Our programs have been helping youth and Veterans get ready for work, get jobs and start great companies since 2011. Meet some of the incredible individuals who have benefited from a Prince's Trust Canada program.
While the Get Into program is dedicated to helping young people gain employable skills, it also encourages them to learn more about themselves and what they can achieve, in any part of their lives.
Get Into Administration with Loblaw Companies Limited and YES Manitoba.
Ashley was one of seven Indigenous young people in Winnipeg who completed our Get Into Banking program with CIBC and Youth Employment Services Manitoba.
Getting your first job when you don’t have any experience can be a major struggle. For newcomers like Roma who lack professional and social networks, the task is even more challenging.
Without any work experience or positive role models, it’s easy to feel hopeless and discouraged. Tyrell wanted to provide for his family but had no job prospects and lacked confidence.
Through our youth employment programs, participants like Kardeisha learn new skills, gain valuable insights into different industries and connect with professionals.
“I had no experience and started thinking I’d never get hired. Now I have a fun job that I really like.” – Isabella, Get Into Participant
“This program gave me the confidence to know that I’m not alone as a newcomer to Canada. I made connections with people who guided me through the employment process and gave me the confidence to present myself professionally. After the program, I thought, ‘I can do this,”
“Discover: Horticulture and Landscaping Trades gave me practical, real-world training in the world of Horticulture,” explains Sulaiman about his experience with the program.
From navigating a new country to walking in the corridors of the Westminster Abbey, the journey of Jay Patel demonstrates the profound impact that Prince's Trust Canada’s (PTC) programs can have.
Veterans & Military
Frédéric Verville discovered the importance of business networking while attending our seven-day boot camp at Laval University. He realized that he didn’t have to do it all alone and how asking for help could make a huge difference to his business
From suffering a concussion and being medically released from the Canadian Armed Forces to starting a successful business she’s excited and passionate about, Kristin Topping’s journey through recovery, transition and entrepreneurship has been remarkable.
Justin learned the fundamentals of leadership and team-building during his time in the military and wanted to share his knowledge with others.
Patrick Lamothe began looking for a way to link his passion for climbing to a business venture. While leading a course, he got an idea about how to build an indoor climbing facility that would better replicate the outdoors.
Victoria B.C.- based entrepreneur Christina Connelly and her husband Danyal Beale have over 50 years of combined military experience.
Matthew van Erp served 25 years in the military. He’s now using his personal experiences and the skills he learned in the Forces on his new mission – helping people lead a healthy, wholesome life
After serving for 15 years in the Canadian Armed Forces and sustaining an injury in Afghanistan, Ryan Pagnacco decided to go back to school to study mechanical engineering.
The past few months for Nicole Schur have been a whirlwind. After serving 26 years in the Canadian Armed Forces and retiring from the military in January 2020, she started Nicole Schur Yoga. The COVID-19 pandemic hit, and she was forced to close her studio.
When Rene Doucet was preparing to retire from the Canadian Armed Forces after 23 years of service, he decided he wanted to start a second career in entrepreneurship. He had already dabbled in business ownership and had run a renovation company for four years while still serving.
Sgt. Julianno Scaglione, CD, started his career in 2000 at the age of 17 as a Mobile Support Equipment Operator with the Reserves. After 13 years, he transferred to the Regular force as a Geomatics Technician. In 2016 he was faced with life changing news that his career would end a lot sooner than expected. “Being released came as a surprise to me. I had to figure out where I was going and how I was going to get there.”
“As a Veteran, I’ve learned that resilience is key to pursuing the entrepreneurial dream,” says Leendert Bolle, founder of single-ingredient dehydrated dog treat company Hero’s Dog Treats.
Military Veterans and honeybees may seem like an unlikely couple, but Veteran of 15 years, Vincent Sowa, founded Backed By Bees to inspire people to connect with nature, and to help protect the pollinators that support the world’s food supply: honeybees.
The only bean-to-bar chocolate maker in Nova Scotia, Gabrielle Breault launched Petite Patrie Chocolate in 2016, after being medically released from the Canadian Forces in 2009.
“I saw the writing on the wall for my career after service,” says Scott Harrigan, a Veteran of 25 years, based in Halifax. Over the course of his military career, Harrigan sailed on almost every major warship in Canada’s East Coast fleet, equating to nearly four years of time on the sea.
“The skills gained in the military are transferable to entrepreneurship. Both are about problem solving and acting fast on decisions,” explains Kevin Leboeuf, co-founder of Educated Beards, a Fredericton-based company that sells natural and organic premium beard-grooming products.
Motivated to make the world a better place, Dave Brimacome joined the Canadian Army to support peacekeeping and landmine removal initiatives