Speed Date



You do not want to miss this opportunity!!!!

How often do you get to meet an entrepreneur to pick their brain in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere?

Sometimes all a future entrepreneur needs is a mentor and a nudge in the right direction. This event brings together future entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial leaders in the community. You will have 15 minutes to ask an entrepreneur your burning questions. Meet entrepreneurs from various sectors:

Education, IT & Multimedia, Online Magazines, Virtual Telephony, Web Marketing, Games, Travel, Construction, Fashion, Cosmetics, Skin and Hair Products, Food and Agriculture, Entertainment, Visual and Applied Arts, Design

This event is part of the Canadian Mentorship Challenge and is offered in partnership with the following organization who are helping to connect mentor-entrepreneurs of various fields with you.

and in collaboration with

La Jeune Chambre de Commerce de Montreal and the
CEDEC – who will connect artist-entrepreneurs with you in the context of ArtWorks.

Register now by clicking on this link and get to meet very interesting people. and pick up some advice while you’re at it.

Cocktails will be served. Door prizes.

About The Canadian Mentorship Challenge

The Canadian Mentorship Challenge is a nation-wide challenge during Global Entrepreneurship Week, to fuel entrepreneurial mentoring activities across the country and celebrate and raise the profile of mentors. During this week we encourage organizations and individuals across Canada to organize mentorship events in their communities and to nominate mentor rock stars. Hosted this year jointly by Startup Canada and the Canadian Youth Business Foundation, our goal is to collectively mentor more than 10,000 enterprising Canadians over the course of the week and recognize some of Canada’s greatest Mentor Rock Stars.

“Most entrepreneurs can tell the story of a mentor who offered help at the exact right moment. The wisdom from these smart, altruistic helpers who’ve been there before can be the difference between your venture’s success or failure.,” said Victoria Lennox, Co-Founder of Startup Canada. “The Canadian Mentorship Challenge creates a forum for entrepreneurs to learn from one another and stimulates a national dialogue about the importance of mentorship to entrepreneur growth.”

Our Speed-date partners :

Our Entrepreneur-mentors:

David Hodges
Hip hop artist and youth worker

David Hodges is a respected hip hop producer and gifted MC active in the culture for nearly a decade, Hodges blends soul, funk, rock and gospel in a fashion that combines the best of their individual elements, as his insightful rap narratives compel the listener not only to live life, but to craft it as thoughtfully and carefully as he does his music.

David has a big heart for the youth. Every year, he tours over 20 schools and provides inspirational workshops that influence kids to keep in the right direction. He continues to collaborate with Kids Help Phone on anti-bullying outreach projects, while promoting the message of ‘being honest’. Hodges exemplifies what it is to be a passionate performer and an honest man.

Tristan D. Lalla

Tristan D. Lalla is an award-winning actor & Dawson College Professional Theatre honors graduate.

THEATRE credits: Black Theatre Workshop/Centaur, Persephone Productions, Segal Centre, Theatre Yes, Edmonton, Centaur Theatre 2011 Wildside Festival/Dancing Monkey, Sheep In Fog, Mainline Theatre, Repercussion Theatre, Geordie Productions

FILM/TV credits: How She Move, RED 2, White House Down, Betty & Coretta, Exposed, Blue Mountain State, Funkytown, Serveuses Demandées, Superstorm, Tangled, the cartoon Bounty Hunters, The Bitter End, Cubed (web series)

VIDEO GAMES credits: Assassin’s Creed 4 Black Flag, Assassin’s Creed 3 Liberation, WatchDogs, Far Cry 2, From Dust (Ubisoft), Deus Ex Human Revolution (Eidos).

Louis Cléroux
Président, Lead Web

Lead Web: Your number one source for turnkey web & lead-generation solutions.

