In 1982 when Canada was in the midst of a major recession, the British Columbia Export Awards Program was initiated by the Ministry of Economic Development to raise the awareness and recognize the contribution that the manufacturing and service sectors were making to the economy of British Columbia. The first awards were presented by the Lieutenant Governor, the Honourable Henry Bell-Irving, and then Minister of Economic Development, the Honourable Don Phillips at Government House in Victoria, to five companies representing excellence in the following sectors: Manufactured Products, Consumer Products, Service Sector, Resource Sector and Value Added Sector.
Over the years the number and categories of the awards varied in order to better reflect the changes that were taking place in the economy of the province, with the awards being presented annually at a business luncheon in the fall in Vancouver. The program was directly controlled and managed by the Ministry for the next decade and later, by the Crown Corporation, The BC Trade Development Corporation.
In 1999 the Ministry formed a partnership with the Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) and CME BC produced the event until 2013, bringing in over 15 corporate and government sponsors, while reaching out to all business sectors in every region of the province. In 2014, Business in Vancouver Media Group purchased the event and has been running the program ever since.
The longstanding success of this program reflects the growth and diversity of BC’s economy over the past 30 years. With substantial markets now in every region of the world, BC’s exporting companies have become truly international in their scope as well as their vision. For information on the 2017 Awards Ceremony, click here.
The BC Export Awards annually seeks out BC’s Top Exporters and honours them for their excellence and achievements in 9 categories, including 8 directed at firms and 1 at individuals. The Awards are presented by the Government of British Columbia and the BC Division of Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters with support from annual sponsors. It is the oldest awards ceremony of its kind in Canada.
The objectives of the BC Export Awards are:
Past winners of the BC Export Awards provide an education into the outstanding talent and expertise that exists within companies from across British Columbia. Many of the BC winners have gone on to international recognition.