In the news and upcoming events
Interview with Go Solo
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.
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.
Re4m Wins the Zenbooks Made-In-Ottawa Product of the Year 2021!
June 9th 2021
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
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
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
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
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.
Ottawa Matters - Midweek Mugging
August 29th 2018
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
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
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.
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!