“As the Kauffman foundation recently re-affirmed, small businesses and startups are the most direct and effective vehicle for job growth and economic stimulation in the world. As such, as entrepreneurs (and proud Canadians) it behooves us to unite as a community to inspire and support our local startups through mentorship, funding, and constant encouragement. Startup Canada is the catalyst for this movement, and their work will undoubtedly result in Canada truly becoming a ‘startup nation’.” - Harley Finkelstein, CPO Shopify, Ottawa, ON

“At Ernst & Young, we’re big believers in the power of entrepreneurs. Because when they succeed, we all reap the rewards. That’s why we celebrate their achievements, and why we’re so proud to support Startup Canada’s work to empower entrepreneurs.” - Colleen McMorrow, Entrepreneurial Services Leader, Ernst & Young LLP, Toronto, ON 

“Entrepreneurs are critical drivers of Canada’s future prosperity.  Startup Canada’s engagement and celebration of entrepreneurs over the past year has highlighted the incredible momentum and capacity of this movement across the country. The work ahead is to build a new generation of Canadian businesses that can scale and succeed in increasingly competitive global markets.  This needs a national team effort!” - Ilse Treurnicht, CEO of MaRS, Toronto, ON

“There are many bright, innovative business people in Canada who just need a bit of help with resources and guidance to get their ideas off the ground. But the biggest thing we need to do as a country is to inspire and encourage innovation. That’s why I am delighted to lend my support to Startup Canada as it celebrates and fosters a renewed spirit of entrepreneurship across the country.” – W. Brett Wilson, C.M. Host of RiskyBusinessTV, Dragon, Entrepreneur & Philanthropist, Calgary, AB

There are many bright, innovative business people in Canada who just need a bit of help with resources and guidance to get their ideas off the ground. But the biggest thing we need to do as a country is to inspire and encourage innovation. That’s why I am delighted to lend my support to Startup Canada as it celebrates and fosters a renewed spirit of entrepreneurship across the country.“Startup Canada links Canadian entrepreneurs in a way never before undertaken, the impact it has had on our local community has been immediate and hugely successful in connecting our community together and helping us reach out to fellow Canadian entrepreneurs to better our businesses and personal opportunities.” - Michael Legary, Founder and CEO of Securris Inc., Winnipeg, MN

“Through Startup Canada ventureLAB has found a voice and community for connecting York Region’s brightest entrepreneurial minds together with the rest of our nation. Entrepreneurs are the life blood of the Canadian economy and ventureLAB is proud to connect its vibrant startup community and growing ecosystem to the StartUp Canada national community, a vital part of the overall equation to help elevate Canada’s best on the world’s stage.” - Jeremy Laurin, President & CEO, ventureLAB, Markham, ON 

“No one changes the world more than entrepreneurs. Not doctors, lawyers, or even politicians. For Canada to be a leader on the world stage, we need to show leadership in building a strong entrepreneurial spirit within our communities across the country. That’s why initiatives like Startup Canada are so important. Along with Startup Canada, I’d like to challenge the entrepreneurial leaders of our country to help mentor our young entrepreneurs to be among the worlds best.” - Gary Zeigler, Founder of eThor, Calgary, AB

“Here in Alberta, our communities are among the most bustling economies in the country. Now, we can ride the wave, or use this wealth and good fortune to invest in a new generation of high-growth businesses who’ll diversify our economic growth and create jobs. Entrepreneur-led, entrepreneur-driven initiatives like Startup Canada are all around investing in home grown entrepreneurs who’ll keep pushing the bar as the world shifts to a knowledge-based economy where the renewable resource is creativity and innovation.” - Ken Bautista, Founder of Startup Edmonton, AB

“In order to ensure that entrepreneurial opportunities are widely accessible to the broadest number of people, and from a breadth of interests & communities , an innovative national organization like StartUp Canada can help level the playing field by providing relevant and current real information, building constructive support networks and connecting entrepreneurs needs with solutions.” – Katrina Caroll Foster, Co-Founder of Hoseanna, Vancouver, BC

“When the Startup Canada team came in the spring, the entrepreneurs, who normally work alone, came together and saw that a network was possible and essential. Those in government who are responsible for development also came together and saw the same thing. Programs aimed at the traditional approach are not effective. We need to formalize the bodies that met during Startup Canada’s visit to create a place where young people can find a future and where PEI can build the economy that it needs to survive.” - Rob Paterson, Co-Founder of the Queen St. Commons, Charlottetown, PE

“In Quebec we have everything we need to support the next generation of entrepreneurs; we have non-profit organizations that offer valuable support to new business owners with seminars and grants, municipal and provincial government programs or services that encourage local development, we have incubators, accelerators, mentors and educators. StartUp Canada will be a unifying force in the province, helping to build a stronger community of business leaders working together to drive forward a new Quebec Inc.” – Noah Redler, Founder of PubliKit, Montreal, QC

“Heroic acts sometimes begin in heated debate and the road there is never easy. And although a team of dedicated people will come forward to help and support, there is always an emotional centre, a rock. Such cases are seen in people like Elizabeth Cromwell of Birchtown and the Black Loyalist Heritage Society. We are seeing this now with Startup Canada and the movement it has generated. This vision has never been more urgent, more innovative, and more forward looking than it is right now.” - Rustum Southwell, Founding CEO of Black Business Initiative, Halifax, NS