Farming Queer Representation, and Leadership, into Agriculture with Martin Straathof
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by Startup Canada
2d ago
Martin Straathof is the Executive Director of the Ontario Farmland Trust, a conservation organization dedicated to the long-term protection of Ontario’s food producing landscapes. Martin displays their steadfast advocacy for sustainable agriculture by actively engaging with stakeholders and fostering partnerships to advance community-based solutions – including the diversification of both thought and representation across the industry’s workforce. Check out our Resource Guide for 2SLGBTQIA+ business owners, entrepreneurs and folks who want to create safer and more inclusive spaces ..read more
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Creating Inclusive Experiences and Authentic Community with Judith Kasiama
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by Startup Canada
1w ago
Judith Kasiama is the Founder and CEO of Colour The Trails, a collective of BIPOC and 2SLGBTQIA+ adventure seekers who are radically amplifying the voices that are missing in this space. With a core belief that nature is for everyone, the company has initiated the participation of more than 750 equity-deserving individuals in backpacking, ice climbing, trail running, and more. The organization has also facilitated the certification of participants in things like Leave No Trace, Métis Plant Identification, Lead Climbing, and Avalanche Skills Training. Check out our Resource Guide for 2SLGBTQIA ..read more
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Consulting Guided by Queerness with Jacq Brasseur and Risa Payant
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by Startup Canada
2w ago
At Ivy + Dean Consulting, Jacq Brasseur (CEO) and Risa Payant (COO) focus on providing support to small and medium-sized non-profits through an equity, social justice, and anti-oppression lens. Founded after experiencing a decade of difficulties finding consultants who shared Jacq’s values and approach to non-profit leadership, and who understood local realities in the Prairies and Northern Canada, the team is dedicated to redefining what is possible in consulting  across the country – all while being guided by queerness ..read more
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Opportunity in the Outdoors with Guita Yazdani
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by Startup Canada
3w ago
Dedicated to getting more people outside, easily, Guita created Campertunity. Campertunity is an online marketplace where people can book a campsite on private land, nationwide. Campertunity is the first to bring camping to the shared economy in Canada.  While offering unique camping experiences, Campertunity builds community and helps sustain land. Promoting environmentally friendly travel, agri-tourism, and the maintenance of mental and physical health, Campertunity is fast growing with campers and picturesque campsites are joining the platform, every day ..read more
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Redefining Screen Time for Kids with Melissa Cash
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by Startup Canada
1M ago
Pok Pok is an award-winning digital play company redefining how kids play and learn on devices. Melissa previously served as a Product Designer for The Walt Disney Company, was Head of Operations at renowned game studio Snowman and has led marketing and PR at start-ups both in Canada and Europe. She’s also an advocate and start-up mentor for women in tech and underrepresented founders.  ..read more
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Propelling Clean Energy Forward with Cat Adalay and Rachel Carr
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by Startup Canada
1M ago
Cat Adalay is an experienced entrepreneur and business executive with a background in engineering, product design, and hardware development. This background was the perfect foundation to begin Aurea Technologies in 2017.  Rachel Carr joined Cat and Aurea when Cat was prototyping a wind energy system for residential applications. Together, Rachel and Cat saw an opportunity to scale down this innovation and this is when the Shine turbine began – a portable wind turbine that can fit in your backpack!    ..read more
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Designing For A Forgotten Demographic with Jessica Miao
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by Startup Canada
1M ago
Jessica is the CEO and co-founder of Apricotton, the only bra brand globally that designs bras that “grow” as girls grow, so girls can fit into the same bra when they develop from an A to D cup, helping the 90% of girls embarrassed to wear their first bra. She’s personally leading Apricotton’s Gen Z community, growing it to 170,000 followers and 30 million organic views on TikTok and Instagram by becoming girls’ online big sister. Apricotton has been featured in Global News, CTV Television News, BuzzFeed, and Seventeen Magazine, and is the top Google search result for “teen bra ..read more
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Reasoning with Ritual: Innovating Healthy Habits with Kate Bouchard
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by Startup Canada
1M ago
As the CEO and Founder of Loba, Kate is innovating health and wellness by taking pill and supplement management from routine to ritual. Kate’s own health journey led her to to search for a solution that combined sleek organization, convenient reminders, and a positive sentiment around taking her pills. Finding nothing that resonated, Kate took the reins and created a platform for pill and supplement management that empowers rather than stigmatizes ..read more
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Tutoring Powered by Talent and Technology with Will Li
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by Startup Canada
2M ago
Inspired by his own experience with a tutor, Will realized the power of a great tutor and started TutorOcean in 2018. Just one year later, Will was approached by a university to offer the platform as a solution which led him to launch QuadC. Today, Will and his team support more than 50 higher institutions across North America and have more than 250,000 users across both products ..read more
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Underwear Worth Celebrating with Anthony Ciavirella
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by Startup Canada
2M ago
Together, Berto, Phil, Anthony and Robert are creating products that men can start celebrating, instead of tolerating. When searching for a comfortable pair of boxers and finding nothing … they created their own and began Manmade.  ..read more
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