May Newsletter 2013-05-09

The YES May Newsletter comes packed with information regarding our upcoming YES Art Expo/Artists' Conference,a visual recap of the 16th Annual YES Entrepreneurship Conference, the YES Alumni Corner and YES Client of the Month and much more!

The YES May Newsletter comes packed with information regarding our upcoming YES Art Expo/Artists' Conference,a visual recap of the 16th Annual YES Entrepreneurship Conference, the YES Alumni Corner and YES Client of the Month and much more!
 

 
In this issue:
Business Skills for Creative Souls Conference & YES Art Expo
Entrepreneurship Conference Recap
Summer Jobs Campaign
Alumni Corner: Where are they now?
Client of the Month: Daniel Gies & Emily Paige of e.d.Films
Did you know?
May Workshops
 
   
BUSINESS SKILLS FOR CREATIVE SOULS CONFERENCE & ART EXPO: 
2 POPULAR ART EVENTS, 2 DAYS, 1 VENUE
 
For full conference details and online registration, click here

Business Skills for Creative Souls Conference is generously supported by:       

The YES Art Expo is generously supported by:                         
 
 
YES ENTREPERENEURSHIP CONFERENCE : A GREAT SUCCESS!
Almost 200 entrepreneurs, special guests and the media joined us Saturday, April 13th, at the Society for Arts & Technology (SAT) for the 16th Annual YES Entrepreneurship Conference: Today's Insights for Tomorrow's Business. Attendees were privy to engaging presentations by some of the city’s most successful business owners as well as inspiring keynote speeches by Mitch Joel, named one of Canada's Most Influential Males in Social Media, and Stewart Schaefer, President of Dormez-vous Sleep Centres. Also presenting were seasoned veterans in the field of business who shared their philosophy on business, best practices and the challenges and opportunities facing Quebec entrepreneurs. The winners of the 2013 YES Entrepreneurship Contest, Ali and Reza Khadjavi from Nettoyeurs Express, were honored with a cash award of $1,000 to help with the expansion of their business.

YES would like to thank all the participants, volunteers, speakers, funders and community partners that made this event a huge success.
 

Stewart Schaefer (Dormez Vous?) delivers the morning keynote
 
 
Tara Hunt (Buyosphere), discussing the need for the creation of ongoing content in social media
 
Julian A Giacomelli (Crudessence) presenting his personal mastery in entrepreneurship
 
 
Iris Unger (Executive Director, YES) with the winners of the 2013 YES Entrepreneurship Contest: Ali Khadjavi  and Reza Khadjavi
from
Nettoyeurs Express
 
Mitch Joel (Twist Image) gives the keynote address
 

Mohamed Hage (Lufa Farms) discusses how to
achieve sustainable profits

Peter Palmer (Dale Carnegie) discusses closing the deal
 
Ric Peterson (CJAD 800) speaks of managing risk and fear

Juan Carlos Fernandez Espinosa (Ideograma Identité)
asks not what your brand can do for you...

Elisabeth Laett (IntellaCare Inc) discusses angel investing
 
Special thanks to our conference sponsors:
                        
     
                                                          
THE HAY FOUNDATION

THE JOHN DOBSON FOUNDATION

THE ZELLER FAMILY FOUNDATION

SOCIÉTÉ DE DÉVELOPPEMENT ÉCONOMIQUE VILLE-MARIE
(SDEVM)

Special thanks to our media partner:
 YES SUMMER JOB CAMPAIGN IS IN FULL SWING!
 
YES ALUMNI CORNER - WHERE ARE THEY NOW? : MARIE-CLAUDE GIGUERE 

Marie-Claude Giguère
Helping Seniors
Marie-Claude Giguère graduated with a BA in Recreation and Leisure from the University of Ottawa.  From a young age, her passion has always been to work with seniors.  She fulfilled that mission by working in two different retirement residences in the Montreal area taking care of all their leisure needs.  When she started her family, she wanted a flexible schedule that allowed her to be a mom but she also wanted to continue working with seniors.

