We had the opportunity to sit down with Ziad Sahid, Executive Director of TechYukon, to learn more about what TechYukon is up to these days. From the sounds of it, they are up to some pretty cool stuff!
Yukonstruct member and instructor, Cole Parsons is currently a third-year carpenter working for a small company in Whitehorse. He graduated from a 2-year carpentry program in Nova Scotia in 2017. Carpentry is his passion and he spends the majority of his time in the shop when not at work. His goal is to make every single piece of furniture in his home, except his couch. Cole loves teaching people new skills and opening their hearts up to the love of woodworking. Cole will be leading the Woodworking Maker Academy this Spring.
John Quinsey is one of our treasured Makespace community members. Always willing to lend a helping hand, or share his wealth of knowledge with other makers in the space, John is an important and valued member of Yukonstruct. Whether it’s offering advice on wood joinery, or sharing his off-grid adventures at the coffee machine, John is always a pleasure to bump into at Yukonstruct!
We had the opportunity to interview Astrid Grawehr and Jim Coates of Kryotek, one of Yukon’s most innovative (and coolest) companies, and we are so pumped to share it with you! We covered how Astrid and Jim built Kryotek to what it is today (super cool permafrost sensors, light weight drills, wild fire detectors), what motivates them to keep adapting, what they are most proud of, and so much more. We hope you feel as inspired by the work they do, and their approach to it, as we are.
We are excited to introduce La Petite Maison, a new business that is testing their concept in the kitchen space at NorthLight. This is part of a new initiative to offer a launching space and testing kitchen for food-based businesses, thanks to support from the Yukon government. Entrepreneurs can have up to a one year term to launch and grow their food-based business in our kitchen incubator. Applications for use of the kitchen space will open annually.
The kitchen incubator space is in the front lobby of NorthLight Innovation, nestled next to Yukonstruct’s members’ lounge, where Yukonstruct members and the public alike can work, connect and eat!
Focused on take out and catering, this new business is sure to please with both sweet and savoury crêpes! You can see the menu and learn more about La Petite Maison here. Now, let’s meet the team!
Spotlight on Esther Bordet
We had the pleasure of learning more about longtime Yukonstruct member, Esther Bordet, and her new business. Esther has been a member of Yukonstruct since the early days, first joining the old makerspace where she constructed elements of her cabin (which she built herself!), transitioning to the current Makespace, and then becoming a Cospace member shortly after it opened. She brings a lot of expertise, humour, and interesting conversation to the space, and we are so happy she is a part of our community.
Teresa Ward, owner of Grandma Treesaw’s Yukon Bannock and recent graduate of Yukonstruct Startup Bootcamp, has been invited by the Trade Commissioner Service’s British Columbia-Yukon office and Seattle office to participate in a pilot project.
Listen to Michel Duteau, Yukon entrepreneur and Cospace member, speaking about his entrepreneurial journey at NorthLight Innovation.
We got to sit down with Wren Nicolardi of Rivers to Ridges, to hear the inspiring story of how Wren and her business partner, Emily Payne, created a space for young people to learn on the land. They are doing important and humbling work and we are grateful to get to share a little bit about the incredible contributions they are making to the Yukon.
We got to sit down with Scott Keesey and hear the inspiring story of how DiscoVelo came to be.