Members transitioning out of the Canadian military received a crash course in business this past week.
The Prince’s Operation Entrepreneur program held a seven day business bootcamp at the University of Regina’s Paul J. Hill School of Business, which concluded Saturday.
Kathleen Kilgour is the Program Manager of the Prince’s Operation Entrepreneur initiative and said their mission is to give the members tools needed to start a successful business.
“Their faculty and the instructors tailor the learning for the week,” she said. “They look at who’s going to be in the classroom and they look at the kind of education and the kind of information that these veterans and serving members need to move their businesses forward.”
Kilgour also noted the program had a strong focus on the financial side of things.
“When you’ve been in the service for 15, 20, 25 years, you haven’t really done a cash flow statement before and maybe really don’t know the difference between different kinds of bank statements,” she said. “So, they really de-mistify that.”
This year, 20 members participated in the camp, one of whom was Robert Covelli. He felt the bootcamp was a fantastic learning experience.
“Alot of information, obviously not what I’m used to,” he said. “However, all the volunteers and all the industry experts have been very attentitive and very patient with us.”