Participants

Learn about the 25 dedicated young Canadian entrepreneurs who have been selected to participate in this event.

Yukon

Eric Little

Eric Little

Eric is a 24-year-old entrepreneur who has lived in different cities across Yukon. He studied at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, BC, and, since graduating, Eric has been growing Dynamic Microgrids—a solar power plant development company servicing Canada's northern and remote communities. Eric is also the logistics officer and director at SEI Logistics, a subsidiary of Dynamic Microgrids that provides dedicated oilfield hauling services. Eric's entrepreneurial pursuits have allowed him to pair his desire to improve northern and remote communities, especially First Nation communities, with his dedication to environmentalism.

Nunavut

Julia MacDonald

Julia MacDonald

Julia is a 20-year-old future entrepreneur from Iqaluit, Nunavut. She is studying at Algonquin College in the hair styling program and is very passionate about it. In four to five years, she would like to see herself and her family being able to live off her hair styling business, as well as being able to provide training and jobs to Nunavummiut in Iqaluit.

Donna Lyall

Donna Lyall

Donna, 24, is an entrepreneur from Cambridge Bay, Nunavut. She operates a beauty salon called Memogana's Beauty Parlor and has already received support from Inspire Nunavut to start her business. Donna was inspired to start a beauty salon after seeing the positive impact styling had on her friends' and family's confidence. Her goal is to make people happy while operating a successful business.

British Columbia

Erica Kelm

Erica Kelm

Erica is a 21-year-old social entrepreneur from Vancouver Island, BC. She started her vegan and cruelty free handmade skin care company, Wild Island Beauty, in honour of her mom and the time they spent making their own lotions when she was a child. Erica sees herself being a serial social entrepreneur specializing in community contribution companies.

Naitik Mehta

Naitik Mehta

Naitik is a young entrepreneur from Vancouver, BC, who is already making waves as the 22-year-old CEO of NextBillion.org—whose vision is to support and augment education systems to ensure all students have access to equal opportunities. He is passionate about using design to solve technological and social problems and is building tools to help companies hire minorities in tech. He arrived in Vancouver from India to study Interaction Design at the Emily Carr University of Art and Design.

Alberta

David Osemwegie

David Osemwegie

David, 20, is an aspiring entrepreneur from Calgary, Alberta, who is currently studying computer science at the University of British Columbia. He hopes that his window washing business, Spick n' Span, will one day act as a catalyst for an entrepreneurial training program for high school and university students who are part of an ethnic minority group. His primary focus is minority diversity and representation in the business world.

Hania Aamer

Hania Aamer

Hania is a 19-year-old entrepreneur and Bachelor of Science student at the University of Alberta in Edmonton. She is passionate about youth empowerment, and she currently sits on the City of Edmonton Youth Council. She also volunteers her time as a debate coach to younger students and as a youth committee member at Canadian Blood Services. Her start-up, Teen Tutors, is a tutoring company focused on youth-led education that she believes has the potential to scale nationally and that includes all aspects of learning, including music and speech lessons. 

Saskatchewan

Arslan Azeem

Arslan Azeem

Arslan is a 19-year-old business student and entrepreneur from Regina, Saskatchewan, with interests in agriculture, data science and sustainable technology. He is a Regina Association of Fundraising Professionals Outstanding Youth Philanthropist and Saskatchewan Junior Citizen of the Year. Arslan works on many different projects, and he runs a not-for-profit business that seeks to close technology gaps for the disabled and disadvantaged. Through this business, he designed Symmetriam, the world's first practical left-handed DSLR camera solution. In addition, Arslan aspires to create Canada's largest youth innovation knowledge mobilization network and launch a Social Innovation Club at the University of Regina in partnership with Enactus Regina.

Jasmine Gemmell

Jasmine Gemmell

Jasmine is a 21-year-old entrepreneur from Bethune, Saskatchewan, who has a jewelry and accessories business called Bellezza Moda. She currently has 28 stores and distributors selling her handmade jewelry online. While she hopes to grow her distribution channels, she dreams of opening her own store—after she completes her business degree from the University of Regina. She is passionate about female entrepreneurship in Saskatchewan, and she mentors young women aspiring to have their own independent businesses.

