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Warrior Plumbing of North Vancouver Takes Home Indigenous Business Award

October 4, 2022 | By Logan Caswell

The B.C. Achievement Foundation recognizes excellence among Indigenous businesses and entrepreneurs across the province.

(Photo provided by the B.C. Achievement Foundation)

The BC Achievement Foundation has announced the recipients of the 2022 Indigenous Business Awards (IBA) and has recognized a  plumbing and heating contractor, Warrior Plumbing of North Vancouver. 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.

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 were selected by a jury panel in 2022, and among those recognized is Warrior Plumbing 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.



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