National organization chooses Alberta Métis businessman for top honors

Friday, December 9th, 2016 4:53pm


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Dr. Herbert Belcourt

Respected Métis entrepreneur Dr. Herbert Belcourt is the recipient of the 2017 Aboriginal Business Hall of Fame Lifetime Achievement Award.

Belcourt is the founder of several businesses, including Belcourt Construction, started in 1965. It’s the third largest power-line company in Alberta.

In 2001, Belcourt and two others formed Belcourt Brosseau Métis Awards, a $13-million endowment with a mandate to support Métis students to further their education. To date, $17 million is in the endowment. During the last 15 years, $6 million has been bestowed on more than 1,000 students in more than 200 programs in every education institution in Alberta.

Belcourt’s accolades include an honorary Doctorate of Laws from the University of Alberta in 2001, the Order of Athabasca University in 2006, an investiture as a Member of the Order of Canada in 2010, and an honorary diploma from NorQuest College in 2014.

The Lifetime Achievement Award presented by the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business recognizes a First Nations (Status or non-Status), Inuit, or Métis business person whose community leadership and business success has made a substantive contribution to the economic and social well-being of Aboriginal people across Canada.