Best Startup Business Plan
Yes Montreal
January 2011

Best Montreal Startup
Montreal Mayor Foundation
February 2011

Best Montreal Startup
Quebec Entrepreneurship Contest
June 2011

Best Local Startup
April 2011

Courtesy CDEC Ahuntsic-Cartierville

Thanh Binh Ma Phung
COO and Co-Founder,Vandal Games

Vandal Games: Our vision is to create games that people of all ages will fall in love with and feel attached to: games that are original, family-accessible, multiplayer, cute and enjoyable for everyone. We believe that working in an environment where we can relax and really take our time to be creative with ideas will bring us to the top!

Courtesy Société de développement économique Ville-Marie (SDEVM)

Tina Kastana
Founder Fashion à la Carte

Fashion à la Carte: Launched in 2006, F.A.L.C quickly grew into Canada’s Top online Fashion boutique. Winner of eBay’s Fashion-preneur of the year award in 2012.

Fashion addict Tina Kastana’s business has been featured in National Media’s Toronto Star, The Globe & Mail and most recent in Notable’s Young Entrepreneur.

She was recognized by Finance Minister Jim Flaherty for her entrepreneurship and e-commerce business success.
F.A.L.C provides online stylish buyers from around the world with the best current designers that your fave celebrity wears!

Louis-Martin Leblanc
Founder Glossbar

Glossbar: Custom lip glosses made live at events.
Guests design the color and aroma. The packaging can be branded to the company/event logo

Louis-Martin LeBlanc, founder of the Glossbar, graduated from le College de Maisonneuve, in 1995, with a Degree in Chemical and Petrochemical process. Over the years, he worked in petrochemical, pharmaceutical and cosmetics industries, holding positions ranging from batch-maker, to quality assurance and scientific affairs. At the same time, he developed a talent for light spinning ìPoiî performances and started his activities in the events industry. One passion leading to another, photography got added to his skills, getting contracts for additional private, nightlife and corporate events.

His off-camera flash lighting technique (strobist), usually used for fixed installations, sets him apart from the competition.

The Glossbar concept was born from a mix of all these experiences.

Armando Gomez
Senior Director of Advertising

Askmen.com: Armando heads the Brand Fusion team – AskMen’s sales development division. He works closely with the national and global sales force in conceptualizing multi-layered advertising solutions blending editorial, design, data, and strategy.

Melanie Richards
Founder, Happy Tree Yoga

HappyTree Yoga Located directly across from Atwater metro & Alexis Nihon Plaza in the downtown Montreal core, our Montreal yoga studio provides over 30 exceptional drop-in classes 7 days a week, on-going workshops and events led by experienced and approachable teachers.

HappyTree Yoga offers a variety of yoga styles including Hot Yoga, Yin Yoga, Hatha Yoga and Gentle Yoga; whether you’re just starting out, or continuing a committed practice, you will feel right at home.

Philipe Choiniere
President & Co-Founder at Oneka Elements

Oneka: From Native North American tribe Mohawk; Ohne:ka means ‘water’. The name Oneka was chosen to reflect the importance of manufacturing personal care products while being very conscious of water. Oneka looks beyond great looking hair without making a compromise on quality, and sources ingredients known to be readily biodegradable. The Blue Heron in the logo is a symbol of our great Canadian watersheds, and a tribute to the abundance and diversity of life on the planet.

Magnus Consiglio

Eric Jorgens
Partners, Corner Cast Construction

Corner Cast Inc. manufactures Canadian made modular building structures. The Corner Cast module is purpose built with a COR-TEN steel shipping container that can be shipped anywhere using the world’s existing inter modal transport system. By leaving connection openings, the Corner Cast modules can be configured in various ways to create many building types. The great advantage of the Corner Cast module is that the module is shipped almost fully furnished and can be quickly assembled using minimal on-site labour.

Roger Huang
Co-Founder and CEO at ThoughtBasin

Thought Basin: a social network that connects organizations looking for difference makers, with students who are looking to be recognized and rewarded for making a difference. This connection is done in the goal of providing lasting and disruptive innovation for organizational strategy and tactics.

Responsible for CCO, operations, legal, and regulatory affairs portfolios. Dealt with complex matters such as event organization, outreach to large corporations and non-for-profits, and the recruitment of student ambassadors for the site. Faced the many logistical and strategic hurdles of starting a burgeoning new business on the cutting-edge of social media.

