Madeleine Shaw and Suzanne Siemens are the co-founders of Lunapads, an East Vancouver based company offering sustainable alternatives to disposable feminine hygiene products. Used by women in over 40 countries worldwide, the use of Lunapads has diverted over 1 million pads and tampons from landfills every month.
Madeleine and Suzanne have been acknowledged with several awards, such as BC Business magazine’s Top 20 most innovative companies and recently the Global Women’s Summit Leadership Award, for their social innovation and entrepreneurial excellence.
Free Geek: Geoff Bowers (@FreeGeekVan)
Much of Geoff’s background revolves around education, from camp counseling to ESL. He taught high school social studies and computers public in the North West Territories for 4 years. Once he paid off his student loans, he returned to Vancouver looking for a job invoking computers and education.
Geoff Bowers found Free Geek by chance on Craigslist in the summer of 2009. Free Geek takes all working and non-working computer equipment where its volunteers share tech knowledge plus the reusable hardware furnishes computers for non-profit organizations. Despite going through organizational growing pains, Free Geek gives Geoff his tech and education fix and he strongly feels it’s a great fit for him.
420: Jacob Hunter (@JacobHunter)
Jacob Hunter is a political consultant and advocate for drug policy reform, social justice and environmental sustainability based in Vancouver, British Columbia.
He is the founder and administrator of the drug policy activist website WhyProhibition.ca and is the Managing Organizer of the Vancouver 420 rally, as well as the Vancouver Cannabis Day rally. Jacob has also provided extensive communications support for medical marijuana dispensaries across Canada.
He also serves as the Vice-Chair of the City of Vancouver Active Transportation Advisory Council, and sits on the Board of Directors of the BC Civil Liberties Association (BCCLA), and the Pivot Foundation.
Vancouver Society of Storytellers: Naomi Steinberg (@VSOStorytelling)
For Naomi Steinberg, connecting with four year olds is as marvelous and unique an experience as connecting with 84 year olds - both are possible through storytelling. The past 13 years of her life have been closely focused on community engagement and performance and in her own words “to be a storyteller, first you have to be a story-listener”.
In her current role as Artistic Director of the upcoming “what stories are made of” Storytelling Festival (June 8-10), Naomi intends to foster an appreciation of the art in all of its aspects and applications, for audiences of allsorts!
Make It Productions: Jenna Herbut (@makeitshow)
It all started with a Booty Belt. Jenna Herbut started selling these belts right after her graduation at the University of Alberta, in over 120 boutiques across Canada, USA and Japan. The thrill of growing her business allowed Jenna to experience a lot of things such as becoming a pro at PR and getting her Booty Beltz in numerious magazines. Eventually, Jenna transitioned from selling her belts wholesale to directly to customers at crafts shows. Eager to change the stereotype of boring craft shows, Jenna made it her mission to make her own fun DIY show.
The inspiration for Make It Productions is to create a show where one would want to sell at. Why not make a craft show more like party? Adding booze, DJs and live music, creating a fresh and appealing view of craft shows. Make It is almost on its 5th year and has been growing exponentially every year
Jenna also launched Make It University for those who want to bump up their business skills and be successful in doing what they love.