Vital Focus on Youth

Viral for youth

Collingwood Collegiate Institute’s grade 11 Entrepreneurship class was given the opportunity to attend the RBC Future Launch Vital Focus on Youth event on April 12, 2019 in Owen Sound. This was a fantastic opportunity for our class and we all learned a great deal of valuable skills and information that we can apply to both our class and future business ventures.
Over the course of the afternoon, our class participated in a personal brand workshop, talks from influential members of the entrepreneurial community and a presentation by Erin Bury.

Vital Focus on Youth

The knowledge we gained from the personal branding workshop put on by RBC Future Launch taught us all a lot about the importance of presenting ourselves well, managing our social media profiles in a professional manner, what a successful elevator pitch looks like, and much more, all of which we will be able to implement into our lives as we integrate into the working world. After hearing all of the influencers talk about their involvement in the initiative, as well as how they hope it will benefit the community, it was very clear that everyone involved in this event was keen on seeing youth – the future of our world – succeed and we are very grateful for the opportunity to have worked with them at this fantastic event! Lastly, Erin Bury gave a fantastic talk about building your business, resilience, the key attributes of an entrepreneur and much more!
It was fantastic to learn about some of the steps we can take to become successful entrepreneurs, and I know that it will be beneficial and valuable to all of us as we make our way through the world.

Thank you for giving Ms Thomson’s Entrepreneurship class this fantastic opportunity; we all really appreciate being involved in such a constructive and important project.

Written by Emma Donneral, Grade 11 Entrepreneurship student
Collingwood Collegiate Institute

Thought leader, Arlene Dickinson,
to talk on youth and entrepreneurship

OWEN SOUND, ON, FEBRUARY 20, 2019 – Community Foundation Grey Bruce kicks off its 25th anniversary year with a community invitation to spend an evening with a Canadian thought leader. On Friday, April 12, 2019 at 7 pm at East Ridge Community School in Owen Sound, Arlene Dickinson, one of Canada’s most renowned independent marketing communications entrepreneurs, will give a lecture on youth in a changing work culture, women in business, entrepreneurship and her own story in relation to community philanthropy.

Stuart Reid, Executive Director of the Foundation, says: “Arlene Dickinson will be the perfect speaker to kickstart a conversation about the future of our community.  She will inspire young people to step into leadership with commitment and creativity.” This event is generously sponsored by RBC Future Launch and will be the culmination of a day of activities for young people around the release of the Foundation’s Vital Focus on Youth report.

“We’re excited to be working with Community Foundation Grey Bruce to deliver on the promise of RBC Future Launch,” said Dan Woods, Regional Vice President, Central Shores Market, RBC. The Foundation also acknowledges the support of community partners including BDO, Grey County Business Enterprise Centre, the Institute of Southern Georgian Bay and media partners Integra Design Group, Bayshore Broadcasting and Grey Bruce Boomers.   Tickets for the Arlene Dickinson talk are $40 for adults, $10 for youth (under 29) and can be purchased online at

Arlene Dickinson is best known to Canadians as one of the venture capitalists on the award-winning series Dragons’ Den and her new CBC primetime series Under New Management. She is the author of two bestselling books—Persuasion, and her most recent bestselling release, All In. Her success and leadership have been recognized with multiple honours and awards including Canada’s Most Powerful Women Top 100 Award, the Pinnacle Award for Entrepreneurial Excellence, as well as being recognized with PROFIT and Chatelaine magazine’s TOP 100 Women Business Owners Awards. She also sits on numerous public and private boards and is dedicated to giving back to her community and country.

Created in 1994, Community Foundation Grey Bruce has a mandate to strengthen Grey and Bruce communities through endowment building, grant making, and community partnerships. For more information and to support the Community Foundation Grey Bruce, visit or call 519-371-7203.


Motivational speaker Erin Bury
to address youth about entrepreneurship and changes in work climate


OWEN SOUND, ON, FEBRUARY 26, 2019 – On Friday, April 12, 2019, Community Foundation Grey Bruce will release a Vital Focus on Youth report and host a presentation by Erin Bury, one of Marketing Magazine’s “Top 30 Under 30”, with a day of activities for young people at the Harmony Centre, 890 4th Avenue East in Owen Sound.

The Vital Focus on Youth Report takes a deep dive into topics that emerged at two Vital Conversations held with Grey Bruce youth in fall of 2017 – the need for a regional transportation system, the lack of youth voice on decisions that affect their lives, perceived economic barriers, substance use among family and friends and the need for more support structures for mental wellness.

At 11:00 am, RBC Future Launch sponsors a free Your Brand Matters Workshop for youth where they will learn the essentials of what makes a great personal brand, first impression, professional presence, and elevator pitch. Youth can pre-register by visiting the Foundation’s website – lunch is provided for participants, seating is limited.

Erin Bury takes the podium at 1:00 pm where she will talk to youth about entrepreneurship and preparedness for a changing work climate. Following her keynote, Erin will moderate a panel of young adults who will discuss entrepreneurship and business opportunities in Grey Bruce.  The panel includes: Carlene Keeshig councillor from Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation; Brandon Koebel, municipal councillor, Hanover; Drew McIver of Emerald Grasslands, Thornbury; Charlee Roy of Nakd Basics, Owen Sound; and Emily Morrison, Executive Director of Launch Pad Youth Activity and Technology Centre, Hanover.  The panel will run from 2 to 3:30 pm with time to follow for refreshments and networking.   This portion of the afternoon is open to everyone – to register for the workshop or the afternoon panel visit

RBC Future Launch is the generous presenting sponsor of the day’s activities.  The Foundation also acknowledges the support of community partners including BDO, Grey County and the Grey County Business Enterprise Centre, the Institute of Southern Georgian Bay and media partners Integra Design Group, Bayshore Broadcasting and Grey Bruce Boomers.

Community Innovation Day

Tuesday, January 9th, 2018
11:30am – 4:00pm
Cranberry Golf Resort

Community Innovation Day brought together local community leaders to collaborate and explore innovative solutions to the challenges and opportunities in Southern Georgian Bay. The event was designed to harness the power of local talent to grow social and economic prosperity while making us the smartest, greenest, healthiest and most caring region in Ontario.

Community Innovation Day – Article 1

Community Innovation Day – Article 2


Photos: Rachel May