Top Indigenous Owned Business for the 2nd Year:
This business showcased the best of indigenous (First Nations, Metis & Inuit) entrepreneurship in Prince George and is majority-owned by an indigenous person, community, or organization. This business has distinguished itself for excellence, innovation, and customer service.
Presented By: Pacific BioEnergy Corporation
Winner: Zandra Ross Coaching & Consulting
When she learned that her company, Zandra Ross Coaching and Consulting, had been named the Top Indigenous Owned Business at the 2020 Prince George Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards, Zandra worked hard to keep calm and quietly thanked her family. Keeping calm is not something this dynamic business leader is known for. She freely admits that her boundless energy and enthusiasm for hard-work and life have left some people wondering who she really is and what drives her to achieve business success.
“It was an honour not only to me but to my family and ancestors who did not have the same opportunities as I have been fortunate to have,” said the indigenous business leader. “I also appreciated being a finalist in the Top Business Person of the Year Award category as well. Generations before me had to endure residential school and then Indian day school. Much has been written about the negative impacts of these schools on indigenous people’s lives. I did not have to face the same challenges as my parents and other family members. I was part of the first generation of indigenous people who could live freely and make my own decisions. What I do everyday at Zandra Ross Coaching & Consulting is to say, ‘thank you’ to my family and ancestors for giving me the opportunity to succeed.”
She is a member of the Williams Lake First Nation and has worked extensively in First Nations communities with members and leaders in all capacities. Her consulting work has also included an overseas assignment to Davao, Philippines as an Indigenous Persons Specialist with the Philippines-Canada Economic and Environmental Development and Management organization (PCEEM). During this time, she engaged local leaders, natural resource specialists and indigenous communities to develop sustainable community driven economic and environmental strategies.
Zandra’s work and volunteer experience includes training and employment, organizational and community development, community treaty preparation, fundraising/proposal development, program/service development and delivery, strategic planning, human resource management, event planning, needs assessment researcher/statistician, facilitation/public speaking, personal training, group fitness, yoga teacher and health/lifestyle/executive coaching.
“I would like to thank the Prince George Chamber of Commerce for the award and Pacific BioEnergy Corporation for sponsoring the award. This year was only the 2nd year that the award has been available to indigenous entrepreneurs in our community and I feel that it speaks to the growing importance of indigenous businesses and indigenous customers in the economy.”