New Year with New Positions

Happy New Year from the whole team at YuKonstruct!

We have contractors hired for the next three months. Some are familiar faces in new roles and some are new to the community. Check out the full page of our team. For our individual roles, check out what we are up to:

Jaret will remain in the role of Executive Director and Financial Sustainability Manager. He will be focusing on grants, partnerships, sponsorship, operational development, vision coordination, funding, invoicing and more. He is doing a lot!

Logan will be working at the makerspace alongside Adam. These guys are in charge of creating self-training, resources for training, safety of the shops, facilities maintenance and equipment upkeep.

Adria’s role is now focused on Programming at the makerspace including a spring break camp in March.

Lauren has taken on the Volunteer Coordination and Member Relations at both spaces. She’ll also be helping out with sponsorship, event bookings and marketing for the organization.

Barrett and Lee (interview to come) will be working together on Programming mainly at (co)space and some at the makerspace as well. The focus of these workshops will be on entrepreneurial development.

Please introduce yourself if you see them in either space and feel free to connect via email as well.

(co)space’s coworkers: Michel

Meet the Makers is a series of interviews to help you get to know the people who are building YuKonstruct’s makerspace. With lots of interesting members at (co)space, we wanted to broaden our interviews to include them!  We now have the (co)space’s coworkers interviews. Here’s Michel’s.

Michel is a young water sciences specialist currently teaching at the Yukon College. At (co)space, Michel has found an ideal setting to network and develop his entrepreneurial idea: Duteau Bioresource Contracting. This environmental consulting business caters to agriculture, mining, forestry and urban development clients in the Yukon.

Michel, what made you go into business for yourself? 

I have always had a strong entrepreneurial drive. I was raised in the midst of a thriving business, my parents being agricultural entrepreneurs. I always admired self-starters, and want to make a personal contribution to the society and share ideas. I also am disinclined to ‘’corporate culture’’, where the individual’s development and well-being is subordinated to a company’s – a balanced lifestyle is a strong value of mine.

How did you start your company? 

I started throwing ideas on papers a number of years ago. Last summer, I started organizing these ideas towards a coherent business definition (what services I wanted to offer, to whom, etc.). I was slowly making strides towards a business plan. In the last few months, I registered my business with the authorities (e.g. YG, City of Whitehorse, WCB) and developed formal marketing tools (website, brochures, etc.). Networking is a big part of a start-up, and I am now actively offering my services and looking for contracts.

Why do you love being an entrepreneur? 

What I love the most about being an entrepreneur is that I can instill my personal views onto my work, through a personalized approach. Hence, you can share your values and ideas and imprint an impetus onto societal development. For instance, I have a strong care for the environment and my work can contribute to a sound development of the natural resources, through stewardship and adapted technical means.

What advice do you have for other Yukon small business starters?

Get the word out! Networking really is core. Ask advice to your friends, family, co-workers, fellow professionals, and experienced people. Seek feedback on your ideas, and incorporate it in your enterprise development.

What do you like about (co)space?

Working from (co)space has helped me focus on my duties – I used to work from home, where there always are plenty of distractions. It also helped me in keeping a sound schedule. Having people that you can chat with, bounce ideas against and share the mood with is a huge plus.

CONTACT US

NORTHLIGHT INNOVATION
  2180, 2nd Avenue, Whitehorse
  (867) 457-0150
  info@yukonstruct.com

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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