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Canadian Mentors Take Centre Stage During Global Entrepreneurship Week

On November 12, I was delighted to learn of my nomination as one of Canada’s Top Ten Mentor Rock Stars for my work in developing the Startup Ecosystem in Québec City and beyond.

Here is the release from Startup Canada:



For Immediate Release

Canadian Mentors Take Centre Stage During Global Entrepreneurship Week

Ottawa, ON (Tuesday, November 12, 2013) – Startup Canada and the Canadian Youth Business Foundation (CYBF) are pleased to unveil Canada’s Top 10 Mentor Rock Stars for 2013.  These individuals were nominated for their contributions of volunteer work and leadership development in their communities and selected from an impressive group from across the country.

The Top 10 Mentor Rock Stars and hundreds of community partners are putting business mentors and enterprise mentorship in a national spotlight through the Canadian Mentorship Challenge during Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) November 18 – 24.

“Mentors help spark new ideas, offer different perspectives and lend meaningful first-hand advice to other entrepreneurs,” said Victoria Lennox, Co-Founder and CEO of Startup Canada. “The Mentor Rock Stars were nominated and recognized by their communities for their contributions to entrepreneurship. By arming entrepreneurs with valuable insights and knowledge, these individuals are paving the way to success for entrepreneurs while building the next generation of mentors in Canada.”

“At CYBF, we have long recognized the vital importance of mentoring to the success of entrepreneurial ventures,” said Linda Morana, Mentor in Residence, CYBF. “We applaud these ten individuals on their commitment to ensuring the success of the next generation of entrepreneurs, and taking the time to build a stronger entrepreneurial culture across Canada.”

These community leaders are passionate about helping others to succeed; building confidence in their mentees by giving their time to help develop their skills. They are active in building the social and economic fabric of their community and inspire others to do the same. Full profiles of these individuals will be appearing online throughout GEW.

The top ten Mentor Rock Stars are:

  • George Bassett, PEI
  • Pieter Boekhoff, Calgary, AB
  • Rivers Corbett, NB
  • Davender Gupta, Quebec, QC
  • Kevin Junek, SK
  • Alexei Marko, Richmond, BC
  • Paula Morand, London, ON
  • Loudon Owen, Toronto, ON
  • John Wray , Toronto, ON
  • Robert Zed, Halifax, NS

These individuals will have the opportunity to share their advice on a national platform – reaching an audience of Canadian entrepreneurs. In addition, one lucky Mentor Rock Star will join the winning organization of the Canadian Mentorship Challenge for a special mentoring workshop delivered by CYBF’s Mentor in Residence, Linda Morana.

Across Canada, organizations participating in the Canadian Mentorship Challenge will host events to collectively mentor 10,000 enterprising Canadians. A full events listing can be found online.

For more information about events happening during GEW, please visit www.gewcanada.com.  You can also follow the Challenge by following #mentorscan, @startupcan and @gewcanada on Twitter.


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For more information:

Matt Seniuk – matthew.seniuk@startupcan.ca
Nicolee Tattersall – ntattersall@cybf.ca


About the Canada Mentorship Challenge

The Canadian Mentorship Challenge is a nation-wide challenge during Global Entrepreneurship Week 2013 (November 18-24, 2012) to encourage organizations and groups across Canada to organize mentorship events in their communities in an effort to collectively mentor more than 10,000 enterprising Canadians over the course of the week. The idea for the Canadian Mentorship Challenge was inspired through feedback from entrepreneurs during Startup Canada’s 2012 National Tour. From March to September, Startup Canada visited 10 provinces to consult with more than 20,000 Canadians and brainstorm solutions to the top challenges facing entrepreneurs on local, regional and national scales. For more information on the 2013 Canadian Mentorship Challenge, visit www.mentorshipchallenge.ca


About Startup Canada

Startup Canada is a grassroots movement to enhance the nation’s competitiveness and prosperity by strengthening Canada’s entrepreneurship culture and ecosystem through: supporting vibrant startup communities; igniting mainstream cultural campaigns; providing a platform to connect the community; and, serving as a voice for entrepreneurs to decision makers. We are proudly supported by Microsoft, Gowlings, Intuit, Scotiabank, LaBarge.


About the 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. We look at character, not collateral, when providing youth aged 18-39 with pre-launch coaching, business resources, low-interest financing of up to $15,000, and industry-leading mentoring to help them launch and sustain successful businesses. CYBF’s co-financing partner, the Business Development Bank of Canada, leverages CYBF’s application process to provide up to $30,000 in additional support for CYBF entrepreneurs.

Established in 1996, CYBF has been recognized as a global leader in advancing youth entrepreneurship. CYBF is a founding member of the G20 Young Entrepreneurs’ Alliance, the Canadian member of The Prince’s Youth Business International, and the Canadian host of Global Entrepreneurship Week (being held November 18-24 in 2013).

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