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The Scholars Edge Business Ownership Experience

A competition for aspiring young entrepreneurs that gives them real experience in business ownership, and allows them to learn without financial risk.

The Competition.

Over a period of 6 months, we will train and support up to 50 top Canadian students to run their own summer house painting business, and compete to win scholarships, a Dean’s List all-inclusive trip, introductions with business leaders, and the right to be our 2022 Champion.

Our Mission.

Scholars Edge exists to empower and develop the finest university students through our business ownership experience.

The Candidates.

Outstanding Canadian students, motivated, self-directed and resourceful. Tomorrow’s entrepreneurs. The business leaders of the future. Undaunted by a challenge and eager to prove they have what it takes.


We’re looking for a few very good students who are headed towards business ownership,
and want to learn and test themselves along the way. Is this you?
We are now accepting applications for the 2022 season!
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Meet The 2022 Scholars

Click on each Scholar's Picture to find out more information.

Cameron Vanderveen Headshot

Cameron Vanderveen

Kelowna, BC

Charles Gendron Headshot

Charles Gendron

Airdrie, AB

Charles Gendron Headshot

Curren Ward

South EastCalgary, AB

Elwin Thom Headshot

Elwyn Thom

Cordova Bay, BC

Jaymee Scollon Headshot

Jaymee Scollon

Parksville, BC

Julian Sitges Headshot

Julian Sitges

Victoria, BC

Mackenzie Nordli Headshot

Mackenzie Nordli

Nanaimo, BC

Mary Harris Headshot

Mary Harris

Victoria, BC

Mattias Hohlweg Headshot

Mattias Hohlweg

Richmond, BC

Olivia Martiskainen Headshot

Olivia Martiskainen

Duncan, BC

Sean Webster Headshot

Sean Webster

Burnaby, BC

Shaan Brar Headshot

Shaan Brar

Victoria/Langford, BC

Shaun Gould Headshot

Shaun Gould

Victoria/Royal Oak, BC

Stefan Klimach Headshot

Stefan Klimach

Victoria, BC

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Meet The Panel

We’ve assembled this team of industry experts and renowned entrepreneurs to assist our candidates throughout the competition and provide timely evaluations and advice. Their assessment of each candidate will factor in the overall scores.

More panelists to come... check back soon.
Ryan Addams Headshot



Ryan Addams is a world traveler, an entrepreneur, and a renegade.

Ryan has spent two decades building his own successful businesses. He’s personally worked with over a thousand business owners and entrepreneurs to help grow their companies and has been directly responsible for hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue.

Milton Chan Headshot


Top Vancouver Real-Estate Agent

Born and raised in Vancouver, Milton was once a Scholars Edge Operator, District Manager, & General Manager.

Milton is now one of the youngest realtors in the city and has found success early on in his career, most recently recognized as one of the top agents in RE/MAX Crest for consecutive months in the ‘new to industry’ category.

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CEO / Director of Expansion

I would like to welcome all of you to the 2021 Scholars Edge Team. My name is Steve Acorn and I am the owner of YEAA/Student Painters. Congratulations on being accepted into our elite program. You are one of only 30 young entrepreneurs across Western Canada that have been accepted for this summer’s challenge. You have made the first step towards investing in your future. I know from previous experience you will have an incredible story to tell come September.