Alberta’s Entrepreneurial champions honoured during Global Entrepreneurship Week Canada

November 16, 2012

Alberta’s Entrepreneurial champions honoured during Global Entrepreneurship Week Canada

Calgary, AB – November 16, 2012 – The Canadian Youth Business Foundation (CYBF), official host of Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) Canada, proudly partnered with TRICO Charitable Foundation to recognize the importance of entrepreneurship in Calgary and across Alberta and to honour local entrepreneurial champions at an event held yesterday at The TRICO Charitable Foundation office in Calgary.

GEW Canada, which takes place from November 12-18, 2012, is committed to celebrating entrepreneurs and inspiring young people to embrace innovation, imagination and creativity from coast-to-coast. CYBF has mobilized dozens of partners to organize celebration events across the country, and the TRICO/CYBF event was one of many activities taking place across Canada to recognize and congratulate those who are paving the way to success for young and emerging business leaders.

CYBF presented its 2012 Chairman’s Awards for Outstanding Volunteers—which includes the prestigious Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medals—to business leaders Wayne S. Chiu from Calgary, Alberta, and Shannan Schimmelmann from Kelowna, British Columbia, who were on hand to receive the medals for their tremendous contributions as mentors to entrepreneurs in their communities. Cindy Priebe is also among the medal recipient for her support as a mentor in Calgary.

“Our program of pre-launch coaching, start-up financing, business mentoring and ongoing support would not exist without dedicated business leaders who generously donate their time and experience to help young entrepreneurs across Canada,” said Katarina Vasiljevic-Galic, Director of CYBF in Alberta. “CYBF congratulates and thanks all of our mentors who so generously dedicate their time to the success of Canada’s young entrepreneurs.”

In addition to the Outstanding Volunteer Awards presentation, novaNait was honoured with an Outstanding Community Partner Award for its instrumental role in helping launch young and emerging entrepreneurs’ careers and businesses in Edmonton.

“Our valued community partners, such as novaNait are the crucial first point of contact with CYBF and play an integral role in the start-up process,” said Katarina Vasiljevic-Galic. “Their knowledge of local economic conditions and personal interaction with many young entrepreneurs helps new businesses flourish in the community.”

The commemorative Diamond Jubilee Medal was created to mark the 2012 celebrations of the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s accession to the Throne as Queen of Canada. The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal is a tangible way for Canada to honour Her Majesty for her service to this country. At the same time, it serves to honour significant contributions and achievements by Canadians.

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Canadian Youth Business Foundation – Canada’s Entrepreneur Gateway
The Canadian Youth Business Foundation (CYBF) is the ‘go to’ place for youth entrepreneurship. As a national organization, we are dedicated to growing Canada’s economy one young entrepreneur at a time. We look at character not collateral, when providing youth, age 18-39, with pre-launch coaching, business resources, start-up financing and mentoring to help them launch and sustain a successful entrepreneurial business. CYBF is the founder of the G20 Young Entrepreneur Summit (G20 YES) and founding member of the G20 Young Entrepreneurs’ Alliance (G20 YEA).
About Global Entrepreneurship Week Canada
Between November 12-18, 2012, more than 100 countries will come together to celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW), a movement to inspire millions of people to embrace innovation, imagination and creativity. GEW Canada 2012 is hosted by the Canadian Youth Business Foundation, a national not-for-profit organization that works to connect hundreds of organizations to champion a culture of entrepreneurship and mentoring, through local, national and global initiatives.

For more information please contact:

Subagini Sivapatham,
Manager, Regional Marketing, CYBF
(416) 408-2923, ext. 3003