About

What we do

A program of Prince’s Charities Canada (PCC), Prince's Operation Entrepreneur (POE) delivers education, training, tools and resources to budding entrepreneurs through our education partners, program alumni and established entrepreneurs in communities across Canada.

Entrepreneurship provides an attractive option for many leaving the military to build on the skills they developed in service and focus on a new mission: their own business success. While other employment programs exist, POE is the only program in Canada that addresses the needs of military members who want to become business owners.

Many transitioning personnel have been medically released from service, including those with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and operational stress injuries. POE is part of the solution for these individuals as they move into a second career that is a good fit with their experience and abilities. In fact, more than half of our boot camp participants to date have been medically released.

“The day was beyond my expectations – practical, informative + useful tools.”
“The information gave me confidence that I have a viable business to grow.”

Background

Prince’s Operation Entrepreneur (POE) is a program of Prince’s Charities Canada, the official Canadian charitable office of HRH The Prince of Wales. We help transitioning personnel of the Canadian Armed Forces with the education, training, tools and resources they need to start and run successful businesses.

POE began in 2012 after Prince’s Charities Canada brought together the two founding partners, Enactus Memorial (formerly SIFE Memorial) and Futurpreneur Canada (formerly Canadian Youth Business Foundation) to establish Prince’s Operation Entrepreneur.

POE has grown from one standalone business boot camp run by student volunteers and a supervising faculty member at Memorial University of Newfoundland, to becoming a national, bilingual program with boot camps held on four university campuses every summer, hosting 20+ free one-day workshops on Bases across Canada, offering veterans access to one-on-one business coaching with staff Entrepreneurs-in-Residence and becoming the hub of veteran businesses promotion with the 2016 launch of the Canadian Veteran Business Directory. 

Our Sponsors

POE continuously asks what inspires our partners, sponsors and supporters. With the overwhelming number of worthy causes, the program aims to deliver value to our supporters, many of whom have been with the program since the beginning.

Founding Partners

Prince’s Charities Canada
The work of Prince’s Charities Canada (PCC) is focused on The Prince of Wales’s core interests which have been well-established in the UK for more than 30 years. These include improving the lives of disadvantaged youth, education, responsible business, improving the built environment, regeneration of heritage, environmental sustainability and support for the armed forces. POE brings together His Royal Highness’s interest in young people, entrepreneurship and the Canadian Armed Forces.

Futurpreneur Canada
Futurpreneur Canada (formerly The Canadian Youth Business Foundation) champions youth entrepreneurship across Canada by providing pre- and post-launch coaching, business resources, start-up financing and mentoring to empower young Canadians, aged 18 to 34, to start and grow a business that contributes to sustainable economic development in their communities. Futurpreneur provides the financing and mentoring components of the program.

Enactus Memorial
Enactus Memorial is a student-run volunteer organization operating out of Memorial University. Formerly known as Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) Memorial, this award-winning organization is comprised of volunteers that create local solutions to global economic challenges as they build a stronger province and country through the positive power of business. Enactus Memorial created the model for the boot camps that has been duplicated across the country.


Sponsors

Government of Canada
The Prince’s Operation Entrepreneur program is sanctioned by the Department of Defence and Veterans Affairs Canada, and has received multi-year funding from several Government of Canada bodies including Employment and Social Development Canada, Western Economic Diversification, Economic Development Quebec and Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency.

True Patriot Love Foundation
True Patriot Love (TPL) is a national charity that honours the sacrifices of members of the Canadian Armed Forces, Veterans and their families. TPL’s priorities include Mental Health & Well Being and Family Health & Support. This mandate includes preparing members and Veterans that are in transition, many of whom are medically released, for a successful second career. True Patriot Love has been a generous sponsor of the boot camps for the deep and measurable impact the experience has on participants since the program’s inception.

Wounded Warriors Canada
Wounded Warriors Canada is a non-profit organization that supports Canada’s ill and injured Armed Forces members, Veterans, and their families. Through a wide range of national programs and services, they provide a spectrum of care focused on mental health and, particularly, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.  Wounded Warriors recognizes that for many members entrepreneurship and the flexibility inherent in running your own business provides a more viable alternative to traditional post release employment. 

TD Bank
TD Bank guides entrepreneurs through their business journey and provides financial solutions to Canadian businesses of all sizes across a wide range of industries. Their website is full of helpful resources on topics including starting up, growing your business, borrowing solutions as well as succession and retirement planning.  Please visit your local branch for guidance from a Small Business Advisor.

