Congratulations to Shaun Loney on being named an EY (formerly Ernst & Young) Entrepreneur of the Year for their Prairie Region!
Creating Training and Job Opportunities
Shaun, a long-time member of Assiniboine, has used his passion for social and economic justice and creative entrepreneurship skills to help start eight different social enterprises over the last five years — all geared toward creating training and job opportunities for people with barriers to employment. These include:
- BUILD, which increases the energy efficiency on low-income homes. This is good for the environment, good for the families that live there, and good for those who gain important work experience and income.
- Manitoba Green Retrofit, which does bed-bug remediation, apartment maintenance, and furnace replacements.
- The Social Enterprise Centre, itself a social enterprise, but also an incubator and shared-service home for several social enterprises and non-profits.
- Aki Energy, which works with First Nations to install geothermal heating systems in First Nation communities.
- Meechim, the latest social enterprise that was launched this past week, will create local food enterprises in First Nation communities.
Shaun was also recently elected to the global Ashoka Fellowship. Ashoka is a global network of social entrepreneurs that are working to address the most complex social problems.
These social enterprises have a significantly positive impact on the environment, and create essential opportunities for work experience and income for the hundreds of people with barriers to employment who now have good jobs. Importantly, winning this prestigious award also provided Shaun the opportunity to highlight the fact that business does not always have to be driven only by profit, but success can be profound when driven by values.
Learn more about Shaun
See Shaun’s TED talk Poverty, Crime and Greenhouse Gas Emissions, download his book BUILD Prosperity: Energizing Manitoba’s Local Economy or order a copy at McNally Robinson.