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Logo Evolve: The National Forum for Veteran Entrepreneurship


Event Details

Evolve is a celebration of Veteran entrepreneurship in Canada. Rather than a sidestep, a change, or a transformation, retirement from the military is an evolution, as Veterans channel their hard-earned skills, experience, and work ethic into the next stage of their careers.

Join the IWSCC November 29th from 1 – 3pm ET for Evolve: The National Forum for Veteran Entrepreneurship. Featuring speakers from across Canada, Evolve is a platform for Veteran business owners to share in their stories, their struggles, and their successes.


What is Evolve?

For the IWSCC, Evolve is:

  • Evolve is Advancement. To advance is to take a step forward into uncharted territory. Using everything at our disposal, we line new paths for ourselves and light the way for others.
  • Evolve is Refinement. To reforge oneself means exposure to heat and pressure. By exposing our vulnerabilities, and learning from our own mistakes and others, we hammer ourselves into something stronger.
  • Evolve is Metamorphosis. Through transformation we blossom brighter and fly higher. We reflect on ourselves and innovate, and through focus and determination we create new identities and build communities.


When & Where?


Date:November 29, 2023
Time:1:00p.m. to 3:00pm ET
Where:Virtual, YouTube





1:00pm – 1:15pm

Introduction & Opening Remarks

1:15pm – 1:30pm

Keynote Speaker

1:30pm – 1:45pm

Community Speakers

1:45pm – 2:30pm

Panel Discussion

2:30pm – 2:45pm

Community Speakers

2:45pm – 3:00pm

Veteran Resources & Closing Remarks

Special Remarks


Headshot of Hon. Michael Tibollo

Hon. Michael Tibollo

MPP Vaughan – Woodbridge, Associate Minister of Mental Health and Addictions

Hon. Michael Tibollo’s Bio

Headshot of Nishika Jardine

Col (Ret’d) Nishika Jardine

Veterans Ombud

Nishika Jardine’s Bio

Headshot of Pierre Tessier

Pierre Tessier

Assistant Deputy Minister of Strategic Policy, Planning and Performance

Pierre Tessier’s Bio

Keynote Speaker


Headshot of Kevin Leboeuf

Kevin Leboeuf

President & Co-Founder

Educated Beards

Kevin Leboeuf’s Bio


Community Speakers


Headshot of Andrew Kirsch

Andrew Kirsch


Kirsch Group

Andrew Kirsch’s Bio

Headshot of Darcy Boucher

Darcy Boucher

Founder & President

Bowda Creative

Darcy Boucher’s Bio

Headshot of Bradley Sheppard

Bradley Sheppard

Sheppard Training Inc.

Bradley Sheppard’s Bio

Headshot of Stéphane Boucher

Stéphane Boucher, Col (Ret’d), OMM, CD

DIAKI Experiences

Stéphane Boucher’s Bio

Headshot of David Wieser

David Wieser


Wieser Electric

David Wieser’s Bio

Headshot of Andrew Gorman

Andrew Gorman


Icon Surveys

Andrew Gorman’s Bio


Panel Discussion


Headshot of Dan Banko

Dan Banko

Creative Director

Banko Creative Studio

Dan Banko’s Bio

Headshot of David Hunt

David Hunt

Manager, Indigenous & ESG Procurement

Canada Post

David Hunt’s Bio

Headshot of Janet McCausland

Janet McCausland

Janet McCausland’s Bio

Headshot of Rob Francis

Rob Francis (moderator)


FOCI Sustainability Consultants

Rob Francis’ Bio


Veteran Resources


Treble Victor Group

Treble Victor Group

The Treble Victor Group is a not-for-profit networking group established to enable ex-military personnel to achieve their full potential in post-service careers.

The common thread among all members is pride in past service, a recognition of the shared values and expectations that come with military service, and a desire to help others grow their post-service careers.


Visit Treble Victor’s Website


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Prince’s Trust Canada

Prince’s Trust Canada’s Operation Entrepreneur (OE) program supports skilled transitioning members of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF), Veterans and their families as they adapt and transition to becoming confident entrepreneurs through introductory online workshops, business boot camps, and mentoring programs.

