From November 13 to 19, we are celebrating Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) in Canada and across the globe.
As the GEW Canadian hosts, we wanted to give you an inside look at some rockstar entrepreneurs and small businesses across the country, as well as showcase some of the great events and initiatives that will be happening this year. We thought, what better way to do this than to send three ambassadors across the country to show you the entrepreneurial landscape in Canada from their perspective?
Last year, we sent ambassadors Anthony Taylor, Cierra Bray and Colin Corcoran and this year, we teamed up with Amway Canada again to pick three new ambassadors for 2017. We asked Canadians to submit a video telling us why they felt they should represent Futurpreneur Canada and showcase the various entrepreneurial landscapes across our nation during GEW. After receiving an overwhelming amount of entries, a panel of judges selected three winners to represent Futurpreneur on the road this year.
Meet your 2017 On The Road ambassadors!
From: Montreal, Quebec
Ambassador for: St. John’s, Ottawa and Québec City
Catherine Bégin, 39, is the founder of POPS ART, an artisanal ice pop company based in Montreal, Quebec. Catherine founded POPS ART with the simple objective of selling happiness and providing healthy snack solutions for customers young and old. She is also a proud laureate of the VIVA MTL contest. As an ambassador, Catherine looks forward to shining a spotlight on the people who are making a difference in their city and making their neighbourhood shine. She describes herself as someone who is dynamic, takes on challenges with a smile and hopes to make a difference in her local community.
From: Grand Falls, Newfoundland and Labrador
Ambassador for: Saskatoon, Winnipeg and Toronto
Alex Henniffent, 21, is the founder of VOLTFUSE, a specialty headwear and apparel brand primarily catering towards the snowboarding market. Hailing from Central Newfoundland, Alex always knew that he wanted to pursue a career doing what he enjoyed. Since establishing VOLTFUSE at the age of 14, Alex has gone on to mentor other young entrepreneurs, speak at a number of conferences and be featured in publications like Maclean’s Magazine and The Globe and Mail. He was also a Dragon’s Den Future Dragon Contest Winner in 2013. Alex is passionate about Canada’s entrepreneurial environment and is constantly seeking new opportunities to innovate and create.
From: Edmonton, Alberta
Ambassador for: Terrace, Vancouver and Calgary
Ismail Attitalla, 32, is the founder of Stashii, a community-based storage company based in Edmonton, Alberta. Ismail is an experienced entrepreneur with a string of successful Alberta-based businesses behind him. He started his first business at the age of 24 and his ventures haven’t stopped growing since. Passionate about community and an avid follower of new technology, he believes that community can be brought even closer together when the two are married. Ismail prides himself on getting things done and constantly thinking about new and innovative ways to tackle daily activities.
We are excited to have our 2017 ambassadors showcase entrepreneurship across Canada as they start their journeys on Monday, November 13.