First and Second Generation Canadian Entrepreneurs
|Research & design||Asma Khanani Caporaletti|
|Supervisor||Heather Daam, IwB|
|Audience & stakeholders||Canadian citizens; first and second generation Canadian business owners; community services: Woodgreen Community Services community partner; local councils; business networks; the Government of Canada.|
|Duration||Design Research Project (1 Term)|
How can first and second generation Canadian entrepreneurs be better supported by local and national government services?
This project explored the role of entrepreneurship in the resettlement of first and second generation Canadians, and their identities as entrepreneurs in new communities. It examined how refugees, immigrants and their children are supported through existing current social and economic services to forge new living patterns and identities in urban centres; what challenges they face; and what additional services are necessary to develop better strategies to assist this population in the establishment and growth of business ownership. Through a design research approach, interviews and research were conducted assisting in the collection of data to help identify how existing resettlement programs could diversify current strategies to support the journey of these individuals.
Research identified and presented a solution as to how existing resettlement programs could diversify current strategies to support newcomer entrepreneurs and the next generation to becoming strong and successful small businesses entrepreneurs in closely-knit communities.