As Canada’s second-largest auto producer Windsor, Ontario felt the effects of the global recession. With the fate of its auto sector hanging in the balance in the fall of 2009, some City of Roses’ residents considered relocating. But even in the midst of an economic downturn, a silver lining can emerge. Windsor’s well-documented struggles spurred
Combine talent, education, and entrepreneurial drive. Place in incubator. In St. Catharines, the result is a rising digital media star called PixelNAUTS. Young gamers take note: it really is possible to have a career (and even your own business) in the gaming industry. Spending a lot of time playing games is definitely part of
An Interview with Freakum Dress Couture’s Anita Ehui In five years’ time, Ontario Summer Company and Ontario Global Edge graduate Anita Ehui plans to expand her online boutique, Freakum Dress Couture, and launch a fashion-forward clothing store. Ontario Business Report interviewed Ms. Ehui by telephone during a break from her studies as a fourth-year political
Can you see the possibilities? Ken Tamminga did… as business student at Sheridan College, Ken knows the importance of offering a unique product. Summer Company, a program offered by the Ministry of Economic Development and Innovation, gave him the chance to apply that knowledge. Ken’s Orangeville business, Iron Embers, makes steel-plated customized backyard fire pits.
Matthew Corrin is just 30, but he’s well on his way to achieving his goal: to be the Starbucks of the fresh food business. “Just like Starbucks, I want to take a commodity – in my case, fresh food – and create an iconic consumer brand,” says the CEO of Freshii. Freshii, if you’re not
In early May, Dave Campbell was looking for a student to do some landscaping at his company’s restaurants in Ottawa – and he needed someone quickly. The Eastern Canada regional director for Jack Astor’s Bar & Grill didn’t hesitate. He picked up the phone and called Steven Boucher, an employment consultant with the Youth Services
When George Brown College student Miah Mills returned from his Ontario government-sponsored entrepreneurship placement in India last year, he was more determined than ever to establish his own business. Now, the recent fashion studies graduate is living his dream, making leather travelling bags for men. “In India, my experience backed up what I had learned
It’s been another record year for Summer Company, an innovative Ontario government program that helps students set up and run their own summer businesses with funding and mentoring. In spite of recent economic uncertainty, the number of Ontario students discovering the benefits of setting up and running their own small business continues to grow. Summer
Like most “overnight” successes, Sam Zaid has been many years in the making.