NEW HOME: NORTHLIGHT INNOVATION

The makerspace and co-working space moved together into their new home located on 2180 2nd Avenue.

On September 4th, 2018 – Yukonstruct Society opened the doors of NorthLight Innovation after several months of renovation to the old Super Valu grocery store on Second Avenue.

The 24,000 sq ft facility managed and operated by local non-profit Yukonstruct is now the rallying point for all of their members, consolidating their organization and services under one roof along with facility partners Yukon College and Yukon Development Corporation.

The space includes:

Makespace, the community workshop. Incorporating elements of machine shops, workshops and studios – where the maker community come together to share resources and knowledge to build and create.

Cospace, the shared workspace. Downtown Whitehorse, the hub for the Yukon’s entrepreneurial community to work, collaborate and build a strong community of visionaries.

Launchspace, a new collective initiative to foster business development and innovation in the North, including conferences, programs and business services through the Canada Business Network that help early-stage entrepreneurs in the Yukon take their ideas to the next level.

NorthLight Innovation houses 40 hot desks, 16 dedicated desks, 12 private offices, 8 studios, 1 event space, 2 classrooms, 1 boardroom, 2 meeting rooms, 2 lounge spaces, 2 woodshops, 1 metal shop, 1 digital fabrication lab, 1 sewing loft and 1 hackerspace.

YUKONSTRUCT RECEIVES THE NATIONAL STARTUP CANADA ENTREPRENEUR SUPPORT AWARD IN OTTAWA!

This category rewards government organizations, not-for-profits, academic institutions and private for-profit businesses that demonstrate excellence in advancing Canadian entrepreneurship through their leadership, innovation and impact. Honouring this recognition, we continue to strive to foster innovation, creativity, and a strong entrepreneurial spirit.

YuKonstruct Makerspace Society has been federally recognized in the Federal Budget 2018 for its contribution to the innovation ecosystem in the territories.

While succeeding as somewhat separate entities, our dream was to bring together, and collaborate with, all our talented members and partners, under the same roof!

In March 2018, Federal and Territorial Governments and Northern Vision Development announced their financial support for the new Yukon Innovation Hub. Yukon College and Yukon Development Corporation have partnered on the launching of the facility by agreeing to be major anchor tenants. YuKonstruct converted a long-vacant building into a multi-tenant facility designed to unleash creativity and innovation, allowing for bolder ideas and greater possibilities.

As of July 2018, YuKonstruct Makerspace Society is operated and governed by a passionate team of 10 staff members and 9 Board members. The society counts over 170 active members.

THE COMMUNITY IS THE HEART OF YUKONSTRUCT

Staff members and contractors joined the adventure along the road to support the growing operations of both facilities. Staff and volunteers collaborated in programming, providing support, planning events, and general facility operations. In order to allow volunteers to focus on creating, teaching, and learning staff took on most of the administrative, operational, and fiscal responsibilities.

The first staff member was Logan Sherk who held an acting ED role, until Jaret Slipp, was hired in August 2016 as the first permanent Executive Director.

In 2016, (co)space became the host of Start-Up Whitehorse and Canada Business Network.

We’re growing – we have a new space called (co)space!

Did you know YuKonstruct is opening a shared community workspace in Whitehorse ?  We are!

It is called (co)space. We’re thrilled to use this new space as a way to able to help better support our vision to ignite the entrepreneurial spirit, and grow Yukon innovation and business by providing accessible shared space and programming.

(co)space is located downtown, in a separate location from our Makerspace, and will be available to anyone who would like a productive, collaborative and community-driven space in which to do their work as a freelancer, entrepreneur or small business. Similar to YuKonstruct, a membership to (co)space will provide you access to (a new) space while offering amenities such as high speed internet, a productive work area, access to meeting rooms, and most importantly a community of awesome people.

In addition, (co)space will provide members with a wealth of supportive and informative programming and exciting and fun events, made possible with generous funding from the Yukon Government’s Department of Economic Development Department. We are also extremely grateful for the support received from MPIG Holdings, StartUp Canada and a huge army of volunteers who have helped for the past month to get (co)space renovated and ready to launch.

awesome volunteers!

