• Honouree Pudge Bawa & son Rajin, Marpole Transport, Duncan

    Pudge Bawa Announced as Lifetime Achiever for Black Tie Awards 2020

    The Duncan Cowichan Chamber is pleased to announce that Pudge Bawa will be honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award at The Black Tie Awards in April. Born and raised in Cowichan, Mr. Bawa’s many contributions to the community – both as a business man and volunteer – are prolific.  His company Marpole Transport Ltd., now managed by his son Rajin, is the largest Vancouver Island based trucking and transport operation. With a fleet of 135 trucks and more than 200 employees, the company has expanded over the years to include terminals in Delta and Abbotsford, serving the Western United States and Western Canada north to the Yukon. 

    Marpole Transport has not only been an economic driver in the region, but has been a consistent platform upon which Mr. Bawa has supported numerous local causes including: BC Forest Discovery Museum; Chesterfield Sportsplex; Cowichan Exhibition; Cobble Hill Fair; Heart and Stroke Foundation (Big Bike Ride); Heart House in Victoria; BC Summer Games; Cowichan Hospice, and; countless local youth sports teams.  Perhaps most notable of all his volunteer work, is Mr. Bawa’s service as a Director with the Paldi Sikh Temple and the Cowichan District Hospital Foundation.