Gregory Koostachin of Attawapiskat, Ontario, and David Tuccaro, Edmonton, Alberta, will be inducted into the Aboriginal Business Hall of Fame, the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB) has announced.
“Aboriginal business leaders inducted into the ABHF are recognized for their accomplishments in achieving sustainable economic development in aboriginal communities,” the CCAB said in a statement.
Koostachin has been a business mainstay in the community in northern Ontario, which was recently in the news because of housing difficulties so severe that the First Nation’s leaders have begged for evacuation over the winter. In 1976 he founded a store, Koostachin & Sons Ltd., in Attawapiskat.
Tuccaro, a member of the Mikisew Cree First Nation, Fort Chipewyan, is chairman of the board of the National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation (NAAF), which announced its winners earlier this week. Besides chairing the foundation’s board, he serves as president and CEO of five companies that create opportunities for aboriginal people, the NAAF says on its site.
He has also served on the board of the Alberta Chamber of Resources and the National Task Force on Oilsands Strategies, co-chaired the 2004 Arctic Winter Games Committee and was one of the directors of the Aboriginal People’s Television Network (APTN) when it was first founded.
He not only helped found the Northeast Alberta Aboriginal Business Association (NAABA) in 1994 but also served as its first president. He himself received a 1999 National Aboriginal Achievement Award, in Business and Commerce. He has given talks on, among other topics, building community capacity.
The inductees will be honored in a ceremony at the CCAB’s 14th Annual Toronto Gala on February 7, 2012, at the Four Seasons Toronto.