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Interview with Go Solo

December 12th


Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Heather Jeffery, owner, and designer of Re4m Design and Fabrication Inc., located in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

BMO Celebrating Women Grant Winner!

November 20th 2021

Re4m Design and Fabrication was chosen to receive a grant of $10,000 as part of the BMO Celebrating Women Grant Program. Heather teared when she heard that the panel of judges was moved by Re4m's journey and inspired by the way we implement sustainability in the business every day. Heather was one of 18 Women business owners across Canada who are celebrated for their contribution to social, environmental and/or economic sustainability outcomes through their organizations’ policies, practices or products.

IDCC: Nature and Design - The Value of Coexistence Speaker

November 5th 2021

Heather was invited to participate as a speaker in the 2021 International Design Culture Conference put on by the University of South Korea. It was such a unique experience being able to chat about Re4m and how we are incorporating sustainability into our everyday practices.

Artpreneur Panelist

October 25th

Future Proofing: Takeaways and Best Practices w/ Invest Ottawa

Invest Ottawa’s Digital Mainstreet program has supported local independent and creative businesses navigate pandemic-disruption through digital strategies and transformative support and expertise. Heather joined the other panelists, Makatew Workshops and Anthonia Makeup to chat with participants about key learnings, e-commerce, and advice to future-proof businesses.

SmartNet Sustainability Showcase

October 2nd 2021

Re4m participated in this year's Sustainability Showcase. We debuted our upgraded tradeshow booth and talked all things sustainability!

Re4m Wins the Zenbooks Made-In-Ottawa Product of the Year 2021!

June 9th 2021

Eric Saumure

Zenbooks highlights and celebrates the National Capital Region’s many hardworking and creative small businesses! Re4m was rated across these themes: Growth, Innovation, Tech, Impact, and Zen. We are so proud that we were awarded the winner in our category!

Re4m starts Growth Accelerator Program!

January 14th 2021

Laura Di Maio

Re4m was accepted into the 2021 Growth Accelerator cohort! An exclusive, year-long program launched in partnership with Spin Master Inc. and Vancity Community Investment Bank (VCIB) that will help Re4m achieve revenue growth and business goals. We are so thrilled to start this learning experience!

Dream Big Renfrew

October 7th 2020

We Build A Dream

Making decisions about a future career path can be difficult, but we are here to help! Tune in to get insight into new careers, resources and information. We want to help you, build your dream! DREAM MAKER PANEL: Featuring women from various careers share their stories and share their advice on getting into the field!

Earth Day at Home

April 22nd 2020

Re4m Design and Fabrication

Earth Day 2020 went Virtual! There was a collection of eco activities, contests, trivia and discussions that Ottawa area residents could participate in. Typically, we do a garbage clean up at Mooney's Bay in Ottawa but instead, we encouraged folks to clean up around their neighbourhoods.

Heather Speaks in Panel at Local Talks

February 25th 2020

Fall for Local

FULL HOUSE at @localtalksyow February edition! What an awesome experience connecting with local entrepreneurs about #businessplanning 🤓👍 Met with other local #businessowners @connexionista @aneekaward at @thirdlinehealthandfitness Matías @cinqhole who had amazing perspectives on taking action towards your goals!
Thanks so much to @derouchiemedia for capturing the night 👌📸 and to Megan at @fallforlocal for hosting an awesome evening. Looking forward to attending many more Local Talks!

Re4m Wins Small Business Awards in Manufacturing!

October 29th 2019

OBJ Staff

These honours are reserved for companies in Ottawa with fewer than 10 employees and at least one full year of business under their belts. Recipients were split between Ottawa’s east and west ends, and were divided among professional services firms, retail stores and business services and manufacturing.

Climate Strike Ottawa

September 27th 2019

Thousands of people began the climate strike with a march to Parliament Hill Friday morning.

It’s one of hundreds of protests across Canada as people demand action against climate change.

CTV Morning Live - "Refurbishing with Re4m"

August 9th 2019

Jasmine Ibrahim

Refurbishing with Re4m!
We had a great opportunity to be a part of CTV Morning Live where we talked about the importance of repurposing, some cool ideas on what to repurpose, and we even made a small wooden craft! Thanks Jasmin for showcasing Re4m Design and Fabrication!

