N.B. is Newton’s Apple Orchard

Dhirendra Shukla, chair of the Dr. J. Herbert Smith Centre for Technology Management and Entrepreneurship at the University of New Brunswick  Photo: Joy Cummings/UNB

Dhirendra Shukla, chair of the Dr. J. Herbert Smith Centre for Technology Management and Entrepreneurship at the University of New Brunswick Photo: Joy Cummings/UNB

Dhirendra Shukla first visited Canada as a child and fell in love with the country. Born in India, raised in Zambia and educated in the UK and Canada, he came back to Canada and – to his surprise – was offered his ideal job commercializing new technologies with Nortel Networks. Read the rest of this entry »


500,000+ people eating & living better, thanks to Simply for Life

Bruce Sweeney

Bruce Sweeney, Founder, Simply for Life

Bruce Sweeney started Simply For Life (SFL) in a personal quest for optimal health based on a family history of cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

Bruce’s personal heart condition motivated him to seek options other than surgery and medications. He began researching alternative ways to stay healthy and became inspired by using exercise and the power of food and nutrition. He also knew there was no magic pill. Read the rest of this entry »


How do you turn a Canadian quarter into US$30?

David McLean developed post-traumatic stress disorder after 20 years as a parole and probation officer that led him to make a career change. He found release in working with his hands, creating rings from old coins, which he has turned into a business.

David McLean developed post-traumatic stress disorder after 20 years as a parole and probation officer that led him to make a career change. He found release in working with his hands, creating rings from old coins, which he has turned into a business.

David McLean traveled a rough road to reach this point. After being forced into early retirement by post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in 2011, David – a former parole and probation officer – followed his creative side and began an online handcrafting business.

His business, Global Coin Jewelry, involves handcrafting rings from coins and it has given David the chance for a second career. Using simple tools in his garage, David forms silver, copper and bronze coins by hand and makes one-of-a-kind rings from circulated antique coins. Read the rest of this entry »


I’m not a salesperson or a negotiator. I’m a facilitator.

Scott Darling ~ Darling Real Estate

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Taking the Plunge from Corporate to Entrepreneurship

Shelley DeMerchant

Shelley DeMerchant, Owner of The Urban Shoe Myth
Photo: Cindy Wilson/Telegraph-Journal

BUDDING ENTREPRENEURS: WORK THROUGH THE HESITATION

In my most recent Leadership Unleashed interview I talked to Shelley DeMerchant of The Urban Shoe Myth about taking the entrepreneurial leap. The full interview with Shelley published in the Telegraph-Journal on Saturday, September 14th, 2013. Here it is…

Shelley DeMerchant has always had a weakness for shoes and now shoes are her business. After working on the Point Lepreau project with Atomic Energy of Canada, Shelley kicked off her work boots in 2011 and jumped into the entrepreneurial world with both feet. She opened The Urban Shoe Myth – a woman’s shoe and handbag boutique in Uptown Saint John – with her husband, Nick DeMerchant, and set about providing Saint Johners with a unique shopping experience. You can feel as if you’re shoe shopping in Toronto or New York without having to leave the province.

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