Social Enterprise and Entrepreneur Spotlight Series

SEE loves to highlight various social enterprises and social entrepreneurs in Northern Ontario. We hope that their stories inspire you; whether you’re already making change happen or just looking to take the first step!

If you are using entrepreneurial skills to do social good, share your story with us to be featured in our Social Enterprise and Entrepreneur Spotlight Series!

 

Spotlight:  Cloverbelt Local Food Co-op

Spotlight: Cloverbelt Local Food Co-op

Cloverbelt Local Food Co-op (CLFC) is an online farmers market, offering fresh local produce to citizens in North West Ontario. The vision for CLFC is to become the central hub for production and distribution of local goods in Northwestern Ontario. A prominent goal of...

Spotlight:  Motley Kitchen

Spotlight: Motley Kitchen

Energy. Passion. Dedication. All words that describe Michael Yankovich and Natalie Lefebvre, founders of Motley Kitchen in Sudbury. This social enterprise, in the heart of downtown Sudbury, is a dynamic lunch bistro serving “handmade, fun, fresh food” to people...

Spotlight:  Sandra Hodge

Spotlight: Sandra Hodge

SEE met with Sandra Hodge, a past SENO recipient, to catch up on her work with her social enterprise ‘Great Lakes Basin and Splash Tile’ (GLBAST) and its community outreach arts component of “Clay it Forward”.  Sandra has been working in the Sault Ste. Marie community...

Spotlight:  KUKU Hut

Spotlight: KUKU Hut

Spotlight:  KUKU Hut Amanda is a passionate social entrepreneur who has been connecting individuals in Kenya with those in Manitoulin Island through a social enterprise called KUKU Hut. Amanda has managed to open up a market for handmade high quality goods made by...

Spotlight: Spencer Rice

Spotlight: Spencer Rice

Spencer Rice is a youth Haudenosaunee changemaker with a long history of activism that began when he was 14 years old. As he works towards completing his Sociology degree at Algoma University, Spencer is continuing his work of advocating for safe youth spaces and...

Spotlight: Janique Danis

Spotlight: Janique Danis

"The more I work with people, the more I realize how much support people need and how much support is out there", says Janique Danis, founder of the Queer* Coffee Club at Algoma University. Janique is a Queer, Francophone, Métis youth changemaker who is resisting...

Spotlight: Cody McElrea, Northern Organic Chaga

Spotlight: Cody McElrea, Northern Organic Chaga

Cody McElrea is a young social entrepreneur who is harvesting and processing an interesting and powerful forest gem—chaga! Learn more about his journey and how his love for the outdoors and nature has led him into social entrepreneurship. Learn more about his...

Spotlight Series: Juanita Jackson, Pin-Up Pantry

Spotlight Series: Juanita Jackson, Pin-Up Pantry

  As Juanita tells it she happened upon the opportunity of a lifetime by pure luck or as she puts it divine intervention back in December of 2015.  The dream of owning her own food place was finally made a reality on April 1st, 2016.  She credits her mother, Bee...

Spotlight: Taylor Gorrie, Taylorpedia

Spotlight: Taylor Gorrie, Taylorpedia

 Taylor Gorrie is an inspiring fifth grader working to make her community a better place. You can spot her around Thunder Bay, in one of her signature fedora hats, conducting interviews for her social enterprise, Taylorpedia. By exploring the city and getting involved...

Spotlight: Rihkee Strapp

Spotlight: Rihkee Strapp

Rihkee Strapp is metis of the wolverine clan with Cree and Sioux heritage who was born in RedLake in Northwestern Ontario. Rihkee is an artist, currently living in Sault Ste. Marie, who is committed to growing the local arts and culture sector and connecting others to...

Spotlight: Jordan Tabobondung

Spotlight: Jordan Tabobondung

"Wasanowndogoquay ndizhinakawz, Amik ndodem, Wasauksing minowa Shawanaga ndonjiba; Anishinawbe, Bodewahdomi Quay indaaw. Abiding Bezho-Mide quay indaaw. Nmisiwendahn nezho mideweyawn." Jordan Tabobondung is also known by her true spirit name Wasanowndogoquay which...

Spotlight Series: Plan A Health Care Staffing Solutions

Spotlight Series: Plan A Health Care Staffing Solutions

Social Entrepreneurs are driven to develop innovative solutions to today’s most present social issues by combining entrepreneurial skills with a passion for positive impact. With the increase of the aging population and limited access to public resources, seniors’...

Spotlight Series: Gore Street Cafe

Spotlight Series: Gore Street Cafe

Gore Street Cafe is a for-profit social enterprise located in Sault Ste. Marie that is a community hub to grab some food and connect with others. More than just a cafe, Gore Street Cafe boosts a sense of community for the residents in the area by offering a place for...

Spotlight Series: North Origin Games Inc.

Spotlight Series: North Origin Games Inc.

According to the Entertainment Software Association of Canada (ESAC), Canada’s video game industry is one of the world’s largest and is a leading industry in the country’s growing digital economy. Social enterprises also represent a growing sector in the province that...

Spotlight Series: Mitch Case

Spotlight Series: Mitch Case

“Waynaboozhoo Nendawaymaginadok. Oozaawa makwa Ndizhinikaaz, mushkoode bishiki Ndoodem. wiisaakoodewini miinwaa Ojibwa anishinabe inini Ndow. Baawaating miinwaa kitigaansiibii Ndonjibaa. Bezhoo midewiwinini Ndow”   Mitch Case is Métis and Ojibwe of the buffalo...

Spotlight Series: Bushplane Productions

Spotlight Series: Bushplane Productions

Bushplane Productions is a production team based out of the Canadian Heritage Bushplane Centre (CHBC) in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. This social enterprise launched by CHBC, a non-profit organization, provides employment opportunities for recent graduates and others...

Spotlight Series: Elizabeth MacMillan

Spotlight Series: Elizabeth MacMillan

Social entrepreneurs in the truest sense are people who experience a social or environmental injustice and have the courage to do something about it. Take Elizabeth, a young changemaker in Northern Ontario who is combining innovative practices and her lived...

Youth Social Entrepreneur Spotlight: Candace Neveau

Youth Social Entrepreneur Spotlight: Candace Neveau

Through the Summer Company program, Candace Neveau started ThunderBird Rock Nimkiibneshiinhaszhibik, in Sault Ste. Marie. This Social Enterprise offers educational eco/culture tours and activities near Whitefish Island; focusing on First Nations culture and historical...

Youth Social Entrepreneur Spotlight Series

Youth Social Entrepreneur Spotlight Series

Over the next year, Social Entrepreneurship Evolution (SEE) will be posting a series of profiles highlighting various youth social entrepreneurs (YSEs) in Northern Ontario. We hope that their stories inspire you; whether you’re already making change happen or just...