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Shaun Loney Announced as seCatalyst keynote speaker!

First Nations reconciliation has to include rebuilding local economies. Social enterprises and social entrepreneurs are demonstrating we can create opportunity for everyone.

Shaun Loney is an Ashoka Fellow (first in Canadian Prairies) and Ernst and Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year (2014). He has co-founded and mentored 11 social enterprises, including BUILD Inc. (2011 Scotia Bank EcoLiving Green Business of the Year) – a social enterprise that has lowered utility bills at now over 15,000 low income households through insulating, high efficiency furnace installations and water retrofits.

In 2011, Shaun co-founded The Social Enterprise Centre (SEC), a 30,000 square foot commercial space and home to many Winnipeg social enterprises.  In 2013, he co-founded AKI Energy which provides business development and training to First Nations in geothermal energy so that they can start their own social enterprises. Aki has already installed $6 million in geothermal energy but they were recently told that their successful work would not be allowed to expand any further. Learn about Aki Energy’s remarkable struggle to overcome old government paradigms. Shaun has also co-founded a farm and healthy food social enterprise in Garden Hill First Nation – a remote and isolated community with high diabetes rates. Find out who thought it was impossible to ever have gardens in Garden Hill.

Shaun’s is the author of BUILD Prosperity: Energizing Manitoba’s Local Economy (available for free download at and a new book An Army of Problem Solvers: Reconciliation and the Solutions Economy that explains how problem solvers such as social enterprises can tackle society’s most stubborn issues – and what governments need to do to make it all happen. Shaun joins us on a cross-country book launch tour.