The Ottawa Women's Canadian Club

Diane Hodgins – Chief Financial Officer

Date: 20/09/2018

Topic: The Fogo Islands Project – Social Entrepreneurship That Works

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Diane Hodgins is passionate about sharing the merits of the Fogo Island project, an alternate business model where social and economic value are achieved in tandem.

She heads the Shorefast Foundation, a registered charity that is instrumental in making this unique project in the Fogo Island outport a success. Her experience working as a Chartered Accountant with entrepreneurs in both the profit and non-profit fields brings a helpful perspective to the Foundation. She joins with investors and other partners to achieve Shorefast’s mission.

The centerpiece of the enterprise is the Fogo Island Inn, described as a magic and enchanting place in a stark and unforgiving wilderness. This vivid description puts the Inn on the bucket list of the rich and famous. Other local industries are fostered by the Foundation and feed into the experience of visitors to this enchanting place. The success of the Fogo Island project creates an innovative pattern for reinventing “home” as a vigorous and resilient place where there is work and community far from city life.