Launched in 2012, in consultation with military and veteran-serving stakeholders including the CAF and Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC), Operation Entrepreneur is the only program of its kind in Canada for still-serving, transitioning and Veteran military members and their families. We are also sanctioned by the Canadian Armed Forces to provide entrepreneurial training for the 5,000 military members who transition every year. We have helped to launch over 550 businesses started by Veterans.

OE engages 450- 600 still-serving members, Veterans, Reservists, spouses and their families every year. To date, that’s over 6000 people! To connect with us, email veterans@princestrust.ca

Visit Prince’s Trust Canada’s Website


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Canadian Forces Morale and Welfare Services (CFMWS)

The Helping Entrepreneurs Reach Complete Success (HERCS) Program

The HERCS program is a daylong workshop designed to help CAF family members start or improve their small business.
Five hours of training delivered in two sessions, HERCS covers a variety of topics including:

  • small business ownership
  • marketing
  • social media
  • financing options
  • business canvas
  • resources

Additionally, participants receive a detailed manual, links to resources, and ongoing support.


Visit the HERCS Page on the CFMWS Website



Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research

CIMVHR has a network of 1700 researchers whose research interests improve the health and wellbeing of military personnel, Veterans and their families. Translating the research outcomes of this network to policy-makers, practitioners, students, the global research community, and interested parties primarily happens via:

  • The Journal of Military, Veteran and Family Health Research (JMVFH), a peer-reviewed, online, open-access journal;
  • The annual CIMVHR Forum where over 200 research presentations are delivered annually to a delegation of more than 500; and
  • CIMVHR’s annual graduate webinar, Issues in the Health of Military Personnel, Veterans and their Families.

To empower the next generation of researchers and promote networking opportunities among graduate and post-doctoral students in military, Veteran and family health, CIMVHR established the Student and Postdoctoral Engagement Committee (SPEC) in 2016.

Visit CIMVHR’s Website


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Respect Canada / The RESPECT Campaign

The Respect Campaign is a civilian project headquartered in Montreal Quebec. The campaign serves to bring awareness to the needs of our returning troops and veterans. In October 2017, the Respect Campaign unveiled a monument on highway 40 in Kirkland Quebec which is seen by more than 100,000 motorists daily. To promote awareness among business leaders, the Respect Campaign, in partnership with Canadian Forces Morale and Welfare Services (CFMWS), sold “Respect Banners” for commercial buildings of which all proceeds went to CFMWS for distribution to causes supporting the fight against PTS. More than 40 banners were sold along highway 40 and can be seen every year in the fall.


Visit the Respect Canada Website


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The Québec Veterans Foundation

The Québec Veterans Foundation supports essential programs dedicated to veterans overcoming significant challenges in their transition to civilian life. Our primary area of focus is related to operational stress injuries – physical and mental, homelessness, challenges associated with addiction, and suicide.

Also, we fund, among others, therapeutic, social, and commemorative programs for World War II and the Korean War veterans residing in long-term care at Ste. Anne’s Hospital.


Visit the Québec Veterans Foundation Website



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The Challenge Factory

Challenge Factory is a Future of Work research agency and consultancy. We help purpose-driven organizations and communities ignite transformative, measurable change for people and workplaces. We are policy and systems influencers, conveners, and thought leaders. As a certified B Corporation, we focus on using business as a force for good and advancing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.


Visit Challenge Factory’s Website


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Canadian Military Family Magazine

Canadian Military Family Magazine is Canada’s only military lifestyle magazine. We are an independent media source, hence not affiliated with the CAF or DND. Our team is comprised of military community members dedicated to provide relevant information for our community.


Visit Canadian Military Family Magazine


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Canadian Veteran Marketplace

The Canadian Veteran Marketplace (CVM) is an altruistic initiative designed by Veterans for Veterans. This Facebook forum fosters the development and growth of Canadian Veteran-owned and operated initiatives and has over 42k members. Since 2020, the CVM has United, Elevated, and Inspired thousands of Canadian Veteran-owned and operated businesses, organizations, social enterprises, and self-employed Veterans to achieve new heights, and propelled a significant, positive change to a pressing social challenge in the Veteran and Military-connected entrepreneurial ecosystem. Join Us! #ByVeteran #BuyVeteran #HireVeteran


Visit the Canadian Veteran Marketplace page