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Together Shaun, Kalen and Lucas have over 30 years experience starting and running successful social enterprises in urban and First Nation communities across Canada.  We’ve also changed how governments interact with social enterprises. We want to expand our impact by helping others to start social enterprises or to create the space for the problem solving sector to grow. Let’s grow an economy where everyone matters.

 
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Shaun Loney, Senior Partner

Shaun is a widely sought-after speaker. He is an Ashoka Fellow (first on the Canadian Prairies) and Ernst and Young’s Entrepreneur of the year. Shaun has experience in government both as political staff and as a senior civil servant. He has also co-founded and mentored the establishment of 12 different social enterprises including www.buildinc.ca, www.purposeconstruction.ca, www.socialenterprisecentrewpg.org, and www.akienergy.com Shaun is also the author of three books including An Army of Problem Solvers which has sold over 8000 copies. His third book, The Beautiful Bailout: How Social Innovation Will Solve Government’s Priciest Issues, is now available, Click here to order - free shipping in Canada.

Shaun Loney on TedX

Shaun Loney on CBC’s The Current - Disrupter Series.

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Kalen Taylor, Senior Partner

Kalen Taylor is currently the General Manager of Purpose Construction.  Kalen is also co-founder of Aki Energy (www.akienergy.com), winner of the 2016 Start-Up Canada Social Enterprise Award.  Kalen was elected a Fellow of the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies in 2018 (https://bealocalist.org/kalen-taylor/).  Kalen previously worked with Green Communities Canada managing its Affordable Energy Division, work that lead to a relationship with BUILD Inc in Winnipeg and which morphed into co-founding Aki Energy.  Kalen sits on the Board of Directors for Peg City Car Co-op, where they build viable, low cost alternatives to traditional car ownership. Kalen is an active parent, a partner, avid cook and amateur mixologist. Kalen has been trained in mission measurement at Oxford in England and has a LEAN Green Belt, a Masters in Project Management and an B.A in International Development..  She’s fixing up an old house in Winnipeg and enjoying home ownership, something that was out of reach in her home town of Toronto.  

Lucas Stewart, Senior Partner

Lucas is a co-founder of Purpose Construction (www.purposeconstruction.ca) and Winnipeg’s Social Enterprise Centre.  He was elected a fellow of Business Alliance of Local Living Economies in 2016, the first in the Canadian prairies (https://bealocalist.org/lucas-stewart/).  Previous to making the jump to start Purpose Construction, Lucas was a project manager at BUILD, a social enterprise that delivers training in insulation training to low-income workers. Over the past nine years, Lucas has helped to launch a new social enterprise every two years and several new divisions to MGR’s portfolio and is known for his expertise around social procurement and setting up systems to make running social enterprises easier.  He is also Board Chair with Community Ownership Solutions - a registered charity with mandate to support social enterprises across Canada. With formal training in project management and conflict resolution Lucas has been able to translate this into the business world of delivering marketable services and sustainable solutions.  Lucas and his partner are enjoying being new parents.   


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Darcy Wood

Darcy is the CEO and co-founder of both Aki Energy (Canadian Start-Up of the Year) and Aki Foods. Former Chief of the Garden Hill First Nation, Darcy is proud Oji-Cree. Darcy has 30 years policy and governance experience in national and regional First Nation political organizations. Darcy was recently appointed a Clean50 Fellow.

 
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Jennifer Wood

Jennifer is a proud Ojibway from Neyaashiinigmiing First Nation (Cape Croker). Former political assistant to national icon Elijah Harper, Jennifer has organized many national Indigenous events. She recently was campaign manager for Grand Chief Sheila North’s run for national chief of the Assembly of First Nations.

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Joan Suzuki

Joan is an innovative educator, teacher and communications specialist based in Winnipeg. Joan is the host of Beautiful Bailout Radio and does reconciliation workshops.

 
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Marc Soberano

Marc is the co-founder and Executive Director of Building Up in Toronto. He graduated from the Ivy School of Business and wanted his work to match his values. So he learned what he could aboutBUILD in Winnipeg and used that info to start a chapter in Toronto. Marc is available to do coaching public speaking, and hosting boot camps.

 
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Brandon Day

Brandon is the General Manager and co-founder of Community Builders in Barrie, Ontario. Growing up working in his family’s construction business he wanted more social purpose to his work. So he got Community Builders up and off the ground. Brandon is available to do coaching public speaking, and hosting boot camps.

 
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Raj Rathnavalu

Raj is the co-founder of Newo Global Energy and also the innovative University of Alberta’s Spirit of the Land Program. Raj is based out of Camrose Alberta and is available to do public speaking and workshops.

 
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Rodney Contois

Rodney is the Director of Aki Foods and is a specialist in Indigenous food sovereignty. He is a member of the Misipawistik Cree Nation.