Meet the Maker: Cate Robertson

Cate Robertson is new to the Makespace community, but she has already left her mark. From tackling brand new skills to instructing workshops, she is a prime example of what this community is all about.

Meet the makers: Adam White

Meet the makers is a series of interviews to help you get to know the people who are building our community. Adam White is our new Events and Social Media Coordinator.

Meet the Makers: Lisa Preto

Meet the Makers is a series of interviews to help you get to know the people who are building our community. Lisa Preto is our new Community Outreach Manager.

MEET THE MAKERS: ASHLEY

Meet the Makers is a series of interviews to help you get to know the people who are building our community. Ashely is our new Operations Assistant.

Meet the Makers: Josephine

Meet the Makers is a series of interviews to help you get to know the people who are building our community. Josephine is our new Events Coordinator.

Meet the Makers: Jeramy

Meet the Makers is a series of interviews to help you get to know the people who are building our community. Jeramy is our new Operations Assistant.

How did you get involved with Yukonstruct? 

I really wanted to make a titanium ring and found out that there was a metal lathe on site. Logan gave me a crash course on the metal lathe and a week later I was turning my first titanium ring, which I still own and wear.

What is your role at Yukonstruct?

As an operations assistant I work at the front desk greeting people, giving tours of the facilities, signing up new members and helping existing members. I will also be helping keep things clean and running smoothly.

Why should people become MakeSpace or CoSpace members?

I have met many amazing people here, was able to collaborate on projects, get feedback on things I was making and advice when I started my business. It is also a great place to test the waters, try things out that you’re not sure or confident about, and use as a launch pad to the next step.

What inspires you to make things?

Honestly, sometimes making things is my greatest inspiration. I will get into my workshop, or the Makespace, and start a project – half way through I will have an idea sparked by the process or material I am using and either write it down for later or start on it right away.

What has been your favourite project so far?

A steak knife that I forged out of titanium with the induction forge and anodized blue and purple in the Hackerspace. The knife I made is terrible but it taught me so much about the forging process, titanium itself, and anodizing.

What do you like about this organization?

The community of makers and entrepreneurs it has built and is building! The stories, the mentorship, the amazing ideas that come from these people and are helping shape Whitehorse and the Yukon territories future.

 

Meet the Makers: Claire

Meet the Makers is a series of interviews to help you get to know the people who are building our community. Claire is our new Events and Office Coordinator.

 

How did you get involved with Yukonstruct?

I am happy to join the Yukonstruct team as the Events and Office Coordinator. I look forward to contributing to this vibrant environment and to supporting our dynamic, hardworking community.

Why should people become Yukonstruct members?

This is a unique space that is friendly to both beginner and more advanced creators. If you are new to dabbling in the realm of the creative, Yukonstruct is an amazing place to bump shoulders with Makers who will spark and support your creativity. For the more advanced, Yukonstruct not only provides the equipment you need to build, but also a platform to share your skills and expertise.

What do you like to make?

I like to make food, bread, and friends! It’s good that these three things tend to go quite well together. I would love to spend some time in the woodshop now that I have access. I’m dying for some beautiful planters for an herb garden.

What advice do you have for other makers in the Yukon?

Don’t be afraid to try something new and be open to learning. There is always someone with something to teach if you let them.

What’s the funniest thing that’s happened to you while making something?

I have made my fair share of Kombucha geysers; a smelly mistake. I have also failed embarrassingly when I attempted to build a pallet-bed – I still can’t believe I was defeated by a Pinterest-inspired dream. The point is, it’s important to remember that a project rarely turns out the way you intend, and that’s okay.

Meet the Makers: William

Meet the Makers is a series of interviews to help you get to know the people who are building our community. William is our new Launchspace Director. 

 

Why did you join Yukonstruct

I have been an entrepreneur for the past 6 years and I was looking for an organization and a role where I could add value. I came across Yukonstruct, read about cospace, makespace, the people, the stories, and I knew immediately I had found what I was looking for. Entrepreneurs seize opportunities and that is what I did, the rest is history in the making.
William, what’s your role at Yukonstruct?
I’m the new Launchspace Director. My role currently involves working with various partners in creating a new program that will help support Entrepreneurs turn their ideas into sustainable businesses. At the same time, I am looking for ways existing businesses can benefit from the creative ideas coming out of Yukonstruct. I recognize there is more to the Yukon than Whitehorse and I will work hard to expand our reach and extend our support to other parts of the territory.
What do you like most about Yukonstruct and sub – brands being up and running?
Putting cospace and makespace side by side was a great idea. I love how the space was designed to fit everyone and with everyone in mind.  It is a place for established companies, software based businesses and professionals, hardware and more recently for young entrepreneurs, kudos to all volunteers and the people who made this possible.
Why should people become Yukonstruct members?
Humans are social beings and people thrive on social interaction. At Yukonstruct you get so much more than a desk and a cup of coffee, you immediately become part of a powerful community, where you get access to human capital and talent, equipment, training, knowledge… Being a Yukonstruct member is worth every penny.
What do you like to make?
I’d like to make a crib for my son, or at the very least a toy one 🙂

CONTACT US

NORTHLIGHT INNOVATION
  2180, 2nd Avenue, Whitehorse
  (867) 457-0150
  [email protected]

HOURS OF OPERATION
NorthLight Innovation
Mon – Fri: 9am to 5pm
Makespace
Wed – Sun: 1pm to 9pm
Cospace
Mon – Fri: 9am – 5pm

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