What’s Your Business?
Shift is replacing conventional delivery trucks in downtown Vancouver using our sustainable, heavy-duty “cargo trikes”! We are also a worker co-operative that provides meaningful and empowering employment.
Why Did You Start Your Business?
Shift was founded through a collaborative initiative of youth aiming to create empowering and meaningful work in the green economy, for ourselves, and for others. We noticed a gap in the transportation industry and went out to prove the benefits and viability of cycle-based technology. Plus triking outside and working with friends is fun!!
What Does It Say On Your Business Card?
“Co-Owner” – which is what it says on most of our cards! That’s the great thing about being a worker co-operative. All of our employees have the opportunity to become a member-owner, so we share a democratic ownership of the business. It’s really empowering, and it makes sense – we wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for every single member on our team.
Why Is Local Important To You?
To us, local means community, and community is one of our external company values: “We are rooted in our local relationships. We are engaged stewards, advocating for and celebrating the health of our community. We pursue systemic change through political engagement, and we share our success by participating in community events and supporting other good work when possible.” Local also leads to sustainability because it builds more resilient communities. We work, play, eat, live, and breathe here; so it’s hard not to want to make a positive impact.
How Do You Support Other Local Businesses?
Pretty much all of our clients are local businesses. We love building local relationships and supporting the “little guy.” We also approach business with a collaborative spirit (it’s part of our value for integrity). So we love partnering with other local businesses on any projects that contribute to our mission. We also freely share basic information with other cycle-based businesses around North America – we don’t view them as competition, but rather we aim to build a network of resilient localized businesses.