In December 2019, the ThriveNorth program successfully completed its five-year mandate. Managed by Futurpreneur Canada, the program helped young entrepreneurs in Northern B.C. launch and grow their businesses by connecting them with resources, financing and mentorship.

An experienced community development professional with experience working for various non-profit organizations, Futurpreneur Canada is happy to have Katy Carr joining our ThriveNorth family.

Prior to joining Futurpreneur Canada, Katy was an educator and sexual assault worker with Calgary Communities Against Sexual Abuse. At CCASA, she developed and implemented programming and workshops for elementary and high school students, teachers, parents, and other community professionals. She was also a member of the Calgary Sexual Assault Response team working alongside police and medical staff supporting clients at the hospital.

In 2011, Katy was the undergraduate representative on the panel “Challenging Media Representations of Gender” during the annual Diversity Conference hosted by the University of Victoria. In 2013, she co-developed the Neonology 2.0 diversity workshop, designed for students in Grade 5 and 6 in the Lower Mainland.

Katy holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Victoria, and during her time at University she completed a three month internship in rural India with a focus on community development and micro-lending.

Katy believes that when young people are supported in their entrepreneurial goals they will become connected and engaged with the world. To create a country full of switched on and motivated citizens, it is crucial that the entrepreneurial spirit is cultivated and supported.

In looking forward to her start with Futurpreneur Canada, Katy reflects on some advice from her past. “My father once told me that all I needed was 10 seconds of courage and the rest would take care of itself. It is a strategy I have always held close and has pushed me to take on challenges and opportunities. I hope to bring that spirit to Futurpreneur.”

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