More details will be coming soon!  Please follow the dedicated (co)space Twitter and Facebook pages if you would like to stay up to date.

 

start up

Also please join us at our first (co)space & YuKonstruct joint event!  With the support of YG Economic Development we’ve partnered with Startup Canada to create an awesome program for their FREE 1-day conference for anyone interested in entrepreneurship. Register online to reserve your seat for November 7.

 

Want to get involved? Have questions?

There are lots of ways to get involved in this project, if you’re interested in helping us build this space please get in touch (cospace@yukonstruct.com). Any volunteer hours you contribute will count towards the 10 hours / month needed to get your YuKonstruct membership for just $5!

Also checkout the (co)space website: http://cospacenorth.com

We’re Officially Open!

On September 16th we officially opened our doors. Thank you to all those who came out to help us celebrate! We were thrilled with the level of support from the community. Our yard was packed with enthusiastic makers who helped us put together the mystery community art project: a YuKonstruct sign for our shop.

Just like the puzzle pieces that form the finished sign, opening this makerspace would not have been possible without the many contributions we’ve received from generous donors and sponsors.

So what now?

Being officially open means we are now accepting members. Our membership rates can be found here: Cospace & Makespace

If you’re curious about the space you can always stop by on any of our open house days – Tuesdays at 7pm. Here you can get a tour of our space, check out the projects we’re working on, and learn about the awesome upcoming workshops.

 

WE ARE THE FIRST CANADIAN MAKERSPACE NORTH OF 60

In September we opened the doors of our 135 Industrial Road location with a full slate of weekly workshops. We quickly built membership to over 80 makers, with over 100 others participating in various workshops. A ‘Core Team’ of over a dozen dedicated volunteers emerged and became the driving forcebehind YuKonstruct.

THANK YOU to our founding members: Alessia Guthrie, Andrew Kalek, Benjamin Sanders, Alison Pakula, Logan Drq Sherk, Allison Button, Chris Lloyd, John Glynn-Morris, Michelle Clusiau, Sam Fleming, Michael Pealow, Barrett W. Horne, Tom Bamford.

YuKonstruct community support

Community is the heart of a makerspace

My name is John and I am one of the folks behind YuKonstruct. Truthfully, I am not a tech whizz or particularly handy. So why did I get involved? For me, YuKonstruct has the potential to become an amazing community. And when people come together and are motivated by a common goal, great things happen. This power and potential is what drew me to this exciting venture.

I once read that a makerspace is more than a space full of cool tools. It is the convergence of a creative community. And that is what makes the maker-concept so rich: community.  It’s easy to focus on the funky space and cool tools, but what are they without people?  What happens when you connect the collective creativity, knowledge, and co-operation of an entire community, and then add in a common space and tools? Magic, that’s what.

Take our event in January as an example, that was magical. A community coming together to support what was just an idea at the time. Without that community, we would have just had an empty room with cool projects. There would be no buzz of excitement, no sharing of ideas, and no inspiration to build from.

January Kick off event - a few of the many great projects
January Kick off event – a few of the many great projects

Humans are social beings. We have an innate desire to live, work, and play, in groups. This is ‘community’ and varies greatly by degree and form. ‘Culture’ is the dynamic output of congregating people over time and space, and includes learning and knowledge transmission. The outcome is rich, diverse and dynamic.

What gets me excited about the makerspace concept is the potential to bring people together and make great things happen. Already YuKonstruct has brought together a motley crue of individuals driven by a common dream. In less than five months we have a space!  No individual could have achieved this alone. There is power and there is potential in community, and from there anything is possible.

 

We welcome everyone to this community to help us achieve the YuKonstruct dream.

Join us on a Tuesday evening at 7 – 8:30pm where we’re doing anything from building benches and furniture to space planning. Also, be sure to check out our new event’s calendar to see what’s coming up soon.