Meet Your Coordinator: Ryan Hipson – CBDC Labrador 

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What’s your name?
Ryan Hipson. 

What Youth Ventures site are you based out of?
I am working for Youth Ventures through CBDC Labrador in Happy Valley Goose Bay. 

What are some of your favourite hobbies?
Most of my favourite hobbies involve sports and being outdoors. Bouldering, a form of rock climbing, is an activity I’ve picked up more recently. I’ve also started playing the guitar –I always commit a portion of my time to trying new things and taking on new challenges-.  

What’s your favourite movie?
Fargo, a movie about an orchestrated kidnapping gone wrong, is one of my favorites.. It has a bit of everything.  

What is your favourite band/artist?
I am listening to more country / folky tunes than ever before now that I’m living on the east coast. Cut Worms is a band I had the chance to see in Montreal and really like.  

What is your favourite restaurant?
The Keg. I love a good steak.  

Do you have any pets?
I have a mid-sized mutt back home, Molly, and am living with another –much bigger- dog for the summer, Tyson.  

What is a fun fact about you?
I’m new to the east coast! I am interested in seeing everything Newfoundland and Labrador have to offer this year and am excited to learn more about Goose Bay this summer and help the community. 

What’s one local business you admire? Why do you admire it? 

A local business that comes to mind is Seven Bays a bouldering gym in Halifax. They’ve created a very fun social space in addition to a gym, and keep members engaged with events and weekly get-togethers for underrepresented groups. I like business that create a sense of community the most. 

What does entrepreneurship mean to you?
To me, entrepreneurship is the passion and commitment to create a venture, selling a product or service. Ultimately its business, but entrepreneurship relies on someone’s creativity, drive and confidence in creating something. 

What are you looking forward to most this summer?
I’m looking forward to the potential impact of this program in my region. Youth Ventures hasn’t occurred in Happy Valley Goose Bay for the past two summers, so I’m in a position to remind people and obtain a new list of youth venture participants who can be positively impacted by this program.  

What are some interesting business opportunities you see in your region?
In Goose Bay many youth ventures take the form of landscaping, or lawncare maintenance. Another prospect this summer is a house-sitting service for people who leave on vacation. Something else I might want to pitch to a youth who drives without any ideas is an ATV or boat refueling service.  

What do youth in NL need to know about Youth Ventures?
The idea I want to emphasize this summer is making ‘valuable use of your time’. For youth that have an amount of free time this year youth ventures wants to support them making valuable use of it by finding services or products to sell to others.  

What is a piece of advice you have for people of any age who are considering starting a business?
Regardless of the venture, or how long youth intends for it to be in operation, there is everything to gain as a youth from trying to develop a service or product to sell. Entrepreneurship is skill development that we want to provide and support this summer with Youth Ventures –it’s a fantastic opportunity-.  

How can people get in touch with you if they’d like to talk about starting a business?

My email is labrador@youthventuresnl.com and the office phone number is 709 896 5814 (my office does not have an extension for me). 


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