Social Entrepreneur, Activist

Ashleigh Sauvé  As a student and community activist, Ashleigh Sauvé consistently worked towards social, environmental and economic justice, so it was not surprising that when her non-profit employer was forced to close its doors, she would seek new and innovative ways to continue that work. Determined to stay in her home town of Sault Ste. Marie, Ashleigh decided to create her own job, bringing her extensive community networks into the creation of her social enterprise, Shabby Motley Handcraft. For the past 3 years, ‘Shabby’ has become acafé well-used by crafters – especially knitters - and community activists, and a progressive employer that engages staff in all facets of business planning, marketing and service innovation. Ashleigh stays true to her principles of encouraging the local economy, promoting environmentally friendly products and most recently starting a new business, Cordelia’s Plant Based Foods – a vegan take out!

Sault Sainte Marie
Algoma University Shabby Motley Handcraft

How might we re-­energize our economy through entrepreneurship and social innovation?

This special event brings together catalysts for individual and collective development of entrepreneurship and social innovation in Northern Ontario: government representatives, community organizations, industry, academic experts, and young people. Using a Design Thinking process, we will gain new and fresh insight into persistent issues in an interactive format.

We'll explore "How might we diversify our economic foundation, support young people in transition, build and foster diversity andrevitalize downtown areas in Northern Ontario cities?"

#NorthJam: A Collective Discussion for Northern Ontario is a unique event for 50 people at two locations, who will explore economic development and social innovation in Northern Ontario, through Design Thinking processes. The speakers will be simulcast to both locations, and the workshops will be facilitated locally with north / south shared reporting. 

This gathering, which is the precursor to a larger conference in Summer 2017, will be led by OCAD University and Algoma University in a unique partnership between Northern and Southern Ontario institutions, bringing together in depth knowledge of entrepreneurship and social innovation from the North and Design Thinking processes from the South.

Expert "Lightning Talks" will set the context, describing entrepreneurship and social innovation in Northern Ontario and proposing why is it important as an engine economic development as well as for social change. The interactive sessions facilitate connections and conversations, bringing clarity to the topic, surfacing existing initiatives, nurturing potential partnerships and strengthening collective commitment to entrepreneurship and social innovation in Northern Ontario.

The results of this conference will shape a larger conference called INTERSECTION in North Ontario: Entrepreneurship and Social innovation. This will be a larger, two-day event in the city of Sault Ste. Marie, which will build on the August conference and develop further conversations and connections across Northern Ontario.

Show Notes

NorthJam Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business NORDIK Institute Shabby Motley Coffee Shop