What we do

A program of Prince’s Trust Canada, Operation Entrepreneur (POE) provides the continuum of training and support services needed for still-serving members, Veterans, and their families to successfully transition from service, explore second career options, and build the community necessary to confidently start and grow successful businesses. From general one-hour information sessions to intensive seven-day entrepreneurial boot camps, Operation Entrepreneur moves businesses, and people forward. 

If you are a current or former member of the military community see the programs tabs t
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If you are a civilian looking to show your appreciation to the soldiers, sailors, airmen and women who have bravely served Canada, make the choice today to buy from a Veteran-owned business! For a list of hundreds of businesses that range coffee shops to cabinetmakers to photographers to home inspectors go to www.buyveteran.ca. 


“The day was beyond my expectations – practical, informative + useful tools.”
“The information gave me confidence that I have a viable business to grow.”
“This has given me the confidence to move forward with my idea.”
“Excellent foundation; Pointing me in the right direction with networking, resources, and planning.”
“Honestly it was all amazing, however I think my favourite part was all the Veterans getting together. For those of us who have released, I think this helped us settle quickly as we established new friendships.”


Founded in 2012, Prince’s Operation Entrepreneur (POE) has become the hub of entrepreneurship for the Canadian military and Veteran communities. By engaging military, civilian, academic, and corporate collaborators, plus hundreds of volunteers, POE provides the continuum of training and support services needed for still-serving members, Veterans, and their families to successfully transition from service, explore second career options, and build the community necessary to confidently start and grow successful businesses.

For Veterans, entrepreneurship provides three key elements necessary for a successful transition to civilian life: a new life purpose, a new group identity, and an opportunity to continue to serve.  

As of Fall 2020, 570 Veterans have graduated from one of 30 business boot camps and started over 400 businesses; 3000+ could-be entrepreneurs have explored second career options at one of 121 introductory workshops; and hundreds more have taken advantage of easily accessible online support services and confidence boosting networking opportunities.

In 2016, POE launched the online business directory buyveteran.ca. In addition to listing hundreds of businesses owned by members of the military community, it also has become a central rallying place for the Buy Veteran movement in Canada. 

As a program of Prince’s Trust Canada with support from generous sponsors, all of our programs and services are offered for free.  

Our Sponsors

Operation Entrepreneur (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 Trust Canada
Prince’s Trust Canada is a registered charity established by HRH The Prince of Wales in 2011. Their three core programs focused on supporting Canadian Veterans, young people and Indigenous communities to transform their lives and build sustainable communities. 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. 

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.


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, recognizing the deep and measurable impact the experience has had on participants since the program’s inception. 

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.

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.


Lockheed Martin 
Lockheed Martin Canada delivers solutions to their customers’ most challenging and complex problems from scientific exploration to manufacturing the world’s finest aircraft and naval combat management systems. They do this by applying innovative approaches from their highly skilled and experienced Canadian-based workforce and fostering an environment where they are a valued and trusted partner. As an industry leader, Lockheed Martin recognizes its responsibilities to the people it employs, its customers, supply chain, industrial and academic partners, and the wider community in which it operates. They are proud to play an active role in helping to strengthen the quality of life in Canada and the local communities where they live and work, including supporting STEM education and military and veteran causes. 

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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Sage Foundation
Delivering Sage’s global programme of corporate philanthropy. 
Embedded across all 23 Sage markets, Sage Foundation unifies colleagues, Partners and customers in a programme of social change philanthropy. We help tens of thousands of people in our local communities through more than 1,000 charities. Sage Foundation provides time, resources, and technology so non-profit organisations can help more people reach their true potential. We are focused on building social, economic and entrepreneurial opportunities in our local communities.

Donner Canadian Foundation
 The Donner Canadian Foundation assists a wide variety of charitable initiatives across Canada, including projects focusing on public policy research, the environment, and social services. In addition to its granting, the Foundation supports a lecture series and the Donner Prize for the best public policy book by a Canadian. In 2019, the Foundation supported more than 70 charitable organizations, including Prince’s Trust Canada and the important work it does with military and veteran communities.

For more information on sponsorship opportunities, and how your support could meet your organization’s objectives, please contact Jen Power Chief Development Officer, Prince's Trust Canada. Jen.Power@princestrust.ca  


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 Trust Canada, and has the support of:

  • HRH The Prince of Wales

  • Her Excellency The Governor General, Julie Payette

  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

  • Chief of Defence Staff

  • Department of National Defence

  • Veterans Affairs Canada

About Our Programs 


Boot Camp Graduates


Businesses Started


Workshop Attendees

About Our Participants

About Our Community


University & Community Partnerships


Student Volunteers


Communities with Program Presence

Program Expansion and Awards

Operation Entrepreneur was the recipient of a 2016 Start Up Canada Award in the Entrepreneurial Support category, the 2018 recipient of the Veteran’s Ombudsman Commendation for National Organization and received Treble Victor Group’s 2019 Commendation for Exemplary Service in Support of Veterans.

In June 2015 our sister organization Prince’s Trust 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 classes of 25 transitioning Australian Defence Force members.