East Coast Life­style founder to speak at NSCC, CBU events


The founder of East Coast Life­style will speak at a cou­ple of en­trepreneur­ship-themed events this week in Cape Bre­ton.

Alex Ma­cLean, who has been rec­og­nized by Mar­ket­ing Mag­a­zine as one of the top 30un­der-30, be­gan sell­ing hood­ies from his front porch and now sup­plies 80 re­tail lo­ca­tions across Canada.

“I am ex­cited to come to Cape Bre­ton. I know what it’s like to make the leap into en­trepreneur­ship and I re­ally hope to in­spire more en­trepreneurs in Nova Sco­tia,” Ma­cLean said in a re­lease.

The first event is be­ing hosted by the Nova Sco­tia Com­mu­nity Col­lege and will take place Thurs­day from 4-8 p.m. at the New Dawn Cen­tre for So­cial In­no­va­tion in Syd­ney.

Hosted by CBU alumni Jus­tine Wil­liamson and Greg Vardy, the cre­ative minds be­hind the Magic Ranch’s Tracy and Martina, the event will show­case young en­trepreneurs through panel dis­cus­sions and will pro­vide net­work­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for at­ten­dees. The evening will con­clude with a key­note ad­dress from Ma­cLean.

“We are so thrilled to host this event and to have Alex on board as the key­note speaker,” said Fred Til­ley, prin­ci­pal of the Mar­coni cam­pus of the NSCC. “This is a great op­por­tu­nity to in­spire and motivate young peo­ple to con­sider en­trepreneur­ship as a ca­reer choice here in Cape Bre­ton.”

The event is free to youth be­tween the ages of 20 and 35 who have an in­ter­est in en­trepreneur­ship, but reg­is­tra­tion is re­quired and can be com­pleted on­line at www.ig­niten­scc.eventbrite.ca.

Ma­cLean will also speak at Cape Bre­ton Univer­sity this week dur­ing its an­nual En­trepreneur­ship Day on Fri­day. The day is de­signed to in­spire high school stu­dents to ex­plore busi­ness cre­ation.

“Hav­ing Alex Ma­cLean here to speak with lo­cal high school stu­dents will show that suc­cess can be achieved early and knowl­edge gained at univer­sity can be put to use right away,” said Ge­orge Kara­phillis, dean of the Shan­non School of Busi­ness.

The event will also in­clude a gam­i­fied sim­u­la­tion ex­er­cise by GoVen­ture.

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