Jeff Ward is a web designer, software developer, author, & speaker. Born in Manitoba & living on Vancouver Island in British Columbia on Coast Salish territory, Jeff is a father, serial entrepreneur, and CEO & Founder of Animikii, a web-service company empowering Indigenous organizations to leverage technology for social, economic and cultural initiatives – and the first indigenous-owned certified B Corp in Canada.
A father of two cool little men and a husband to his amazing wife Robyn, Jeff is of mixed ancestry. His father is Ojibwe (Sandy Bay) and Métis. His settler heritage is English and Ukrainian on his mother's side. He identifies as a proud Indigenous man and his background informs not only his creative work but his business philosophies as well.
Some highlights from Andrew’s interview with Jeff include:
Animikii Indigenous Technology’s creation story
Framing “social enterprise” in the context of indigenous vales
Jeff’s participation in Canada’s historic Truth and Reconciliation Commision & its influence on his approach to business
Ways in which Jeff and Animikii has been impacted by systemic, institutionalized racism
Jeff’s bridging of cultural identities and worldviews
How values-aligned social enterprise is a potent tool for Indigenous self determination
Animikii’s Podcast Series: Indigenous Innovators
Next Economy Now Podcast: Raising the Bar: Native-American-Owned B Corp Tanka Bar Restores Land, Lives, Livelihoods, & Culture
Next Economy Now Podcast: Rebecca Adamson: Indigenous Self-Determination & Principles Benefiting Both People & Business
Energize Your Entrepreneurial Spirit by Jeff Ward & Scott Ward
LIFT Economy is an impact consulting firm whose mission is to create, model, and share a locally self-reliant economy that works for the benefit of all life.
Andrew Baskin, Partner & Executive Producer at LIFT Economy, specializes in regenerative ag-related enterprise and impact investing that advances the health of our soil, food-system, and climate. You can email Andrew at email@example.com.