Ten Thousand Coffees connects students industry leaders

Ten Thousand Coffees founder Dave Wilkin (left), and John Betts, CEO of McDonald’s Canada, chat over a coffee while discussing the new program.Imagine being a Brock University student, recent graduate or young professional and going for coffee with Rick Mercer?How about a Skype conversation with the CEO of a multinational company?It’s now possible thanks to Ten Thousand Coffees, an initiative designed to bridge the gap between the leaders of today and the social generation.“What we’ve heard from students is it’s a very difficult process to go through networking as it is today,” founder Dave Wilkin said. “There’s so much talent in college and university, but traditional mediums aren’t allowing them to break through.”Launched only two months ago, the company matches young people (novices) looking to establish themselves with business leaders and industry professionals (experts).Novices can meet experts for coffee or chat electronically, discussing ideas and building partnerships and mentorships that are mutually beneficial.“They all talked about how they wanted to learn about the next generation, and the way they were doing it was coffee chats,” Wilkin said of the experts.The idea is taking off.There are already more than 1,000 of Canada’s top experts from over 700 companies and 30 industries signed up.All students, recent grads and young professionals have to do is sign up and find someone from a field of interest with whom they can meet.“We provide them with the ability to contact experts and allow them to learn about them in ways they couldn’t find online,” Wilkin said. “(The) request process helps students and recent grads showcase themselves.”Some experts who planned to meet for coffee a few times a month are doing so a few times a week, Wilkin said.Having one-on-one conversations over coffee (or online) helps eliminate some of the awkwardness and intimidation.“It’s way beyond having contact info. It’s learning about them and how to position yourself,” Wilkin said. “It could be anything. Not just jobs, but mentorship, insight, knowledge and being able to help industry leaders change their businesses.”So far, young people from over 400 cities and institutions from across Canada – including Brock – have signed up.Campus meet-ups will soon be available for students to meet business and industry leaders.“We’re excited to meet people from the Brock community … who want to raise their hand and meet with community leaders,” Wilkin said. “There’s such great caliber and a community at Brock, the time is now to join the movement and tell us how we can help.” read more

QMJHL Roundup Dow scores deciding goal as Phoenix double up Titan 63

BATHURST, N.B. — Bobby Dow’s goal late in the second period stood as the winner and the Sherbrooke Phoenix went on to defeat the Acadie-Bathurst Titan 6-3 on Sunday in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.Jeremy Rainville, Felix Robert, Samuel Poulin, Bailey Peach and Yann-Felix Lapointe also scored for Sherbrooke (15-9-2), which has won three straight.Evan MacKinnon, Marc-Andre LeCouffe and Liam Murphy scored for the Titan (5-20-1).Phoenix goaltender Thommy Monette stopped 21 shots. Acadie-Bathurst’s Tyriq Outen made 32 saves.Sherbrooke was 1 for 3 on the power play while the Titan were scoreless on five chances with the man advantage.—DRAKKAR 2 ISLANDERS 1 (SO)CHARLOTTETOWN — Ivan Chekhovich scored the lone goal in the shootout to lift Baie-Comeau over the Islanders.Jordan Martel scored in regulation for the Drakkar (19-6-2) and Kyle Jessiman made 36 saves.Hunter Drew had the lone goal for Charlottetown (16-7-3). Matthew Welsh turned aside 41 shots.—VOLTIGEURS 6 MOOSEHEADS 3HALIFAX — Felix Lauzon scored back-to-back goals in a three-minute span of the first period and Drummondville went on to defeat the Mooseheads.Joseph Valeno scored his 17th of the season while shorthanded and added two assists for the Voltigeurs (17-6-1-0). Gregor MacLeod, Brandon Skubel and Dawson Mercer rounded out the offence. Benoit-Olivier Groulx, Jared McIsaac and Rapael Lavoie scored for Halifax (17-5-1-0).—ARMADA 4 REMPARTS 3 (SO)QUEBEC CITY — Alexander Katerinakis and Remy Anglehart scored in the shootout, leading Blainville-Boisbriand past the Remparts.Anglehart also scored in regulation for the Armada (12-12-1-0), Antoine Demers tied the game 17:25 into the third, and Luke Henman had a first-period goal.Philipp Kurashev and Alesksei Sergeev scored on the power play for Quebec (10-11-2-3) and Olivier Mathieu had the other goal. —TIGRES 3 OLYMPIQUES 2GATINEAU, Que. — Victoriaville scored three goals in the second period to erase a 2-0 deficit and beat the Olympiques.Simon Lafrance scored two goals for the Tigres (11-11-2-1), while Isaiah Gallo-Demetris added a single. Victoriaville snapped a four-game winless skid.Maxim Trepanier and Iaroslav Likhachev scored for Gatineau (10-13-2-1).—CATARACTES 3 SAGUENEENS 2 (SO)SHAWINIGAN, Que. — Anthony Imbeault and Jeremy Manseau scored in the shootout as the Cataractes edged Chicoutimi.Jesse Sutton earned the Sagueneens (11-9-2-4) a point when he scored with 19 seconds left in regulation. Justin Ducharme also scored for the visitors.Mavrick Bourque scored both goals in regulation for Shawinigan (7-16-1-1) The Canadian Press read more