Technical Solutions engineers a promising future in Canada's North
Julien Plourde wins BDC's Young Entrepreneur Award for Yukon
Julien honed his skills while participating in competitions across
Working with telecommunications companies, public utilities and some mining businesses, as well as a few clients from Ontario and British Columbia, the business has grown from a one-man operation to a team of five. Their competition includes larger companies, mainly based in Western
Flexible approach enables growth
Knowing that demand in the region would be more limited than in other parts of
To attract candidates willing to work in Yukon, the company has gone out of its way to recruit students from across
Involved in various non-profit organizations over the last 15 years, Julien now dedicates a lot of time to his role as a Yukon board member for Skills
"Julien created his own business by putting his passion and high-tech know-how to good use. He identified an opportunity to bring cutting-edge technical solutions to Canada's territories and successfully attracted a steady, growing clientele," says BDC President and CEO Jean-René Halde.
With the goal of becoming a recognized electronic systems leader in the North, the company ultimately plans to offer its services outside Yukon. For the last year and a half, Technical Solutions has rented office space. "We're now in the process of purchasing our own space, which will be available early in 2010-that's our next step."
Recognition for young leaders
A major feature of Small Business Week, BDC's Young Entrepreneur Awards recognize the entrepreneurial spirit and the business and leadership accomplishments of Canadians between the ages of 19 and 35. Winners are selected by panels of business people from across the country who consider the originality of the business concept, success, growth potential and social involvement. They also take into account the entrepreneur's age when the business was started and any special challenges that were overcome.
2009 YEA and Small Business Week partners
Platinum partners of the 2009 Young Entrepreneur Awards and Small Business Week are Deloitte and Export Development
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