Two wood paddles on a table with a black table top. The paddles have floral designs on the end. At the Asper School of Business.

Visionary Indigenous Business Excellence (VIBE) Awards

2023 nominations are now open

  • Janelle Desrosiers, wearing a blue dress, and Alex Hupe, wearing a blue suit, standing side by side holding their award paddles.
  • Visionary Indigenous Business Excellence Award nominations are now open! 

    Do you know an Indigenous-led business that is innovating and making an impact in Manitoba? Are you an entrepreneur whose business fits this description? If so, we encourage you to nominate yourself or that business.

    Submit a nomination

    Nominations are due by 4:30 p.m. (CT) on May 8, 2023.

VIBE recipients

Past recipients


Our 2019 recipients are strong and vibrant Indigenous entrepreneurs who are invested in the wider Winnipeg community. We celebrated the 15th annual Visionary Indigenous Business Excellence (VIBE) Awards recipients, HUB Technology Solutions and BeYOUTee School, Factory & Bar on November 7, 2019 at the Fort Garry Hotel.

BeYOUTee School

Be●YOU●Tee Bar offers full service luxury salon experiences at its location in the Corydon Village area, specializing in makeup, hair, lash extensions, waxing, laser, and nail services. They also offer wedding and private party services.

Angie Zachary - owner and founder of Be●YOU●Tee – is a member of the Peguis First Nation and dedicates herself to giving back to the community. Over the years she has contributed time, make-up, and funds in support of The Dream Factory, Variety Club, Ronald McDonald House, and The Mood Disorders Association of Manitoba, The Aboriginal Film Festival.

Be●YOU●Tee regularly offers donates time and services to ensure that Indigenous women feel special and receive top-notch salon treatment for both Galentine’s Day at Centre for Aboriginal Human Resource Development’s (CAHRD) annual graduation ceremony.

HUB Technology Solutions

Through the years, HUB has grown from a modest two-person operation to a strong, dynamic organization with over 20 employees and more than 100 active clients throughout Manitoba, Canada, and the US.

Having lived and raised his family in Winnipeg, McLennan has deep roots in the community. McLennan believes in building strong relationships with clients, community, and his employees. HUB solutions offers employees’ paid personal time to volunteer for charitable organizations of their choice, supports the Christmas Cheer board, Winnipeg Harvest food drives, Bell Let’s Talk Day, Pink Shirt Day, and International Women’s Day, and supports employees with paid education programs. Further, HUB offers its employees paid education programs.

HUB has partnered with the Manitoba Métis Federation Employment and Training to bring the Red River Business Information Technology (BIT) program to the HUB team. McLennan is a proud member of the Métis Business Club and has been actively involved with the Winnipeg Métis Liberty Local, working on fundraising and raising awareness for youth bursary opportunities.


Christa Bruneau-Guenther - Feast Café Bistro

Regan Greenwood -  Style Bar Boutique


Noel Bernier - Hermanos Hospitality

Arrowhead Development Corp - Madison Petro-Canada


Caralyn and Robert Rabichuk - Covert Logistics

Andréanne Dandeneau - Voilà par Andréanne


Chief Peguis Investment Corporation

Connie and Robert Chartrand - Connie's Corner Café


Métis Economic Development Organization

Sagkeeng Superstore

Beyond Excellence IBEP Alumni Business Award

Julie DesLauriers - EMOTiCOM Marketing


Brenda Parsons - All Nations Print

Louis Champagne & Russ Rothney - Neechi Foods Co-op Ltd


Chubb Chabot - L. Chabot Enterprises

E.J. Fontaine & Eva Wilson-Fontaine -


Bernie Vermette - B. Vermette Back-Hoe SVC Ltd.


Pat Turner - E.T. Development Ltd.


Arnold Asham - Asham Curling Supplies

Our 2022 sponsors

We would like to thank our 2022 sponsors for their contributions in helping our students achieve their aspirations.

VIP Reception Sponsor

Event Partners

Corporate Table Partners

  • CPA Manitoba
  • L. Kerry Vickar Business Law Clinic
  • Louis Riel Capital Corporation
  • Lowe Mechanical
  • Manitoba Hydro
  • RBC Convention Centre
  • Works Compensation Board

Contact Us

Indigenous Business Education Partners
Room 374, Drake Centre
181 Freedman Cres.
University of Manitoba (Fort Garry campus)
Winnipeg, MB R3T 5V4 Canada