How are end of life IT assets managed where you work?
Retired IT assets can help vulnerable communities, support at-risk youth and accelerate job and education opportunities. We've been diverting used electronics from landfill and finding a new uses for them for just over 25 years as a registered charity (CRA#89111 4943 RR0001) and we’ve had a front row seat to the great impact opening the door to access can have.
reBOOT Canada’s practice is centred on accessibility – to the internet, to devices for accessing the internet and to skills for maintaining, supporting and repairing those tools. Our programs fall into three buckets:
- reSTART/reSOURCE is low cost refurbished computers with licensed windows and office for people on social assistance and organizations in the not-for-profit sector. We basically charge below market on the computers so that they are affordable low income individuals and nfp organizations. We work closely with Toronto Employment Services and many not for profits here in Toronto, Peterborough and across the country.
- reLAY: we purchase equipment, install, monitor and support a network of wireless access points in the Parkdale area. The initiative started in summer of 2016, this year we’re making arrangements to install an antennae on the roof of one of our partner’s buildings to extend the reach of the network. Today we work with Parkdale Community Legal Services, Parkdale Intercultural Association, Parkdale Community Information Centre and Parkdale Activity Recreation Centre to provide space, power and access for us. Here’s a story that ran when we first launched.
- Indigenous Youth Tool Kit: reaching out primarily to aboriginal youth in the GTA, Durham and Peterborough Kawartha regions, we partnered with Indigenous and Northern Affairs initially to build a program providing hands on training in personal computer hardware support, troubleshooting, hard disk sanitization, sales, retail and principles of small business. The participants in this program have helped and continue to help reBOOT Canada build its’ store presence at the Brick Works with the hope of matching revenues and profitability of our Peterborough location. Here’s a quick video from our culminating trip up to Timmins in March and a short video we produced ourselves.
We fund and support these activities by leveraging a network of donors and commercial infrastructure built out over 25 years of accepting donations of retired IT assets, refurbishing, redeploying and remarketing them. We have storefront locations in downtown Peterborough, the Evergreen Brick Works in Toronto and warehouse and logistics resources through 3rd party partnerships based in Mississauga, we can accept any amount, from a single device to hundreds. We ensure all data security and will be growing our portfolio of services in the coming weeks, please check next month’s newsletter for further announcements.
If your organization is committed to making a positive impact on the community while running a thriving, secure and environmentally sound business, reBOOT Canada is a uniquely qualifies partner, built on a model of sustainable social enterprise that absorbs many of the usual operating expenses of a charitable organization, freeing up resources to invest in ambitious projects and grow. Your organization may have specific corporate social responsibility activities and mandates to execute on – reBOOT Canada can leverage your retired IT assets to support those initiatives.
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By Francisco Rota & Brent Hayes
By Brent Hayes
When it comes time to replace your computer, consider the quality options now available at the reBOOT Canada Brick Works location.
With trusted brand names including Dell, HP, Lenovo, Apple, and more, the quality of our refurbished inventory is second-to-none. Coupled with a selection of accessories, including LCD monitors, keyboards, mice, speakers, cords, connectors, and more, our skilled staff will help you choose the gear you need, to get the job done right. Special orders are welcome.
Remember too, to maintain your computer with a regular tune-up, malware scrub, data transfer, certified data destruction, hardware/software upgrade, etc. We also offer a full-range of service options to ensure your equipment keeps running in tip-top shape.
reBOOT Canada provides enterprise-level hardware, and support, solutions geared to non-profit, and SME environments. Customized to suit your organization’s needs, our low-cost services deliver top-quality IT hardware, applications, and networking. We offer CAPEX/OPEX options, flexible deployment schedules, worry-free setup, and ongoing support.
Whether you are an individual, small business, or large organization, reBOOT Canada has the solutions for your computer sales and service needs. Find out why we are the best in the sector. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or (416) 534-6017 x2, today.
If you are in the Peterborough/Kawartha Lakes area, be sure to visit us at 251A Charlotte Street, in downtown Peterborough.
By Brent Hayes
reBOOT Canada is proud of our newest initiative, the Youth Tool Kit (YTK). Provided in partnership with the First Nations and Inuit Youth Employment Strategy (FNIYES), the Youth Tool Kit program provides Aboriginal youth with practical work skills, acquired from a unique (non-profit) perspective.
Reporting to reBOOT Canada, Youth Tool Kit candidates learn computer service and repair, customer service, leadership, business management, and more. While working in an active storefront, they acquire real-world insights and experience, using best-practice initiatives, to deliver premium service. Throughout their 4-6 week experience, YTK members can be proud knowing that their efforts; whether processing a donation, refurbishing a reSTART computer, or sanitizing a hard drive, directly supports reBOOT operations across the country.
At the end of their training, Youth Tool Kit members leave the program with the expertise, equipment, and support they need, to repair anyone’s computer with confidence.
