The 2018 Futurpreneur Entrepreneur of the Year award goes to a young entrepreneur or young entrepreneurs who have made a mark on the entrepreneurial landscape through their exemplary activities and leadership of their company, as well as their engagement in the entrepreneurship community.
“According to what we were told, it was our great grandfather Joseph who first initiated our family to the happiness of drinking a good gin. During the last years of his life, my father, Joseph’s grandson, went every week to the liquor store to buy him his gin bottle. This green shaded bottle with the red heart, which still lies around today in many families’ liquor cabinets. On a daily basis, I make sure to deliver the best of myself to encourage my team to surpass themselves to meet the challenges and grow our business. It's about sharing positive values like sharing or collaboration”.
Distillerie du Fjord has been involved in the manufacture of spirits since 2016. Being the first micro-distillery of the Saguenay Lac St-Jean, the company has put on the market gin Km12, a gin inspired by the wealth of boreal forest and sold through the SAQ network for just over a year. With now 3 employees, the company produces at a rate of 5000 bottles of gin per month in addition to working on many projects in research and development.
“President of my high school, high-level athlete who has been in charge of internationally renowned aquatic shows, leadership has always been part of my life. I’m now the owner of a sports development center, I have to manage 5 employees, but also 150 little members every week who come to teach and learn new skills”.
Gymini is a training area offering an innovative and versatile structure. The goal is to provide youth with professionally led sessions to improve basic physical elements such as endurance, balance, coordination, speed, flexibility, agility and perception. Space. The acquisition of these skills, at a young age, contributes to develop a better general physical form and offers the possibility to the young people to be polyvalent.
"Leadership is defined by a team who wants to work together, as opposed to has to work together. That type of leadership is fostered through opportunities for ownership (ie owning the outcomes - good or bad - of your work), bringing a positive attitude to work every day and creating opportunities for collaboration and team building”.
Healthy Pets, Canada's first application of video telemedicine for veterinary care that connects local veterinarians with pet parents on demand through video chat, so that pet owners can receive the advice, care and triage they need, when they need it, from a quality standard of affordable care day or night. Veterinarians are able to better serve clientele while working from wherever, whenever.
“As the co-founder and creator of Barre Fitness, I built my business on a strong set of core values and a commitment to providing the best experience for not only our customers, but to all of our team members because to me they are two sides of the same coin. Our proven process of empowering our team, engaging with our clients and embracing our community is reflected in the success and growth of our company over the past 8 years”.
Barre Fitness became Canada's first Barre studio when it opened its doors in Yaletown in 2010. It’s a fun and intense 1-hour workout that combines the best elements of ballet barre, pilates, sports conditioning and stretching, and is guaranteed to trim, tone and transform the entire body. Fast forward nearly 8 years, and Barre Fitness now boasts 5 locations in Metro Vancouver making it the largest and most established dedicated barre company in Canada.
“To be a founder made me realize my potential, the potential of my company and its expansion through international opportunities. Being a female entrepreneur is an opportunity to represent women in business and to be a role model for other young women entrepreneurs. As I am newcomer in Canada and new to the Entrepreneurship Complex in Montreal but I am proud and for a short time I gained the trust of the community”.
Escritoire Coworking Space Inc is unique shared workspace where modern professionals can work productively—right in their local communities. More than anything, we’re focused on the genuine passion our members feel for their neighbors and neighborhoods. So we’re working to foster community (instead of forcing it) by striving to be good neighbors ourselves—to embrace and be embraced by the neighborhoods we serve and to facilitate local connections between our members.
The Grit Award goes to a business that has overcome failure, exhibited dedication and perseverance, and found success in spite of those challenges.
Spa Botanica is a full service day spa, with an Ayurvedic influence. Spa Botanica specializes in custom made skincare using pure ingredients such as turmeric, multani clay, sandalwood, rose petals, coconut, cucumber and more. Harmanpreet went into business with $0 in her personal and business accounts, relying on food banks to feed herself and her children, and overcame plenty of struggles and sacrifices to launch and grow Spa Botanica to the business that it is today.
"Balance has always been a challenge in life and this has forced me to be mindful resulting in positives all aspects of life. Additionally, having social anxiety is a mountain to overcome when you are a new business owner and need to put yourself out there to make the business viable”.
Jack Pine Dental Hygiene is an independent dental hygiene clinic located in Slave Lake, Alberta, that provides satellite dental hygiene services to Swan Hills where Jaqueline works out of the local hospital.
