Lourdes Gant won a Silver Stevie Award i

Nicknamed the Stevies for the Greek word for “crowned,” Lourdes won a Silver Stevie Award in the Woman of the Year category.

Lourdes Gant and Briana Gant of Manatee Holdings Ltd. are winners of a Silver & Gold Stevie® Awards in the Woman of the Year and Maverick of the Year category accordingly in the 15th Annual International Business Awards® August 9, 2018.

The International Business Awards are the world’s premier business awards program. All individuals and organizations worldwide — public and private, for-profit and non-profit, large and small — are eligible to submit nominations.

Nicknamed the Stevies for the Greek word for “crowned,” more than 3,900 nominations from organizations of all sizes and in virtually every industry were submitted this year. Both Lourdes and Briana won their categories for the aquaculture and fishing industries.

Briana Gant

Briana Gant holding a geoduck

Briana Gant came to work for Manatee Holdings Ltd. from a background as a paramedic and member of the Whitewater Ski Resort Rescue Team. Last fishing season, Briana was the only female diver working in the urchin and sea cucumber fisheries on the West Coast of Canada.

This work demands a highly trained, experienced, warrior mentality, well grounded in the reality of the ocean’s surroundings, just to survive, let alone to do well.

Here are some of the judges’ comments: “A true maverick in a very positive sense.” “Very courageous, unique in every way, very few can achieve what Briana has achieved. Well done!” “Dealing with the dangers to create such a marvelous ecological output. Incredibly good!”

Lourdes Gant is also the recipient of the Silver Stevie in 2017 for the same category. Here are some of the judges’ comments about her entry: .”More multi-cultural, more environmental and more humanistic accomplishments to make the world a better place.” “She has done an unbelievable job by taking care of the environment while doing business.”

“With the difficult environment that we are all experiencing … it’s evident with Lourdes that she has what it takes to lead and innovate.”

“This year’s Stevie Award winners in the IBAs are the most distinguished group of winners we’ve had yet,” said Michael Gallagher, president and founder of the Stevie Awards.

“We raised the minimum average score from the judges required to qualify as a Stevie winner, so 2018 winners should be especially proud of their achievements.”



Manatee Holdings Ltd. mandate is to create the most environmentally beneficial food production operation on land or sea anywhere in the world. It is presently seeking out Investor Directors who want to focus on developing and connecting business with sustainability. Check out: www.sustainableaquaculture.ca for more information.


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