Warrior Plumbing of North Vancouver Takes Homes Indigenous Business Award
By Logan CaswellHPAC General Human Resources Plumbing Awards British Columbia Indigenous
The B.C. Achievement Foundation recognizes excellence among Indigenous businesses and entrepreneurs across the province.
The BC Achievement Foundation has announced the recipients of the 2022 Indigenous Business Awards (IBA). Presented annually, the IBA recognizes the contributions of extraordinary Indigenous businesses and entrepreneurs across B.C., while helping to elevate connections between the province’s Indigenous and non-Indigenous economies.
By recognizing outstanding people and businesses, the IBA gives voice to Indigenous entrepreneurship while modelling success for others to follow. Now in its 14th year, the program counts over 210 remarkable businesses among its alumni.
This year’s award theme is “Thuyshaynum: preparing the path, directing the feet,” which addresses the tireless work being done to correct perceptions of Indigenous history and build respectful, meaningful relationships.
A total of eight Indigenous businesses, entrepreneurs, partnership entities and community-owned enterprises have been selected by a jury panel in 2022, and among those recognized is Warrior Plumbing of North Vancouver, who won Business of the Year – 11-plus person enterprise.
Founded by Curtis Thomas in 2010, Warrior is a fully owned and operated Indigenous mechanical contracting company providing residential builders, developers and homeowner customers with plumbing, gas fitting and HVAC solutions across Greater Vancouver.
Attracting young Indigenous workers to the mechanical contracting profession is key driver for Warrior. The company offers a training program giving new staff an opportunity to gain the education and skills required to obtain their Red Seal certification and a well-paying career in the trades.
Warrior is also aligned with various causes the company believes in and prioritizes helping people within the Tsleil-Waututh First Nation ensuring its members stay safe and comfortable.
For a full list of other winners, visit bcachievement.com.
The 2022 IBA recipients will be recognized in a formal gala ceremony held on November 29 at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver.