Success Stories - Youth

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The Sledge Hockey Experience

Kevin Rempel

Doctors told him he'd never walk again, but today, Kevin Remple stands tall with a World Championship ring in sledge hockey, an Olympic bronze medal, a book about his journey, and his own business, The Sledge Hockey Experience.
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Kaffeeklatsch

Jessica McCarrel

After struggling to find work after a short stint away, Jessica McCarrel decided to take her future into her own hands and start a small Kickstarter campaign to help start her own business, Kaffeeklatsch.
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The Floatation Centre

Lindsay MacPhee

After being disgruntled with her 9-5 career in engineering, Lindsay MacPhee decided to cut ties with her engineering life and open Atlantic Canada's first floatation therapy and wellness centre.
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Tailor2Go

Nathon Kong

Nathon Kong is the owner of Tailor2Go, an innovative mobile menswear boutique based in Montreal that brings the personal shopping experience right to its customers' doors.
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Lightenco

Steve Hubbard and Raymundo de Cojo

It all started when the two entrepreneurs were introduced through their wives, who were close friends from the same town in Mexico. Steve and his wife were living in Ottawa at the time, while Raymundo and his wife still lived in Mexico. Little did they know that this introduction would lead to a friendship, and then later to a fruitful business relationship.
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Xona Games

Matthew Doucette

Matthew Doucette's passion for games began at the age of seven when he was only in grade two. He and his twin brother worked side-by-side creating games, programming graphics, and more. The pair were both passionate about coding and the creativity it allowed them. This passion is what led Matthew to start his own business, Xona Games.
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Construction KT Inc.

Kristell Tremblay

Where some people see a risk, Kristell Tremblay sees an opportunity. What we could consider to be a disadvantage, she turns into an asset. This 33-year-old young entrepreneur, with a strong character and candor, is one of those who know where they are going.
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Strawberry Blonde Bakery

Claire Tomchishen and Jacqui Okum

High-quality baked goods for people who suffer from food allergies or have alternative diets are hard to come by in Ottawa, Ontario, and that's why vegan bakers, Claire Tomchishen and Jacqui Okum saw the opportunity to fill the gap with Strawberry Blonde Bakery.
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Kuwala

Veronica Nnensa and Freeda Mulenga

Born in Malawi, Africa, and raised in Canada, entrepreneur Veronica Nnensa never lost her passion for the continent. After studying public affairs and policy management with a focus on African development, in 2014, it was no surprise that her passion for her home country led her to launching her business Kuwala, with co-founder, Freeda Mulenga.

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