Benjamin Scott, Project Director
Benjamin Scott is a member of the Tlicho Nation and a true Northerner at heart. He has a passion for supporting organizations to redefine business practice through an Indigenous worldview, and sharing business knowledge and tools to help build entrepreneurial leadership and capacity within communities. In addition to his new role as Project Director of EntrepreNorth, in his spare time, Benjamin offers strategic business services through Feed the Fire Business Consulting and is also working on launching a software application to help professional practitioners maximize their most valuable resource, time. Prior to diving into entrepreneurship, Benjamin worked alongside First Nation communities to improve homes, save energy, and reduce costs, and spent about ten years working in government in a number of management roles targeted at maximizing benefits for Northerners, closing gaps in the labour market, and leading the development of territory-wide skills and postsecondary education strategies. He holds a MBA in Aboriginal Business and Leadership from SFU, a BA in Urban Studies from UofC, a Leadership Certicate from UofA, and is anAction Canada Fellow Alumni.
RADIUS SFU Team
Candice Day, Manager, First Peoples Enterprise Accelerator Program, RADIUS SFU
Candice comes to RADIUS from the social enterprise world, more particularly, her work in urban Indigenous social enterprise development. Her journey began in the Downtown Eastside as an intern at Enterprising Non-profits (enp-BC) in Vancouver; which followed her to Toronto, where she spent some time at enp-TO. Her work at the Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres (OFIFC) led to the creation of an ecommerce platform for Indigenous artwork and artists. This enterprise supported artists both directly and indirectly, with profits being disbursed amongst member Friendship Centres. Now back in Vancouver, Candice has worked for the Metro Vancouver Aboriginal Executive Council supporting social enterprise development for MVAEC’s member organizations; as well as working for Skwachays Lodge, a boutique, Indigenous art-themed hotel and gallery owned by Vancouver Native Housing Society. Her work at Skwachays focused primarily on improving the profitability of the gallery through implementing new operational systems, and streamlining processes.
Candice is of Secwepemc heritage, though she grew up in Haisla territory in northern BC. This gave her a great appreciation for the mountains and the coast. When she’s not in the office, you can find her exploring the sneaky backroads of the lower mainland on her enduro motorcycle.
Annelies Tjebbes, Lead Facilitator
Annelies is an engineer and social innovator with a passion to enable positive change. She was born in Vancouver the day after her mom walked in the Earth Day march, and this symbol of social engagement has been a thread throughout her life. Annelies loves working with and investing in people, and works across boundaries to build collaborative solutions to complex challenges. She provides strategic planning, project management, facilitation and evaluation services through AnneliesVera Consulting to support NGOs, businesses and community projects. Annelies believes in a world where everyone has access to the services and supports to lead a healthy and fulfilling life, and she works tirelessly to enact this vision.
Annelies has spent the past few years on a journey to support Canada’s reconciliation efforts. She worked with the First Nations Technology Council to invest in increased access to technology and digital literacy for BC’s Indigenous population, through Engineers Without Borders to support organizations and non-Indigenous individuals to identify their contribution to reconciliation, and through the Circle of Eagles Lodge Society to explore a VR reintegration project for formerly incarcerated Indigenous individuals. Annelies is eager to keep learning and growing and is grateful to be part of the RADIUS and EntrepreNorth to help continue this journey and her contribution to vibrant, inclusive and thriving communities.