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.
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.mgrinc.ca, www.socialenterprisecentrewpg.org, and www.akienergy.com Shaun is also the author of two books including his most recent www.armyofproblemsolvers.com which, having sold over 7,000 copies, is now a national best-seller. His third book, The Beautiful Bailout: How Social Innovation Will Solve Government’s Priciest Issues, is due out this fall.
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 Manitoba Green Retrofit (www.mgrinc.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 Manitoba Green Retrofit, 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.