Leaders Of Tomorrow: WE Incubation Hub Program
1:00 PM – 1:30 PM | Ballroom
We believe that young people have the power to change the world. The WE Incubation Hub creates the arena for young social entrepreneurs, to develop and launch their social venture. Whether it’s starting a social enterprise or mobilizing their friends to contribute to social justice; WE can get them there by providing access to workshops, resources, mentorship, and connection with like-minded individuals. Through the WE Incubation Program, participants will develop entrepreneurial habits of mind and gain the skills, competencies, and confidence to develop and pursue their innovative ideas.
This program empower youth to become powerful influencers of change and the next wave of leaders in social entrepreneurship. The WE Incubation Program is a 12-part series – an experience designed for 13 to 21 year-olds who want to take action, build a social ventures and have a positive impact on society. Throughout this transformative program participants become an expert on the issue they care about while developing the necessary skills to design and carry out their business plan.
This year’s BLD Ontario Conference theme is “Everyone’s A Leader” and we saw an opportunity to integrate the voice of young leaders and entrepreneurs in the conference. B Corp Members will have the opportunity to hear from three young social entrepreneurs and how their ideas are impacting the world.
Social Venture: Big Spoon Lil’ Spoon
Presenting Team: Victoria Preston, Delaney Clarke and Colton Celentano
Grade: 2nd Year University
Big Spoon Lil’ Spoon is a social enterprise that provides weekly cooking classes, life skill workshops and employment programs for people with disabilities and their siblings. They are currently based in Kingston, ON and will be expanding to Toronto in Fall 2019. The Big Spoon Lil’ Spoon team is composed of three members of their senior management which includes Victoria Preston, Delaney Clarke and Colton Celentano. They also oversee an executive team of 20 people and over 100 volunteers.
Social Venture: Glorious Gaming Computers
Presenter: Jaden Bhogal
Grade: Grade 10
Jaden Bhogal is the founder of Glorious Gaming Computers. A company which builds personalized gaming computers for clients. A percentage of the profits will be invested in research the development of bacteriophages. *bacteriophages = viruses that target and kill bacteria, very useful for preventing dangerous infections”.
Social Venture: The Sunrise Storyteller
Presenting Team: Kasha Sequoia Slavner
Kasha Sequoia Slavner, a first-time multi-award-winning documentary young filmmaker comes to the profession as a seasoned photographer, entrepreneur and social justice advocate for over a decade. She is a 7x Youth Delegate to the UN Commission on the Status of Women. She is also the Ontario Regional Advisor for the newly formed Canadian Council of Young Feminists. Kasha is a contributor to The Huffington Post, National Geographic Learning, Thrive Global, Good Magazine, Matador Network & more. The Sunrise Storyteller is the 20-year-old filmmaker’s first feature-length documentary, which she directed, filmed, scripted and edited between the ages of 16-18. The film has screened internationally at 58+ festivals and won 28 awards to date, including the Ron Kovic Peace Prize and the Eva Haller Women Transforming Media Award. She uses her storytelling platform to conduct educational outreach, screenings & workshops for young people and helps empower students to become civically engaged and make a positive impact in their local or global community.
Brent Smiley (Compugen Finance Incorporated)
Brent has been working in the IT Asset Disposition space for over 10 years. Green4Good is the award winning ITAD solution provided by Compugen Finance INC, a privately owned, certified BCorp. Green4Good provides their mid-market to enterprise sized clients with professional ITAD support, while generating top dollar value for their End-of-First-Life™ IT assets. Green4Good promotes reuse, and as a result were also the first in the world to create the protocol to develop and provide their customers with verified Carbon Credits as a result of their refurbishment and resale process.
Shelley Mayer (Ramp)
Shelley Mayer is a sought-after expert and speaker on cause marketing and social impact marketing. She is the founder and president of Ramp Communications. With more than 20 years of combined client and agency experience, and after a successful automotive marketing career, Shelley founded Ramp Communications in 2011. Her strategic expertise, creative spirit, and approachable style make her a true leader in the sector. Combining her passion for the social profit sector with her love of marketing and communications, she quickly realized that charities and non-profits were underserved and lacked the strategic and creative resources needed to best advance their important social missions. Ramp’s aim is to change that.Since Ramp’s inception, Shelley has worked with more than 70 social profits (charities, non-profits, social minded for-profits) and has expertise in every facet of social impact marketing and branding. She is an avid mentor and supporter of young entrepreneurs speaking for Tie Toronto, Enterprise Toronto, Schulich School of Business, Humber College and Ryerson University. Shelley has supported the Futurpreneur Canada Growth Accelerator and Expert Exchange programs as a mentor and sponsor. As a four-time, SheEO activator Shelley has contributed to the financing of women-owned social enterprise in Canada. Shelley is also active in the local Toronto B Corp and WBE Canada communities.
Gillian Morgan (BDC)
After graduating from a performing arts / enriched high school, she was scouted to play varsity hockey at UOIT, and earned her degree- honours in Comm. and a minor in Forensic Psychology. She was rapidly hired by BDC in Durham, then sought after to work for the Toronto mid-market team, and later promoted to an Account Manager, Commercial Banker. As a previous B.C. tree planter and current B-Corp Rep. she is highly passionate about corporate social and environmental responsibility. As a member of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee, she holds a keen interest in Canadian/Indigenous affairs and gender equality. She represented BDC at the 2018 B-Corp Retreat in New Orleans, helped delegate at the “Canadian Indigenous Clean-Tech Roundtable”, sat as an ambassador at “OCE’s Discovery Conference”, and was a Judging Panellist at the “Enactus Canada Exposition” & “Ryerson| Slaight New Venture Competition”. She holds a deep love for sports, the outdoors, her family and working with ambitious entrepreneurs; assisting them to solve their business needs!
Franchesca Hampton (Traction on Demand)
Franchesca is a seasoned project manager with over 20 years in project management. Her detailed oriented personality and drive for improvement and efficiency has moved her through her career over the years. Starting as a administrative assistant she pressed her way to managing projects, forming and maintaining client relationships, overseeing budgets, and helping the companies she’s worked for achieve success.
Franchesca has been with Traction for over 2 years and in that time has managed both small and enterprise clients. She is now the SSG Team Lead in Toronto in The6ix squad.
Franchesca also volunteers outside of work. She has worked with at risk youth and community organizations. She’s a teacher at Christian College and over the Music Department at her church.