Youth and Lived Expert-Led Business Directory

A young entrepeneur

Discover businesses, services and organizations owned by youth from child welfare operating and supporting local communities across Canada.

Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada has compiled a directory of businesses led or owned by young people who are currently or formerly served by child welfare agencies across Canada. Originally shared at 2024 Stand Up for Kids Night, the directory demonstrates the incredible value youth bring to our communities, and allows the Foundation’s donors and allies, and other former youth from care, a new way to support lived experts.

There are two ways to search for businesses: a geographic search via the below map, or by business type via the below drop downs.


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Business Type

Future Paths Network

About: Future Paths Network is a grassroots organization facilitating connections to community resources and programming for black youth in transition out of foster care.
Location: Ottawa, Ontario
Website or Social Media: @FuturePathsNetwork

UrBiz Marketing

About: Our vision at UrBiz Marketing is to revolutionize the traditional views of marketing agencies and provide high-quality marketing services and resources without the common headaches of working with an agency. We want to empower entrepreneurs and businesses to make informed decisions about their marketing budgets and achieve their goals with confidence.
Location: Canada
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Taleam Systems

About: Facing computer issues? Let us help! Get fast, professional computer service in Ottawa and remotely across Canada. We install software like Microsoft Office and Windows 11 at unbeatable prices. With 10+ years of experience, we promise to respond within 4 hours and ensure your satisfaction.
Location: Ottawa, Ontario
Website or Social Media:

Taleam Systems

808 Foundation Repairs & Waterproofing Specialists

About: Our foundation repair company specializes in stabilizing and restoring the integrity of residential and commercial buildings. We offer expert solutions for foundation cracks, settling, and water damage using advanced technology and skilled craftsmanship. Committed to quality and customer satisfaction, we ensure your property remains safe and secure for years to come.
Location: Ottawa, Ontario
Website or Social Media: 808 Foundation Repairs & Waterproofing Specialists

Loc & Kin Co.

About: Welcome to our cozy creative project founded by three former foster kids who turned their shared journey through the care system into a family-run local business of wearable, functional art. From stickers to pins to apparel, every piece of handmade art and tells a collective reflection of perseverance, love, and the connection. Join us in celebrating the beauty of found and chosen family and the art that connects us all.
Location: Toronto, Ontario
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Cheyanne Ratnam Consulting & Services

About: Equity, Engagement Specialist Consultant and Services (Speaking, facilitation, moderation, etc). Established in 2015.
Location: Canada
Website or Social Media: Cheyanne Ratnam’s LinkedIn

Cheyanne Ratnam

Lydia Taylor Music

About: My name is Lydia Taylor. I am a Canadian singer-songwriter.
Location: Canada
Website or Social Media: @lydiataylormusic

Tsuchi Productions

About: Crafting immersive music for media, including podcasts, video games, commercials, and films. We specialize in creating captivating background scores that elevate your projects. Discover the perfect soundtrack with Tsuchi Productions.
Location: Toronto, Ontario

Ignite Your Fire

About: Motivational speaking with emphasis on overcoming child welfare, addiction and homelessness.
Location: Toronto, Ontario
Website or Social Media: @igniteyourfire_416

Crystal Groves Consulting

About: Crystal is a lived care expert who speaks on her personal experience with child welfare, criminal justice, adoption and much more. Crystal also offers consultations for non profit organizations and social services agencies.
Location: Toronto, Ontario
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Lennard Commercial Realty, Brokerage

About: With over 10 years experience supporting clients, Anna Ho specializes in Tenant Advisory and Office Occupier Services. Anna has led complex, large-scale ($30+ million) real estate transactions at Lennard, Canada’s largest private commercial real estate brokerage business. Anna’s dedication to her business and her clients is recognized by CoStar’s Power Broker award for closing the largest Office Lease deal in Q1 2024.
Location: Headquartered in Toronto, Canada
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About: ItsJessieBT is a yoga + wellness business and also a student coaching and tutoring institute. My aim is to help all of my students both on and off of their yoga mats to find their truest self.
Location: Oshawa, Ontario
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Wilson Made

About: Crafting a dynamic array of wooden wonders, from whimsical kids’ toys to practical furniture, delightful home decor, and captivating vendor displays. Every creation reflects my genuine craftsmanship, meticulously honed with care and an eye for detail, bringing authentic charm and character to every space.
Location: Hamilton, Ontario
Website or Social Media: LinkedIn