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Today's youth can learn to meet the environmental challenge and
create a healthier, safer environment for everyone at the Young
Entrepreneurs Going Places Conference 1997, to be held May 1-3 in
Sydney. The conference is hosted by the Centre for
Entrepreneurship and Development.

The conference, with the theme Profiting the Environment, will
focus on the environmental sector as an area of potential for new
businesses. The sector is one of the fastest-growing in Canada
with more than 4,500 small and medium-sized environmental
businesses now operating.

Entrepreneurs who have started an environmental business or who
are becoming more environmentally conscious will be conducting
sessions at the three-day event at the University College of Cape

These and other guest speakers will show young entrepreneurs how
going green is profiting the environment and themselves. By
teaching young entrepreneurs to succeed in this dynamic sector, a
positive contribution can be made to global sustainable
development and the environmental industry will improve its skill
base and competitive edge.

"Achieving environmental sustainability is one of the greatest
challenges of the next century," said Martin Janowitz, operations
Manager, National Environmental Science Group, at Jacques
Whitford Environment Ltd.

"Our young people have inherited a mess but they have the energy
and intelligence to turn the tide," said Janowitz.
"Entrepreneurship is one of the best areas to combine
environmental values with business success."

Janowitz, a keynote speaker at the conference, spent six years as
executive director of the Clean Nova Scotia Foundation. Under his
direction, the foundation became widely known for its education
and awareness programs for business, industry, communities and

Also featured is Jennifer Corson, acclaimed young entrepreneur,
host of WTN's The Resourceful Renovator and president of The
Renovator's ReSource, Inc., a retail operation that sells
"reclaimed" building materials. Corson is helping to build four
environmentally friendly businesses and was the 1996 recipient of
the Business Development Bank of Canada's Young Entrepreneur
Award for Nova Scotia.

"A young entrepreneur has an advantage of energy, creativity and
global respect to make it in today's marketplace," said Corson.
"The ability of these future leaders to easily share and swap
ideas (at events like this) shouldn't be thought of as losing a
competitive edge, just enriching the plan."

Said Richie Mann, minister of economic development and tourism:
"Environmental industries are clearly part of Nova Scotia's
economic future. Our companies are already exporting an array of
environmental products, laboratory, training, engineering and
consulting services around the world. This conference for young
entrepreneurs should help to ensure our continued growth in this

The conference is designed to motivate students to explore
entrepreneurship as a way of life, to share ideas with other
entrepreneurs and to provide networking opportunities. Seminars,
workshops and forum discussions led by professionals and
successful entrepreneurs will show young people the ropes of the
business world from startup to sustaining success. Young
entrepreneurs can hone their skills, share strategies and develop
new relationships and apply this knowledge to create a strong
entrepreneurial climate and improve the economy now and in the

The Centre for Entrepreneurship and Development is also offering
a virtual conference via the Internet for those unable to attend
the gathering in Sydney. Contact our website at for more information.

The Young Entrepreneurs Going Places Conference 1997 is sponsored
by the Nova Scotia departments of Education and Culture, Economic
Development and Tourism, and the Environment; Atlantic Canada
Opportunities Agency; Human Resources Development Canada; Royal
Bank; Stora; Jacques Whitford, and MT&T.


Contact: Colin Craig
         Centre for Entrepreneurship and Development
         or 1-800-590-8481 (within Atlantic Canada)

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