Manitoba

Blaise Lepine

Blaise Lepine

Blaise is a 24-year-old entrepreneur from Winnipeg, Manitoba, who is the co-founding Director of Growth and Strategic Partnerships at TAG Marketing Co., a marketing start-up that utilizes cutting-edge technology to unlock the full potential of small and medium-sized businesses on social media. TAG Marketing also owns a sister company—Social Check. Social Check collects and processes big data that is in open access to ensure online safety for kids, as well as to help schools and universities conduct social media background checks on individuals applying to work in the educational system. Blaise found his passion for marketing and technology through his successful DJ career and his event-hosting company, Winnipeg Hype. In addition to sales and business development, Blaise is proficient in creating outstanding aerial photo and video content for clients.

Muriel Dupuis

Muriel Dupuis

Muriel, from Winnipeg, Manitoba, is a 21-year-old graduate from St. Boniface University who has opened a new business, The Monkey Bar. This is an herbal dessert shop located in Winnipeg. Although the shop is only open seasonally, Muriel has big plans for The Monkey Bar. She'd like to expand the menu to offer vegan meal options and expand activities to be take place all year long.

Ontario

Ioana Pitu

Ioana Pitu

Ioana, 18, is a high school student and aspiring entrepreneur from Mississauga, Ontario. When she isn't drinking tea, reading or exploring Toronto, she loves pursuing her creative passions in writing, visual arts and photography. Her passions have led her to start a successful blog and YouTube channel called Mistral Spirit, where she shares organization and study resources, her personal lifestyle journey, and her essays, stories and art surrounding topics like philosophy, psychology, politics and literature. Enjoying each day as it comes, Ioana is always searching for new adventures while inspiring others in the process.

Komal Malhotra

Komal Malhotra

Komal, 22, is a recent psychology graduate from the University of Ottawa, coming from Rockland, Ontario, who in the near future plans on taking up graduate studies in counselling psychology and aspires to be an entrepreneur. She is a passionate individual who is looking to make a difference in the world through her work and her career. Her goal is to become a psychotherapist for youth, specifically working with children to help them deal with mental and psychological issues they experience. In the meantime, she enjoys writing wholesome blogs on her website alongsidekomal.wordpress.com and manages an Instagram page that is in alignment with her blog.

Tian Zhao

Tian Zhao

Tian, 24, is an aspiring entrepreneur and polymath with a background in STEEEM (science, technology, engineering, entrepreneurship, entertainment and mathematics). Tian, who comes from Toronto, is currently working at MLG Blockchain as their lead designer while bootstrapping his own start-up called Belt Technologies on the side—a two-part digital venture studio specializing in enterprise / social enterprise solutions and a consulting agency specializing in design/development. Presently, he's working on several products/projects that lie within the realms of insurance, digital identity, entertainment, environmental sustainability, fintech, Internet of Things and crowdfunding. Tian is passionate about blockchain, product (UX/UI) design and social innovation.

Quebec

Sonia Israel

Sonia Israel

Sonia is a 23-year-old entrepreneur from Montréal, Quebec, who recently graduated with an Honours Neuroscience degree from McGill University. Sonia co-founded Aifred Healthwith the intention of enhancing the interface between leading research and mental health care. Sonia's thirst for innovation drives her to create and identify opportunities for collaboration in the psychiatric sector. She hopes to serve as a positive role model for other youth, particularly for minority women in science and technology.

Philippe Hébert

Philippe  Hebert

Philippe Hébert is a passionate 24-year-old entrepreneur from Montréal, Quebec. He is Arthur Intelligence's cofounder. Arthur empowers dentists to understand the performance of their clinic. Arthur is a way to learn the mental tools and frameworks necessary to succeed in his ventures. Philippe is also a technologist and humanist who is working to build tomorrow's blockchain-enabled society through his next projects: human.space, Yantra, Omniscia and Myscelia.

Anne-Abigaïl Fils-Aimé

Anne-Abigaïl Fils-Aimé

Anne-Abigaïl is a 23-year-old student from Terrebonne, Quebec, currently studying business administration specializing in business law at the University of Montreal. She chose to be an entrepreneur to combine her two passions: law and beauty. She founded Gaïl Cosmétique, a line of organic beauty products.

