabling students to learn in their communities and territories. The program enhances the self-sufficiency and economic opportunities of Aboriginal people in their traditional territories by educating and encouraging prospective entrepreneurs to start and build their own businesses.
The Award recognizes the work of the collaborative team comprising the Tribal Resource Investment Corporation, UVic Gustavson School of Business, Office of Indigenous Affairs UVic, Service Canada, Executive Programs UVic, NW Community College, First Nations Technology Council, and UVic Fine Arts and Indigenous Education. The team includes Dr. Saul Klein, Dr. Brent Mainprize, Ms. Jacquie Ridley, Ms. Charmaine Stack, Ms. Nicole Wallace, Ms. Helena Zhang, Ms. Ruth Young, Prof. Mark Bridge, Dr. Graham Brown, Dr. Mark Colgate, Dr. Vivien Corwin, Prof. Chris Graham, Prof. Mia Maki, Mr. Greg Martin, Ms. Francesca de Bastiani, Mr. Dave McKeever, Mr. Dan Nesbitt, Prof. Heather Ranson, Dr. Brock Smith, Mr. Cory Stephens, Mr. Calvin Albright, Mr. David Try, Ms. Denise Williams, Ms. Jordyn Hrenyk, Mr.Frank Parnell, Mr. Fraser Earl, Mr. Arthur Mercer, Mr. Todd Dunlop and Ms. Robyn Kruger
2014 Entrepreneurship Educator of the Year, awarded by Start-up Canada to Dr. Brent Mainprize, ACE Program Director – May 12, 2014
ACE Program Dircetor Dr. Brent Mainprize was named Entrepreneurship Educator of the Year for the BC region in the Startup Canada awards. UVic was also awarded the Most Entrepreneurial Post-Secondary Institution of the Year at the same event. The Startup Canada Awards recognize “those driving impact and demonstrating excellence in Canada’s entrepreneurship and innovation community.” Every year, the awards committee receives “hundreds of nominations” from across the nation. The regional awards ceremonies are held every year in local startup spaces and “education hubs”, and bring together thousands of entrepreneurs, educators, and award recipients.
“The winners of the Startup Canada Awards are selected by an esteemed adjudication committee which consists of a diverse group of leading entrepreneurs, ecosystem builders, and previous Startup Canada Award recipients.”
Startup Canada explains that Dr. Mainprize “[d]emonstrated excellence in educating, empowering and equipping entrepreneurship students with the attitudes, skills, experiential learning opportunities and networks needed to pursue successful entrepreneurial venture”. The Dean of UVic’s Peter B. Gustavson School of Business and nominator for both Startup awards, Dr. Saul Klein, states that he is “immensely proud of Dr. Mainprize and the University of Victoria as a whole for reaching this level of success in the entrepreneurial community” .
2014 Leadership in Partnership and Collaboration Visionary Award, awarded by the Industry Council for Aboriginal Business (ICAB) – Thursday, July 17, 2014
Roundhouse Community Centre, Vancouver, BC
The Indigenous Business and Investment Council works to improve Indigenous involvement in the economy, through the promotion of Indigenous businesses and entrepreneurs, and also through industry partnerships. The Aboriginal Business Recognition Awards celebrate and recognize successful partnerships between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal corporations and individuals that create shared economic opportunities.
The 2014 Leadership in Partnership and Collaboration Visionary Award was given to the collaborative effort between Uvic’s Gustavson School of Business, TRICORP, Service Canada, BG Group, and Spectra Energy, in delivering the Aboriginal Canadian Entrepreneur program. Commenting on the achievements of the ACE program, ICAB CEO Brenda Ireland stated that the “innovative community-based program is indeed worthy of acknowledgement.”
One of the two original founding partners of the ACE program, The Tribal Resources Investment Corporation (TRICORP) provides a wide range of financial services to First Nations entrepreneurs in Northwestern British Columbia. The other founding partner, Uvic’s Gustavson School of Business, provides broader administrative and instructional support.
The ICAB award also recognizes the two key innovations central to the NW-ACE partnership: UVic Gustavson professors travel to Prince Rupert to deliver the curriculum in the community and the program actively seeks Aboriginal students with skill-sets that can be leveraged to start a business and tap into the many projects set to launch in the area.
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