Posted on 2019-11-26
Betty Esperanza’s last name means, “hope” in Spanish. The hope that she is bringing to thousands of street kids in developing countries, uses an unlikely tool: Skateboards. As a social entrepreneur, she raises funds using a method that combines barter and uses the leverage of various community ventures to provide goods and services to go directly to the communities she’s helping. Skateboards For Hope provides sponsorships for athletes of the first nations and girls who fight for their place in this sport.
Posted on 2019-11-24
Mandy Gilbert knows all too well how graduates often do not find themselves in their field of choice. The founder and CEO of Creative Niche was a graduate of George Brown’s Graphic Design program and found herself working as a professional recruiter. Unlike most graduates working outside of their chosen career, Gilbert discovered that her soft skills led her to a career helping others find work.
Posted on 2019-11-22
Canadawide Sports is humble about its success, but its beginnings are loosely tied in with a engineer who once worked at Blackberry, when it was just a startup in 1999. Shawn Fuller wanted to recapture the spirit of millennial entrepreneurship and made the leap to owning Canada’s leading sporting goods wholesale stores. Entrepreneur culture had […]
Posted on 2019-11-20
Fernando Tito, owner and managing director of comes from a family of entrepreneurs. His father never forced him to stay within the family business, preferring that his son would get into a “stable company.” However, eight or nine years ago, Tito felt the need to test his limits.
Posted on 2019-11-18
Tom Benson is the CEO of Wildplay, a company that provides adventure and team-building environments for adults and children alike. The focus of many of the outdoor-based stations is for adventurers to face their fears. Benson knows business people face similar fears. He has experienced panic from a personal as well as an entrepreneurial lens. He speaks of how risk is his “Primal Passion” frequently, an element he faces both as a businessman and an outdoor adventurer.
Posted on 2019-11-14
Dr. Cameron McCrodan knows about obstacles in health-related entrepreneurship. The field of vision training and vision rehabilitation is relatively new. Soon be re-branded as, “Opto-mization,” McCrodan Vision Development is gaining interest in Canada and overseas, but not without some skepticism from fellow optometrists and laymen alike. We had a chat with Dr. McCrodan in the […]
Posted on 2019-11-12
By Naomi Szeben
They say necessity is the mother of invention. Mother of two, Christine Stanchus – now Christine Kelly, created Little Kickers to provide toddlers with soccer programs. Kelly founded her business when she couldn’t find sports activities for her then pre-school aged son, Lukas.
Posted on 2019-11-10
Frank Cianciulli is the Chairman and CEO of Wish Group, and won the Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year award, noticed as “Canada’s Top 40 Under 40,” and was recognized for the New Generation Business Excellence award, to name just a few of his accolades. Despite Cianciulli’s obvious skill for entrepreneurship, he didn’t plan […]
Posted on 2019-11-08
A Solid Company Starts With Communication Ian Farr, CEO of Bimmian and Exabit Consulting, began with an interest in computers and technology that he nurtured well into university. His BA in computer science with economics tied-in to the business side provided a good baseline, but his success began when he discovered the link between good office morale and […]
Posted on 2019-11-06
By Matthew Bertulli
Hi, I’m Matt Bertulli and I’m an entrepreneur, angel investor, and now author. I like building sustainable businesses and working with good people. And while my entrepreneurial journey is far from over, I thought the 9 year mark was as good a time as any to share my story and hopefully some lessons that can help you on your journey. I’ll link to a few things below so you can see that I’m a real boy but there’s no hidden agenda in the links (read: I have no course to sell you!).