Business boot camp for transitioning members of the military.

By Dale Johnson Posted: August 25, 2015 9:45 a.m.

Dr. Wallace Lockhart is one of the University of Regina professors helping transitioning military members to get into business.
Dr. Wallace Lockhart is one of the University of Regina professors helping transitioning military members to get into business. Photo courtesy of Trevor Hopkin - U of R Photography.

The Paul J. Hill School of Business at the University of Regina is helping people who have recently left the Canadian Armed Forces and want to start a business.

“These military members will be ready to start their second careers,” explains Brian Schumacher, Associate Dean of the Paul J. Hill School of Business and the person responsible for the training component of the program. “At the University of Regina, we are proud to support military members’ transitions and offer this group of 20 participants the skills and confidence they need to succeed in business.”

The intense seven-day boot camp for people from across Canada provides a foundation for starting a business. It gives participants access to expert advice from faculty members of the Paul J. Hill School of Business, as well as one-on-one student mentoring.

The boot camp is an opportunity for transitioning military who are already working on their business ideas to learn from professors on topics including market research, finance, human resources, marketing and social media.

One of the people taking part is Nick Holyome of Comox, B.C., who, along with his wife, runs a business selling instruments, supplies, and educational tools for foot care professionals who deal with people with diabetes.

“I want to ensure the viability of the business for the long term, gain valuable information about how to grow my business, and make connections with other like-minded entrepreneurs," Holyome says.

“I’ve learned that there are a lot of gaps in my knowledge that I hope to fill in. There’s lots of enthusiasm in the group, and everyone’s here to help. I’m learning from my peers and also from the instructors,” he adds.

This is the third year that the Hill School of Business is participating in this initiative, and the University of Regina is the only University west of Quebec that is offering the boot camp.   

The local chapter of Enactus is a driving force behind the boot camp. Enactus is an international non-profit organization that brings academics, students and business leaders together who are committed to using the power of entrepreneurial action to transform lives and shape a better world - economically, socially and environmentally.  

Enactus Regina is partnering with Prince's Charities Canada to host the program.

The Prince’s Operation Entrepreneur (POE) is a made-in-Canada program of the Prince's Charities Canada that combines two of HRH The Prince of Wales’ lifelong interests of encouraging entrepreneurship and support for the Canadian Armed Forces.

The boot camp concludes on August 29th with business presentations and a Commencement Ceremony at Government House hosted by Her Honour, the Honourable Vaughn Solomon Schofield, Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan.