Ignite – a program to help get things started!

In partnership with Community Futures and Simon Fraser University‘s local entrepreneur accelerator program (leap!), with the support of Vancouver Foundation, FUSE Community Work Hub is thrilled to announce the launch of our second round of Ignite!

Ignite 2014 will focus on local food and agriculture start-ups. Are you a farmer? A chef?  A food artisan? A locavore? A food security champion? Someone who just loves eating good food? Pull up a seat at the table!

We’re inviting anyone from the community (that means you!) with a passion for food to attend our upcoming workshops from 10 – 4 PM May 10th and May 24th, yummy catered lunch included, at the Gibsons Public Market building in Lower Gibsons.  Check out the official invite below – and if you’re interested please send us an e-mail with your name (or names) and the date (or dates) you wish to attend.


One of our project partners, The Community Resource Centre’s Progress Plan is generously providing complimentary child minding for any parents who wish to attend the workshops. The child minding will be in the same building as the workshops with activities planned to keep your children engaged all day long! If you could use this service, please let us know in your e-mail.

Ignite community workshop invite 2014

Class of 2014

Meet the five entrepreneurs who are about to take local field, farms and feasts by storm!

Danielle Arsenault

An artist, educator and avid gardener, Danielle wants to establish a canning cooperative on the Sunshine Coast: enabling Coasters to can, dry, grind, pressure cook, ferment, press, and generally preserve the food that is grown on the Coast, in order for them to be able to keep eating local food long after the growing season has ended.

Amber Stoby

A trained pastry chef, chocolatier and local entrepreneur, Amber wants to launch a food and agricultural self-guided food tour of the Sunshine Coast, showcasing food growers, processors and retailers that already exist here.

Celia Robben

A transplanted prairie farm girl, marketing professional, local B&B owner and tourism advocate, Celia wants to launch a greengrocer inside the soon to be renovated Gibsons Public Market that will maximize the amount of locally produced food eaten by providing distribution and merchandising services for food producers

Traci Stremlaw

A local entrepreneur and sorbet artist, Traci wants to reframe the purpose of her artisanal sorbet business, ‘Batchworks’, as one that is working, firstly, towards becoming self sustaining and scalable, then one in which profits can be returned to the community.

Deb Gleason

A homicide detective turned passionate vegan and holistic nutrition coach, Deb wants to re-launch her Ottawa-based business providing whole food cooking classes, wellness workshops, plant-based nutrition seminars, and food demonstrations to locals up and down the coast.

More details on Ignite 2014

The Ignite program is divided into two phases:

1)    entrepreneurial training – a 7-course led by SFU instructor Shawn Smith (bio below) designed to get a social enterprise from concept to action.

2)    community mobilization – a series of workshops with a team of mentors designed to mobilize interest and investment in the enterprise

Ignite will culminate in our second annual Barnraisers, in which all six social entrepreneurs will compete for start-up prize packages to help them kick-start their enterprise.

The program will begin March 26th. Classes for the 7-week course will take place on Tuesday evenings through until the beginning of May. Workshops will take place on May 10th and 24th, from 10-4 PM at the Gibsons Public Market building; Barnraisers on May 29th.

More about our SFU Instructor

Shawn Smith is an Adjunct Professor and founding Director of RADIUS (Radical Ideas Useful to Society), the home of social innovation at the Beedie School of Business, Simon Fraser University. He is also founder of several organizations including the Global Catalyst Initiative, Education Generation, the Equilibrium Partnership and Radiant Carbon, and speaks and consults regularly on social entrepreneurship, impact investing and international development. Shawn completed his MBA at the University of Oxford as a Skoll Scholar in Social Entrepreneurship.

Twitter – @smithshawn
LinkedIn – http://www.linkedin.com/in/shawnrichardsmith

Program supported by

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Town of Gibsons

Sunshine Coast Regional District

District of Sechelt