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  • Meet the Maker: Tong Shao

    Tong relocated from Kitchener-Waterloo to Whitehorse, where her friend, a fellow Yukonstruct member, introduced her to Northlight Innovations. She was impressed by the space’s functionality and the friendliness of the people she encountered. She found working with and serving entrepreneurs and innovators to be a rewarding career, which motivated her to join Yukonstruct.

  • Nurturing Community Through Yukonstruct Values

    At the heart of Yukonstruct lies a deep commitment to nurturing a sense of community and belonging. We believe that within this community, we can co-create an organization that provides a welcoming, inclusive space for all Yukoners to bring their ideas to life. Our values, encapsulated in five core principles, guide us in building a…

  • Rural Spotlight: Dennis And Jenny Shorty

    Dennis Shorty is a musician, master carver, artist, drummaker, and storyteller from Ross River. His journey into art began by observing his family’s carving traditions, evolving into a spiritual practice connecting him with his ancestors. Despite challenges faced during the Residential School years, Dennis is dedicated to revitalizing his cultural legacy. Dennis’s mission in life,…

  • Meet the Maker: Cedrick Vinoya

    Cedrick initially joined Yukonstruct as an Operations Assistant and has since moved into the Social Media and Community Coordinator role. As a newcomer and former international student, Cedrick is working to start his community project called Beyond Borders Youth Network. This project aims to build a strong support system that transcends cultural barriers, serving as…

  • Yukonstruct at the 2023 Fireweed Market: Fostering Community Creativity and Entrepreneurship

    In the summer of 2023, Yukonstruct started a new initiative hosting a booth at the Fireweed Market in Whitehorse. This is a noteworthy milestone in the organization’s journey of community engagement and commitment to entrepreneurship and innovation. The annual summer market has traditionally served as a gathering point for farmers, artisans, creators, and entrepreneurs in…

  • STEAM Programs with Connected North

    We’re happy to celebrate the success of Connected North and the STEAM programs that are engaging students in Yukon schools! Connected North brings live virtual learning sessions directly to students all across Canada’s North. Through this platform, teachers can choose from a wide range of dynamic sessions delivered by experts in various subjects, offering an…

  • Rural Spotlight: Erin Holm

    My name is Erin Holm, I moved up to the Yukon on a whim from Saskatchewan in 2018. My corporate (9-5) is in marketing and I’m also an Indigenous Governance student at YukonU. I started Den Designs back in 2016 in memory of and in honour of my late father, Dennis (hence Den Designs). Den…

  • Rural Spotlight: Lue Maxwell

    As a northern and rural entrepreneur, Lue Maxwell’s experience and basket of tricks include facilitating workshops and training in professional development, entrepreneurship, and well-being in mind, body, and spirit. Adding to that are customized career and life coaching, personal transformational energy coaching, and hypnotherapy. She also carves out time to create and produce a line…

  • Celebrating Connections: A Recap of Yukon Innovation Week 2023

    What an amazing journey we’ve had during Yukon Innovation Week! Now, as we collectively pause to reflect on the surge of innovation and connections forged throughout this extraordinary week, it’s clear that the impact goes far beyond our initial expectations. Under the theme ‘Connecting Innovators,’ we immersed ourselves in a dynamic celebration that transcended the…

  • Hall of Innovators 2023

    It is our greatest pleasure to present the recipients of the 2023 Hall of Innovators Award Gala. The evening was a blend of past and present where history met innovation, featuring inspiring stories and groundbreaking innovations that reshaped Yukon’s landscape. It was inspiring, entertaining, and captivating to witness the creativity of our fellow Yukoners. Rich…

  • Meet the Maker: Ratan Singh

    Ratan works as an Operations Assistant at Yukonstruct, helping out members at the front desk with any queries they may have. He was volunteering as a part of the Yukon University Student Union, and he heard about the job opening at Yukonstruct. So, being someone who always wanted to see what happens inside the BIG…

  • Rural Spotlight: Marlene Smith

    Hello, I’m Marlene Smith-Tutin, I am Aishihik from the Champagne and Aishihik First Nations. I grew up in Canyon Creek. In 2008 I graduated from the Culinary program at what was then Yukon College and have been feeding Yukers ever since. I love to be outdoors, I love animals and I love food!   You can…

  • Meet the Maker: Fahd Rizwan Fazal

    Fahd is the Operations Director at Yukonstruct. His role encompasses smooth operations of the facility, member-tenant management including satisfaction with the services provided, scheduling our lovely ops team to keep the space running, and just the overall running of the facility. His role is quite dynamic and allows him to work on a bit of…

  • Community Spotlight: Daniel Blake

    Daniel Blake was raised in Tsiigehtchic and now lives in his grandmother’s home community of Old Crow. When he is not spending time with his 3yr old son Thomas, he’s working on his business. Daniel Blake Contracting does landscaping, cache clean-ups, and airport/cargo pick-ups. Stay tuned for more as he expands his service offerings! Daniel…

  • Ratan’s Journey To Permanent Residency

    Ratan Singh is an Operations Assistant at Yukonstruct since July 2021 and he just got his Permanent Residency Status early this year! He was from India and came here to Canada as an international student in September 2019. He was enrolled in the Science Diploma Program, but during his time at the university, he grew…

  • Upcoming Price Change

    Important information for members: Effective August 1st, 2023, all new members will be charged the updated membership prices. Starting November 1st, 2023, these updated prices will come into effect for our current members. Please note, our rates remain competitive when compared to other coworking and maker spaces in Canada.  We, at Yukonstruct, take great pride…