GSS: Outstanding Business Achievement

September 21, 2016

2016 BC Aboriginal Awardee: Gitxsan Safety Services Inc.


September 12, 2016

VANCOUVER - British Columbia Achievement Foundation announced Gitxsan Safety Services Inc. is the 2016 awardee of the Outstanding Business Achievement award in the Community-Owned Business of the Year - One Entity category.

The awardees of the eighth annual BC Aboriginal Business Awards were announced September 9th by Premier Christy Clark and Keith Mitchell, Chair of the BC Achievement Foundation, the presenting organization of the awards.

The honourees will be celebrated at a gala dinner ceremony on October 19, 2016 at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver where the Honourable John Rustad, Minister of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation, will present the awards.

"Aboriginal entrepreneurship is vital to ensuring that all British Columbians benefit from our growing economy," said Premier Christy Clark. "The awards shine a spotlight on the important and expanding role of Aboriginal business in BC while showcasing successful Aboriginal entrepreneurs from across the province."

“I am proud to be of part of Gitxsan Safety Services and excited we were awarded Outstanding Business Achievement in recognition of our hard work. GSS growth provides much needed jobs to surrounding community members. I am honoured to receive this award on behalf of all GSS employees and Gitxsan.” Mindy Good, GSS Traffic Control Supervisor.

The BC Aboriginal Business Awards were launched in 2008 to honour and celebrate business excellence. A total of 15 Aboriginal businesses, entrepreneurs, partnership entities and community-owned enterprises will be recognized at this year’s gala dinner.

“The 2016 awardees represent entrepreneurial excellence in diverse and unique industries within British Columbia including law, communications, resource management, construction, entertainment, esthetics, landscaping and retail,” added Keith Mitchell.

Members of the 2016 jury panel include Michelle Corfield, Glen Ohs and Judith Sayers.

The BC Aboriginal Business Awards are presented by the BC Achievement Foundation in partnership with the Ministry of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation, and generously supported by New Relationship Trust, TD, Teck, BC Hydro, CN, Encana, Spectra Energy and MNPllp .

The BC Achievement Foundation is an independent foundation established and endowed in 2003 by the Province of British Columbia to celebrate community service, arts, humanities and enterprise.

Gitxsan Safety Services Inc. offers safety solutions in the areas of Safety Monitoring, Traffic Management, Medical Services and Security. Traffic Management provides signage, pilot cars, lane closure technicians and traffic control personnel to some of Canada’s largest organizations with a demonstrated commitment to safety. Medical Services provides fully equipped MTCs, licensed medics, paramedics and OFA Level 3 First Aid Responders for daily operations, remote camps and large scale projects. Security combines world-class experience with an intimate knowledge of the regions we serve to provide security services for camps, ports, mining, oil and gas and other industries. BC SafetyLink Monitor Center is powered by leading-edge technology to offer a progressive approach to safety by providing world-class, real-time solutions that protect lone workers, teams in isolation and company assets, with 24/7 live monitoring.

Complete list of awardees is available on the foundation’s website at



Rick Connors, President & CEO

Gitxsan Safety Services Inc. | 604-940-1213

Cathryn Wilson, Executive Director

BC Achievement Foundation | 604.261.9777