Who’s Behind This?
Brandon is the President & Co-Founder of Community Builders, a Barrie based Social Enterprise construction company that provides employment, training and housing opportunities for underserved populations.
Brandon has worked in the construction industry for over 20 years and began working at a young age for Day Group of Companies, his family’s business. Today Day Group has over 700 employees and has expanded into many different areas of business. It was here that Brandon worked his way through the ranks before deciding to move to Barrie where he found his own entrepreneurial spirit.
In the last 8 years Brandon has founded and co-founded 3 construction based companies, supported his wife Emily to start 2 of her own including Fleurish and hasjust begun the journey into Canopy his latest venture in partnership with Chad Ballantyne from the Creative Space.
Brandon is passionate about using his gifts and talents in business and construction to bring opportunities to those that need them. Social enterprise has been a creative outlet for Brandon to use business as a force for good and an answer back to issues plaguing his community such as affordable housing, homelessness and the trade deficit.
Brandon serves on the Board of Raising the Roof a national charity leading the way to create long term solutions to ending homelessness. Brandon is an advocate and advisor to Redwood Park Communities, a local charity that provides affordable housing and support for women who have experienced domestic violence. He is a Global Village Leader for Habitat for Humanity and has built homes for families in Zambia, Kenya, Jordan, Bolivia and El Salvador. Brandon is also an active member in his local church and member of many Social Enterprise Initiatives such as Encompass Coop, 1mpact Collective and Georgian College’s – Social Enterprise Sector Development Group.
Brandon is a grateful Husband and Father and whenever he can loves fishing, diving, surfing and travel.
Chad Ballantyne is a father of three “kids” and husband of one wife. He’s spent the last 30 years of his life in some form of creative communications as a pastor, speaker, musician, producer, and designer. He’s now the Creative Director of Rhubarb Media, a design studio started in Barrie in 2006 and is the “Tummler” at Simcoe County’s first coworking space, called The Creative Space (TCS) . (www.thecreativespace.ca) TCS has become a hub for freelancers, startups and other digital nomads since 2009. It’s a community space where business, art and life collide.
Chad has participated on the Henery Bernick Entrepreneurship Advisory Council
He has been a keynote or special guest at Georgian college events and in class presentations around marketing and entrepreneurship.
He’s worked with other public sector resource at monthly Eco-system Meetings (OCE, ventureLab, Invest Barrie, YMCA, Small Business Centre, County of Simcoe, etc)
Chad has won a number of small business awards, including the Entrepreneurship Promotion Award for Ontario, with Startup Canada and Henry Bernick Entrepreneurship Medal for Entrepreneur’s Champion, small Business of the Year and SOHO Award with Barrie Chamber.
Through his role as Creative Director of Rhubarb Media, he’s been able to brand and creatively market 100s of companies over their 14 year run as a studio. His philosophy around branding has helped many a company find and tell their “story.” His hyper relational style and genuine care, turns clients into family and many of his clients have been with them since the beginning.
Chad’s passion is to help others do what makes them come alive. He has a strong desire to see social change in local communities and through his work with the Creative Space, he has helped 100s of startups and small business start, grow and fly!