Current Projects

Jason is Chief Curator, Instigator, and Co-Owner of theDock  - a centre for social impact that houses do-gooders in a shared office environment.  The vision for theDock is a collaborative working environment where people can amplify their impact in the world. www.thedockvictoria.com

Simon Fraser University’s LEAP! Jason is coaching cohorts of social entrepreneurs around BC  through SFU’s Community Economic Development Program.

Kale Kings - working with the Cridge Centre for the Family, Jason is advising on the development of a food based social enterprise that employs people living with a brain injury. 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Jason Found

Based in Victoria B.C., Jason is an independent consultant and serial entrepreneur. Jason has a broad background that allows him to bridge policy development with hands-on application. His knowledge base includes: corporate social responsibility, urban (re)development, land development, green building, environmental ethics, food systems, and social entrepreneurship.

Jason learns from the ground up, and carries these work experiences with him as key learnings that offer depth and breadth to his clients. Some of his work experience includes: sous chef, organic farmer, general construction supervisor, hydronic heat installer, gardener, smart growth researcher, greenhouse grower, land sales and contract negotiator, project manager, English teacher, documentary filmmaker, writer, festival organiser, and fundraiser.

Prior to founding Found Solutions, Jason spent 3 years as a director of Sustainability Solutions Group working as project manager, researcher, and writer, on a variety of projects throughout Canada. Clients during that period included: the Canadian Green Building Council, the US Green Building Council, Green Buildings BC, the City of Calgary, the Provincial Health Service Authority of BC, Vancouver Island Health Authority, Sierra Club of BC, LifeCycles Project Society, Roots and Roofs Housing Cooperative, and FarmFolk CityFolk.

In 2008, Jason also co-produced  the full-length documentary film, “An Island on the Edge”, which examines the food history and food future of Vancouver Island. Recent clients include the Royal B.C. Museum, North Island College Foundation, and the Island Chefs’ Collaborative. 

Presently, Jason is coaching and teaching social enterprise development throughout B.C., while incubating his own: an impact investment fund with a development studio building out an ecosytem of ventures.

Education

  • University of Oxford, MSc - Nature, Society and Environmental Policy
  • University of McGill - Environmental Studies
  • University of Victoria - BA (Honours) Philosophy & Major Creative Writing

Affiliations

  • Accelerate Tectoria - Social Enterprise Mentor, 2015 - present
  • University of  Victoria - School of Business Mentor, 2015 - present
  • Vancity Community Advisory Committee - Member, 2013 - 2014
  • Urban Search and Rescue Victoria - Planning Officer, 2010-11; Team Leader, 2011-12
  • Island Chefs’ Collaborative -  Member, 2007-13
  • City of Victoria Environment and Shoreline Committee – Member, 2007-08
  • Victoria Sustainability Center Steering Committee – Member, 2004-06
  • LifeCycles Project Society - Social Enterprise Advisor, 2006-08; Board Member, 2003-06

Publications

Found, J. and R. Michael M’Gonigle (2009). Beyond the Reach of Democracy? The University and Institutional Citizenship, In Laurie E. Adkin (Editor) Environmental Conflict and Democracy in Canada (Chapter 12). UBC Press.

Personal Interests

Rock climbing, yoga, cross-country skiing, backcountry hiking, cycling, running, surfing, organic gardening, birding, and dogs