Social Venture Challenge Success Story – Dooshi Pet Supplies

Jeff Anderson started making homemade dog treats not because he knew he wanted to start a business, but because he wanted healthier food for his beloved canine companions, Doobie and Lilly. At eleven years old, Doobie had developed several lumps on his body. After paying a visit to a holistic vet, Jeff discovered that these lumps were likely due to malnutrition during Doobie’s key growing years. Convinced that there must be an alternative to conventional, unhealthy dog treats, Jeff and friend Koji Miyagawa started using household food scraps to make delicious, organic and GMO free treats for their beloved pups. The duo soon realized that they’d discovered a business opportunity and Dooshi Pet Supplies was born.

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Neighbourhoods Work Block Party 2017

The “Neighbourhoods Work Block Party” is an innovative initiative that aims to bring together residents, neighbourhoods and community organizations in a fun gathering to build social connections and to create even more amazing neighbourhoods. The initiative is made possible by the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th, the Community Foundation of Whistler, the Government of Canada and extraordinary leaders from coast to coast to coast. The project is coordinated by the Whistler Centre for Sustainability. Five volunteer led neighbourhood block party opportunities are up for grabs with $500 in funding available for each event.

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Ensure Your Team Achieves Results by Fall 2018!

With just under 2 years before the fall 2018 municipal elections in BC, it’s time to check in on your strategic plan! Are any adjustments necessary based on newly emerging opportunities, challenges or community needs? The District of Tofino undertook a mid-term review and update of their four-year strategic plan in November. We assisted the District to develop their strategic plan in 2015, and went back to design and facilitate the review and update process, including a nearly full-day workshop with Council and senior staff.

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Entrepreneurial approaches to meeting community needs

For those of us living in smaller, rural communities, we know the importance of creating greater resilience and self-reliance. This means that creating local economies that support residents and the community, rely less on imports, create local jobs, and preserve and sustain our natural assets requires an entrepreneurial approach that’s often different from traditional economic development.

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Walrus Talks Whistler

I had the honour of being invited to be one of the ‘talkers’ at the Walrus Talks on Innovation in Whistler last week. The talks were all super interesting, and I had a lot of fun preparing my talk. My topic was inspired by a line used by Mike Rowlands @ Junxion Strategy earlier this year – ‘The Space Between’ and I modified it to ‘The Space In Between,’ thinking about the space where change and innovation happens. So then I had to figure out how to communicate this idea in a 7-minute Walrus Talk. So here is what I talked about.

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Growing Event Tourism Workshop in Kamloops

The Whistler Centre, in partnership with Tourism Kamloops, held a successful workshop on Growing Event Tourism December 2. The workshop provided attendees with strategies to develop and grow event tourism in their community in order to support local economic...

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Town of Canmore Affordable Housing Engagement

The Town of Canmore identified affordability as a primary focus in their strategic plan, with an understanding that affordable housing is crucial to the success of their community. The Town launched their Livable Canmore campaign, and the Whistler Centre assisted in this initiative by designing and executing a creative and effective engagement strategy that solicited input from a broad range of the community (the ‘unusual suspects’) through a variety of tactics…

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City of Surrey Sustainability Charter 2.0

Surrey’s Sustainability Charter was developed and approved in 2008. In 2014, Council approved a process to update the Charter in order to review and update the vision and goals, align it with the OCP directions, simplify its structure, update and align the community indicators, and to support decision-making processes using the Charter. The Centre designed and facilitated the stakeholder engagement process.

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Social Venture Challenge 2016 Winner

The Social Venture Challenge (SVC) 2016 builds upon the success of our 2015 program and continues to encourage, support and grow new social ventures in the Squamish, Whistler, Pemberton and Lillooet region through capacity building, mentorship, and raising awareness. The SVC program supports entrepreneurs with the development of their social ventures business idea/concept through capacity building, mentorship, and raising awareness.

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Whistler Excellence Awards – Sustainability in Action Award Finalists

The Whistler Excellence Awards – Celebrate Whistler’s innovators, trailblazers and community cultivators. Whistler’s black tie business and community awards are bringing over 400 locals together (including some special surprise guests) for one big night to build brands and honour local legends. With emcee extraordinaire, Feet Banks on the mic we’re guaranteed a wild ride to celebrate the roots of excellence like only Whistler can.

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Creating shared value and community impact – Social Venture Challenge 2016

As Globe 2016, North America’s largest and most influential sustainable business leadership summit, unfolds in Vancouver this week, it’s a good time to reflect on how each of our own organizations are creating impact, and how we can further use innovation in business strategies to help address our community challenges. Speaking at Globe this year is Michael Porter, business leader and Harvard professor and co-author of Creating Shared Value in the January-February 2011 edition of the Harvard Business Review.

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