Hall of Innovators 2021

Yukon changemakers and innovators from across the territory were presented with a Hall of Innovators Award and inducted into the permanent Hall of Innovators in the NorthLight Innovation building at an online awards ceremony on January 27th. Keep reading to learn about the Yukoners who were recognized for their hard work.

Startup Canada’s 2020 Canadian Export Challenge

Startup Canada’s 2020 Canadian Export Challenge (CXC) is fast approaching, with regional pitch competitions running from September 14th to 21st.
Despite pivoting to a fully digital event series due to COVID-19, our team has been working hard to make #CXC2020 the best Canadian Export Challenge yet. With an exciting program agenda including presentations by leading experts in global entrepreneurship, the virtual growth lounge and our star-studded panels, there is something for everyone at this year’s CXC. Want to know more about the Canadian Export Challenge’s expert guests and further resources to help you on your journey to becoming a global entrepreneur? Look no further!

Introducing Yukonstruct’s first Startup Bootcamp Cohort!

Our Kick-Off Celebration brought out the best of our community as we celebrated our first year in NorthLight and introduced the entrepreneurs who will be taking part in our first ever Yukonstruct Startup Bootcamp! The overwhelming enthusiasm brought in from the community made for a warm and welcoming evening, and the entrepreneurs’ passion added an element of excitement that mirrors the energy fueling Yukonstruct.

Hammerslegan Tournament!

YuKonstruct members came together for a evening of laughs, sharing project ideas, and of course – competing in the Hammerschlagen tournament! The winner of the tournament would win a Tablet, so the stakes were high.

The game involves throwing and spinning a hammer in the air before catching it and trying to drive  your nail into the stump. the spinning proved to be a great equalizer, as the carpenters and journeymen in the crowd did not have a significant lead over the hobbyists. We played three rounds, and the winners faced off against each other. Colin, James, Dave and Thomas competed for the win. James won by a stroke of the hammer and went home with the prize.

It was awesome to have so many members come out for the Social – its always fun to see how many different projects people are working on. From car conversions, to cabinetry, to boat building, this crowd was doing it all.

Hope to see you at the next member’s social!

Canada Day Parade

For the second year now, YuKonstruct participated in the Canada Day Parade! Having (co)space as part of the parade was a new addition and it made it that much better!

(co)space and YuKonstruct’s contribution to the parade was a brightly decorated float with moose, red striped trees, a red and white balloon arch, and bubbles!  (This float was redecorated very quickly after entering a float in the Pride Parade)

A lot of volunteer hours went into building the float from (co)space and YuKonstruct. We couldn’t have done without all the awesome volunteers! THANK YOU!

Make it Wild!

YuKonstruct has partnered with the Fish and Wildlife Enhancement Trust to host a series of workshops called Make it Wild! 

When you take part in Make it Wild!  you will build, craft, and create projects that give you hands-on opportunities to restore or protect fish, wildlife and their habitat. In addition to creating an awesome project, we will bring in experts to teach you more about the animal you have created your project for, as well as how to be a more involved steward of Yukon fish and wildlife.

We are kicking off the series with our Bat House Workshop on April 14th. Keep your eyes peeled for workshops almost every month of the year including: bird box building, fishing tackle, smokers, window decals and more!

Check our events page (www.yukonstruct.com/events) for all Make it Wildworkshops.

Thanks Fish and Wildlife Enhancement Trust for helping us to host Make it Wild!

We’re screening a Film!

We’d like to invite you to a one of a kind premiere screening of the film MAKER!

WHEN: Friday September 12 – Doors open at 7pm

WHERE: Old Fire Hall

COST: By donation

WHAT: The film MAKER is a documentary which takes a look at how the maker movement is shifting society, altering the economy and creating an entirely new culture. This special film will be making its Northern Premiere in Whitehorse. For more information visit their website: http://makerthemovie.com

Join us for a drink, some popcorn, and a look at this great film.

TICKETS: Seats are limited – Reserve your ticket by making your donation online.
To ensure your spot please make a donation for each attendee in your party.

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Instructables LED Build Night – Tues. August 19, 2014

LEDs, short for light-emitting diodes, are replacing small incandescent bulbs in the electronics all around us. If you would like to learn more about how you can use these small lights in your projects, now’s your chance!

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Instructables.com, the online home of thousands of DIY projects, has sent YuKonstruct hundreds of LEDs to play with.

