Our Journey

Formerly known as Project Growing North, Green Iglu built its first Growing Dome in Naujaat, NU in 2015. Since then, our organization has been at the forefront of agriculture in Canada’s North. From our beginnings at Ryerson University as an Enactus social impact project, we are now recognized as a Canadian non-profit organization and operate multiple food production facilities across Northern Canada. Our designs, methodologies, and technology are all formed through the perspectives and input of our partner communities.  


The green iglu team

Green Iglu has welcomed a number of team members from diverse backgrounds and skills, both in the Greater Toronto Area and in Northern Canada. Our Arctic team ensures the daily operations of our Growing Domes while our local team carries out administrative roles, develops partnerships and sets long-term goals in order to support the organization. Each Green Iglu employee and volunteer is passionate about food security and possesses the mindset required to make a positive change for Canadians in remote communities.

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Founder, CTO

Benjamin Canning is an avid social entrepreneur co-founding Green Iglu, to address food insecurity in Canada's far North. Ben, has also co-founded an international water sanitation initiative, Project Pura and several ventures in the food space. His personal mission is to bring about positive systemic change through the use of social entrepreneurship, commerce and technology.

Currently, Benjamin is the full-time Chief Technology Officer of Green Iglu, overseeing operations and spearheading their technology innovation.

In his personal time, Ben enjoys camping, skiing, fishing, hunting and sailing!

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Founder, Executive Director

Stefany Nieto has been deeply involved with Toronto’s entrepreneurial ecosystem through her work at various startups, and as a founder of Green Iglu.

Currently, Stefany is the full-time Executive Director of Green Iglu, spearheading operations and expansion.

In her free time, Stefany enjoys reading, biking, and travelling around the world.

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Christian is responsible for educational initiatives within partner communities focussing on Arctic Growing.

Christian is an avid believer in statistical analysis and education as primary building blocks to sustainability through social innovation.

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TJ is responsible for finding business development opportunities for Green Iglu, including establishing new partnerships, applying for grants, and competing in funding competitions.

TJ’s entrepreneurial background allows him to use a diverse set of skills to support Green Iglu’s team and its initiatives.

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Director, Legal & Programs

Lisa is responsible for overseeing the development of Green Iglu’s community initiatives in the North as well as developing opportunities for the team in Toronto.

Lisa has a background in Business Law and experience working with a number of social ventures, allowing her to manage programs and oversee legal agreements and obligations.


Join Our Team

We are always on the lookout for individuals who are passionate about food security and supporting our Northern neighbours.

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