Youth Effect Program

Youth Leading Innovative Business Outcomes

What is it?

The Youth Effect program aims to provide youth (18-29) with experiential learning and training with local businesses, and focuses on fostering entrepreneurship and innovation in Northwestern Ontario. Youth will be carefully selected and matched with a local business based on interest, skill, and need. They will work together over the course of 15 weeks (Mid- May to Mid-August exact dates tbd) on a clearly identified innovative project and achieving milestones.

The Youth Effect program is not like other placement programs. It not only provides real life job skills for the youth, but provides them with innovation training, mentorship, a leadership retreat, and a peer network for those showing a passion for entrepreneurship and innovation. Additionally, there’s value to the participating businesses, through innovation training and the ability to access the skills and energy of the youth to complete a defined innovative project, the business will be better positioned to grow!


Areas of Focus

Experiential Learning
for the Youth
Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Training for the Youth
and the Business
Business Growth for
the Company




Program Details:

  • Students are paid $15 per hour plus a wage top-up upon successful completion of the program
  • Businesses contribute $900 + hst and mandatory employment related  costs as part of the program.
  • Program will run for 15 weeks

Company Eligibility

  • Have an innovative project
  • Located in Northwestern Ontario
  • At least one full time employee
  • Must be a for-profit SME (small-medium sized business), not a retailer or reseller
  • Ability to pay necessary employer contributions (CPP/EI)
  • Willing to be available and commit to the full 15 week program
  • Must not have previous participated in the Youth Effect program with the same project

Youth Eligibility

  • Between the ages of 18-29
  • Located in Northwestern Ontario
  • Legally entitled to work in Canada
  • Interested in pursuing entrepreneurship as a career
  • Able to commit to full-time hours and participate in the full 15 week program


Canada West Maple Products 


Business Development Assistant 


Position Summary: Under the general supervision of the CEO, Business Development Assistant will develop and implement new strategies and procedures required to successfully transition into new production facility, with the goal of expanding the company’s market share of maple products throughout Western Canada.


Major Duties and Responsibilities:


  • Developing and implementing marketing through various mediums including social, web-based, and print media.
  • Works alongside existing and new clients to promote the brand and develop key relationships.
  • General administrative/bookkeeping duties including data entry, filing, and analysis.
  • Brand Ambassador Duties: attend events, festivals, market days to sell product and gain customer insight. 
  • Work with CEO and owners to develop new maple product sales strategy.
  • Work with team in sugar bush, general site maintenance, upcoming season preparation.
  • In collaboration with the production team, assists in logistics during production.
  • Work to build and implement a Canada Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) readiness plan.
  • Other duties as assigned.
  • Must be an avid user of social media such as Instagram and Facebook
  • Must be personable, and have the ability to deal with the public in a courteous and tactful manner
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision
  • Must be resourceful, solution-oriented, and detail-oriented
  • Interest in outdoor activities 
  • Interest in agriculture and local food movement
  • Must be willing to work irregular hours including evenings and weekends
  • Some heavy lifting and physically demanding work is required
  • Position involves long periods of standing/walking


Tentative Start Date: May 27, 2019
Please submit cover letter and resume by May 21, 2019 
attn: Sean Murray, CEO –


Are you a youth who is Interested in working with the companies? Apply now! 

Click Here for Youth Application


 For more information please contact:

Kendall Williams