Military transition business boot camp returns to Regina for 6th year

August 20, 2018

Program helps transitioning members of the Canadian Armed Forces start their own businesses

REGINA, August 20, 2018 – Prince’s Operation Entrepreneur (POE), a program of Prince’s Trust Canada, started its seven-day business boot camp for transitioning Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) members at the University of Regina’s Paul J. Hill School of Business on Sunday. Having assisted more than 100 veterans in Regina to date, this year’s boot camp is off to a fantastic start!

POE provides business education to transitioning CAF members and veterans. It is a made-in-Canada program that combines two of HRH The Prince of Wales’ lifelong interests of encouraging entrepreneurship and support for the CAF. The program helps military members embarking upon their second careers to start their own businesses and create economic and social impacts in their communities.

Community and student collaboration are key components of the boot camp experience. Throughout the week and on a volunteer basis, professors at The Paul J. Hill School of Business, share their expertise and industry knowledge in the classroom. Undergraduate business students from Enactus Regina are paired with participants and provide one-on-one guidance to begin crafting their plans for their business. Local entrepreneurs share their experience at networking events throughout the week.

“We are always delighted to play a part in these people’s lives at such a pivotal time,” explains Dr. Lisa Watson, Associate Professor in the Paul J. Hill School of Business and one of the two faculty advisors responsible for the training component of the program. “Our faculty continues to be proud to offer this program each year, and to have the opportunity to help this year’s 20 military members develop the skills and confidence they need to succeed in business.”

One of the participants, Robert Covelli from British Columbia, will be released from the military this September after having served 15 years in the Canadian Armed Forces. Covelli’s business, Canadian Sniper Corporation, specializes in manufacturing rifle components designed by former Canadian Armed Forces snipers.  “This week I’m looking to gain insight on what it takes to start my business as well as learn more about intellectual property, different marketing techniques and how to bring my product to an international stage,” says Covelli.

Most of Covelli’s career has been spent in a sniper platoon and he believes his training, experience, passion and strong network will help his business succeed. “Being an entrepreneur requires a person to have passion and creativity. To be willing to work 80 hours a week. To be able to look at all different avenues in solving problems and not give up.”

The Prince’s Operation Entrepreneur is the only program of its kind in Canada. “The program reaches more veterans each year, with a priceless impact – increasing hope and confidence for a future that may have felt very uncertain,” said Sharon Broughton, CEO of Prince’s Trust Canada. “Graduates have gone on to start over 250 businesses in every sector, in communities all across the country.”

The University of Regina is the only university west of Quebec offering this concentrated business camp.


About Prince’s Operation Entrepreneur
A program of Prince’s Trust Canada, POE helps transitioning military and veterans become entrepreneurs by offering one-day workshops, seven-day boot camps and ongoing support to build confidence, develop networks and launch successful businesses.  Supporters of the program include the Government of Canada, True Patriot Love Foundation, Wounded Warriors Canada, J.D. Irving Limited, TD Bank, TruShield Insurance, Accenture, Boeing, BDC, Irving Shipbuilding Limited, Lockheed Martin, UPS and Via Rail Canada.

About Prince’s Trust Canada
Prince’s Trust Canada is a registered Canadian charity established in 2011 by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales. Their three core programs ensure life-changing support and hope for young people seeking employment, for veterans transitioning to a second career as entrepreneurs, and for Indigenous communities as they revitalize their languages.

André Garneau
Communications Coordinator
office : 437-317-4612
cell : 647-355-3106

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