A British Columbia business publication has offered up a salute to 500 of the province's business, industrial and community leaders, with Business in Vancouver providing a salute to an impressive list of British Columbians in a range of categories.
All together there are fourteen categories that make up the BC 500, featuring a cross section of industry, culture, resource development and public sector participants.
For the Northwest, the largest focus for inclusion on the list comes from the Transportation and Shipping category with the Prince Rupert Port Authority's Shaun Stevenson among those to gain the accolades from the Business publication.
Also of note with Transportation connections to the Northwest are:
Rob Booker the CEO of Prince Rupert based Ridley Terminals
Maksim Mihic CEO and GM of DP World (Canada)
Ted Pickell Chair and CEO of Stewart World Port
Andrea Johnston CFO and SVP Pinnacle Renewable Energy
Rob Ashton President International Longshore and Warehouse Union Canada
The Fishing industry while suffering some challenges again this year, is still one of the key industries of the North Coast and the Business in Vancouver listings feature a few notables who have an impact on the fishery in the region.
Looming largest on the list is Jim Pattison, the President Jim Pattison Group (Canadian Fishing Company)
Others in the review that have an impact on the region include:
Glen Clark -- President and COO The Jim Pattison Group (Canadian Fishing Company)
Dan Nomura -- President Canadian Fishing Company
James Lawson -- President United Fishermen and Allied Workers' Union-Uniform
Ongoing plans for LNG development also features a few connections to the Northwest led off by Haisla leader Chief Councillor Crystal Smith
Susannah Pierce -- Country Chair, Canada Shell
Karen Ogen-Toews -- CEO First Nations LNG Alliance
First Nation leadership when it comes to interaction with government and Business also gains a focus from the BIV 500, with Chad Day -- President of the Tahltan Central Government gaining notice for his work in the region.
Among those who were also noted:
Merle Alexander -- Principal Miller title and Company
Celeste Haldane -- Chief Commissioner BC Treaty Commission
Terry Teegee -- Regional Chief British Columbia Assembly of First Nations
A familiar name for many Municipal leaders across the region made the BIV 500 with Joel McKay the CEO of Northern Development Initiative Trust hailed as one of British Columbia's Most influential leaders.
While not based in the Northwest, a few others on the list do have an impact on the industrial, media, labour and cultural themes from the area, some of those names include:
David Black -- Chair of Black Press Media and its string of northwest publications
Leigh Ann Shoji-Lee -- President of Pacific Northern Gas Ltd.
Martine Reid -- Honorary Chair Bill Reid Foundation
Teri Mooring -- BC Teachers' Federation
Michael Green -- Principal, President and CEO Michael Green Architecture Inc. (one of the contributors to the design team for the proposed Lax Kw'alaams Housing in Prince Rupert)
You can review the full list and biographies of all 500 on this years review from the Business in Vancouver website.