Samuel Benoit is a social enterprise and sustainability specialist.
In 2013, Samuel graduated with distinction from Hult International Business School’s Master of Social Entrepreneurship program in San Francisco, California. As part of this program, he served as the Project Manager for the pilot of a mobile banking product for urban slum-dwellers in Gujerat, India. The concept was among the six finalists for the $1M Hult Prize awarded at the Clinton Global Initiative. Earlier he completed a Bachelor of Arts with High Honours in Environmental Studies with a Minor in Geography from Carleton University.
Samuel has worked with nonprofits and social businesses in seven countries on three continents. In India, he carried out research and training with the Centre for Science and Environment in New Delhi and the Baha’i Academy in Panchgani. He has served as field worker with the Olinga Foundation for Human Development in Ghana and University of Agricultural Studies in Dharwad, India. Most recently he served as Business Development Manager for Whiz Kids Workshop, Ethiopia’s premier educational media company.
“I specialized in social entrepreneurship after seeing the limits of what we can do in the nonprofit sector”, he explains. “I’m interested in how we can use business as a tool to make our economies more inclusive and sustainable.”
Samuel currently serves as Operational Manager for Right Bike, a social business under Causeway Work Centre. Right Bike is a bike shop that offers bike share, rentals, servicing and sales with a mission to provide employment and training for members of the community with disabilities and other barriers to employment. Samuel led the development of the Ottawa Bicycle Academy, an educational program that offers full-time professional courses in bicycle mechanics for youth working to overcome multiple barriers to employment.
Recently Samuel provided training on the fundamentals of social entrepreneurship to a group of Inuit persons facing barriers to employment in Baker Lake, Nunavut. PMC is working with stakeholders in Nunavut to assist in the launch of a thrift shop in Baker Lake. This social enterprise will provide employment for persons with disabilities.