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EWeek Discussion Series: Dare to Be Different

Dawson College Eweek

Thursday, 17 November 2016 from 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM (EST)

EWeek Discussion Series: Dare to Be Different

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Dare to Be Different!

with your host: Geoff Kloos


Woah!!! This panel’s got something for everybody! Meet these engaging young entrepreneurs who are unique in every way — from growing food vertically to making your grandpa’s vintage frames, to killing it on the dance floor and making things go viral. This should be interesting. You do not want to miss this exciting and unique panel. Good luck to our host Robert Soroka, we can’t wait to hear his one-liners for this one.


Olivier Demers-Dubé, Co-Founder and co-CEO at ÉAU 

Corey Shapiro, Founder, Vintage Frames

Alain Wong, Co-founder Swing Riot, Co-owner Cat’s Corner, Marketing + People Operations @AmpMe

Ariane Thibault, Entrepreneur, Creative Director, OVRGRND



Olivier Demers-Dubé is ÉAU’s co-founder, a social business that specializes in urban commercial fruit, vegetables and fish production using an innovative, integrated system: aquaponics. High-quality fresh organic produce will be harvested from ÉAU’s future vertical farms to supply restaurants, businesses, NGO’s, citizens and institutions in Montreal throughout the year, unimpeded by Quebec’s seasonal weather.Thanks to his studies as well as his professional and journalistic background, Olivier is well versed in the challenges encountered by urban agriculture. By co-founding ÉAU, he wishes to establish a place to share environmental education centered on urban agriculture. He also wants to contribute to creating a more effective and ecological food system in order to make our cities more resilient and nourishing for its citizens.


Corey Shapiro is an anti-conformist, visionary-maniac, stereotype-breaker, and fierce entrepreneur who specializes in building international empires. Known for his internationally acclaimed business, VINTAGE FRAMES COMPANY, he presents the world's largest inventory of exclusive vintage eyewear to high profile clients and Montreal locals alike at the official Vintage Frames Company store L'Archive, located in St-Henri. Having close relationships with A-list personalities such as Jay-Z, Lady Gaga, Rick Ross, Pharrell Williams and Jimmy Fallon, Vintage Frames Company never knows who will come through their doors. Just steps away is NOTORIOUS, Shapiro's barbershop that has the most talented barbers and is dripping in Versace. Corey Shapiro: where business meets creativity...

Alain Wong  is passionate about early stage tech startups. Currently he works at his fifth venture-backed startup in Marketing + People Operations @AmpMe. He believes in putting people first, and bringing energy, experience and curiosity to each new project that he joins. Not only has he worked for startups, he's started some of his own projects. I bet you didn't know that he is also the co-owner of the Cat's Corner Swing Dance School and Co-founder of Montreal's Swing Riot that has sold out for the past three years, with attendees from Europe, Asia and all across North America. 


Ariane Thibault is a 27 years old Dawson Alumni, Social Media Strategist and Managing partner at the OVRGRND Social Media Agency.

Her role is to help brands take control of their web presence and present themselves in a way that inspires, impresses and solidifies customer loyalty. She helps Canadian businesses ramp up their visibility both locally and internationally using her expertise and creativity.

OVRGRND is ranked in the top 3 of Advertising agencies at and in 2014, Ariane won the Notable award for Best Social Media Practices in Quebec.

Ariane looks forward to taking her digital marketing business to new heights and educating businesses and entrepreneurs across North America about the best social media practic



Did you know that the more EWeek events you attend the greater your chances of winning a Google Chromebook? Exchange your passport for the contest draw on Thursday. See Passport for details.

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Dawson College, Conrod's Lounge
4001 Boulevard de Maisonneuve Ouest
Montreal, QC H3Z 3G4

Thursday, 17 November 2016 from 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM (EST)

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Dawson College Eweek

Eweek @ Dawson College

The place to be 

November 14 to 17, 2016!!


Dawson College’s Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship Education will host Entrepreneurship Week (Eweek) coinciding with Global Entrepreneurship Week, November 14 to 17, 2016

Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) is an international movement to inspire millions of young people to embrace innovation, imagination and creativity through entrepreneurship. It is estimated over 15 million youngsters participated worldwide in tens of thousands of events and competition for Global Entrepreneurship Week. In Montreal, Dawson College's EWeek will provide a diverse and strong line-up of speakers, networking events, contests and activities for Montrealers and Dawson College students alike.

Many young students will have their first glimpse of a possible alternative career path and connect with seasoned entrepreneurs. All Montrealers are invited and all events are free. Hear inspiring stories of successful entertainers, photographers, illustrators, designers, dancers, programmers and farmers who launched their own businesses.

Dawson College is ideally placed to be a gathering place of high-profile community events. Situated in the heart of Montréal’s downtown core, at the Atwater metro station, Dawson is Québec’s largest CEGEP with roughly 8,250 full-time day students, 2,400 continuing education students, 600 faculty and  a 200+ team of support staff. The college currently offers over 30 programs in 50+ fields of study, including a variety of programs in the creative sector.

We hope to inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs.  Do you have a big idea??? Would you like to sponsor and event?  Do you want to connect with like-minded people or maybe just observe what the buzz is all about?  Join us for Eweek in November!!

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Thank you to our sponsors for their invaluable support of Dawson College's Eweek.



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