Women in Business Panel 2020
27th Cando Conference
Wednesday, October 21
9:30 to 10:30 MT
Panel Sponsored by AECOM
Joella Hogan - Yukon
Yukon soap maker among those featured on Cando’s Women In Business panel
Joella Hogan, a member of Na-Cho Nyak Dun First Nation, owns The Yukon Soaps Company.
By Sam Laskaris
Joella Hogan felt it was just too good an opportunity to pass up.
Even though she was already happily employed as the manager of heritage and culture for her Na-Cho Nyak Dun First Nation in Mayo, Yukon, Hogan decided in 2012 to buy an established soap company.
“I guess I had been wanting some sort of private business for a while,” Hogan said. “And it was important for me to be something that matched my lifestyle and values.”
Hogan said it only made sense that she would buy the company, previously called The Essential Soap Bar.
“This opportunity came up,” she said. “It was a family friend that owned it before. It was a natural for me. I already knew the product.”
Now eight years later, Hogan continues to oversee the business, which continues to thrive.
There is one major difference, however. The name of the business. Hogan switched the name to The Yukon Soaps Company in 2015.
“I debated whether to change the name,” she said. “More importantly though, I just wanted to give the business a different feel and look.”
The following year, in 2016, Hogan was on the Women In Business panel at the Cando Conference. She didn’t have to leave her territory to attend that event since it was held in the Yukon capital of Whitehorse.
Hogan has once again been asked to be on the Women In Business panel at this year’s Cando Conference.
Because of the pandemic, this entire conference will be a virtual one. Dates for this year’s event are Oct. 20-21 and Oct. 27-28.
Cezin Nottaway - Quebec
Indigenous chef humbled by another appearance on Women In Business panel
Cezin Nottaway, who owns Wawatay Catering, will be one of the presenters on the Women's In Business panel at this year's Cando Conference.
By Sam Laskaris
Whatever the occasion, Cezin Nottaway is ready, willing and able to feed people.
For the past nine years, Nottaway, who is Algonquin, has been operating her business, Wawatay Catering. The company specializes in Anishinaabe cuisine, inspired by recipes from Nottaway’s kokoms (grandmothers).
Nottaway also wanted to honour her ancestors in the naming of her business. Wawatay is the Algonquin word for the Northern Lights or Aurora Borealis.
Nottaway, who is from Rapid Lake, a First Nation in Quebec’s Outaouais region, is now living on another First Nation in Quebec, Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg.
Prior to the pandemic, the majority of Nottaway’s business was in Ottawa, about a 90-minute drive from her residence.
“I’ve been doing everything from my house and then delivering it,” said Nottaway, who is 41.
But there are some exceptions. For example, if a kitchen is available to work out of, Nottaway will travel to her clients and prepare meals onsite.
Nottaway had graduated from Ottawa’s Algonquin College with a diploma in chef training and culinary management in 2005.
Depending on how big an order is, Nottaway occasionally does hire some individuals to assist her. Sometimes she’ll need a helping hand from just one or two individuals. But she’s also had as many as 25 people help out at times.