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In.Business - A National Mentorship Program for Indigenous Youth


In.Business: A National Mentorship Program for Indigenous Youth is the high school business mentorship program facilitated by the Purdy Crawford Chair in Aboriginal Business studies at Cape Breton University.  In.Business teams Aboriginal high school students in grades 10, 11, and 12 with Aboriginal business mentors, who are educated, working professionals with a background in business.  During the course of the school year, students work on bi-weekly business challenges facilitated by their mentors using smartphone technology (provided to them by CBU). The primary goal of these challenges, and this program, was to help the students explore various facets of business so that they can make informed decisions about their future educational plans, which will hopefully include business.

Due in large part to the success of the Nova Scotia pilot (Business Network for Aboriginal Youth, 2011-2014) and the $5 million in Federal matching funds from Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC), as well as other private donors, the Purdy Crawford Chair in Aboriginal Business Studies is expanding its operations nationally using the Nova Scotia pilot as a model. The goal is to provide Aboriginal students from coast to coast to coast with the opportunity to participate in our Aboriginal business mentorship program regardless of where they live in Canada. The national program will be named In.Business: A National Mentorship Program for Indigenous Youth. The country has been divided into regions with students and mentors in each. When the roll-out of the national program is complete, In.Business will have approximately 300 students and 50 mentors from across Canada.

In.Business was offically launched in November of 2014 with the Atlantic Region. This region includes 60 students and 10 mentors from Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland, and Eastern Quebec.  In the Fall of 2015, In.Business will be fully operational in all five regions of Canada, with a Regional Manager housed in each of our partner institutions.

The In.Business Regions  and contacts in each, are as follows:

  • Atlantic Region - Includes Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland & Labrador, and Eastern Quebec
             Atlantic Regional Manager - Allan MacKenzie
                                                                Cape Breton University, Purdy Crawford Chair Office
                                                                200 Chruchill Drive, Suite 105
                                                                Membertou, Nova Scotia  B1S 0H1
                                                                Office: (902) 563-1916
                                                                Cell: (902) 574-1476


  • Eastern Region - Includes Ontario, Quebec, and Nunavut
             In partnership with Nipissing University    
             Eastern Regional Manager - Kyle Thomas
                                                                 Nipissing University
                                                                   100 College Drive
                                                                    North Bay, ON  P1B 8L7
                                                                    Office: (705) 474-3450 ext. 4580
                                                                  Cell: (705) 471-3055 


  • Central Region - Includes Manitoba and Saskatchewan

              In partnership with the University of Winnipeg

             Central Regional Manager - Hanwakan Whitecloud
                                                                 1E19 University of Winnipeg
                                                                  511 Ellice Avenue
                                                                  Winnipeg, MB  R3B 1Y8
                                                                  Office: (204) 789-1460
                                                                  Cell: (204) 430-4291
  • Northern Region - Includes Yukon Territory and Northwest Territories

             In partnership with Yukon College

             Northern Regional Manager - Blair Hogan
                                                                   First Nations Initiatives, Yukon College
                                                                   500 College Drive
                                                                   PO Box 2799
                                                                   Whitehorse, Yukon  Y1A 5K4
                                                                   Office: 1-867-334-2271
  • Pacific Region - British Columbia and Alberta

             In partnership with Vancouver Island University


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