Canadian Youth Business Foundation

Canadian Youth Business Foundation

August 08, 2013 13:13 ET

Canadian Troops Report for Duty at Intensive Week-Long Entrepreneurial Boot Camp

The Prince's Operation Entrepreneur continues Based in Business series at University of Regina

REGINA, SASKATCHEWAN--(Marketwired - Aug. 8, 2013) - On Saturday, August 10, twenty transitioning Canadian Forces members from across Canada will gather at the Paul J. Hill School of Business at University of Regina to participate in Based in Business, a week-long, all-expense-paid entrepreneurial boot camp founded by Enactus and presented in partnership with the Canadian Youth Business Foundation (CYBF).

Participants at the award-winning Based in Business will develop their business ideas through classroom presentations, seminars, discussions and one-on-one time with experienced professionals, students and faculty from the Paul J. Hill School of Business at University of Regina. This is the second of three such boot camps across Canada, with the first taking place at Memorial University in Newfoundland this past July, and the third at Université Laval from August 18-24.

"As participants in this program, we have been blessed with this incredible opportunity to be taught, supported, mentored and inspired by the best," said Lieutenant-Commander Kathryn Hodgson, a retired Personnel Selection Officer with the Royal Canadian Navy and graduate of last year's Based in Business. "The entire team helped us realize our passion, potential, skills and energy, and set me on a course toward success in further developing and creating my business."

The boot camp is an integral part of The Prince's Operation Entrepreneur, a unique, national program of Prince's Charities Canada-the Canadian charitable office for HRH The Prince of Wales-for transitioning Canadian Forces members interested in making the move from a military career to entrepreneurship. The program provides education, financing and mentorship to give these military members the best chance at business success.

"This program marries two of The Prince of Wales's lifelong interests; supporting the Canadian Forces and encouraging entrepreneurship," said Amanda Sherrington, President and CEO of Prince's Charities Canada. "Interestingly, His Royal Highness began his charitable career founding The Prince's Trust for young people using his earnings as an officer with the Royal Navy."

"We are pleased to offer our full support in providing pathways to entrepreneurship for the men and women who have served our country with tireless dedication," said Julia Deans, CEO, CYBF. "We are honoured to work alongside the Prince's Charities Canada to expand upon this highly successful program, and we're committed to ensuring our troops have access to the resources they deserve to start and run successful businesses."

The Prince's Operation Entrepreneur program is supported by the Department of National Defense and Veteran's Affairs Canada, and is sponsored by True Patriot Love, Mosaic, The Queen's Silver Jubilee Trust, The Prince of Wales's Charitable Foundation and Canada Company. It was created and built upon the foundation of CYBF's 17 years of experience in mentoring and financing new entrepreneurs and the Based in Business educational boot camp developed and offered by Enactus Memorial.

Participants of this year's Based in Business boot camp at the University of Regina include:

Allan Campbell, London, ON Amy Campbell, Victoria, BC
Andy Barrett, Russell, ON Brock Harrison, Ottawa, ON
Cari Demeria, Bushell Park, SK Chris Linford, Sooke, BC
Corrina Kelly, Shilo, MB Gregory Mendes, Winnipeg, MB
Ian Slater, Black Creek, BC Janet Sinclair, Victoria, BC
Jo-Ann Howell, Victoria, BC Kevin Anderson, Doyle's Brook, NB
Larry MacDonald, Timberlea, NS Nick Hock, Ottawa, ON
Dave Brimacombe, Courtenay, BC Rod Dearing, Kamloops, BC
Steve Day, Kingston, ON Shirley Jew, Cold Lake, AB
Brandon Gaudet, Legal, AB Nicole Doyle, Brandon, MB

Canadian Youth Business Foundation

The Canadian Youth Business Foundation (CYBF) is a national non-profit organization dedicated to growing Canada's economy one young entrepreneur at a time. CYBF looks at character, not collateral, when providing youth aged 18-39 with pre-launch coaching, business resources, start-up financing and mentoring to help them launch and sustain successful businesses. CYBF has been recognized as a global leader in advancing youth entrepreneurship, is a founding member of the global G20 Young Entrepreneurs' Alliance), the Canadian member of the Prince's Youth Business International, and the Canadian Host of Global Entrepreneurship Week (November 18-24, 2013). Visit www.cybf.ca.

Prince's Charities Canada

Prince's Charities Canada (PCC) expands and enhances the Canadian charitable work of HRH The Prince of Wales. The work of PCC is focused on The Prince of Wales's core interests, which have been well established in the UK for more than 30 years. These include improving the lives of disadvantaged youth, education, responsible business, improving the built environment, regeneration of heritage and environmental sustainability. PCC works with existing Canadian charities already connected to The Prince and facilitates new opportunities for charitable organizations in Canada and the U.K. to work together.

The organization's objectives are guided by the work of The Prince's Charities, a group of 16 non-profit U.K. organizations, of which The Prince of Wales is President. These charities collectively work in 38 countries and form the largest multi-cause charitable enterprise in the U.K., raising nearly $200 million each year. Initiatives are focused on The Prince's main areas of work and are delivered by our partner organizations. Visit www.princescharities.ca.

Media are invited to attend the boot camp during the week, as well as the closing reception hosted by Her Honour the Honourable Vaughn Solomon Schofield, Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan, on Friday, August 16 at 6:00 p.m. in the Henry Newlands Ballroom at Government House.

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