Peace Incubator participant receives national Changemaker award

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

On February 26th, 2021, The Globe and Mail announced the recipients of its inaugural Report on Business Changemakers award. This new award celebrates the accomplishments of 50 entrepreneurs and academics who are working to create unique and equitable solutions to the world’s problems. The University of Waterloo and its entrepreneurial community were thrilled to see alumnus Cassie Myers recognized for her work as CEO and Founder of Lunaria Solutions.

Cassie Myers smiles for a photograph.
The Kindred Credit Union Centre for Peace Advancement has been the home of Lunaria Solutions since it joined the Peace Incubator program in 2018. Myers and Lunaria staff work alongside other Incubator participants and Centre staff to engage the community in peacebuilding and social innovation discussions. As an active advocate for gender and racial equity, Myers mentors and speaks with various community organizations on and off campus.

Before joining the Centre, Myers engaged deeply with the campus community as a student in Conrad Grebel University College’s Peace and Conflict Studies program and as an active member of the social impact incubator at St. Paul’s GreenHouse.

Lunaria is a platform that combines intuitive training and analytics for organizations to implement and grow diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) initiatives. Since its beginning with GreenHouse, and now its participation at the Centre for Peace Advancement, Lunaria has grown into a social purpose business serving North American small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and consultants driving DEI through their own organizations.

When asked what future social entrepreneurs should know, Cassie shared that “My advice would be to fall in love with the problem, not the solution. At Lunaria, we are committed to growing diversity, equity and inclusion, but are dynamic in how we achieve this mission. As an entrepreneur and even as a person, there have been good days, and of course, difficult days. Being committed and in love with the problem we solve at Lunaria is how I get through the difficult days.”  

Looking forward, Myers shares that Lunaria is excited to continue their work and grow with new and current partners. “We are in a place at Lunaria where we have had the privilege of observing the progression of some of our partners’ equity work. Being a part of their dedication and investment is such a rewarding experience. With the nature of our product, we get to help measure that change and not only improve our product, but work alongside partners as they take that impact even further.” 

The Centre for Peace Advancement community can’t wait to see what amazing things the future has in store for Myers and Lunaria.<--break->

Read GreenHouse’s article to learn more about Myers’ entrepreneurial journey. Visit the Epp Peace Incubator webpage for more information about the program and community at the Centre.