Meet the 2014 BDC Mentorship Award Winner
“I could not have imagined starting my business without having Ryan as my mentor, he is the reason I believe my company has been such a success today. Looking back at my experience with him, I can’t even begin to explain how much he has meant to me as an individual and entrepreneur. He has taught me many valuable life lessons as well as business lessons, and will always go the extra mile and take time out of his day to help someone else.”
Anthony Merkel, mentee
Inaugural Winner, 2014 BDC Mentorship Award Presented by Futurpreneur Canada
Principal and managing director, RAMECO Consulting Group
Medicine Hat, Alberta
Ryan is a Certified Management Consultant and member of the Institute of Certified Management Consultants of Alberta. He is also a contributing business columnist for Southern Alberta Newspapers and serves as the Entrepreneur in Residence (emeritus) at Medicine Hat College. A true-to-form entrepreneur, Ryan continues to have ownership in operating businesses in retail, hospitality and real estate development and is actively involved as Managing Director in all of the companies that he co-owns. In addition to Ryan’s business ventures, he is the former Chairman of the Medicine Hat Police Commission, Chair of Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams and is a member of The Alberta Business Link’s Board of Directors. Ryan was named Business Person of the Year in 2011 by the Medicine Hat College and was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2013 for service to his community.
Meet the 2014 BDC Mentorship Award Finalists
These individuals were selected by Regional Selection Committees to represent all of Canada in competition for the inaugural 2014 BDC Mentorship Award Presented by Futurpreneur Canada.
“Ellen’s infectious passion for entrepreneurship is directly responsible for inspiring many of her students to pursue their own businesses. This passion gave me the confidence, knowledge and support to pursue my own business, which I am still running more than seven years later.”
Duncan Enman, mentee
Associate Professor, The Sobey School of Business at Saint Mary’s University
Region Represented: East – Halifax, NS
Ellen has formally mentored four professionals, and has had more than 15 long-term mentoring relationships over the past 15 years. She has spoken at numerous entrepreneurial events, worked with a local grassroots organization to help setup mentoring partnerships for students, and is on the board for Enactus. Ellen also created an honour award for young entrepreneurs who are working to put themselves through university, and recently began working with the province of Nova Scotia to conduct a review of government venture capital.
“Ken is a very smart guy. He’s easy to talk to and always has time for me when I need it. I’ve learned so much from him, and I wish I could carry him around with me in my back pocket!”
Jason Montefrisco, mentee
President and CEO, PropertyGuys.com
Region Represented: East – Moncton, NB
Ken has formally mentored six entrepreneurs, and has informally mentored 20 more. He initiated a one-of-a-kind opportunity by awarding a franchise license as a prize on a special Ypreneur Gene edition of Dragon’s Den in 2009, and speaks publicly on the challenges facing youth in business.
“Business angels are well known, but who would have thought that with SAGE mentorat d’affaires, I would meet another type of angel: my mentor, Christiane Bélanger. Christiane has been working with me for 8 months now and she has allowed me to progress the equivalent of 5 years, both personally and professionally.”
Amélie Doyon, mentee
Choreographer, ballet producer, director, and founder of four Quebec-based dance organizations
Region Represented: Central – Quebec City, Quebec
Christiane’s approach to mentoring is to listen and talk from her heart. As a mentee herself, she believes mentoring is the greatest gift an entrepreneur can give themselves.
“Vicki has made a lifetime commitment to mentoring young entrepreneurs, helping them reach their true potential and create the world they want to live in. She is a force to be reckoned with as the impact she is creating on the world is not only being recognized through her own entrepreneurial ventures, but is reverberating through each and every one of her mentees.”
Anne Marie Paquette, mentee
Region Represented: Central – Toronto, ON
Vicki is a serial entrepreneur, author, passionate mentor, advisor-at-large to the next generation of change makers and leading advocate for entrepreneurship as a way of creating positive transformation in the world. Vicki was selected as a Global Leader for Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum and is a regular speaker at conferences around the world.
“If it weren’t for Gary I wouldn’t be the successful business woman I am today, proud of what I’ve accomplished in a short time, with big investors on board. I am fortunate to have Gary as a mentor and a part of our advisory board as well.”
Azadeh Nobakht, mentee
CEO, Bizzo Management Group
Region Represented: West – Vancouver, BC
Gary has been a Mentor and/or Business Coach to more than business leaders, investors and entrepreneurs. His latest book, “How to Start a Successful Business – The First Time!” is on Amazon and has been nominated for the International 2014 Small Business Book Awards. He was a Nominee for the 2014 Small Business Influencer Award.