Kwikwetlem First Nation (KFN) learned on November 20th that it is one of three finalists in the Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards in the ‘Environmental Steward of the Year’ category. KFN learned in October that it had been nominated for the newly created award. The winners of the 2018 Business Excellence Awards will be announced at the Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce Gala on January 26, 2019 in the Molson Canadian Theatre at the Hard Rock Casino.

The award nomination is in recognition of KFN’s commitment to environmental stewardship excellence with a variety of projects either completed or currently underway at the Riverview Lands in Coquitlam. KFN has contracted KFN Enterprises LP (KFNE) as a partner on projects such as the Lougheed Highway East Improvement project, the Riverview Civil Works South project, the 25K Electrical Distribution System Loop project and the Artifact Bearing Soils project. Through KFNE, KFN has also been recognized for introducing a unique Kwikwetlem First Nation history and culture workshop that all employees and contractors must complete to work on its projects.

The same high standards for environmental stewardship have been implemented on the Kwikwetlem Business Park (KBP) project. KBP is a 44-hectare development off Pitt River Road in Port Coquitlam that will be developed in three phases. When fully developed KBP will support thousands of new jobs and generate substantial new taxes for local and other governments.