TruShield Insurance
If there’s one thing you need to know about TruShield Insurance for small business it’s that they make it a point to get to know you and your business. Taking the time to understand the risks associated with running a small business and being there when you need them the most is why TruShield Insurance™ is the best solution to protect your business.

The insurance you need. The flexibility you want.

When it comes to insuring your business, TruSheild will provide you with the property, general liability and automobile coverage you need. You can also look to them for life, disability, critical illness, and group health insurance for businesses with one or more employees. It’s all the coverage you need with the flexibility to make changes as your business evolves. You can even choose the payment option that’s right for you.

You’ve worked hard to build and grow your business – TruShield Insurance is dedicated to helping you protect it.

JDI 
Founded in 1882, J.D. Irving, Limited (JDI) has operations in Canada and the United States. We are a team of 15,000 dedicated employees, with business units in Agriculture, Construction & Equipment, Consumer Products, Hydro Energy, Food, Forestry & Forestry Products, Retail & Distribution Shipbuilding & Industrial Fabrication, Transportation & Logistics. Since its inception 135 years ago, JDI’s employees continue to build JDI into a diverse group of performance-driven enterprises. JDI’s dedicated team uses the best practices to make the best products that better serve customers - at home and around the globe.


Supporters

Business Development Bank of Canada
BDC is Canada’s business development bank, the only financial institution in Canada dedicated exclusively to entrepreneurs with a focus on small and medium-sized enterprises. They offer support in all industries and at all stages of development from more than 100 business centres across Canada and online at bdc.ca. Through POE, BDC directly contributes to the successful transition from serving military member to profitable business owner.
  
Irving Shipbuilding, Inc.
Irving Shipbuilding Inc. is the most modern shipbuilder and in-service ship support provider in North America. Headquartered in Halifax, Nova Scotia, our skilled team and innovative facilities provide efficient building, fabrication, conversion and servicing of vessels and offshore platforms. As Canada’s chosen shipbuilder, Irving Shipbuilding Inc. is working with the Royal Canadian Navy on the next class of Canadian Surface Combatant (CSC) and Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ship (AOPS) vessels under the National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS). We are proud to continue our long history as a trusted partner in Canadian shipbuilding.

Boeing
Boeing is the world's largest aerospace company and leading manufacturer of commercial jetliners and defense, space and security systems. Boeing facilities in Canada produce parts, components, assemblies and software applications for all of the company’s commercial jets. Boeing Defense, Space and Security also played a major role in the transformation of the Canadian Forces by modernizing 80 of Canada’s CF-18 fighter jets. As part of its Global Corporate Citizenship program, Boeing gives back to transitioning military and veterans and has sent ten Ottawa-based participants to boot camp.

Via Rail
Via Rail operates Canada’s national passenger rail service on behalf of the Government of Canada and provides a sale, cost-effective and environmentally responsible service from coast to coast. They are also a proud and long-standing partner of the military and their families, including those in transition to second careers. Via Rail Canada is proud to offer 25% off the best available fares throughout the year (in all classes and on all trains) for qualifying members of the Canadian Armed Forces, National Defence civilian personnel, veterans and their immediate families with discount Code 12070. Find out more at viarail.ca/en/Canadian-Forces.

UPS® 
UPS is a global leader in logistics, offering a broad range of solutions including transporting packages and freight; facilitating international trade, and deploying advanced technology to more efficiently manage the world of business. Join the UPS Small Business Program today to save 40% on shipping and grow your business with 1-on-1 assistance from our Small Business ambassadors plus much more.. Follow us on Twitter @UPS_SmallBizCA

Accenture
Accenture is a leading global professional services company, providing a broad range of services and solutions in strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations. Combining unmatched experience and specialized skills across more than 40 industries and all business functions – underpinned by the world’s largest delivery network – Accenture works at the intersection of business and technology to help clients improve their performance and create sustainable value for their stakeholders. With approximately 401,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries, Accenture drives innovation to improve the way the world works and lives. Accenture plans to hire 1,000 people in Canada this fiscal year. Visit us at www.accenture.com.

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For more information on sponsorship opportunities, and how your support could meet your organization’s objectives, please contact Janet McCausland, Program Director.

