Labora is a social enterprise founded by graduates from SFU’s Executive MBA program: Jaspal Brar, Rene Blanco and Ryan Klatt. Their business model offers a unique approach to solving the lack of proper assistance to Seasonal Agricultural Foreign Workers and Canadian Farmers, by providing successful matching, consulting and financial value.
Labora uses a digital platform, for achieving successful cross-border labour experiences.
Labora won the Idea Prize award at the 2019 Coast Capital Savings Venture Prize competition and the SFU Alumni Founder award at the 2020 Coast Capital Savings Venture Prize.
Labora solves the next problems:
1. Canadian Farmers:
Receive unskilled workers; Decrease the farm’s productivity and Invest in training workers that might not return the next season.
2. Seasonal Agricultural Workers:
Being sent to farms not related to their skills; Lack of proper assistance; Social isolation and Lose track of their pensions.
Outdated recruitment process; Excess of public personnel; Black box process in the selection of workers and Use of public budget
4. Remittance Process:
High fees; Low exchange rate; Use of third persons; and Overall unsafe process for collecting money.
How does Labora work?
Seasonal Agricultural Workers create their own profile. Labora verifies their ID and check their references, and then Labora match them with Canadian farmers. Labora connect both and they can meet though the platform. Labora supports worker and farmers through all the cross-border labour experience and assists farmers with a variety of administrative and clerical tasks.
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