After seeing an ad in the paper about YES, she made her way, business plan in hand, to their downtown office. “My idea was to offer support to seniors and their families when it came time to relocate to a retirement residence,” Marie-Claude says. “It was YES that encouraged me to move forward with this project.”  That same day, YES submitted her name into a contest for a chance to win a trip to attend an entrepreneurs’ conference in Victoria, BC.  “I won that contest and a couple of weeks later, with a logo, a business idea and business cards in hand, I was off! I have never looked back since.”

 
Since 1999, she has personally visited more than 350 privately run retirement residences, mostly in the Greater Montreal area and some in other parts of the world; assisted many seniors and their families with the tough step of relocating; won the Alpha award from the Chamber of Commerce of St-Laurent in the Independent Workers, Professional category; became a real estate agent and then continued on to be a real estate broker; self-published a book titled Stay or Move? How to Talk to a Senior About Their Changing Needs and Retirement Residences. This book was recently awarded a silver medal in the care giving category of Living Now, Books for Better Living.

“Thank you to YES for being the springboard that I needed and for offering a ‘go to’ environment where I know people will understand what I need and what I am looking for.”
 
YES CLIENT OF THE MONTH: DANIEL GIES & EMILY PAIGE - e.d.Films
Collaborating since 2007, Daniel Gies and Emily Paige met at the Banff Centre for the Arts, in the Rocky Mountains of Western Canada. Daniel was an Animator in the creative electronic environment and Emily was the Coordinator of the Banff New Media Institute. Their collective work has been featured in festivals worldwide, garnering to date, over thirty accolades and awards, notably, "Do You Know What Nano Means?" which won a Webby Award (considered to be the Oscars of the online world) for “Best Animation” in 2011.
 
Daniel, a self-taught digital puppeteer and illustrator, has worked in film and animation for over 15 years. His creative process is balanced between fast-evolving digital tools and meticulous hand-crafted content. Emily is a producer and creative consultant and holds an Honours BA in Literature and Art History.


Prior to launching e.d.Films, the team had amassed a substantial client list, but essential things like billing, invoicing, scheduling, and accounting were not being properly maintained. “We were without a webpage, a business plan, marketing abilities, a clear brand, and long-term forecasts,” Emily says. “We were making high quality productions, but we were barely making a sustainable living.” In August of 2012, Emily & Daniel got in touch with YES, and with much-needed business coaching and support of the organization, e.d.Films was established.
The collective has gone off to secure international acclaim with a very bright future ahead of them. “Recently, we returned from the Czech Republic, where we were jurors for their national animated films festival, Anifest,” Emily says. “We’ve also been invited to attend the Annecy International Animated Film Festival in France this June – the biggest and most prestigious animated film festival in the world.”
 
“We get offers for contracts on a daily basis, are developing an innovative economic model for growth and have established a partnership with a film company based in Iqaluit, Nunavut, which means we are currently in production on three shorts that transform Inuit oral stories into animated films. Thanks to YES, we have built a strong company and have envisioned a future that will make us leaders in our industry.”
DID YOU KNOW...
  • The YES centre is open, free of charge, to everyone on a drop-in basis from 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: job-seekers (ages 16-35 years), entrepreneurs (all ages), artists (all ages), and women in technology (all ages).
  • Many of our services are now offered online - for a complete listing of all our programs and workshops (including a 4-week course in intermediate French), click here to view our Winter/Spring 2013 Program Book.
  • You can apply to any of the online job postings, by visiting the centre at 666 Sherbrooke Street West, Suite 700, during normal business hours (Mon-Fri 9-5).
  • YES holds two contests each year, giving away a $1,000 grant to one artist and one entrepreneur.
 SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR FUNDERS
              
 
              
 
                          
             
 
 
THE JOHN DOBSON FOUNDATION        THE HAY FOUNDATION         THE TAUBEN FOUNDATION    THE ZELLER FAMILY FOUNDATION   
 
 SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR MEDIA PARTNERS