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McInnes Cooper partners with non-profit Venture for Canada

Thursday, August 17, 2017 @ 12:48 PM | By John Chunn


Venture for Canada, a not-for-profit organization that recruits, trains and supports recent graduates to work at leading Canadian startups, announced a partnership with business law firm McInnes Cooper.

“We are proud to partner with McInnes Cooper as Venture for Canada’s Atlantic Canadian legal partner,” said Scott Stirrett, executive director and founder of Venture for Canada. “This partnership enables us to help more Atlantic Canada based startups gain the talent they need to grow, while strengthening the retention of entrepreneurial recent graduates in Atlantic Canada.”

Venture for Canada’s work aligns with the federal and provincial governments’ Atlantic Growth Strategy, which emphasizes the need to “enhance the region’s capacity to develop, deploy and retain a skilled workforce” as well as to “foster greater business innovation by supporting the scaling up of small firms,” Stirrett said.

Through this new partnership, McInnes Cooper will provide legal training to Venture for Canada fellows on employment issues and matters related to launching their own businesses. In addition, McInnes Cooper will host and sponsor a series of events and provide pro bono legal services.

“McInnes Cooper is delighted to support Venture for Canada,” said Sandra Goodwin, McInnes Cooper’s managing director of client development.

“We’re seeing more and more great startups in Atlantic Canada. Our lawyers are passionate about helping this sector grow, and Venture for Canada is an ideal partner to help boost the talented young people who will make it happen.”