Transformative 2023 ScaleUP Program Announces Graduates

PETERBOROUGH, ON – October 26, 2023 – Today marks the graduation of nine area entrepreneurs who successfully completed the transformative ScaleUP program presented by Community Futures Peterborough and Scotiabank.

“For the past eight weeks, these ambitious business owners have participated in extensive one-on-one coaching alongside intensive classroom sessions to better equip them with the knowledge and tools to accelerate their business to the next level,” says Devon Girard, Executive Director of Community Futures Peterborough. “Today, each graduate is walking away with a customized roadmap to help guide them through the next phase of sustainable growth for their business.”

The 2023 ScaleUP program was specifically designed to educate area entrepreneurs with the tools needed to make key decisions about how to grow and expand their businesses in our community. The program was presented in partnership with Community Futures Peterborough and Scotiabank, with a shared commitment to serve area business owners looking to scale their operations.

“Scotiabank offers our heartfelt congratulations to the graduates of the ScaleUP program. The support this program offers to participants is aligned to the tailored advice we deliver to our clients as they look to grow and expand their business,” says Chris Skinner, District Vice President of Ontario Central East. “We are proud to have partnered with Community Futures Peterborough in supporting entrepreneurs and businesses in the community.”

Graduates of the fall cohort of the program include:

  • Robyn Jenkins, Charlea’s Riverside Gardens
  • Tracy Logan, Logan Tree Experts
  • Angela Jones, Lakeshore Designs
  • RJ Kayser, Flowspa
  • Robyn Ivory, Indigenously Infused
  • Brett Pritchard, The 3D Shoppe
  • Kollene Drummond, Well Grounded
  • Matt Anderson, Chemong City Greens
  • Jena Trimble, Zen Home and Cottage Cleaning Service

“The insights I learned through the ScaleUP program have sparked exciting new developments for my business,” says Robyn Ivory, Founder and Creator of Indigenously Infused. “Aligning our goals with tangible practices doesn’t feel so daunting when guided by Diane and the ScaleUP program. Working and learning alongside a powerhouse of entrepreneurs has inspired me, to say the least.”

“Through the ScaleUP program, I am now better equipped for the leadership roles and business processes I’ll need to build upon to successfully grow and scale my business,” says Matt Anderson, owner, of Chemong City Greens.  “This program has provided me with the confidence and know-how to apply the tools and best practices needed to anticipate the many challenges entrepreneurs face. Having the opportunity to learn from Diane and her years of leadership experience plus being in the room and learning from other Peterborough business owners has been very rewarding.”

The 2023 program was led by Diane Richard, a seasoned industry consultant, and a team of regional experts including Savino Human Resource Partners, Holmes-Riseley CPA’s and Tax Advisors and featured a supply chain consultant.  The program featured extensive education into crucial areas such as financial management, supply chain optimization, people management, crisis control, organizational structuring, and creating effective policies.

“I want to congratulate the graduates of the ScaleUP program—your hard work and dedication are a testament of your commitment to your business and your community,” says the Honourable Filomena Tassi, Minister responsible for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario. “Our government knows the value of rural economies and that is why earlier this year we invested a further $40 million into the 36 CFDCs so they can provide valuable programs, tools and resources to help rural businesses thrive.”

About Community Futures Peterborough

Community Futures Peterborough has a mission to support small businesses with flexible financing in the City and County of Peterborough. It has invested more than $41 million in 1,100+ small businesses since 1985, creating or maintaining more than 4,100 jobs in the City and the County. CFP is a not-for-profit organization funded by the Government of Canada, through the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario), as part of the Community Futures Program.

About FedDev Ontario

For 14 years, the Government of Canada, through FedDev Ontario, has worked to advance and diversify the southern Ontario economy through funding opportunities and business services that support innovation, growth, and job creation in Canada’s most populous region. The Agency has delivered impressive results, which can be seen in southern Ontario businesses that are creating innovative technologies, improving productivity, growing revenues, creating jobs, and in the economic advancement of communities across the region. Learn more about the impacts the Agency is having in southern Ontario by exploring our pivotal projects, our Southern Ontario Spotlight, and FedDev Ontario’s Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn.

About Scotiabank

Scotiabank is a leading bank in the Americas. Guided by our purpose: “for every future”, we help our customers, their families and their communities achieve success through a broad range of advice, products, and services, including personal and commercial banking, wealth management and private banking, corporate and investment banking, and capital markets. With a team of over 90,000 employees and assets of over $1.3 trillion (as at April 30, 2023), Scotiabank trades on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: BNS) and New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: BNS). For more information, please visit and follow us on Twitter @Scotiabank


Media Contacts:

Devon Girard, Executive Director

Mobile: 705-957-3641


Edward Hutchinson

Press Secretary

Office of the Minister responsible for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario


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