The Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) is Canada’s business development bank and the only financial institution dedicated exclusively to entrepreneurs. Our mission is to help create and develop strong Canadian businesses through financing, advisory services and indirect financing with a focus on small and medium-sized enterprises. www.bdc.ca
The MacEwan University Social Innovation Institute provides leadership and support towards fostering a culture of social innovation, engaging MacEwan students in initiatives and opportunities that have impact locally, regionally and globally. It focuses on developing students as changemakers, and achieves this through teaching and research that is both cross-disciplinary and community-engaged. Through collaborations among students and faculty, the Institute defines success through learning and social impact. www.macewan.ca
Roundhouse is a modern coworking space where entrepreneurs, social changemakers, students, faculty, alumni and community are welcome to connect, learn and access valuable resources that we hope can guide them in a positive direction. We work collaboratively with MacEwan University's Social Innovation Institute to foster a culture of social innovation in Edmonton and beyond. Together, we’re growing a community of changemakers that help creative minds develop innovative ideas, projects and enterprises that have positive impact on society and environment. www.roundhouse.net
Blake Loates is a photographer and mental health advocate. Blake founded a mental health peer support organization in 2016 called We All Believe in You when she started taking photos of individuals who have lived experience of mental illness. She combines her education as a psychiatric nurse and her own struggle of bipolar disorder to educate and advocate for the de-stigmatization of mental illness. Blake is happiest when she’s helping others, riding her bicycle, and hanging out with her husband and two dogs.www.blakeloates.com
Chandos is an award winning, market leader in providing value-added construction solutions. We have built high quality facilities across a broad scope of industries all across Canada. Chandos currently maintains approximately 400 employees between our Edmonton, Calgary, Red Deer, Ontario and Vancouver offices. We pride ourselves on living our brand promise to ‘see things differently’ as a means of delivering exceptional value to our clients through innovation. www.chandos.com
Bullfrog Power, Canada’s leading green energy provider, offers renewable energy solutions that enable individuals and businesses to reduce their environmental impact, support the development of green energy projects in Canada and help create a cleaner, healthier world. Sign up easily, quickly and affordably at bullfrogpower.com.