Courtesy Société de développement économique Ville-Marie (SDEVM)

Jeremy Pastel
Founder Voxsun Telecom inc

VoxSun Telecom, Inc. is the alternative operator specializing in virtual telephony( VoIP ) hosted in the cloud. VoxSun is part of the CRTC and offers telephone systems and lines for businesses, mobile professionals and individuals.

VoxSun offers its services across Canada and the US with a line of products and services that will satisfy diverse needs.

VoxSun Telecom uses its own network and allows you to have all the advanced telephone services without any complex installation or limitation. Our products and services are reliables, abordables, flexibles, scalable and are quick and easy to install.

Courtesy Développement économique St-Laurent (DESTL)

Sean Sutherland
Founder The Prep Area

The Prep Area is committed to not only thoroughly preparing students for standardized tests, but also equipping students with the skills to succeed beyond the tests. Often times students are terrified of taking these exams. We demystify these tests, providing the content knowledge and strategies to approach the questions. Through the diversity of our offerings, we meet the varied needs of our students, whether those are group sessions or private tutoring. Our practice test opportunities give students the ability to hone their test taking skills in a test environment, thereby ensuring that students are able to execute on test day.

Courtesy CLD Les 3 Monts

Emmanuel Cameron
Business Strategist at Billy Bop Creation Startups; Marketing Agencies

Billy Bop Creation: Consultants in food design and marketing
Specialties: Trade marketing, International trade, Web marketing, Relational marketing, Business development, Market research and Wine, beer and spirits marketing

Courtesy JCCM

Déborah Cherenfant
Fondatrice et Éditrice, Mots d’Elles | Designer, Coloré Design | Chargée de projets en entrepreneuriat

Fondatrice et Éditrice Mots d’Elles Plus qu’un blogue, Mots d’Elles est une plateforme d’informations, un réseau où des femmes inspirées nous livrent leurs paroles inspirantes. Pratique, Mots d’Elles c’est aussi un répertoire de femmes qui ont réussi en affaires, ainsi qu’un agenda d’événements reliés à ces femmes de carrière et à leurs « success stories ».

Founder – Designer Coloré Design est une marque d’accessoires chics qui utilise le pagne africain et les tissus d’origine antillaise pour ses pièces. De style urbain et de tendance écologique, les accessoires et bijoux Coloré sont faits à la main, conçus et cousus à Montréal.

Courtesy JCCM

Vanessa Cherenfant
Vice-Présidente Entrepreneuriat, Jeune Chambre de commerce de Montréal
Senior Consultant Performance Improvement/ Conseillère Principale Amélioration Performance
The Createch Group (Le Groupe Createch)

Jeune Chambre de commerce de Montréal : Helping Companies and leaders achieve their greatest potential, Leadership, Strategy,Operational Excellence

My drive, ability to influence and strive to make a difference are key assets that allow me to effectively carry out the mandates entrusted to me and actively contribute to exceed the goals I set for myself.

Through various mandates I have worked closely with top management and teams at every level to develop and implement strong business strategies as well as design and facilitate collaborative processes that mobilize employees and bring more value to the company.

Passionate about innovation and entrepreneurship and in the process of creating my first business venture, Luxurious Xscapes.

Specialties: Lean management, Strategic development,Vision Deployment and Team Management (PolyCultures, JCCM) Interests: Creativity, Innovation, Entrepreneurship, Business development.
Courtesy JCCM

Amyn Benhassi
CEO Nyma Solutions inc
Co-founder, wikinow.com

nYmA Solution Inc. is a service provider specializing in IT and multimedia.

Wikinow permet de créer rapidement un site web personnalisé qui présente votre activité professionnelle.

C’est un service spécialement conçu pour les petits budgets. Aucune connaissance technique n’est requise.

Courtesy JCCM

McPherson Jean-Baptiste
Owner, Netaporter Nettoyeur

Owner of Netaporter Nettoyeur, a dry-cleaning delivery service. Expert in customer service. Leader and coach.

Last Modified: March 12, 2015