If you, or someone you know, is interested in learning more about joining the Youth Tool Kit team, we want to hear from you. Reach out to us at www.rebootcanada.ca/youth-tool-kit, today!
By Francisco Rota & Brent Hayes
We are very excited to welcome Brian Provo to the reBOOT Canada team.
Working out of our Evergreen Brick Works location, Brian will be transforming our space into a dynamic computer sales and service destination, and social enterprise.
He will also be leading our Youth Tool Kit project – stay tuned for more on that in the coming weeks.
Brian comes fresh from graduating out of U of T, and wrapping up a summer internship at the Law Society of Upper Canada. Volunteering with Aboriginal Legal Services in a criminal diversion program sparked a deep and sustained concern for having a positive impact, and he brings that passion to this new role as Associate Manager, Retail & Solutions for reBOOT Canada.
We are looking forward to doing great things together!
Thank you for the interest and responses generated from all our applicants. Watch out for future opportunities at reBOOT Canada.
By Lucy Bain
Coming to work for a computer restoration company with absolutely no experience with technology was intimidating to say the least. Of course I’ve had a computer in my life for a long time, but as far as software/hardware, all I really knew was how to download programs — and if there were any technical issues within that, my hands were tied. But after meeting the always friendly and accommodating team, I knew this would be an environment perfect for trial and error. On my first day at reBOOT I was already staring into the hardware of a computer, taking note of every piece name and definition (i.e. CPU, motherboard, hard drive etc.). Going home after my first shift I already felt I had a whole new sense of understanding of this machine that I spend so much time on.
By the end of my first week I had already learned basic software and was installing Windows 7 & 10, Office, drivers, and all the other necessary programs for our reSTART computers. As well as some hardware activities like installing and uninstalling a hard drive, then checking and wiping it using a computer program.
From this first week and a half working at reBOOT I have not only discovered just how much you can learn about computers in such a short amount of time, but also, how much more attainable this knowledge really is. Beginners, and all the basic questions that come along with them are always welcome at reBOOT — everyone is more than willing to stop what they’re doing to assist you however they can.
Each day is a new adventure at reBOOT, I never know what to expect. There is so much to learn about computers, administration, customer service and every other element involved in running a business. That’s one of the great things about this job; by the end of my time here I am sure I will leave with a plethora of knowledge on a range of topics.
By Brent Hayes
Today is World Environment Day, and this year’s events coincide with host-country Canada’s 150th birthday celebrations.
Even before establishing Lake Louise as Canada’s first National Park (1885), successive governments have worked to implement sustainability measures intended to manage the Canadian environment, and economy, more responsibly. Canadians are proud of the identity they derived from their rich natural heritage, and are ready to share that with the world.
To learn more about World Environment Day 2017, click here.
By Brent Hayes
We’ve expanded, and we’re ready to help your growing company, or large organization.
reBOOT Canada now has access to multiple loading bays at facilities in Mississauga, Ontario, and can receive donations of your used IT equipment during regular business hours. We can also arrange pickup within 75 km of our Toronto office at 102-550 Bayview Avenue, in the Brick Works.
Our logistic partner, TechReset, is OES-certified, and ISO 2015 accredited.
Subject to the total value for your donation, we provide detailed reporting of the items received, a CRA-compliant tax receipt reflecting its fair market value, and offer recognition on our website, and other channels. We will also conduct hard drive erasure using a Blancco protocol, and can provide certificates of destruction, for a nominal fee (volume discounts available).
To coordinate your next pickup, contact Alicia (9am-5pm on weekdays) at email@example.com or (416) 534-6017 x1, or complete our online form, anytime, at www.rebootcanada.ca/donate.
By Brent Hayes
On Thursday May 27, the Brick Works played host to the HSBC-Evergreen Youth Action Series 2017 (Toronto), held in partnership with the Toronto Youth Environment Council. As part of a larger national initiative, this annual event brings high school students together for a day of immersive eco-activities designed to encourage action in future sustainability initiatives.
reBOOT Canada was invited to participate, and took the opportunity to present successive student groups with a brief introduction to the reBOOT story, including an appreciation for how much things have changed since our inception, over 22 years ago. Students were then broken into smaller groups, for a hands-on opportunity to tear-down/build-up a donated computer. Tech-savvy students were quick to enlighten any inquisitive (albeit, less tech-familiar) peers, sharing their knowledge while intrinsically fostering a sense of community within the groups. This exercise gave students a brief peek at what coop opportunities at reBOOT can entail, as well as a greater appreciation for how factors in sustainability drive reBOOT Canada’s efforts.
reBOOT Canada is pleased to have contributed to the Youth Action Series 2017 endeavour. Based on the enthusiasm exhibited by the students, the next generation of sustainability-champions are poised to take action!