November 1, 2017—On November 11 each year, Canadians pause to remember the sacrifices of the men and women who gave their lives for our country. Remembrance Day is also time to honour and thank all members of Canada’s military for their service in protecting our country in times of war, conflict and peace.
To mark this special day, BDC is supporting the Royal Canadian Legion by giving a poppy to each of our employees. Poppies are the symbol of this solemn occasion and are normally worn starting November 1, 11 days before Remembrance Day.
BDC proudly supports its employees who have served in Canada’s armed forces or are still involved with the military.
We are also honoured to help military veterans transition to civilian life and develop skills as entrepreneurs. One of BDC’s initiatives is our collaboration with Prince’s Operation Entrepreneur (POE), a program catalyzed by HRH The Prince of Wales.
The POE program offers seven-day boot camps, one-day workshops and continuing support for veterans to acquire entrepreneurial expertise. While other employment programs exist for veterans, POE is the only one in Canada to address the unique needs of military members who want to become business owners.
BDC employees across the country offer advice to participants at the boot camps. We see that veterans are well suited to life as entrepreneurs. They have discipline, decision-making ability and stress-management expertise—all skills that position them well to lead their own business.
Veterans spent many years serving our country. Now, we are excited to help them serve our economy.
On this Remembrance Day, let us proudly wear the poppy and pause to recall both the fallen and those who risk their lives today on behalf of all Canadians.
By Michael Denham, President and CEO