Co-Chairs: Trevor Bell (Memorial University and SmartICE)

Jennifer Rae (Social Research and Demonstration Corporation)

Shawna Dicker (SmartICE Sea Ice Monitoring & Information Inc.)

Social enterprises are unique in that they direct their business efforts toward a social, cultural, or environmental purpose, essentially to achieve a public good through business practices. As innovators, social enterprises target societal needs that have been left unaddressed by conventional private and public sector organizations. In Indigenous communities, for example, such enterprises have focused on food security, traditional crafts, and travel safety. Social enterprise in a northern context has the potential to address immediate societal needs and emerging environmental concerns, while offering work-integrated training that is grounded in Indigenous ways of knowing. In this session we invite presentations that inspire, demonstrate, or evaluate social enterprise in the Arctic.