You’re invited to join us virtually on October 22 to hear from four incredible Canadian entrepreneurs on the importance of mental health. You’ll hear about the highs and lows of business ownership—and how they manage through it all.
Entrepreneurship can be a lonely journey at times, especially in recent months as we face unprecedented change. Hear from Devon Fiddler, Nathon Kong, Jason Courtepatte and Marie Chevrier and be part of the dialogue that aims to break down the barriers and stigma around mental health.
Meet our Trailblazers:
Devon Fiddler is a Cree mother of two from the Waterhen Lake First Nation, SK. Devon is the Chief Changemaker of SheNative Goods Inc, a brand of handbags and accessories dedicated to elevating Indigenous women and girls. Devon also is a speaker, influencer, thought leader, and program developer in entrepreneurship, leadership and skills development. Devon has also been recognized and rewarded in various business planning competitions and has worked hard to earn seed funding through various grant and loan programs and has also run four successful crowdfunding campaigns. In 2016, Devon received the YWCA Women of Distinction Award in the under 29 category, and SheNative was named one of the top 5 SheEO Ventures of 2016. Most recently, in 2019, Devon received the Trailblazers & Innovators Award through the Bank of Montreal.
The Nathon Kong brand originally launched in 2014 as a mobile boutique with a unique offering: using a 3D body scanner, the company created made-to-measure suits precisely tailored to ensure the perfect fit. The brand has since evolved into a private showroom in Montreal, where they display art and tell stories through custom-made suits. Nathon Kong’s clothing enables the wearer to develop a connection with their clothing, build their own stories and purchase with a positive impact. Last year, Nathon launched a collection that features the work of artists facing mental health challenges, in partnership with Les Impatients. The beautiful designs lining every suit jacket reflect a unique journey to recovery through the power of creative expression.
Jason Courtepatte is an Alberta-based, Indigenous electrical contractor who founded his business, Kite Electric, in 2016. Jason’s passion for renewable energy, along with his strong moral code, created the foundation of Kite Electric. He leads his team by example, demonstrating authenticity and transparency throughout all business interactions. These company values empower Kite Electric employees to offer impressive customer service, with the confidence that doing the right thing will always be valued. As a Certified Master Electrician with almost 10 years of experience in the electrical industry, Jason has become a mentor to many by providing training and educating Canadians on ways to incorporate solar energy into their everyday lives.
Marie Chevrier, Moderator
Marie Chevrier is the Founder and CEO of Sampler, a leading platform helping brands like L’Oréal and Nestlé deliver samples online and gather the insight they need to build one-to-one relationships with their customers. Sampler has reached over 50 million consumers globally in 24 different countries; its most notable clients include CPG industry giants Unilever, Pepsi, and Henkel. Marie is also a dedicated advisor to technology and CPG startups (including Scout Canning), a member of the RetailTomorrow advisory board, and the Co-Founder of RetailTO – a community dedicated to growing and strengthening Toronto’s retail ecosystem.