With the help of Instructables, we’re hosting a hands-on build night this Tuesday, August 19, 2014 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm at 135 Industrial Road (click for map).

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We’ll have a variety of craft kits with all the materials you need to make some easy LED projects.
So come join us for a fun night of making things glow, and check out our makerspace!

Did we mention there will be door prizes too?

Craft kits will be $5 each and include all materials and instructions.

 

This event is suitable for all ages!

YuKonstruct goes to YukomiCon!

That’s right! YuKonstruct will be an exhibitor at YukomiCon 2014, Yukon’s 1st Annual Comic Convention taking place at Coast High Country Inn on August 8th (4pm-8pm), August 9th (10am-7pm), and August 10th (10am-2pm). Be sure to stop by our booth to say hello and to see what we have been up to lately.

We’ll also have lots of great activities happening throughout the weekend:

Haven’t finished your costume yet?

Bring your materials to our booth and we’ll have a space for you to put the final touches on your cosplay costume in time for the Costume ball (Saturday August 9 from 9:30pm-midnight).
(What we will have available:  a sewing machine, needle & thread, iron, duct tape, hot glue and various embellishments to take your costume to the next level!)

Want a sidekick?

Print 3D a model of your favourite character from a comic, movie, book etc.

Get creative!

Spend some time at our drafting table to create your own comic book!

 

YukomiCon is a ticketed event – be sure to grab your day pass, or costume ball ticket online at yukomicon.com

 

 

What is YukomiCon?

A comic convention is a new and exciting type of event for Whitehorse, and the one of the first of its kind in Canada’s north. YukomiCon will host a main exhibit hall filled with vendors, artists, and writers, and special events such as an outdoor BBQ, live music, adult and children costume contests, and a few special guests. A selection of gaming tournaments and educational classes and panels for the creative writers and illustrators in our community are also planned.

This event is presented by the Yukon Comic Culture Society. Established in 2013, the YCCS strives to promote the enjoyment and appreciation of comics and related forms of popular and alternative culture; YukomiCon is their flagship project.

 

 

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Make it Late! YuKonstruct open all night for Nuit Blanche

Join us for Breakdancing, graffiti and films at YuKonstruct on July 5 from 7 PM to 7 AM on July 6 at 135 Industrial Road.

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Whitehorse Nuit Blanche is an exciting all night contemporary art show that will include art installations, performances and feasts across the city of Whitehorse on July 5 from 7pm – 7am. In a celebration of our local artists YuKonstruct will be an official venue for this free action-packed 12-hour night of fun. We will host the Koovy and the Groundwork Sessions Crew who will be performing their award winning breakdancing routines as well as conducting workshops, performances, talks and films on breaking culture. From improvisation to developing routines and new moves, dancers will create and evolve with the audience.

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Since we are still working on building the space at 135 Industrial Road we have the ability to host such a unique event in our workshop before it’s all ready for our makers. So come on down and dance all night with us! If you need some help staying up, Midnight Sun Coffee is close by, and open all night too!

LATE-NIGHT HIGHLIGHTS

8:00 pm – 9:30 pm – Workshop & Dance

10:00 pm – midnight – Film screening and Q&A with artists

Between 1:00 am – 5:00 am, Ali Khoda will be creating a live graffiti piece for our workshop

3:00 am – 4:00 am – Live dance show!

4:00 am – 5:00am – Screening from a recent Calgary battle

About the Artists of the Groundwork Sessions Crew:

Meet dancers Kevin McLachlan (aka Koovy), Emile St. Pierre,  Alex Robinson, Ben Robinson, and George Rivard for a dynamic evening of high intensity fun in the form of a breaking performance and introductory workshop.

Kevin McLachlan (aka Koovy),  and Emile St. Pierre have been training and performing together for the last four years. The local grade 12 students have done numerous shows throughout town, including Leaping Feats Dancing Through Life, Winterval, Arts in The Park and more. They performed as part of the Yukon’s Cultural Contingent at the 2014 Arctic Winter Games in Fairbanks, Alaska, creating a collaborative piece with four other dancers.

Cost:

FREE!  

CONTACT US

NORTHLIGHT INNOVATION
  2180, 2nd Avenue, Whitehorse
  (867) 457-0150
  info@yukonstruct.com

HOURS OF OPERATION
NorthLight Innovation
Mon – Fri: 9am to 5pm
Makespace
Wed – Sun: 1pm to 9pm
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Mon – Fri: 9am – 5pm

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