Media Release

Students Create Their Own Summer Jobs

Program offers young entrepreneurs training and mentorship from local business leaders

Kingston, Ontario, July 11, 2019 – Kingston Economic Development Corporation announced that the 2019 Summer Company students have been selected to start their own business throughout the summer months. The Summer Company program is funded by the Government of Ontario and has been helping students between the ages of 15 – 29 to start and run their own business since 2001. Summer Company students not only receive hands-on business mentoring from local business leaders, but also $3,000 in funding to make their dream job a reality.

The selection committee and program mentors consist of local entrepreneurs in different fields; Danielle McAllister of Rebellious Clove (retail), Dustin Emmons of Emmons Custom (construction), Stephanie Newman of Cheesecakery Bakery (food services), Niki Hodgskiss and William R. Hodgskiss of Venture Food Trucks (manufacturing). Donna Gillespie, CEO of Kingston Economic Development Corporation says that having mentors from diverse backgrounds enabled the program to move to a whole new level, “It is important to have business owners from Kingston’s private sector be involved and support young entrepreneurs. It is so important for young people to establish roots in the community and to help foster the next generation of Kingston business owners.”

“It is refreshing to see the passion that the students have when they talk about their plans for their summer business,” says Claire Bouvier, Kingston Economic Development Corporation’s Summer Company Coordinator. “It is great seeing all the energy and collaboration among mentors, participants, and small business leaders in one room. We are eager to see where these students take their business ideas.”

Cameron Smith, founder of This is Kingston says that the program gave him the opportunity to develop the skills and confidence to start a business, “Summer Company has provided me with the opportunity to identify and invigorate my strengths and has given me networking opportunities to start my own business.”

Keli Hawley says that he is thankful for the learning opportunity and ability to build a network of likeminded people, “I’ve never done anything (courses or classes) that had such an amazing environment and talented people. The program is awesome and thank you for what you’re doing.”

Summer Company Participants:

Avery’s Academic Achievers
By Avery Collins
Avery’s Academic Achievers will offer tutoring services to students in grades Junior Kindergarten – eight. The primary focus of Avery’s Academic Achievers work will be in math, reading, and writing. 

By Kyra Grant
LifeLuxe Connect is a recreational and community management platform for retirement residences that enables seniors to pilot their own social lives. Residents are able to use their devices to contribute to the recreational programming within their community via the LifeLuxe app.

Bowl Savour
By Keli Hawley
Bowl Savour is a company that manufactures unique smoking aid devices for the cannabis industry. Bowl Savour was created with the intentions of allowing users a more enjoyable experience.

Hands in the Earth
By Ania Marcus
Hands in the Earth will offer creative and innovative artwork that aims to inspire and support environmental sustainability. As a collective, these products reclaim old materials to encourage creative ways of reusing, reducing, and recycling to better the environment.

Seventh Sense
By Patrick Mazurek
Seventh Sense offers strategy, marketing, and operational consulting to small businesses in Kingston. Seventh Sense will assist local businesses with a high degree of technical expertise, but a low degree of business acumen. 

Unlimited Blvd.
By Sam O’Brien
Unlimited Blvd. is a clothing brand with products that are unique because they feature multiple different trendy and modern designs that young people struggle to find at a reasonable price, while returning profits to local charities to help support programs for children and youth in the community.

Specadirt Vintage
By Clare Palmer
Specadirt Vintage is carefully curated vintage and pre loved streetwear sold online through social media, online marketplaces, as well as at weekly pop-ups in the community. Clare has been upcycling thrifted clothing as a hobby for almost a year and now turned it into a business.

Highland Aerial
By Makayla Parks
Highland Aerial is a photography and mapping company which uses drones to create videos, photos, and orthomosaic maps. Highland Aerial captures stunning footage and creates highly detailed maps that create new perspective for the viewer.

This is Kingston
By Cameron Smith
This is Kingston is an affiliate marketing site that aims to connect small businesses in the Kingston area to customers. This is Kingston will also be offering web design services for small businesses that do not have websites.

Al Amal
By Khadija Sorani
‘Al Amal’ means hope in Arabic. Khadija is a Syrian refugee who found asylum in Kingston, which gave her hope to start a new business and bring some of her culture to her new home. Al Amal will be making and selling Syrian famous desserts to local businesses, catering companies, and at events.

Media Contact:

Claire Bouvier
Summer Company Coordinator
Kingston Economic Development Corporation 
613-544-2725 ext. 7222 
[email protected]


Nour Mazloum
Communications and Events Assistant
Kingston Economic Development Corporation
613-544-2725 ext. 7225
[email protected] 




About Kingston Economic Development Corporation 

Kingston Economic Development Corporation is focused on building a strong community and supporting Kingston’s thriving economy. Its mission is to provide dynamic and collaborative leadership by leveraging Kingston's unique assets to create jobs and investments in order to sustain, grow, and transform Kingston's economy to meet the needs of the 21st century.