Lourdes Jann, Leftovers Foundation
Lourdes Juan embodies the entrepreneurial and community energy that defines Calgary as both a great place to make a living and a life. Not only is Juan a successful business owner, she is an inspiring social entrepreneur with a non-profit committed to redirecting excess food to Calgary’s more vulnerable.
Through the Leftovers Foundation, Juan and her team of nearly 150 volunteers collect more than 3,000 pounds of leftover food from cafes, bakeries and restaurants and deliver it to homeless shelters and service agencies across Calgary.
She is also CEO of Soma Hamman & Spa and director of urban planning firm LMJ Consultants, which specializes in contentious land-use and zoning issues.
Leftovers Foundation was launched in 2012 when Juan was asked by a relative to deliver unsold bread from a bakery to a local church. When faced with the reality that the church couldn’t take all she had, Juan drove the rest to the Calgary Drop-In Centre. She was inspired to act and now oversees a highly automated system that delivers quality food from 25 local vendors to 22 service agencies across Calgary.
Leftovers Foundation “rescues” food otherwise destined for landfills. It provides both societal and environmental benefits in a country where food waste is an over $30 billion a year issue. Juan is now looking to replicate the system in other cities.
It’s hardly a surprise Juan was named among Calgary’s Top 40 Under 40 by Avenue Magazine in 2013.
Her first job was filing for an architecture firm at 15. She earned a master’s degree in environmental design and is also a certified laser aesthetician. Today, Juan’s companies employ 15 people with almost a dozen more volunteering for the executive team and board of directors for Leftovers Foundation.
To learn more about Leftovers Foundation click here.