Prince Harry and The Prince of Wales Share Common Mission: Supporting Veterans
September 29, 2017
For Release September 29, 2017
TORONTO – Yesterday His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales – Prince Harry – met with veteran entrepreneurs and graduates of the Prince’s Operation Entrepreneur (POE) program at the Invictus Games Veterans Career Summit in Toronto.
POE is a made-in-Canada program launched by Prince Harry’s father, The Prince of Wales, , in 2012 through his Prince’s Charities Canada (PCC). The program provides veterans and transitioning Canadian Armed Forces personnel with the tools needed to start their own businesses, facilitating their transition into civilian life.
As part of the Career Summit, POE presented a panel of three alumni, Bruno Guevremont, Veronique Simoneau and Casey Wall, to speak about the challenges they faced in their transitions, their experience as entrepreneurs, and how the program helped them on their journey. Prince Harry listened in on the discussion and met with panelists following the talk.
The Royal Family’s involvement in military service is a long standing tradition. The Prince of Wales served in The Royal Navy and currently serves as Colonel-in-Chief to seven Canadian regiments while Prince Harry completed two tours in Afghanistan with the army.
“Both POE and the Invictus Games are very complimentary initiatives and reflect an ongoing commitment to supporting veterans,” said Matthew Rowe Vice-President of PCC. “While recognizing the invaluable service provided by military personnel, both initiatives provide veterans with the opportunity to build their confidence, develop support networks and get skills and resources to help with their ongoing transition.”
POE’s signature program is a seven-day entrepreneurial boot camp, often considered a “mini-MBA”, that provides veterans with the skills, confidence and resources to start and run their own successful businesses. Since the program’s inception, they have assisted 330 boot camp alumni start over 200 new businesses, and helped more than 1,500 in the military community decide whether entrepreneurship is the career path for them.
Find and support a veteran owned business using the POE Veteran Business Directory.
About Prince’s Charities Canada
Established in 2011, Prince’s Charities Canada supports the Canadian charitable work of His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales. PCC aims to convene and encourage collaboration across sectors, in order to create transformational change at the community level. For nearly four decades, The Prince of Wales has supported the development of locally-driven and culturally sensitive programs in a range of areas: disadvantaged youth, education, responsible business, improving the built environment, regeneration of heritage, environmental sustainability, and support for Indigenous communities and veterans. PCC currently has a presence in every Canadian province and territory, representing The Prince of Wales’s commitment to sustainable, collaborative social development.