Re4m Design + Fabrication Wins 2019 eSax Pitchfest!

July 11th 2019

Heather Jeffery takes on other local businesses in a pitchfest competition in Ottawa. After a rocky start, Heather redeems herself by speaking from the heart and wins the crowd over with passion, dedication and initiative!

Daytime Rogers TV - Earth Day At Mooneys Bay

April 11th 2019

Dylan Black

Heather Jeffery from Re4m Design and Fabrication puts our host through a recycling challenge ahead of this year's Earth Day event at Mooney's Bay.

CKCU Radio Interview - Midweek Segment

November 14th 2018

Jordana Colomby

CKCU Radio Interview Segment
Jordana Colomby, a student at Carleton’s School of Journalism, stopped by the Re4m workshop to check out what we are up to and to spread the word about Re4m! Listen to what Jordana has to say by clicking on the link below! (re4m’s appearance is around 1:03:00)

Carleton University Stories

October 26th 2018

By Dan Rubinstein
Photos by Caleb Groeneweg

When she was an Industrial Design student at Carleton University, Heather Jeffery had a series of retail jobs to pay the bills and was dismayed by how much perfectly useable material — shelving units, furniture with small scratches, dinnerware sets with one broken plate — her employers would throw into the dumpster.

Community Voice - Ottawa South

September 27th 2018

Jordan Haworth

Local Community Paper, Community Voice Ottawa South Article Written by Jordan Haworth

Ottawa Matters - Midweek Mugging

August 29th 2018

Drew May

Midweek Mugging: Re4m owner Heather Jeffery said her goal is to reduce the amount of material going to landfills by creating something useful and unique from it.

Ottawa Sun - Homes Section Cover Story

May 12th 2018

Louise Rachlis

Heather Jeffery believes so strongly in the value of re-using that she has made it her life’s work.

“It’s important that we start to consider alternatives rather than buying new to furnish our spaces,” says the owner of Re4m, which takes old fittings and materials from businesses and repurposes them into new fixtures, fittings and furniture. Her target market is other businesses, pubs and restaurants, and she does residential as well.

Ottawa Neighbours Blog

May 10th 2018

Marianne Rothbauer

What inspired you to design goods using reclaimed and unwanted materials?

I used to work in the retail industry and I noticed that when retailers didn't want their display units anymore, it was easier for them to throw them out. After observing several stores in the industry over a few months, I saw the abundance of good quality items they were tossing. .............

Earth Day at Mooney's Bay

April 22nd 2018

Ashley Fraser / Post Media

Ashley Fraser / Post Media
Warmer temperatures hit Ottawa Sunday April 22, 2018 and people were out and about enjoying the sunshine at Mooney's Bay Park. Heather Jeffery, the owner of Re4m was the organizer behind a clean up at Mooney's Bay for Earth Day. Jeffery is hopeful to make in an annual event. This year 30-40 people came out Sunday morning and helped clean up the park, collecting about 250 lbs of garbage

Sustainable Talk - Perth Tiny House Festival

April 21st 2018

Recycling Design for Small Spaces - Heather Jeffery
At the Green Living Tiny House Festival, Heather presented a talk about the importance of reusing materials instead of purchasing new. In many cases, reusing pieces or manipulating them in some way can often lead to more authentic spaces.

There is many eco friendly factors that go hand in hand with reusing as well. CHeck out the presentation at the link below that Heather used at the festival.

Daytime Rogers TV Episode

April 4th 2018

Dylan Black

Heather Jeffery of Re4m explains how they design and fabricate sustainable furnishings using reclaimed materials, off-cuts and scraps.

Re4m Wins Best Constructed!

March 25th 2018

Ashley Fraser / Post Media

The annual cardboard sled derby took place Sunday March 25, 2018 at Camp Fortune. Competitors created their derby sleds with only cardboard, tape, string, garbage bags, glue and some added decorations to make the event colourful.

Re4m won the Prize for BEST CONSTRUCTED!

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