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Raven Indigenous Impact Foundation



NEW WORKSHOP opportunities for Indigenous Entrepreneurs!

Raven Indigenous Social Enterprise Workshop

Raven's Indigenous Social Enterprise (RISE) workshop is for those who are interested in social entrepreneurship by may not have a background in business.

We are Indigenous entrepreneurs who want to help you build a social enterprise for yourself or your community. We take a broad approach to social enterprise which can mean building a business that you run yourself, or a business that is co-operatively owned or a business that is run as a program out of your community or non-profit. Everyone is welcome.

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Are you interested in having an impact on your community in a positive way? Then this short workshop is for you. Our workshops are intentionally short, and we will point you to a host of resources and opportunities. In our workshops you will get to meet like minded people and get acquainted with resources to further develop your idea. Do you believe that business can be a force for good?

Through the quadruple bottom line approach, the workshop will focus on understanding community assets and how to solve problems in local communities, participants are empowered to make a positive impact on their world by creating something unique and their own.

Our workshops do not centre around building a polished business plan, instead we take a step back and help guide participants to tap into their entrepreneurial spirit and embrace skills such as creativity, continuous improvement, culture, and resilience.

Participants connect with their goals and values to gain real world business development skills and increase their ability to understand feasibility along with social return/impact investing. Throughout the workshop, youth will develop a real project idea focused on idea generation and social impact. If you know you want to do something but aren’t sure what. This workshop is for you.

Each workshop is tuition-free and has space for a maximum of 25 participants. Although the workshop is for Indigenous youth between the ages of 19-40, all applicants are encouraged to apply. Workshop participants are eligible to receive start-up coaching and mentoring to navigate available resources and will be eligible to compete in a business concept competition with up to $2,000 for each workshop. As a result of participating in the workshop, participants will be better able to create a social enterprise in their community and be aware of additional resources to help them bring their vision to life.

Dates and Locations:

  • Penticton | November 16 - 17
  • Hazelton | November 19-20
  • Nanaimo | November 21 - 23
  • Fort St. John | November 30 - December 1
  • Vancouver | December 3 - 5

Download the workshop poster for more information

Register now to reserve your spot

Still undecided? If you have additional questions please email us at: info@riif.ca

Meet the RISE team

Danielle Levine
Danielle Levine

Curriculm Development/Co-Facilator

Danielle Levine, BA, MBA is an educator, business advisor, and social enterprise practitioner.

Through her values-based consulting practice, Danielle supports clients who share her interest in empowering people through entrepreneurship, education and financial literacy. She is Métis, originally from Winnipeg, Manitoba and has deep knowledge and extensive experience working with Indigenous communities across Canada.

Danielle has worked with various accelerator programs across Canada including the Inuvialuit and Gwich’in in Inuvik, NWT on food security, product innovation, and delivering a local food entrepreneurship program. She also works with various clients on Indigenization and program development. Danielle works with the Raven Indigenous Impact Foundation on developing community-based workshops with the goal of accelerating the growth of Indigenous entrepreneurs.

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Brock Endean

Facilitator

Raised in the Village of Chase (unceded Secwepemc territory) Brock Endean, is an accomplished young Métis facilitator, leader, and speaker dedicated to strengthening the capacity of rural and Indigenous communities throughout Canada and internationally.

Through professional and volunteer initiatives, Brock works with governments, First Nations, and non-profit organizations on projects ranging from values based strategic planning, youth empowerment workshops, and social enterprise development for underrepresented populations. He believes that the best results are achieved by capturing the values, ideas, and creativity of a community, then collaboratively identifying the resources needed to move forward.

Brock’s diversity of education and training includes studies in business, tourism management, sustainable agriculture, creative facilitation, and public engagement, all which complement his work in building communities where members feel connected and their dreams can thrive.


Are you an Indigenous entrepreneur?

Do you want to grow your business, but don’t know how or don’t have the money to make it happen?

Are you driven to use your business to help give back to your community?

The Raven Indigenous Impact Foundation can help you get the resources and knowledge you need to grow your business and your impact.

Our Approach

The Raven Indigenous Impact Foundation was born out of the need for an Indigenous economy. Indigenous entrepreneurs face unique barriers, so our approach is based on Indigenous values; we are community-driven and focused on building long-term solutions.
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Our Team

Jeffrey Cyr
Jeffrey Cyr

CEO

For nearly 20 years, Jeffrey Cyr has provided strategic leadership for Indigenous, not-for-profit and government organizations. Mr. Cyr is currently active in supporting Indigenous social innovation and building Indigenous social finance mechanisms in Canada.Mr. Cyr was recently elected to be a 2019 Ashoka Fellow.
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Stephen Nairne
Stephen Nairne

Managing Director

Stephen Nairne served as the Lundin Foundation’s Managing Director since 2007. The Foundation provides "fit for purpose" capital to innovative, scalable SMEs and social enterprises in the areas of agriculture, financial inclusion, and access to energy. He serves on the Advisory Board of several SME funds and companies in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Paul Lacerte
Paul Lacerte

Managing Director

Paul Lacerte is the co-founder of the national Moose Hide Campaign to end violence towards women and children. He is the former Vice-Chair of the Vancouver Foundation Board of Directors, the former Board Chair for Reconciliation Canada, and a former representative to the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. He was awarded the Order of British Columbia in 2014.


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Raven Indigenous Impact Foundation

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