Sackville, New Brunswick
Jeff Schnurr is a social entrepreneur that helps rural communities achieve economic prosperity through sustainable innovation. As the founder and executive director of Community Forests International, Jeff has empowered rural communities in Tanzania to plant over a million and a half trees, grow food, harvest rainwater and power households through solar energy. In New Brunswick, Jeff is accelerating the adoption of technology, innovation and the low carbon economy by transforming a 700 acre farm into campus for training and enterprise development. Jeff also founded Community Forests Canada Inc. a for-profit sustainable forestry company.
In addition to his work at CFI, Jeff is the founder of Jaza Energy Inc, a solar energy provider and Envaya, a tech start-up that supports grassroots organizations in the developing world. Jeff has been named EY Entrepreneur of the Year™ 2015 Special Citation for Social Entrepreneurship, one of Canada’s top ten volunteers by the CBC and Manulife, and was named one of Explore Magazine’s Top 30 under 30.