Success Stories - Youth

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CertClean

Jenise Lee

As a solopreneur, Jenise Lee had to learn quickly how to balance the demands of starting her own business. Not only was she starting her business, CertClean, but she was also caring for, and later grieving for her brother who had stage four brain cancer.
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GAB

Phil Héroux and Gab Dancause

Based on their own self-employment experiences, Phil Héroux and Gab Dancause came up with the idea of creating a space with the atmosphere of a coffee shop combined with the functionality of a coworking space. Thinking they could not be the only ones seeking that kind of working environment, GAB was born.
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NONA Vegan Foods

Kailey Gilchrist

So where did NONA Vegan Foods get its start? Kailey's friends and family enjoyed her food creations and encouraged her to start selling them. It took some coming around but Kailey eventually took that advice, and in June 2013 she officially started NONA Vegan Foods.
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Balance Fitness Health and Wellness Centre

Jade Ross

At 19 years old, Jade Ross was following her dream as a full-time personal trainer at a popular gym. But although she loved the work, she didn’t love that her job was more focused on sales than fitness. Fast forward just five years, and Jade now runs her own fully-equipped gym – the Balance Fitness Health and Wellness Centre.
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In Pursuit Mobile Boutique

Dominique Leger

From Dominique’s long search for on how to pursue her passion for fashion, In Pursuit Mobile Boutique was born. In Pursuit is a bright pink truck filled to the brim with the latest in women’s apparel and accessories—the first and only mobile boutique serving Eastern Canada.
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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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