Pinnguaq – Building a More Inclusive Canada

    Pinnguaq | 2017 Recipient of the Startup Canada Social Enterprise Award

    “I hope to see a recognition and reconciliation to Canada’s past.”

    Pinnguaq was founded in 2015, this Nunavut not-for-profit technology startup embraces technology and tech education as a means of sharing stories, languages and cultures with the world.

    Pinnguaq has launched various games and programs like Teach, a 52-week Nunavut curriculum and learning series. They’ve helped create over 125 games supporting more than 500 learners.

    With a team of 11, Pinnguaq has great plans for expansion. Over the next year, they plan to visit over 25 Nunavut communities to offer their programs and seven Indigenous communities in Northern Ontario to support more than 2,500 people.

    Startup News had the opportunity to sit down with Pinnguaq’s Founder Ryan Oliver.

    SN: What inspired you to become an entrepreneur?

    RO: A strong desire to not have to work for anyone but myself and work with those who share the same vision that I do.

    SN: What is the biggest lesson learned to date?

    RO: Hiring often pays for itself.  Don’t stretch yourself too thin to save on costs. As you delegate more, you’ll be able to accomplish more.

    SN: What advice do you have to those starting up today?

    RO: Find your niche and do what you are good at.

    SN: What is the one thing you think we need to do as a nation, today, to position Canada as a global innovation and entrepreneurial leader?

    RO: Continued government support to build an industry with a social safety net that allows us to take the risks needed to truly innovate.

    SN: What is your vision for the next 150 years?

    RO: Over the next 150 years I hope to see a recognition and reconciliation to Canada’s racist past that allows everyone to compete on an equal playing field.

    SN: What is your message to the world?

    RO: You do you.

    SN: How have you benefited from being a recipient of the Startup Canada Awards?

    RO: Recognition and celebration of the work we do is always of benefit in bringing eyes and minds to the work we’re doing.