"After getting my business all set-up and having clients roll-in, we decided to lease-to-own a commercial space in a lower end area of Windsor. We spent countless hours and such renovating the exterior the building to bring it up to par with the image of my business all while helping revamp the Ford City area. We spent money out of our own pockets and worked our hearts out to create a beautiful "home space" for my business. We later found out just before we started on the inside that my landlord had other plans and also was not going to follow through with his portion of the lease. We were advised by our lawyer to hold back rent cheques. He delayed my business by over 4 months. It's one of the hardest things I've done as a new business owner because not only would it have been the perfect landing spot for my business, we would have help revitalize the community”.
Design Supply, and Install of custom cabinetry in any type of setting (commercial or residential). We also partner with local trades and suppliers to give our clients a perfectly designed space while supplementing the local economy.
“We are all in one graphic design and print destination. We offer a wide variety of services ranging from brand development, logo design, to business cards, brochures, vehicle wraps, wall vinyl and more! Over the last 5 years I’ve face a lot of ups and downs. From finding out I was pregnant on my first child two weeks into purchasing the business, to sky rocketing rent and then purchasing a building and dealing with sewage backups and roof leaks! A declining economy mid-way through my five years of business ownership has also been a major challenge”.
"Deux gars dans l’pétrin is a bakery and pastry shop located in downtown Saint-Jerome, Quebec. The biggest challenge was being able to work with poorly maintained equipment. To face the major and major repairs for the survival of the company following the acquisition of the business in 2014. This was followed by multiple repairs. For 3 years, we, my spouse and I, worked 7 days a week to pay rent, taxes and suppliers, with only salary, 725 $ per month to pay for our apartment. In 2017, following a big fatigue, I had a crisis shortly before Christmas. In January we made the decision to close Mondays to have a real day of rest a week. Today the company is doing well. We made a name and a reputation”.
The Mentor Award goes to a mentor who has demonstrated a sincere and empowering commitment to mentoring young entrepreneurs and helping build the small business community. A $1,000 prize in professional development will be awarded to the 5 finalists.
Starting a business can feel very lonely at times, unless you have people that you can talk to who understand what you are going through. Juliana MacEwen realizes this and tries to lend a hand whenever she can to people who are taking the leap of faith to start their own business. Juliana is a great mentor because she goes above and beyond her mentoring role, she helps her mentees with many things such as the hiring new employees, she is kind and patient and helps her mentees see where they need to be more specific with certain things or perhaps change direction with certain ideas and know that it's ok to do that. Most importantly, she helped her mentees to become more confident with themselves as women in business. Juliana is very welcoming and confident. She gives off a vibe that makes everyone around her feel empowered.
""The biggest impact mentoring has had on my mentees is the confidence to succeed. When someone is starting out on their own, the same set of questions are asked, and it's the same answer. What we don't always have the answer to is ""what makes you special?"" There's no secret formula for overnight success, you have to work hard, do your homework, and keep standing back up every time you're knocked down. I'm honest about the ""nitty gritty"" bits of entrepreneurship and my favourite part about mentoring is that relief I see them feel when they know, they are doing all the right things and that it just takes time”.
“I cannot describe in words the feeling you get when you see your guidance taking place in others, things do not always go smoothly when it comes to running your own business and the fact that i am able to guide others during their stressful times and see them come out the other end with success and know that i had a part in it makes me so proud. To be able to share what i have learned along the way from others and to give that back to someone else will always benefit us all in different ways”.
“The biggest impact that I saw with my mentee was the jump to think outside the box. He was capable of it but was so in his business he just needed that nudge to do so. I coached his using my experiences in business. Which always makes me laugh because at first he could not see what our businesses could possibly have in common. Personal satisfaction is the first thing I think of when considering the value of mentoring. I have a passion for seeing small businesses succeed and love to contribute to that success. It has also led me to explore an entirely new direction in my own business with providing more advisory to my clients and not just bookkeeping services”.
"My role as a mentor has allowed the entrepreneurs I have mentored to have the courage to continue and especially the audacity to try new things. Many mentees were able to continue with advice, an idea, a boost and persevere in their area. "My role as a mentor allowed the entrepreneurs I mentored to have the courage to continue and especially the audacity to try new things." Many mentees were able to continue with a tip, an idea, a push to continue and persevere in their sector ".