Rose Paul wins 2023 Indigenous Women in Leadership Award
By Adam FreillConstruction Leadership
CCAB recently honoured Paul with award recognizing strong leadership and mentorship from a businesswoman making a difference in her community.
Rose Paul, CEO of Bayside Development Corporation, is the 2023 winner of the Indigenous Women in Leadership (IWIL) award, presented by the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB). The award, sponsored by LNG Canada, is presented each year to a strong leader, mentor, and businesswoman who has been instrumental in making a difference that impacts her community and/or country.
As the leader of Bayside Development Corporation, the business arm of Pagtnkek Mi’kmaw Nation, Paul is committed to the growth of the Pagntkek community and its members. Under her leadership, Bayside Development Corporation prioritized working alongside other parties to complete the first phase of a highway interchange that has significantly benefited the economy of Pagtnkek Mi’kmaw Nation. Her persistent efforts were also instrumental in the development of Bayside Travel Centre and the construction of a new business centre.
“We are immensely proud to present Rose Paul with the Indigenous Women in Leadership Award,” said CCAB president and CEO, Tabatha Bull. “Her tenacity, vision, and dedication to her community exemplify how to create and be a powerful force for positive change. We wholeheartedly congratulate her and look forward to witnessing the incredible impact she will continue to make as a leader and role model.”
Paul has been a tireless advocate for economic growth and has developed strong relationships within clean energy, mining, and even the sustainable food industry, thanks to partnerships with Everwind Fuels, Signal Gold and Clearwater Seafoods. She has been recognized for her achievements receiving multiple awards for women in community leadership, economic development, community building and tourism.
“I am extremely honoured to be receiving the prestigious Indigenous Women in Leadership award. I am earnestly grateful for the recognition I have received for my work, because I am very sure that every other nominee for this award was as capable, if not more, of winning this award,” said Paul “I have faced several challenges on my way here, but each one of them has only strengthened me to make me the person I am today. Winning this award would not have been possible without the inspiration I have received from my community, leadership, my beautiful family and my colleagues, for whom I have the deepest respect, and from whom I have derived the strength to challenge myself and perform better at each stage.”
Paul will be honoured at CCAB’s Indigenous Women in Leadership Forum in Vancouver, B.C., in October.
“On behalf of LNG Canada, congratulations to Rose Paul on receiving this year’s Indigenous Women in Leadership Award,” said Teresa Waddington, vice-president corporate relations at LNG Canada. “Rose is a visionary building business and industry partnerships that create business opportunities benefitting many communities. She is an inspiration and truly deserves this recognition.”