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Prince’s Trust Canada and the University of Regina host entrepreneurship “boot camp” to help veterans start businesses

August 27, 2020

REGINA, SK: Prince’s Trust Canada, along with the University of Regina, Enactus Regina and the Paul J. Hill School of Business, are pleased to again be delivering their annual business boot camp.

The boot camp, part of the Prince’s Trust Canada’s Operation Entrepreneur program, provides veterans and transitioning members of the Canadian Armed Forces with a crash course in business essentials including; marketing, finance, staffing, accounting and other need-to-know business practices. Its goal is to help military members launch their second careers as entrepreneurs while creating positive economic and social impact in their communities.

“The Hill School of Business is very proud to partner with Enactus and Prince’s Trust Canada to provide veterans and transitioning members of the Canadian Armed Forces with the business skills and knowledge they need to launch their second career as entrepreneurs,” says Hill and Levene Schools’ Dean Dr. Gina Grandy. “These armed forces members have devoted much of their lives to serving this country and they are eager to continue doing so by creating new economic opportunities in their communities. We are honoured to be able to support them.”

The boot camp, held exclusively online this year, began on August 13 and end August 27. A virtual graduation ceremony celebrating the participants’ completion of the program, will take place August 27, with the Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan, The Honourable Russ Mirasty attending.

Participants Moe and Nancy Galarneau, owners of Prairie Dawg Winery

The participants in this year’s boot camp come from across Canada and start the program with a developed business idea. Moe Galarneau, a Saskatchewan native who served 28 years in the Armed Forces, and his wife, Nancy, who served 14 years, are participating in the boot camp together. They plan on starting a boutique winery in the Ottawa region. “When we found out we were going, we were excited to work with Operation Entrepreneur and the University of Regina. We’ve been able to network, receive valuable information and advice that will help us in the development of our new adventure,” said Galarneau. “This is an invaluable experience and one that every Veteran entrepreneur needs to do.”

Participants received live virtual classroom instruction, participated in online networking events and mentorship forums, and benefited from one-on-one coaching from Hill and Levene faculty members. Professors from the Hill School of Business volunteer their time and expertise to not only teach, but also work directly with participants to help craft their business development plans.

This is the eighth time that Enactus Regina and the Hill School of Business have hosted the program, and the first time it has been run virtually. In total, more than 120 participants have completed the program. Graduates have gone on to launch businesses ranging from food trucks to home inspections, artisan bakeries to kite-surfing tours.

Interviews can be arranged with Moe and Nancy Galarneau and/or Dr. Lisa Watson, Enactus Regina advisor and POE lead – Associate Dean, Research & Academic.

Images of the Galarneaus as well as their winery logo are also available.

Everett Dorma
University Advancement & Communication
Cell: 306-565-8608
Email: Everett.Dorma@uregina.ca

About the University of Regina:
The University of Regina—located on Treaty 4 and Treaty 6 territories, the ancestral lands of the Cree, Saulteaux, Dakota, Lakota and Nakoda nations and the homeland of the Métis—is a comprehensive, mid-sized university that traces its roots back to the creation of Regina College in 1911. Today, more than 16,500 students study within the University’s 10 faculties. The University has an established reputation for excellence and innovative programs that lead to undergraduate, master, and doctoral degrees.

About Enactus:
Enactus Regina is an entrepreneurship and social innovation club at the University of Regina that promotes conscious capitalism through community projects. As a student-driven organization, we empower youth to improve and build up their communities. In addition to this, we are connected to a global network of thousands of students, all while operating as an independent branch in Southern Saskatchewan, Canada.

About Prince’s Trust Canada:
Prince’s Trust Canada is a national charity whose vision is a sustainable future for Canada, where young people and communities thrive. Through innovative partnerships and guided by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, our programs help young people overcome barriers to employment and prepare for the future of work, provide entrepreneurship training and support for veterans, and address climate change mitigation and adaptation. Our work is inspired by our Founder and President, His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, and is driven by his vision for a more sustainable future. princestrust.ca

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