Encouraging local development and delivery of innovative products and services.
The Yukon Innovation Prize's goal is to increase the locally-provided value in goods and services sold in Yukon and in broader northern markets, enhancing health in the territory and providing employment opportunities. The competition generally occurs in the Spring of each year - check back for details.
Yukon Fur Real is a social enterprise business that evolved from a grass-roots market development initiative with the goal of reconnecting Yukoners with their local fur industry. The project challenges Canada's 400-year-old fur trade by disrupting the wholesale fur purchasing market and supports artisans (who are usually related to the trappers and often women) through a collective approach to the sale and promotion of Yukon wild fur and hand-crafted fur products. The project has a significant impact at an individual or family level and can help augment incomes from other activities. Yukon Fur Real also aims to keep sewing and artistic traditions using fur alive and help promote innovative uses of fur to meet modern needs.
This product innovation involves harvesting raw birch sap and subjecting it to a natural process using enzymes to produce cosmeceutical co-products. It is believed the combination of these co-products will prove to be highly effective in the care and maintenance of healthy skin.
These thermodynamic greenhouses will significantly extend the growing season in cold climates, with their use of a solar-water heating system that automatically responds to changes in temperature. The structure contains garden beds that are built like mini greenhouses so that in cooler months the heating system can focus on the individual beds, rather than heating the entire structure.
This innovation manages radon mitigation in northern homes and buildings through a centralized control system; reducing the health risks of radon in a user friendly, and energy efficient manner. This unique system will now be moved towards commercialization with benefits to both the local economy and the environment.