YES December / January Newsletter 2019-12-20

This month: Winter / Spring 2020 Program Book • Closing the 12K Gap • Celebrating our clients' success • Annual Fundraising Campaign • And More!

     



 
Our Winter/Spring 2020 Program Book is now available! Start the year off right with a complete guide to all of our programs and services, along with some exciting new workshops & events>>>

YES needs YOU! Our 2020 Annual Fundraising Campaign is underway - show your support and help our cause>>>

Our sold-out Entrepreneurship Speaker Series event, ELLEvating Women in Business, was one for the books! See the photo recap here >>>

The Provinvcial Employment Roundtable (PERT) 
hosted a community consultation, Closing the 12k Gap: Improving Employment for Quebec’s English Community. Click here for highlights from this inspiring day>>>

We're celebrating the successes of our Entrepreneurship Program clients! Meet some of the winners here>>>

Tired of the same old career fair? Join us February 12 for our Career + Job Fair Mixer at the St. Jax>>>

Acknowledging our work... together! Pay-it-forward by informing others of the support you received from YES>>>

Want access to exclusive videos and documents to help you reach your full potential? Sign up for the Community Portal here>>> 
 
JOB SEEKERS ENTREPRENEURS ARTISTS
Unemployed? Looking for your first job? Exploring a new career? Whatever stage you're at, we're ready to HELP!

Find out how we can help>>>

Ready to launch or expand your current business?

Learn more>>>


 

Are you creative? Let us help you learn to make a living off your art.


Get started now>>>
 
 
As a registered non-profit charity, we help individuals to achieve social and economic integration. 
We do this by helping people find a job, start a business or earn income from their art, right here in Quebec.
Help YES help others.  Please give today>>>
 
YES will be closed Friday December 20 and will re-open on Monday, January 6.
 
 MAKE A YEAR-END DONATION TO HELP SOMEONE SUCCEED!
 
The Holiday Season is upon us and let’s not forget about the true spirit of the holidays - giving!  Make a charitable donation of any amount to YES and give a gift that offers hope and meaning to those struggling the most. 

Your gift to YES is a direct investment in someone’s future - it provides a young person with the resources and motivation to lift themselves out of unemployment, an entrepreneur the opportunity to create a sustainable business, or an artist the chance to live comfortably off their work.

 
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YES strives daily to ensure that more success stories are made possible.
Stories like those of Emma, Pascal, Jessica and many others... 
 
 
For someone who has been in one career for a decade, integrating into a design world I know less well can feel daunting and full of unknowns. My coach pushed me to take important risks and invest the needed time to get my work in front of potential clients.  She’s also been a sounding board for ideas I had but have not been sure whether to pursue. She’s a little like my work therapist and a wonderful ally in navigating new terrain. I’m also learning to navigate the world of arts funding in Canada, which is very different than in the States, where I’ve spent most of my career.”
Emma Jacobs
Successful YES Artist Client
 

Our campaign goal is to reach $60,000 by March 31st 2020. 

We are asking you to join us in this effort by making a gift to help someone succeed.
 

YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE. EVERY DONATION HAS A BIG IMPACT.

PLEASE GIVE TODAY.




 
 
ENTREPRENEURSHIP SPEAKER SERIES: ELLEVATING WOMEN IN BUSINESS 
 
Over 80 attendees took in the stories, the challenges and the triumphs of our stellar panel of women business leaders - Juliette Brun, Sokmean Nou, Elizabeth Stefanka and Priya Chopra at last month's Entrepreneurship Speaker Series: ELLEvating Women in Business event. The energy in the room made for a perfect evening to get informed, get inspired and get connected.

Special thanks to Tarah Schwartz for doing an incredible job of moderating the panel, all of our funders, speakers, and the fantastic staff at Google Montreal for making this one for the books! Stay tuned for more ELLEvate events happening in 2020. For more photos, click here >>>
 
 
CLOSING THE 12k GAP: IMPROVING EMPLOYMENT IN QUEBEC'S ENGLISH SPEAKING COMMUNITY
 
On November 22, almost 100 participants from the community, education, government and business sectors, and from our neighbouring community organizations from across Quebec attended Closing the 12k Gap: Improving Employment for Quebec’s English Community, the first ever consulation by the Provincial Employment Roundtable (PERT).  A multi-stakeholder initiative managed by YES, PERT's mandate is to support, do research and engage government in order to improve employability and employment opportunities for English-Speaking Quebecers.

The event also featured a panel discussion and speeches by Dr. Christopher Ragan, Director of the Max Bell School of Public Policy, Chair of Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission, Mr. Richard St-Pierre, Directeur général des politiques d’emploi, de la planification et du marché du travail, Ministère du Travail, de l’Emploi et de la Solidarité sociale and Mr. Christopher Skeete, Parliamentary Assistant to the Premier for Relations with English-speaking Quebecers. During his speech, The Honourable Jean Boulet, Ministre du Travail, de l'Emploi et de la Solidarité sociale and Minister of la Mauricie region, announced the creation of a consultative committee for the English-speaking community to advise the government of Quebec on employability and job creation initiatives for our community. 


