First for Langley First Nations
Qwantlen Business Group wins Community Project Award
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SQBG Director Brenda Fernie is
congratulated by Scott Randolph, Chair of BCEDA.
June 10, 2014 the Seyem’ Qwantlen Business Group (SQBG) won an unprecedented
award at the recent BC Economic Development Awards (BCEDA): Community
Project Award, Less than 20,000 Population.
The BCEDA and BC Hydro’s BC Economic Development Awards recognizes the
province’s best economic development, marketing materials, programs and
partnerships. These prestigious awards honor organizations and individuals
for their efforts in creating positive change in urban, suburban, and rural
members of SQBG attended the dinner while SQBG president and Kwantlen First
Nation band councilor Tumia Knott accepted the award on behalf of SQBG and
"The Seyem’ Qwantlen Business Group, wholly owned by the Kwantlen First
Nation, was proud to accept the award presented by the BC Economic
Development Association, for community project with a population less than
20,000 in the Province of BC,” said Brenda Fernie, owner and director of the
“The nomination was for the work Seyem’ Qwantlen Business Group has
completed over the past three years in building operational capacity. This
award was such an honor as it recognized the staff for all of their hard
work and dedication on behalf of the Kwantlen Nation."
The BCEDA recognized SQBG as real pioneers in economic development.
Thirteen members of SQBG attended the BCEDA
award dinner on June 10, 2014.
"This was the first time in our history to receive a nomination from a First
Nation community and we were extremely pleased to see them win,” said Dale
Wheeldon, President and CEO of BCEDA. “The economic development efforts of
the Seyem’ Qwantlen Business Group and Kwantlen First Nations is truly a
best practice. They have clearly demonstrated how engaging local citizens,
working with neighboring communities, supporting entrepreneurship and
building strong local businesses can achieve positive results on building a
The BCEDA is the leading professional association of economic development
practitioners in the Province of BC. The BCEDA currently has over 360
members from communities throughout the province.
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