New Brunswick

Chris Cameron

Chris Cameron

Chris, 23, originally from Truro, Nova Scotia, is an entrepreneur who is graduating from the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton with a Bachelor of Recreation and Sports Studies Degree / Business Minor. However, he has shifted his focus to creative ventures—first with photography, which led to fashion design and production. Chris is the owner of Tücy, a streetwear company focused on making trendy unisex clothing in the Maritimes. While Chris enjoys designing clothes online and dropshipping via his online store, he is transforming his product offering to a more hands-on production model. He will be looking to scale his pop-up shops and to one day open storefronts across the East Coast. He also envisions a social enterprise angle to Tücy where profits would be reinvested in the community in the area of creative endeavours. 

Lily Lynch

Lily Lynch

Lily is an entrepreneur and recent graduate of the University of King's College in Halifax, Nova Scotia, who has since relocated to Saint John, New Brunswick. At 24, she is a young professional with a keen interest in business development, history, teaching, multiculturalism, connecting and volunteering. Being oriented towards projects and work that benefits newcomers, their economic sustainability and integration, she founded Sankara. Sankara is an online multicultural marketplace to buy and sell authentic traditional food and crafts from independent local, traditional chefs and craftspeople.

Nova Scotia

Adeline Umwari

Adeline Umwari

Adeline, 24, is a young entrepreneur originally from Rwanda who now lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She owns an online clothing and accessories boutique called Wali Boutique,which sells traditional Rwandese-style clothes, jewelry and other fashion items. Adeline started her business in 2017 because she wanted to showcase the many unique and beautiful products that Rwanda and Africa have to offer. Her goal was to make these products available to interested consumers around the world, while creating a viable and profitable business. She intends to continue to grow her business online and hopes to be able to open a boutique in Halifax in the near future.

Gabriel Duguay

Gabriel Duguay

Gabriel, 18, is an ambitious student and entrepreneur from Truro, Nova Scotia. As a high school student, he co-founded and worked with Aquality Solutions through Enactus Saint Mary's University. Aquality Solutions created an aquaponics research prototype to test the feasibility of easy-to-use aquaponics technology in Indigenous communities across Canada. Having been accepted to Princeton University, he plans to continue his work in conjunction with the Office of Sustainability to implement aquaponics in a variety of Indigenous communities in both Canada and the United States. Aside from his entrepreneurship endeavours, Gabriel hopes to pursue a career in international business or international relations.

Prince Edward Island

Coltin Handrahan

Coltin Handrahan

Coltin is a 23-year-old entrepreneur from Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. He holds a diploma in Marketing and Advertising Management from Holland College, graduating in 2014 as class speaker for the Tourism and Culinary campus. In 2012 he founded Golden Custom Clothing, an end-to-end apparel provider that works with clients across Canada to take their custom clothing ideas from concept to cotton. The company has expanded over recent years to include an events management division and a creative media label.

Lacey Koughan

Lacey Koughan

Lacey is a 19-year-old entrepreneur from Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. She is the founder of a nation-wide program and movement, 24STRONG, which empowers teen girls to be authentic, confident and kind. As a graduate of Culture PEI's HIVE program and a resident company at the StartupZone in Charlottetown, Lacey thrives off of learning from experienced mentors and creatives. All 24STRONG's website designs, marketing material and programming are done by Lacey.

Newfoundland and Labrador

Duncan Wallace

Duncan  Wallace

Duncan is a 23-year-old entrepreneur from St. John's, Newfoundland. Duncan attended Memorial University where he got involved with Enactus Memorial, kick-starting his entrepreneurial aspirations. Duncan then helped bring Fytics, an automated inventory management and loss prevention solution for the food and beverage industry, to the Genesis Center, a hub for tech start-ups in Newfoundland. Fytics has since expanded operations throughout Canada and United States, providing innovative solutions to customers such as Dairy Queen and Little Caesars.

Katie Gillespie

Katie Gillespie

Katie, 21, from St. John's, Newfoundland, is a fourth year Mechanical Engineering student at Memorial University of Newfoundland and an aspiring entrepreneur. She is dedicated to working on her start-up, Fulfilament, which upcycles recycled plastic into filaments to provide sustainability to the 3D printing industry in conjunction with the Memorial Centre for Entrepreneurship.

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