A list of concrete policy recommendations resulting from the consultation will be presented to the Quebec government next month. Click here for more photo recaps>>>
 
The Honourable Jean Boulet, Ministre du Travail, de l'Emploi et de la Solidarité sociale and Minister of la Mauricie region


 
Mr. Christopher Skeete, Parliamentary Assistant to the Premier for Relations with English-speaking Quebecers


 
Aki Tchitacov (Executive Director, YES), Doris Jeurgens (President, YES), The Honourable Jean Boulet,, Christopher Skeete, James Hughes (Chair of the Provincial Employment Roundtable and Executive Lead, Government and Partner Relations at the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation)
      
CELEBRATING OUR CLIENTS' SUCCESS
 
2019 was a year of well-deserved recognition and success for many of our Entrepreneurship clients. From Nogol Madani (founder of Glee Factor), who won a $25,000 Entreprendre Ici Recognition Award, to Wilfred Valenta (CEO & Co-Founder of Silofit), who won the Fundica Roadshow, Equity Investment Award, Enterprise Canada Award and was a 2x Quebec Enterprise Contest Winner, our Entrepreneurship clients really took their businesses to the next level in 2019.

Cedrick Ward Laurinaitis and Jean-Marc Turk (Partners, Shuttlecontrol) were awarded second place in the Dobson Cup Competition’s Small Medium Enterprise Track, Negar Yaghoobi (CEO & Founder, Colorful Zone) won 2 awards at this year’s Cooperathon competition and Donovan King & Caitie Moynan (Haunted Montreal) won the prestigious Travel & Hospitality Award for Unique Experience of the Year in Quebec. Last but not least, 
Zeyu Li & Boris But, co-founders of Mixonset won a $15,000 cash prize, mentorship, and pilot project with Videotron, Quebecor and other affiliated organizations. We also recognized the accomplishments of Sinthusha Kandiah (Founder, Divinart Foundation) with the first Iris Unger Recognition Award at our Tune in to YES Fundraiser & Gala. 

YES is proud to have played a part in helping each of these businesses succeed – and this is just a small example of the inspiring work being done in our community!

Do you have a business you’d like to scale or an idea you’d like to put into motion? A new year with new goals and opportunities is swiftly approaching – resolve to visit YES in 2020 to help take your business to the next level. And remember - another awards season is just around the corner!


 
 
HAVE A BUSINESS IDEA AND LOOKING TO TAKE IT TO THE NEXT LEVEL? OUR BUSINESS COACHES ARE STANDING BY!
 
Need sales and marketing advice? Have questions about financing options and resources? As an entrepreneur, you’ll be faced with making hundreds of small and big decisions every day that could have an impact on the success of your business. We’ve overseen these processes countless times before and are ready to do the same for you! Check out the video below to discover what the benefits of business coaching are, and then get in touch with us to make your first appointment.

   
 
SAVE THE DATE: YES CAREER + JOB FAIR MIXER - WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 12
 
 
LOOKING FOR WORK OR A CAREER CHANGE? WE CAN HELP!
 
 
DID YOU KNOW?
 
  • The YES Centre is free and open to everyone! Come visit us Monday to Friday, 9:00am-5:00pm for use of the computers, phone, internet, Wi-Fi, fax machine and  resource library. 
  • We offer one-on-one support to: entrepreneurs (all ages), job-seekers (ages 18-40 years), artists (all ages), as well as a Mentorship Program.
  • Many of our workshops and services are offered online - for a complete listing of all our programs and workshops, click here
  • We have an extensive Job Board on our website with full-time, part-time, seasonal, student and casual positions. You can apply for these postings by visiting the centre at 666 Sherbrooke Street West, Suite 700, during normal business hours (Monday - Friday, 9:00am-5:00pm)
For information and updates, visit our website at www.yesmontreal.ca
 
OUR PROGRAMS ARE MADE POSSIBLE WITH THE SUPPORT OF: 
 
     

 

 
 
     
 
     
 
THE BARWICK FAMILY FOUNDATION      THE JOHN DOBSON FOUNDATION        THE HAY FOUNDATION
     THE PEACOCK FAMILY FOUNDATION     THE ROSSY FAMILY FOUNDATION    
THE TAUBEN FAMILY FOUNDATION   THE ZELLER FAMILY FOUNDATION   

THE ERIC T. WEBSTER FOUNDATION
THE GALLOP FAMILY FUND AT THE FOUNDATION OF GREATER MONTREAL 
 
SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR MEDIA PARTNERS: