Most medical residents can barely keep up with the constant demands and long hours spent in specialist training, hospital rounds and patient care. Dr. Breanne Everett added to these pressures during her residency in plastic and reconstructive surgery at the University of Calgary by inventing a new medical technology, starting a company and getting an MBA.
Devon Fiddler's first job out of university involved working with First Nations entrepreneurs who had no previous business experience. It was here that she became passionate about the ability to make change through business and decided she too needed to start a company.
Alison Anderson's story of entrepreneurship began the way most stories of entrepreneurship do — with a problem. While she was working in economic development, she met a client who wanted to sell their business but wasn't sure how to go about it.
Sometimes the best ideas seem obvious in hindsight. That's what happened when Louise Blanchard decided to take her skills as a Canadian Certified Counsellor and create a holistic practice with other professionals focusing on psychological, emotional and physical health care.
When Dora Finlay was living in Nunavut in 2001, she started to think about coming back to St. John’s. Her plan involved buying 2-unit houses to generate an income. A few years later when she was back in St. John’s working, a 7-unit building in downtown St. John’s came up for sale and she bought it.
At the age of 23, Krystal Hobbs saw an opportunity to start something from nothing, so she decided to use her skills in social media to start Reflective Marketing, a digital marketing agency in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador.