Enabling Resiliency in the face of Climate Change through Social Enterprise
SmartICE is a community-oriented organization offering a climate change adaption tool, designed to incorporate sea-ice monitoring data with local Indigenous knowledge of sea ice conditions, which can contribute to more informed decisions regarding safe land, water, and sea ice use. SmartICE’s remote environmental monitoring systems provide communities invaluable, data-driven insights into sea-ice thickness and local ice conditions in near real-time.
As an award-winning social enterprise servicing Canada’s north, SmartICE is working with Indigenous youth to locally manufacture and deliver SmartICE’s advanced sea-ice environmental monitoring systems. Indigenous youth are hired to support the manufacturing and maintenance of SmartICE’s monitoring devices in northern communities, such as at our production facility in Nain.
Smart ICE has begun, through pilot projects, enabling and supporting economic activities, such as tourism and fisheries and potentially in the future, mining, shipping and emergency response.
Learn about how SmartICE is an economic enabler within communities.
About the Speaker
Carolann Harding ICD.D brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the business development world. A dynamic leader and team player, that thrives on creativity, problem-solving, collaboration and engagement. As Executive Director of SmartICE, Carolann is leading a diverse coast to coast to coast award-winning team (President’s Award for Public Engagement Partnerships 2020, Governor General Innovation Award 2019, United Nations Momentum for Change 2017, Arctic Inspiration Prize 2016), focusing on meeting SmartICE’s social enterprise mandate, strategic directions and social impacts. Carolann is currently the Chair of FoodFirst NL and a director on the Women in Resource Development Corporation Board and a member of the ICD NL Chapter Executive. In 1990, Carolann was named the Youth Entrepreneur of the Year for NL, in 2002 she won a Public Service Award of Excellence and in 2014 she received a World of Difference 100 Award presented by The International Alliance of Women (TIAW). Carolann is a graduate from both Memorial and Dalhousie Universities. In March 2021, Atlantic Business Magazine, named Carolann as one of Atlantic Canada’s 25 most Powerful Women in Business.