Mentoring: The best of mentoring

Mentors help strengthen the entrepreneurial spirit in Canada by sharing their experiences, advice and support. At the Futurpreneur Canada, we value all of our volunteer mentors and are pleased to recognize their tremendous contributions to the future of young entrepreneurs and their businesses.

Featured success story

Kevin Schwenker

Kevin Schwenker

Halifax, Nova Scotia

Kevin says it doesn’t take a lot of time to make a huge difference in helping a young entrepreneur become successful. “I’ve always believed that providing a powerful vision of the future is the most important legacy we can give to our youth…”

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Special thanks from Futurpreneur Canada entrepreneurs

 Matthew Hudson “Our mentor’s enterprise-level marketing background was a critical part of meeting our goal. Without Jeff Ryzner, (Futurpreneur Canada mentor), we would not be where we are today.”

– Matthew Hudson, Invenia Technical Computing Corporation
Futurpreneur Canada young entrepreneur, MB

 Scott Walton “My Futurpreneur Canada mentor [Bob Manning]…helped guide me through tough challenges and opened doors that otherwise weren’t accessible. A mentor helps you with that third level of ignorance – the stuff you don’t know that you don’t know – because they’ve been there and done it. My mentor helped tremendously!”

Scott Walton, Enovex, Futurpreneur Canada young entrepreneur, NB

Congratulations to Futurpreneur Canada award winners

Futurpreneur Canada congratulates the winners of the 2012 Futurpreneur Canada Chairman’s Awards for Outstanding Volunteers, who have also been awarded with the prestigious Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.

British Columbia:

  • Sharon Barnes, David R. Bell, Rodger Darbey, Fi Dastoor, Ryan C. Fuller, Shannan Schimmelmann, Martin Thomas, Steven Walker-Duncan


  • Wayne S. Chiu, Cindy Priebe


  • Frank Grolle, Rod Newlove


  • Alec Leflour, Lindy C. Norris, Wayne Edwin George Scarrow


  • Jean Chow, David R. Hands, Joshua Adam Howard, Rajan Krishnamachari, John N. Mayes, Lisa Patel, Salpie Stepanian, John Francis Stevenson, Raymond Shane Wali


  • Marcel Bergeron, Normand Chevrier, Marie Legault Gaudet, Gisèle Lacasse, Marie-Michèle Lessard, Daniel Luquette, Fannie Pelletier, Normand Pinard, Yvon Turcot

Atlantic Canada:

  • Terry Hickey, Nicola MacNaughton, Kevin Schwenker, Rupert Sweetapple

For more information about the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, visit The Governor General of Canada’s website.

Dave Macdonald

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