Vancouver, British Columbia – November 16, 2022 – JA British Columbia (JABC) is pleased to announce the 2023 Laureate Inductees into the Business Laureates of British Columbia (BLBC) Hall of Fame.   

The 2023 Laureate Inductees are:  

  • Asa Johal, O.C., O.B.C. (1922-2021) President and CEO of Terminal Forest Products  
  • John Anderson, Chairman, CEO and Managing Partner of The Oppenheimer Group  
  • Nancy Stibbard, Owner and CEO of Capilano Suspension Bridge Park and Capilano Group  
  • Peter B. Gustavson, FCPA, FCA , Founder, CEO of Gustavson Capital Corporation  

Each year, Laureates are formally welcomed into the BLBC Hall of Fame at the Gala Dinner and Induction Ceremonies. This year’s event will take place on May 30, 2023, and is proudly presented by Fasken and RBC.  For the second time, it will be held at the Vancouver Convention Centre West, home of the BLBC Hall of Fame.  

“As an organization dedicated to inspiring and preparing young people to succeed, we’re very proud of the impact our inductees have made the example they set for youth,” said Sheila Biggers, President and CEO of JABC. “In addition, each of them demonstrates a significant commitment to their communities, in British Columbia and beyond.”  

Nominations were open to the public from May 2022 until September 2023. The nomination process was guided by Laureate Selection Sponsor, PFM Executive Search, an executive recruitment firm based in Vancouver. Prerequisites for induction included outstanding business achievements and enduring contributions to the province and country.  

The final Laureate selection was made by a committee comprised of a diverse group of past Laureates and business leaders, including Chief Clarence Louie, Ratana Stephens, Chip Wilson, Peter Dhillon, Kathy Butler and Gerri Sinclair. 

The event will be attended by more than 750 guests and will include a reception, dinner, Laureate videos, special guest speakers and JABC student presentations.  

All of the net proceeds from the BLBC Hall of Fame Gala support the efforts ofJA British Columbia (JABC) in delivering work readiness, financial health and entrepreneurship programs to youth in urban, rural and Indigenous communities across the province. 

About the Business Laureates of British Columbia Hall of Fame  

The Business Laureates of British Columbia Hall of Fame was created by JABC in 2005 to honour the lifetime achievements of outstanding B.C. business leaders whose efforts have shaped our province and country. Nominations are open to the public to ensure B.C.’s diverse business community is represented and the broadest group of nominees is put forward. Laureates have demonstrated vision, leadership, integrity and legacy throughout their lifetime, and the Hall of Fame stands as a testament to the positive legacy they leave behind for future generations of business leaders.  

About JA British Columbia   

JA British Columbia (JABC) is a not-for-profit impact organization that delivers free hands-on, immersive education in work readiness, financial health, and entrepreneurship. Reaching thousands of young people each year through partnerships with educators, volunteers, and donors, JABC is one of the few organizations with the experience and passion to build a brighter future for the next generation of innovators, entrepreneurs, and leaders. 

For over 65 years, JABC has served B.C. youth, including Indigenous communities, people of colour, and at-risk populations. JABC’s real-world training helps young people develop the skills to build successful careers, prepare for the risks and rewards of entrepreneurship, and learn to thrive financially. Through JA, young people are equipped with the skillset and mindset to build thriving communities. 

JABC is a proud member of JA Canada and  JA Worldwide, one of the world’s largest and most impactful NGOs. For more information, visit  


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