• Small and medium-sized enterprises continue to be Yukon’s largest private sector employer.
  • Yukon is home to one of the world’s largest iron ore deposits and one of the world’s largest undeveloped lead-zinc districts.
  • Yukon’s workforce is highly educated, skilled, motivated and productive.
  • Yukoners enjoy a very high quality of life.
  • Yukon has been a site location for a number of feature films including the 20th Century Fox's, "The Big Year" starring Steve Martin, Owen Wilson and Jack Black.
  • Yukon businesses are leading the way.
  • Yukon is open for business.
  • Partnerships are key to our success.

Success Stories

Enterprise Trade Fund

Bean North Coffee Roasting Company Ltd.

Bean NorthFair trade coffee north of 60

Bean North operates a fair trade organic coffee roasting and processing facility as well as a country cafe where they sell their products.

Bean North has accessed funding through the Yukon government more than once. In 2007, they accessed and received funding assistance for travel and trade show expenses as well as staff training and research for equipment upgrades. At this time, Bean North was going through a major upgrade to their roasting facility and green bean storage area. “The knowledge and training gained during this short trip was critical in moving the business to the next level,” co-owner of Bean North Michael King says.

In 2011, Bean North accessed the fund again to assist in welcoming over 30 guests and business partners from across Canada, the U.S. and the Netherlands to Whitehorse for the Cooperative Coffees’ Annual General Meeting. “It was both an opportunity for us to showcase our community, and for our staff to gain considerable training and knowledge that now benefits the business on a daily basis,” King added.

Bean North is one of Canada’s first coffee roasters committed to doing 100 per cent of their business under fair trade conditions. This commitment to doing business differently along with providing a quality product has been their key to success.

Bean North in partnership with Cooperative Coffees Ltd., the DOEN Foundation, the Rabobank Foundation, Progreso and the Grow Ahead Foundation recently launched www.growahead.org. Grow Ahead allows consumers to actively participate in the coffee trading chain. Trade and Investment’s support of Bean North and the 2011 Cooperative Coffees members annual meeting in Whitehorse was crucial in the development and success of the Grow Ahead initiative.

Boréale Mountain Biking

Boreale Mountain Biking

Small-Medium Enterprise blazes a new trail

Marsha Cameron and Sylvain Turcotte’s mountain biking company offers guided day and multi-day trips, complete with gourmet lunches and a wealth of local knowledge. Boréale is among a small number of destination mountain biking operators in Canada.

Marsha and Sylvain accessed funding and expertise from the Government of Yukon’s departments of Tourism and Culture and Economic Development early on. "Our market group responds differently, and we really appreciate government recognizing that we are the experts in understanding how our target will respond," Cameron says. "They've been very open to new ideas and they really are looking for knowledge to better promote a product."

Operating since 2008, Boréale is earning a reputation as the must-hire operator in a must-see riding destination. As Boréale's targeted marketing efforts are starting to pay off, other Yukon companies are starting to feel the benefits of the influx into a new tourism niche and introducing new product to their line up to help meet the increasing demand.

Northern Lights Resort and Spa

Customizable, all-inclusive year-round vacation packagesNorthern Lights Resport Spa

Northern Lights Resort and Spa offers a one and only luxurious indoor and outdoor wilderness adventure in Yukon. Situated close to many of Yukon’s best wilderness parks, the resort and spa offers customizable, all-inclusive year-round vacation packages to people coming from all over the world. Being in a small, niche market the resort and spa has the advantage of being flexible in meeting their customers' needs.

Northern Lights Resort and Spa accessed the Government of Yukon's Enterprise Trade Fund which they used for the initial setup of their website as well as the printing of brochures and rack cards. Use of these programs allowed Northern Lights Resort and Spa to jumpstart their marketing strategy, get their name out, and provide good quality online information to their customers.

The resort and spa is best known for their northern lights viewing packages in the winter, as well as their all year round spa and wellness packages. Co-owner and operator Wolfgang Bublitz comments on their recent accomplishments - “Business is still fairly new, but we just had an article done on us in Best Health Magazine Canada in the November issue. We have another article coming up in National Geographic Mexico, and a Spanish article was just written by a writer/photographer that was up in Whitehorse for the Canadian Tourism Commission 2012 GoMedia event.”

Film and Sound

Max Fraser Video Productions

Never Happen Here - The Whitehorse 9/11 StoryMax Fraser Video Productions

Max Fraser produces both his own personal film projects as well as projects requested by his clients. Max is best known for his film “Never Happen Here – The Whitehorse 9/11 Story” which was televised in 2010, the 10th anniversary of 9/11, and again in 2011. It was also shown several times to live audiences in Whitehorse, Dawson City and Haines Junction, as well as a number of film festivals in Southern Canada and the U.S.

Max Fraser Video Productions has benefited from the Government of Yukon’s Tourism and Culture and Economic Development departments' expertise and funding several times. The Enterprise Trade Fund, the Yukon Filmmakers Fund as well as Yukon Film Development Fund were accessed to assist with marketing of the films and to help with costs of pre-production and completion of short films and projects.

“My documentary "Never Happen Here - The Whitehorse 9/11 Story" earned several awards, including Best Documentary Film Editing from the Colorado Film Festival, Best Documentary from the Oregon Film Festival; a Special Jury Remi Award from the Worldfest Houston International Film Festival; Honourable Mention for Best Documentary at the Mississauga Independent Film Festival; and a nomination for Best Point of View Documentary at the Yorkton Film Festival,” Max says. “I'm glad the government's programs were accessible to me as they were key to being able to complete the film as well as market it successfully. I'm also grateful for the help provided by the staff at the Yukon Film and Sound Commission throughout the long journey in making the film.”

Rob Toohey Locations

This little industry really has legsRob Toohey Locations

Rob Toohey Locations is a film industry production service company offering everything from production and location management to location scouting. Rob works hard to be the best he can be for his clients as well as the people, towns and government that his filming affects. “I never lose sight of the fact that location filming is next to impossible to accomplish without ruffling a few feathers along the way. One is remembered by how they choose to smooth the ruffles.”

Rob Toohey has accessed Yukon government funds on behalf of his clients including the Yukon Film Training Fund and the Yukon Film Location Incentive Program Fund. “These funds have benefitted me enormously, as I have been able to show clients from around the world that they will get a significant amount of their expenses back if they shoot in Yukon. Typically, not enough time is spent researching free money avenues, and when you can show them (a program) that is straightforward, on target, and actually results in a bankable check in only a few weeks, they think I have worked some kind of magic!”, Rob added.

Rob’s telephone keeps ringing, and he feels a sense of accomplishment while watching a whole new generation of Yukon film crews seizing opportunities and advancing into more important roles.

Sarah MacDougall Music

Best Solo Roots Album of the YearSarah Macdougall

Sarah writes, records and plays live music. She is best known by her name, Sarah MacDougall, although her company is titled Sarah MacDougall Music.

Sarah’s company has been supported by the Enterprise Trade Fund (ETF) since 2011. “These programs have provided touring support for me for promoting my new album with showcases and promo tours in various markets,” Sarah says.

Sarah was nominated for ‘Best Solo Roots Album of the Year’ as well as ‘Songwriter of the Year’ at the 2012 Western Canadian Music Awards. She won the ‘Best Solo Roots Album of the Year’ award, and the ETF program is proud to be a part of her success!

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