Futurpreneur Canada™ Announces 2017 Award Winners

October 30, 2017

Awards celebrate the stories and successes of young entrepreneurs across Canada

For immediate release

TORONTO (October 30, 2017) – After two weeks of public voting, Futurpreneur Canada concluded Small Business Week by announcing the winners of the Futurpreneur Canada 2017 Awards. This year’s winners have made significant contributions to Canada’s entrepreneurial community through their leadership, grit, innovation, growth and mentorship. Their stories of success, struggle and determination are motivating for all aspiring small business owners.

When describing her proudest moment as a business owner, the Futurpreneur Entrepreneur of the Year described how entrepreneurship always challenges her comfort zone. “It’s been an exponential journey,” said Natasha Wilch, owner of Symphony Rehabilitation. “I think I’m most proud of the fact that I did not let fear take me over. When I expanded my clinic, I continued to stay true to the purpose of expansion and stay true to the team I wanted to build.”

Sheena Brady, 2017 Growing Strong Award winner, is dedicated to growing a loyal tribe around the world. “If it wasn’t without Futurpreneur Canada, we wouldn’t be able to grow into new markets and expand in the first place”, said Sheena Brady, owner of Tease Tea. “Now we can continue to do our life’s work helping to support organizations dedicated to women’s empowerment, one sip at a time  . . . on just a bigger scale now!”

The Futurpreneur 2017 Award winners are:

Futurpreneur Canada Entrepreneur of the Year, presented by Canada Post
Natasha Wilch, Symphony Rehabilitation

Disruption Award
Marie-Eve Lachance, Clinique de Soins Infirmiers de Lévis

Grit Award
Byanca Neveu, Byanca Neveu – Adjointe administrative virtuelle

Growing Strong Award
Sheena Brady, Tease Tea

Futurpreneur Canada Mentor of the Year
Donald Haché

Futurpreneur Partner of the Year
Serge Lazure, CAE Haute-Montérégie

To learn more about this year’s winners, visit futurpreneur.ca/awards.

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About Futurpreneur Canada

Futurpreneur Canada has been fueling the entrepreneurial passions of enterprising young Canadians since 1996. We’re the only national, non-profit organization that provides resources, financing and mentoring to aspiring business owners aged 18-39. Our internationally recognized mentoring program matches young entrepreneurs with a business expert from a network of almost 3,000 volunteer mentors. Futurpreneur is a founding member of the G20 Young Entrepreneurs’ Alliance, the Canadian member of Youth Business International, and the Canadian host of Global Entrepreneurship Week.

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