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INSPIRED BY THE PEOPLE WE HELP

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.


Meet Donna - Co-Founder of Survivor Perspectives Consulting Group

Veterans Week Blogs

Meet Donna

In this spotlight, we sat down with Donna Riguidel, a Canadian Veteran who served in the Canadian Armed Forces for almost 20 years, co-founder and master trainer of Survivor Perspectives Consulting Group, based in Ottawa, Ontario.
 

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Meet Erin - Founder of Tall Tree Bakery

Veterans Week Blogs

Meet Erin

In this spotlight, we sat down with Erin Copeland, a Canadian Veteran who served in the Air Force for over 13 years and is the co-founder and owner of Tall Tree Bakery with her husband, Sean, in Squamish, British Columbia.
 

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Meet Jill - Co-Founder of End of The Leash Pet Boutique and Watch My 6 Service Dogs

Veterans Week Blogs

Meet Jill

In this spotlight, we sat down with Jill McLellan, a Canadian Veteran who served as a Captain in the Army Reserves for almost a decade and is now the co-founder of Watch My 6 Service Dogs, and co-owner of End Of The Leash Pet Boutique.
 

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Meet Louise - Founder of Geolearns

Veterans Week Blogs

Meet Louise

In this spotlight, we sat down with Louise Leslie, a Canadian veteran who served in the Canadian Armed Forces for 42 years, first as a medic and then as a Health Care Administration officer. She started her own business after her service as the principal owner of GeoLearns, based in Two Islands, Nova Scotia.
 

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Meet Maighdlyn - Founder of ML Fashion Consultancy

Veterans Week Blogs

Meet Maighdlyn

In this spotlight, we sat down with Maighdlyn Lussier, a Canadian Veteran who served in the Navy Reserves for over six years and is now the founder and CEO of ML Fashion Consultancy.

 

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Meet Grace - Get Into Customer Service participant

Young People

Meet Grace

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. 

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Meet Haider - Get Into Administration participant

Young People

Meet Haider

Get Into Administration with Loblaw Companies Limited and YES Manitoba.

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Meet Ashley - Get Into Banking participant

Young People

Meet Ashley

Ashley was one of seven Indigenous young people in Winnipeg who completed our Get Into Banking program with CIBC and Youth Employment Services Manitoba

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Meet Roma - Get Into Hospitality Participant

Young People

Meet Roma

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.

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Meet Tyrell - Get Into Warehousing participant

Young People

Meet Tyrell

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.

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Meet Kardeisha - Discover Finance and Technology participant

Young People

Meet Kardeisha

Through our youth employment programs, participants like Kardeisha learn new skills, gain valuable insights into different industries and connect with professionals.

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Meet Isabella - Get Into Hospitality participant

Young People

Meet Isabella

“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

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Meet Arpita - Discover+ CN Tower Participant

Young People

Meet Arpita

“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,”

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Meet Sulaiman - Discover: Horticulture and Landscaping Trades Participant

Young People

Meet Sulaiman

“Discover: Horticulture and Landscaping Trades gave me practical, real-world training in the world of Horticulture,” explains Sulaiman about his experience with the program.

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Meet Jay - Discover+ CN Tower Participant

Young People

Meet Jay

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.

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Meet Nour - Explore Green Careers Participant

Young People

Meet Nour

Nour was an Environmental student at the University of British Columbia when she joined Prince’s Trust Canada’s Discover Green Careers program in 2021.

 

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Meet Frédéric - Operation Entrepreneur boot camp graduate and mentee

Veterans & Military

Meet Frédéric

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

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Meet Kristin - Operation Entrepreneur boot camp graduate and mentee

Veterans & Military

Meet Kristin

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.

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Meet Justin - Operation Entrepreneur boot camp graduate

Veterans & Military

Meet Justin

Justin learned the fundamentals of leadership and team-building during his time in the military and wanted to share his knowledge with others.

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Meet Patrick – Operation Entrepreneur boot camp graduate

Veterans & Military

Meet Patrick

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. 

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Meet Christina - Operation Entrepreneur boot camp graduate

Veterans & Military

Meet Christina

Victoria B.C.- based entrepreneur Christina Connelly and her husband Danyal Beale have over 50 years of combined military experience.

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Meet Matthew - Operation Entrepreneur boot camp graduate

Veterans & Military

Meet Matthew

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

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Meet Ryan - Operation Entrepreneur boot camp graduate

Veterans & Military

Meet Ryan

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.

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Meet Nicole - Operation Entrepreneur boot camp graduate

Veterans & Military

Meet Nicole

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.

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Meet Rene - Operation Entrepreneur boot camp graduate

Veterans & Military

Meet Rene

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.

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Meet Julianno - Operation Entrepreneur boot camp graduate

Veterans & Military

Meet Julianno

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.” 

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Be The Hero Your Dog Thinks You Are, Treat Your Pup!

Veterans & Military

Meet Leendert

“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.

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From Heroes to Hives: Veteran-Owned Business is Connecting People with Pollinators

Veterans & Military

Meet Vincent

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. 

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From Military to Culinary, Veteran-owned Business Aims to Perfect the Art of Chocolate Making

Veterans & Military

Meet Gabrielle

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.

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Veteran-Owned Business is Saving Lives with GLOROPE

Veterans & Military

Meet Scott

“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.

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Veteran Turns a Beard into a Business

Veterans & Military

Meet Kevin

“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. 

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Award-winning,Veteran-Owned Distillery wants you to BeeProud of your Purchase

Veterans & Military

Meet Dave Brimacome

Motivated to make the world a better place, Dave Brimacome joined the Canadian Army to support peacekeeping and landmine removal initiatives

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Meet Cole - Recipient of the Prince's Trust Global Sustainability Award

Veterans & Military

Meet Cole

In 2023, Cole was the recipient of the Prince’s Trust Global Sustainability Award which honours Prince’s Trust program graduates who have made outstanding contributions to enhancing sustainability. The award was one of three International Award categories in the 2023 Prince's Trust and TK Maxx & Homesense Awards that celebrated individuals across the world, in addition to Global Young Achiever and the Amal Clooney Woman’s Empowerment Award.
 

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