CYBF and TD Canada Trust to offer free entrepreneurship seminars to Quebec youth ages 18 to 35

October 18, 2011

CYBF and TD Canada Trust to offer free entrepreneurship seminars to Quebec youth ages 18 to 35

Partnership to encourage youth to launch their own businesses

MONTRÉAL, October 18, 2011 – This fall, the Canadian Youth Business Foundation (CYBF) will host a series of free seminars to encourage youth, aged 18 to 35, to launch their own businesses. Organized throughout the province of Quebec, these conferences will provide to the participants an opportunity to network and to hear the story of Martin Thibault, the inspiring owner and co-founder of Absolunet.

“Many young people have great innovative ideas and dreams of owning their own business. TD Bank believes in the importance of providing them with the coaching, resources and information needed to guide and support them”, says Gaston Trépanier, Senior Manager, Small Business Banking, Québec region, TD Canada Trust. “We want to contribute to the development of a more entrepreneurial youth and offer them the resources they need to succeed. These conferences, designed to meet the needs of young people who are ready to start their own businesses, can help them achieve their dreams of business ownership.”

“At CYBF, we are very proud to partner with TD Canada Trust, a bank that has always been tremendously supportive and encouraging of Canada’s entrepreneurial culture,” explains Valérie Bellavance, CYBF Senior Director, Québec. “Our collaboration in the development of these seminars will give CYBF the opportunity to offer young entrepreneurs an inspiring testimony and to further fulfill our mission of helping youth help themselves.”

The TD/CYBF conferences will take place between 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., on the following dates and locations:

  • Québec : Wednesday, October 26th, 2011 at the Centre local de développement de Québec (125 Charest Boulevard East)
  • Gatineau: Thursday, November 3rd, 2011at the Centre d’entrepreneurship de l’Outaouais (25 Laurier St.)
  • Montréal: Tuesday, November 8th, 2011 at the ÉTS, Nortel Room (1100, Notre-Dame St. West)
  • Laval : Tuesday, November 15th, 2011 at the Centre local de développement de Laval (1555 Chomedey Boulevard)
  • Sherbrooke: Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011 at the Le Président Hotel (3535 King St. West)

For more information, please visit: (webpage available in French only).

About Martin Thibault

Martin Thibault holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM). He is president and co-founder of Absolunet, a business created in 1999 that is specializing in Web design, interactive strategy and e-marketing. He is member of the Board of directors of Tellipso, a company of which he orchestrated the purchase in 2008; president of the Board of Governors of the Regroupement des jeunes chambres de commerce du Québec and Vice-President, Communications and Public Relations, of the Concours québécois en entrepreneuriat.

About the 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 charity, we are dedicated to growing Canada’s economy one young entrepreneur at a time. We look at character, not collateral, when providing youth, aged 18-34, with pre-launch coaching, business resources, start-up financing and mentoring. We help them launch and sustain a successful entrepreneurial business.

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CYBF Media Contact:

Josée Cusson
Canadian Youth Business Foundation
514-225-7035 x 4002