Startup Canada Award Win

Startup Canada, the national rallying community for Canadian entrepreneurs, recently celebrated outstanding entrepreneurs, businesses and support organizations from all over Canada. The winners were announced at the red carpet Grand Finale in Ottawa, attended by leading Canadian investors, innovators and anchor company executives.

Jaret Slipp and Lauren Manekin-Beille, respectively YuKonstruct Executive Director and (co)space Director, received the national Startup Canada Entrepreneur Support Award on behalf of YuKonstruct and (co)space. This category rewards government organizations, not-for-profits, academic institutions and private for-profit businesses that demonstrate excellence in advancing Canadian entrepreneurship through their leadership, innovation and impact.

This ceremony culminated the Startup Canada Day on the Hill, the largest annual national entrepreneurship event convening more than 1,100 leading entrepreneurs, innovators, investors, industry executives, and government representatives annually to raise the bar for Canada as a globally competitive innovation nation.

Prior to the national awards, YuKonstruct took part in the Startup Canada Northern Region Awards. (co)space partnered with Startup Canada to host the awards in Whitehorse on September 19, 2017. Northern innovators were recognized for their creative enterprises and YuKonstruct was honoured to receive the award for Entrepreneur Support.

“Hosting the Startup Canada North Awards this year has created sparks of new energy and motivation in our community,” said Lauren Manekin Beille, (co)space Director. “Our entrepreneurial ecosystem has come alive in new ways and innovative trailblazers have been coming out of the woodwork. This event has given Startup Whitehorse, (co)space and YuKonstruct a path to show the north just how much support there is up here to help bring to life our community’s startup ideas.”

The other northern regional winners include:

  • Chris Lane, Partner, MakeIT & Northmark Ventures | Entrepreneur of the Year, presented by Scotiabank
  • Heather Dickson, Founder, Dickson Designs | Woman Entrepreneur Award, presented by Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC)
  • Mike Russo, Founder, Firebean Coffee Roasters | Young Entrepreneur Award, presented by BDC
  • Robert Sharp, Founder, Yukon Green House Design | Senior Entrepreneur Award, presented by BDC
  • Proskida | Innovation Award, presented by Intuit QuickBooks
  • Pinnguaq | Social Enterprise Award, presented by Centre for Social Innovation

Amazing Volunteer Awards

Last week during YuKonstruct’s holiday party, we had a room full of members, friends, partners, sponsors and volunteers. It was great to gather together and enjoy good food, beverages and connect as a community. This organization is run largely by the volunteers that dedicate their time, energy and resources into making this space the community that it is.

As a small way to say THANK YOU to all our amazing volunteers, these awards were made up for the folks that help keep this place moving.

Battery – for being charged up and giving fresh energy to this space.

Trampoline – for jumping at any job given to him.

Football – for being here since the kickoff and for tackling the toughest jobs!

Knot – for tying it all together (with projects and our team).

Band Aids – for our repair man that mends what’s broken.

Bee – because she is busy as a bee working hard to create community.

Safety pin – for being our safety star!

Feet – for starting us off on the right foot and always putting his best foot forward.

Fireworks – for sparking great ideas and making projects spectacular.

Gem – for adding that special sparkle to the team.

Snowflake – for making this weather worth it (even after leaving the sunshine).

Steak – for a job “weldone” as our welding instructor

Light- for his bright ideas and lighting up the space.

Star – for being a super star!

Rock – reliably solid and because he rocks!

Toy top – because he is top notch.

Target – for keeping this organization on target.

Stapler – because he’s a staple in this community.

Sunshine – for that warm smile despite the cold.

Nails – for nailing the job!

Adam H
Tape – for sticking with it.

Truck – for really delivering!

Ace – for an ace of an instructor.

Marbles – for a marbelous job!

Hat – because he’ll take a job at the drop of a hat. Hats off to him!

Beach ball – because he’s on the ball with jobs needing doing.

Life saver – for keeping us afloat as our amazing bookkeeper.

Ksenia and Kaitlin
Light bulbs – because of their bright beginnings as volunteers.

Key – because he is a key factor in the success of this organization!

Paper – for being “write” where and when we needed him.

 Breakfast – for doing an “eggcellent” job.


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