2008 Past Events

2008 BCEA

Ida Chong, Minister of Technology, Trade and Economic Development and Craig Williams, Vice President BC Division, Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME), today announced the winners of the 2008 BC Export Awards, and named Day4 Energy, Inc. as Exporter of the Year.

Barry Lapointe, President & CEO of the Kelowna Flightcraft Group of Companies, Canada’s third largest airline company, was honoured with the prestigious Leadership Award. Founded in 1970, Kelowna Flightcraft provides maintenance and engineering services, as well as training for crew and mechanics. Clients include airlines from around the world that fly their aircraft and staff for the services offered in Kelowna.

A second individual award, the International Business Studies Award, honoured Annalea Krebs for her outstanding promise as an export leader.

“British Columbia’s ability to export its goods and services is, and always will be, key to our economic success and I congratulate all of this year’s BC Export Awards winners and nominees,” said Ida Chong, Minister of Technology, Trade and Economic Development. “Our leading-edge exporters have helped create a strong and diverse economy. The Province looks forward to working with them as we seek to expand our international trading relationships.”

The 26th Annual B.C. Export Awards were held during a Gala luncheon ceremony at the Hyatt Regency Vancouver hotel today. Co-hosted by the Ministry of Technology, Trade and Economic Development and the Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME), B.C. Division, the luncheon was attended by Minister Ida Chong and leaders from across the province’s business and global trade community.

“The companies recognized this year have all demonstrated the leadership and innovation that characterizes B.C.’s export industry. They have identified new markets and seized opportunities for growth despite the decline in international markets,” said Craig Williams, Vice President, CME, B.C. Division. “The importance of broadening our export base, and building on the solid foundations of our resource industries, will enable all regions of B.C. to prosper into the future”