Support for Youth Entrepreneurs - Small Business Information Expo (SBIE)

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About this event:

Calling all youth!

Procurement Assistance Canada (PAC) Pacific is partnering with WeBC, Kootenay Association for Science and Technology (KAST), Innovation for Defence Excellence and Security (IDEaS), Futurpreneur, and others to deliver a Small Business Information Expo (SBIE) on youth business support opportunities.
We know that government and non-profits have a lot of support for youth small businesses, and the range of programs and information can feel overwhelming. During this panel, experts will share information on selling to the Government of Canada, business coaching, training, financing, and other services designed to enable youth business owners to achieve their goals.
See yourself in another's success story!

The event will also include interviews with Youth-owned businesses that succeeded in IDEaS awards & federal contracting.
This event is geared towards 16-39 years of age.

1) Welcome to the Event - Senior Leader of Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC)
2) Interview with a Youth Federal Contract Award Winner - Jin Fan
3) Panel for Youth Program - Procurement Assistance Canada, KAST, WeBC, and Futurpreneur
4) QA with Panelists
4) Interview with two Youth IDEaS Award Winner - Will Simmons & Vincent LaChance
5) End of event


Procurement Assistance Canada (PAC) - Barry Payne
Procurement Assistance Canada assists small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in better understanding how the government buys goods and services. PAC raises awareness of opportunities, providing assistance in the form of information sessions, and educates SMEs on how to navigate federal procurement.
Barry Payne is a socio-economic entrepreneur. From humble beginnings, he grew his first start-up venture Adirondack Technologies Furniture Inc from his basement of his home on the Hiawatha First Nation to the 3rd largest supplier to the Canadian federal Government. This venture had allowed him to expand into a variety of other entrepreneurial activities, including: Adirondack Information Management, a provider of Information Technology, Engineering, Professional and Administrative Personnel to the private and public sectors across Canada; and, OnNation, a leading national provider of technology solutions, cyber security solutions and digital transformation platformsfor business,
Not a person to sit around during retirement after exiting his business ventures, Barry has recently accepted a role with PAC, Public Services and Procurement Canada, to assist with reaching out to and encouraging equity groups in business: 2SLGBTQIA+, Indigenous, persons with disabilities, racialized communities, and women, to increase their bidding efforts on federal government contracts and to assist these businesses in utilizing Barry’s 20+ years experience sharing.

WeBC - Archana Singhania, Business Advisor
With 10+ years of experience in business development & growth in food production, retail and real estate, Archana is no stranger to hard work. An immigrant to Canada, Archana is a dedicated strategist who has driven entry and growth into new markets worldwide and has worked with culturally diverse customers & different target market profiles. As a FITT certified Business Advisor for WeBC, Archana can help women with their import/export queries as well. She shares her real-world experience with women Entrepreneurs helping them to navigate all phases of organizational growth. She is passionate about harbouring open, creative, and inclusive work culture and is an advocate of creative expression and intellectual rigor. A dedicated learner, she is resilient and driven – “Put me in any new situation – I will figure out all aspects of the how, why and what.”

KAST - Katelyn Bilenduke
Katelyn has a strong background in media and communications, with skills in writing, event planning, broadcasting, public speaking, marketing and content creation. She’s eager to introduce exciting programs that inspire folks across the Kootenays to discover their own passions and contribute to the local tech and entrepreneurial community. Before moving from Toronto in early 2022, Katelyn spent over 7 years in university recruitment advising students and delivering programs to support youth in achieving their postsecondary goals. She also has experience working in youth travel, hospitality and for media outlets, such as CBC.
KAST’s youth programs inspires today’s youth K-12 to become tomorrow’s tech innovators through STEM-focused and hands-on interactive learning, play and skills development. Our next pillar focuses on the next generation of tech-innovators transitioning from high school to college through skills-based training and creation of career pathways. We host career events, ambassador programs and are involved in a regional youth entrepreneur program with local colleges. We serve 7 school districts, 4 post secondary institutions, 25 municipalities and over 35,000 youth between the ages of 5 and 29.

Futurpreneur - Eddy Paul
Futurpreneur has been fueling the entrepreneurial passions of Canada’s young enterprise for two decades. They are the only national, non-profit organization that provides financing, mentoring, and support tools to aspiring business owners aged 18-39. Our internationally recognized mentoring program hand matches young entrepreneurs with a business expert from a network of more than 2,400 volunteer mentors.

Federal Procurement Award Winner - Jin Fan
Jin Fan, Founder and CMO of ClearLED Inc., is dedicated to pioneering the development of world-class artistic technology-based displays. A flourishing business leader, Jin’s expertise spans the intersection of interactive technology, computer science, and product design. Driven to push the boundaries of technology and armed with a series of globally recognized awards, Jin launched her career at IBM and SAP. Following this she was snapped up by Dream Lighting City Culture Development in Beijing to manage large scale entertainment projects combining sophisticated stage technology with acrobatic artistry, integrating sound, LED, animation, projection mapping, lighting design, and art. Struck by the unique attributes of transparent LED screens, Jin put her business acumen in gear and formed ClearLED. Having worked successfully with many leading brands (Air Canada, Bombardier, Aritzia, Walmart, McDonald’s, Cirque de Soleil, Nine West, and Bank of America to name but a few), Jin has built a well-respected business creating stunning displays that command attention and drive innovation.

IDEaS Award Winner - Will Simmons
Will Simmons was born and raised in Toronto and graduated from the University of Toronto and the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA) at the University of Ottawa. Served in the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) as an infantry officer and deployed in the Sinai as an operations officer for the Chief of Liaison within Multinational Force and Observers in the Sinai, Egypt in 2018. Despite extensive professional and education experiences, Will couldn't get a job interview post service from the military. That is until WithYouWithMe (WYWM) came to Canada. As a Day One employee with WYWM when the company launched in Canada in September 2020, Will has helped train and hire over 150 CAF veterans into technology roles within the Canadian federal government and is now leading the WYWM submission, and Component 1b finalist, with the IDEaS Competition competition: Navigating Your Next Chapter - The Transition Back to Civilian Life.

IDEaS Award Winner - Vincent LaChance
Vincent is a serial entrepreneur with a track record of launching technology companies. At 17 years old, he presented his first start-up at the Quebec version of Shark Tank, convincing a leading angel investor to finance. Through his first company, he was selected as Canadian 20 under 20 and received the award of being the Young Entrepreneur of the year in his province. Vincent then went on the co-found Lux Aerobot, a space robotics specialized in Earth observation and climate analytics.

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Wed, 09/14/2022 - 11:00 to 12:30
Pacific Daylight Time (PDT)
Canada, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Quebec, National Capital Region, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia, Nunavut, Northwest Territories, Yukon
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