Leadership

The Prince of Wales has a long-standing commitment to the Canadian Forces, for whom he serves as Colonel-in-Chief to seven different regiments. Seeking a way for His Royal Highness to help transitioning Canadian servicemen and women,this program is a way of recognizing the invaluable service that the Canadian Armed Forces provide by helping members take on the next phase of their careers.

Prince’s Operation Entrepreneur is a program of Prince’s Charities Canada, and has the support of:

  • HRH The Prince of Wales

  • His Excellency The Governor General, David Johnston

  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

  • Chief of Defense Staff

  • Department of National Defence

  • Veterans Affairs Canada

Our Advisory Council, chaired by The Hon. Hilary Weston C.M., O. Ont., guides the program, and includes many senior serving, honorary and retired military officials.

Advisory Council

The Hon. Hilary M. Weston, CM, O.Ont (Chair)
Former Lieutenant Governor of Ontario
HLCol Justin R. Fogarty (Deputy Chair)
Partner, Regent Law
Mr. Shaun Francis
Chairman and CEO, Medcan Health Management, Inc. Chair, True Patriot Love Foundation
Major-General (Ret'd) David Fraser
COO, INKAS Armored Vehicle Manufacturing
HCol Anthony R. Graham L.L.D
President, Wittington Investments, Limited
Danièle Henkel 
President, Daniele Henkel Inc.
General (Ret'd) Rick Hillier OC, CMM, MSC, CD
Chancellor, Memorial University of Newfoundland and Entrepreneur
HCol Tim Hogarth
President and CEO, Pioneer Energy Group
Lieutenant-General Charles Lamarre, CMM, MSC, CD
Chief of Military Personnel, Canadian Forces
HCol Chiko Nanji KStG
Group CEO, Metro Supply Chain Group
Col (Ret'd) Duane R. Waite
Principal and Vice President, Crossey Engineering Ltd.
“The workshop was well explained as business practise and start-up solutions were covered, plus the group activity brought brain storming and inclusion.”
“This is a superb course that has allowed me to discover different ways to help and to find the real voice of my business. Thank you for the wonderful opportunity.”

About Our Programs 

330
Boot Camp Graduates
200+
Businesses Started
1500+
Workshop Attendees

About Our Participants

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About Our Community

9
University & Community Partnerships
290
Student Volunteers
21
Communities with Program Presence

Program Expansion and Awards

In June 2015 our sister organization Prince’s Charities Australia in partnership with the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) launched a military to entrepreneurship program based upon the success of Prince’s Operation Entrepreneur. Congratulations to our colleagues in Australia and to the first two classes of 25 transitioning Australian Defence Force members. Best wishes for an equally successful 2017.  For more information on The Prince’s Lead Your Own Business program and the impact they are having down under see: Prince’s Lead Your Own Business and Canada’s newest export: Startup intelligence for military veterans by Rick Spence, Financial Post.

In September 2016, POE was awarded a Startup Canada Entrepreneur Support Award. This from Startup Canada CEO Victoria Lennox,“As leaders in the entrepreneurship ecosystem, they are each making Canada a better place to start and scale companies.”  It was an honour to be recognized and highlight the connection between military training and successful small business ownership.

“I am now more confident to move my project forward. Thank you!”
“This course is enriching and allows those in the military to discover how they can use this information to actually start their own business.”

Supporters

We are truly thankful for the generous contributions of our partners and supporters.

HRH The Prince of Wales

Our Patron, HRH The Prince of Wales has a long-standing commitment to the Canadian Forces, for whom he serves as Colonel-in-Chief to different regiments.

Founding Partners

We applaud the vision and fortitude of our founding partners, without whom the program would not exist. Enactus Memorial, Futurpreneur Canada and Prince's Charities Canada brought their unique strengths together to create Prince's Operation Entrepreneur.

University Partners

Partner universities and their faculty make a tremendous contribution by donating space, time and expertise. Thank you to Memorial University of Newfoundland, the Paul J. Hill School of Business at the University of Regina, Dalhousie University and the University of Laval.

Stakeholders

It takes a community of people and organizations to run POE including Enactus Canada, Manulife Financial, the Canadian Armed Forces and Veterans Affairs Canada.

Sponsors and Supporters

Our sponsors and supporters provide the necessary funding to keep the program running. Their contributions make a real difference to the lives of our participants and the broader community.