Archive, Championing Entrepreneurship | October 21, 2011
The Canadian Youth Business Foundation has selected 30 dynamic young Canadian entrepreneurs to form the official Canadian delegation at the G20 Young Entrepreneur Summit (G20 YES) in Nice, France on October 31-November 2, 2011. The G20 YES is an annual international summit that brings together dedicated and influential entrepreneurs of the G20 countries. Kévin Paquet is a Canadian delegate.
Why I became an entrepreneur:
I bought this business in January 2011. I was a salesman and AL Peintre Inc. was my customer. I wanted to become an entrepreneur and was looking for a business. My customers gave me an opportunity to buy them. Since January, the quality of AL Peintre’s work has improved and the size of our customer base has increased.
My best moment as an entrepreneur, my success:
The best moments for me as an entrepreneur are when the company accomplishes something great. One of our accomplishments was when we reconditioned a Parlement du Québec (Quebec Parliament Building) roof railing. Another was when we worked on a development with Pormerleau, an important player in the construction industry.
My next challenge:
Next spring, we want to have a mobile sandblaster and paint unit to repair different kinds of structures, like bridges or viaducts. We also plan to expand our operations by purchasing another company.