Well established and successful in your profession, you may not remember all the challenges you faced when you first started your career. Despite the booming economy in Montreal, finding meaningful work here remains difficult for many people.  Our studies at YES show that English speakers have a harder time; new arrivals who don’t speak French well enough have more difficulties in setting up their own business here; women in the STEM sectors encounter roadblocks to advancing in their careers. YES has programs, resources and know-how to help all these people start (or re-start) their careers or entrepreneurial endeavors and contribute to our community.

Your contribution helps us help more people, with more targeted programs

In the past year:
• We completed a pilot mentorship program for women in STEM working at SMEs. We know that mentorship can be a key factor to their success.  We are now hoping to transform the online, turnkey tool into a viable service for more SMEs;
• Our job search program had an 83% success rate, and our internship program led to 100% of interns being hired permanently;
• We helped start or grow 532 businesses through our entrepreneurship programs;
• 30 youth who had serious barriers to employment learned life and work skills through a new intensive 20-week employability program including a 12-week paid work experience.

These are some of the many initiatives that YES undertakes in the course of a year, thanks in no small part to the generous support of people like you.  

Last year, we:
• served 4,048 clients (29% held an undergraduate degree; 17% held a Masters or PhD); 
• helped 709 artists better understand business fundamentals to earn a living from their art; 
• ran 5,668 individual coaching sessions and 599 group coaching sessions for budding entrepreneurs.

YES strives daily to ensure that more success stories are made possible. Stories like those of Abdul, Lama, Jordan and many others... 

“Before going to YES, I would spend hours tirelessly applying for jobs on websites, my LinkedIn profile was inconsistent, and my professional attire was mediocre. I was lost and confused, and going nowhere.” 

Abdul Rahman Bensalim moved to Montreal from Halifax with a clear goal to learn French and land a job in the pharmaceutical industry. Being fresh out of school, with a degree in Biology, Abdul started his journey in Montreal by studying French and getting involved in as many meet-ups and events as he could, which is where he heard about YES. 

As soon as he began his one-on-one job coaching sessions, Abdul overcame his obstacles: his résumé, LinkedIn profile, cover letter, professional attire, phone and in-person interview skills, networking strategy, and job research techniques were all improved and most importantly, his morale was boosted. 

After three interviews, Abdul was hired at Medisca as a Customer Service Representative.

“Not only did the people that I interacted with at YES really care about me, but everyone there did. That type of support is absolutely priceless. The pharmaceutical industry is a challenging industry to navigate and also a really exciting one to be a part of. I’m really enjoying my job! I’m always learning new things, forging new relationships and working on building an awesome career!”


“I am forever grateful to everyone at YES who offered me their undivided attention, financial counsel, and support during a time where it was needed the most. Moving to a new city, and starting a whole new life and business from scratch was definitely not an easy task. I sincerely can’t thank YES enough for being one of my strongest partners throughout this journey.”

Lama Hamad had a very unique business idea. She wanted to build a search-engine and ordering platform to help people take control of their diets and find the right meals for their tastes, even if they are gluten-intolerant, kosher, or vegan.

Lama got her Bachelor of Commerce and Arts degree majoring in Media, Marketing and Sociology at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. She worked as an Account Executive for Ogilvy & Mathers, Johnson & Johnson and was Marketing Manager for Viceroy’s 5-star hotel in Abu Dhabi. 
In 2013, she moved to Montreal in order to start her company and immediately began involving herself in the start-up community. She heard about YES from one of the kiosques at ‘Start-Up Week Montreal’, and met her first YES business coach soon after. She is still in regular contact with her to this day. 

Over the last year, with the help of YES, Lama has secured close to $100,000 in grants and successfully launched, which is unique in the sense that it gives its customer base the opportunity to filter out unwanted foods, and instantly browse the most suitable meals nearby, with advanced filters for nutrition, allergens, flavors, textures, cuisine types and even ingredients.


“Like most people starting their own business, my biggest struggle was not knowing where to find clients. That’s one of the biggest things YES helped me with; not only with brainstorming ideas as to where I might find clients, but also how to track which methods are converting the best. Once I had a better understanding of that, my business became profitable almost immediately.” 

Originally from Saskatoon, Jordan Perry is a self-taught music producer, composer, songwriter and drummer and has made Montreal his home since 2005. With several years of song writing and performing under his belt, Jordan wanted to turn his hobby into something more viable. He approached YES about four years ago and has since launched his small musical empire, but not without encountering some ups and downs along the way.

“On top of giving me the tools to understand how to reach my target market and how to track conversions, the YES team has always been very dedicated to my success. Every business or artist coach I’ve met has made me feel genuinely important, and that they want my business to succeed as if it were their own. As a solo-preneur that kind of support is invaluable.”

Over the past year, Jordan’s accomplishments have run the gamut of making noteworthy connections with local talent musicians, receiving major radio airplay here as well in Europe and having his songs played on some prominent local TV shows, like Quebec’s Marche à l’ombre.

Thanks to your generous support of our annual appeal, we can help make a difference to so many people – and contribute to the diversity and success of our economy.  

Please help YES help others.  Please give today.

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To donate by phone or in person, or for more information on our fundraising efforts, please call Aki Tchitacov at (514) 878-9788 ext. 301 or email atchitacov@yesmontreal.caCheques are made payable to Youth Employment Services. Receipts will be issued for gifts of $10 or more.

Here is how YOU can make a difference:

•    Help a young job seeker 
•    Help a new entrepreneur 
•    Help a woman in technology 
•    Help a talented artist  

YES Charitable Registration Number: 88872 9050 RR 0001