The CPAEF has announced its intent to support the Ch’nook Scholars Program with a three year financial commitment worth $12,000.
The Ch’nook Program was established in 2007 to recognize indigenous business students studying at certain institutions across BC who demonstrate personal and professional achievements and who have made contributions to their university, college or community. Current partners of the program include the UBC|Sauder School of Business, Thompson Rivers University, UNBC, Simon Fraser University, Capilano University, University of Victoria, University of the Fraser Valley and Vancouver Island University.
The primary objective of the Ch’nook Program is to foster aboriginal student success in fields of economic development. The program is recognized as a pioneer and leader in Canada based on its success in addressing challenges involved in trying to move from low participation rates for Indigenous students in business education to encouraging, enabling, and enhancing strong cohorts of Indigenous business leaders and practitioners in First Nations communities.
The program was initially developed as a scholarship for Indigenous Business Students which evolved into a program that compliments post-secondary business education and works to develop leadership skills and business knowledge. Ch’nook Scholars receive a $2,000 scholarship, expense-paid attendance at provincial gatherings, business cards, professional photos, bios, membership in CANDO (a national Aboriginal organization involved in community economic development), access to facilitated paid-internship programs, and support for math/financial tutoring, just to name a few.
The class of 2016/17 celebrated their graduation on June 9, 2017 with a ceremony held at the UBC First Nations Longhouse located on the UBC Vancouver campus. Opening with a traditional welcome from a Musqueam elder, the ceremony recognized 14 aboriginal program graduates and 11 Ch’nook Scholars.
In attendance were various supporters and friends including Sharon Hummel and Jennifer Weintraub from CPABC’s Business Development team, Stephanie Mocherniak, development officer with UBC|Sauder School of Business and Hugh Livingstone CPA CGA, a partner with Crowe Mackay – a longtime supporter of the program.
The CPAEF was represented by Scott Sinclair FCPA FCA, a CPAEF governor and instructor at the UBC|Sauder School, and David Chiang, who said, “the CPAEF is proud to support Indigenous students and wishes all Ch’nook Scholars success in their education and future careers.”
Congratulations to all the student graduates and scholars.