Business and Commerce (2003)
Gary Bosgoed is in the midst of a career that has no limits. As one of Aboriginal Canada’s leading entrepreneurs, this founder and operator of Bosgoed Project Consultants is currently managing projects and operations worth more than $200 million. It is the only firm of its kind in Canada owned by a First Nations registered professional engineer. Mr. Bosgoed has brought the magic of modern telecommunications to 60 reserves and manages hospitals, housing units, commercial buildings and energy projects for many others. All told, he has worked with 100 First Nations over the past decade. Mr. Bosgoed started with a single office in Saskatchewan in 1992 and this has now expanded to seven offices across five Canadian provinces. Not bad for a Peepeekisis First Nation member who started school in a one-room schoolhouse. A founding Director of the Canadian Aboriginal Science and Engineering Association, Mr. Bosgoed’s projects maximize Aboriginal participation. He has created, through direct-hire and sub-contracting, employment and training to over 400 Aboriginal people along the way. Active in all facets of community life — from serving as a Beaver Leader to sitting on the board of the SaskFilm and Development Corporation – Mr. Bosgoed was named the University of Regina Alumnus of the Year among other honours. Each year, Mr. Bosgoed and his firm mentor Aboriginal youth. “I always challenge young people who seem to have a fear of making mistakes,” he says. “I tell them my only failure is not trying. It’s about organizing yourself, challenging yourself and not being afraid to make mistakes. You’re not always going to be a success your first time out.” A success like Gary Bosgoed is today.