Canada Start Up’s Approach
CanadaStartUp.com gets ventures off the ground. Ideas are the easy part. Proving them out is the challenge. We don’t just help you craft a plan. We help you test tactics. Alter assumptions. Revise roadmaps. Build systems. Introduce scale. And make sure you don’t get sidelined by something you may have missed.
ANALYZE. EXECUTE. REGROUP. REPEAT.
Most important of all, we help you to keep moving. Don’t wait to develop the perfect product, service, or brand. Perfection stops you from getting things done! There’s plenty of time for refinement later. We believe in test-driven development. Get out there and test your target, test your assumptions, test your product, test your price point, test your brand. If something breaks? Fix, regroup and repeat.
Canada Start Up Team
Colin started Canada Start Up in 2005 to help entrepreneurs start a business the right way. He has worked with hundreds of startups since then, helping companies move from strategy to execution through practical, test-driven tactics.
He has been a featured facilitator and business mentor with the BCIT Venture Program, SFU Innovation Lab, and the Langara Entrepreneurial Training program. He has been the key note speaker for several Entrepreneurial organizations including the MIT Venture forum in Seattle.
In 2010, Colin designed and delivered his first Aboriginal Entrepreneurship program to the Tk’emlúps band in Kamloops. Since then, he has delivered several more of the programs, including two complete programs to the Nisga’a band in Aiyansh, British Columbia.
Colin is also a successful business owner and entrepreneur, operating SalesXperts since 1997. He is well known for helping individuals and companies in the Technology, Manufacturing and Financial sectors develop sales best practices to improve their bottom line. His clients have ranged from large organizations such as Oracle, Bell, and Vancity Credit Union, to over 200 small to medium-sized businesses at all stages of their business lifecycle.
Colin has been heavily involved in the non-profit sector in Vancouver for organizations such as United Way and BC Cancer Society, dedicated to increasing corporate involvement in the community. He has served as Vice President of the Sales and Marketing Executives, has been a Big Brother, and coached minor league football for several years.
B.A Economics (Honours), Western University, 1987
Member of the Senate Review Board Academic
Areas of Expertise
Business strategy and planning
Sales strategy and execution
Chris has 15+ years experience in strategic marketing and operational start-ups, and has helped organizations position for market entry, streamline execution, push through financial ceilings, and build foundations to become best-in-field. An associate of CanadaStartUp.com, Chris supports ventures across a broad range of sectors including construction management software, e-learning, workplace hygiene, therapeutic apparel, industrial automation, event technologies, and anti-counterfeit authentication platforms. A part-time BCIT faculty-member, Chris is a strong advocate of continued learning, and devotes his spare energies towards providing practical, no-nonsense training to young professionals and entrepreneurs who need easily compressed, essential lessons (both theoretical and tactical) in a regularly changing business landscape.
BA Literature (Honours), McGill University, 1994
MBA, University of British Columbia, 1996
Areas of Expertise
Budget & Money Management
Research & Feasibility