SVI Women ‘True Confessions’ highlight Mamma Chia

Like any good entrepreneur, Janie Hoffman gets excited by the thought of seed money. In her case, that seed is chia, which she sells in a variety of delectable snacks and drinks through the company she started in 2009, Mamma Chia. Based in Southern California, Hoffman is making her way to Vancouver, British Columbia for this week’s SVI Women to …

Mission-minded focus for women in business

Emira Mears is a busy woman. In addition to running the company she co-founded, Raised Eyebrow Web Studio, and raising a pre-schooler, she’s also the lead organiser of Social Venture Institute Women—Vancouver (SVIW), taking place May 1-3 at the Goldcorp Centre for the Arts on the SFU Woodward’s campus in Vancouver, BC. Building on Success Mears should be used to …

Social Enterprise Heroes soar to new heights

This article is the final in a series highlighting the 2013 ENP Social Enterprise Heroes event, presented for the third consecutive year by Junxion, along with JDQ Systems and KPMG. “WHEREAS the Province of British Columbia recognises the need to actively support and engage BC communities to identify new and innovative ways to tackle their most pervasive social challenges” – …

Social Enterprise Heroes: Ktunaxa Kinbasket

This article is one of a series highlighting the finalists in the 2013 Social Enterprise Heroes event, presented for the third consecutive year by Junxion, along with KPMG and JDQ Systems. What happens when a nonprofit social service agency develops a program that’s so innovative and successful that others are willing to pay to learn how to deliver that service? …

Social Enterprise Heroes: Tradeworks FabShop

This article is one of a series highlighting the finalists in the 2013 Social Enterprise Heroes event, presented for the third consecutive year by Junxion, along with KPMG and JDQ Systems. Like all good social entrepreneurs who focus on the 3 P’s—people, planet and profit—Maninder Dhaliwal truly values the people she works with and for. Dhaliwal, the Executive Director of …

Social Enterprise Heroes: Edible Garden Project

This article is one of a series highlighting the finalists in the 2013 Social Enterprise Heroes event, presented for the third consecutive year by Junxion, along with KPMG and JDQ Systems. Heather Johnstone jokes that leaving her early career as an anthropologist on British Columbia’s Northwest coast to become a farmer was simply “a transition from one career working in …

Successful companies look different today

“Imagine you’re hosting a dinner party, and you can invite ten people, living or dead. Who would they be?” It’s a question that turns out to be a fabulous way to get to know what’s important to the respondent. But more interesting, perhaps, is the follow up: “Why them?” I was quickly descending down a rabbit hole of introspection. Winston …

Panel explores how to scale social ventures

At the inaugural Propelling Social Ventures conference, hosted this week by UBC’s ISIS Research Centre in Vancouver, Canada, nearly 150 social entrepreneurs, their supporters and financiers have gathered to explore how we can generate even more social venture activity in British Columbia. Canada’s westernmost province is already recognised as a hotbed of social venture activity, particularly with respect to environmental …

Social entrepreneurs: Heroes in their own right

This article is one of a series highlighting the finalists in the 2013 Social Enterprise Heroes event, presented for the third consecutive year by Junxion, along with KPMG and JDQ Systems. See the original article in the March 2013 issue of SEE Change Magazine. Three mission-based business finalists for ENP’s Fifth Annual Social Enterprise Heroes tell their stories with Junxion’s …