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Veteran Business Boot Camp Arrives in Ottawa to Help Former Armed Forces Members Build New Careers

By Peter Glenn – Senior Media Relations Officer, Mount Royal University –

The Canadian Legacy Project (CLP), along with Mount Royal University Faculty of Continuing Education are thrilled to bring a new entrepreneurial training program designed specifically for Canadian military veterans to Ottawa. The Veteran Business Boot Camp is a free, five-day certificate program designed to open doors to entrepreneurial opportunities and small business ownership for military veterans looking to build new careers. The program will run from 28 October, 2019 to 1 November, 2019 at Carleton University.

Veterans learn the many steps and skills required to create and sustain an entrepreneurial venture and get help finding additional programs and services.

“Many of our Canadian veterans are having a challenging time transitioning to civilian life and finding a job. While there are several programs designed to help in finding work, there are few national programs designed to help veterans start their own business,” said David Howard, president and founder of CLP.

Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) reports that there are 649,300 Canadian military veterans living in Canada. According to a report by the True Patriot Love (TPL) Veteran Transition Advisory Council, “employers do not take advantage of highly skilled and motivated veteran employees,” citing U.S. data that points to underemployment due to a lack of understanding of military skill transferability. The Veteran Business Boot Camp aims to reduce the barriers for veterans in finding work by teaching them how to apply their skills and motivation to entrepreneurship.

After successfully launching the program in Calgary — and filling to capacity — CLP and Mount Royal are expanding the Veteran Business Boot Camp program to locations across Canada.

Calgarian Caprice Brunelle, who spent 27 years in the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF), completed the inaugural Veteran Boot Camp program in Calgary. Although she has a Master’s in Business, Brunelle appreciated the practical aspect of the program.

“My business idea is very complex. I could go on for hours on just one aspect of it. The program allowed me to grasp my business idea and put it on one piece of paper. That was very helpful to me,” Brunelle said. Her idea tackles the “management of systemic problems” which, touches on everything from health care to housing to seniors’ issues. “It motivated me to really think about marketing and reaching out to the end-user.”

Being in a room full of people with military experience —Regular Forces, Reservists, serving and retired alike — brought extra value to the experience, she said. The program is based on Mount Royal’s continuing education certificate program in entrepreneurship, which has been offered in Calgary for more than 25 years.

“Mount Royal is proud to provide relevant programming that helps veterans achieve their business goals through practical, student-focused learning and builds a strong foundation for their entrepreneurial endeavours,” said Dimitra Fotopoulos, director, Faculty of Continuing Education at Mount Royal.

To learn more or to register for the Veterans Business Boot Camp, please visit:

Photo courtesy of CAFConnection

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