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Fumble, fix or fold: redefining failure as an entrepreneur

Thursday, July 16 | 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

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As an entrepreneur, we’ve been taught to fear failure—walking away is never an option until it is. Coming out the other side of a business can be just as much a success as others may deem it a failure. Join us for an honest and real conversation surrounding failure, hearing directly from entrepreneurs who have experienced the other side. We’ll discuss:

  • How they knew it was time
  • What you can do to either avoid it or better prepare for it

Meghan Huchkowsky, Doodle Dogs

Meghan Huchkowsky, Newfoundlander turned Calgarian is Co-Founder/Co-Owner of Doodle Dogs boutique located online and at two brick and mortar locations – Bridgeland and Parkdale. When Meghan isn’t sourcing the most unique, functional and healthy dog accessories treat and food for pets, she can be found volunteering as President, Co-Chair and Director of Member Relations for the Alberta LGBTQ + Chamber of Commerce. Along with her business partner and brother Corey, Meghan is passionate about delivering amazing customer service and quality pet nutrition to Calgary’s pet parents. She lives in Calgary with her husband of 11 years Mike, Persian Himalayan cat Mallzie and liver Shih Tzu named Weechee Warrick.


Susie Sykes, Timber Benefits

Fun facts about Susie – she always goes the extra mile for her job. Whether it was dressing head-to-toe in duct tape for the Red Green Show, volunteering as the cow mascot for a local country music radio station or flying to Yellowknife to hang out with ice road truckers, Susie has no issue stepping outside of her comfort zone.
In a professional capacity, Susie owned Edmonton-based marketing firm Catapult Marketing for 10 years before recently switching gears to create a new business called Timber Benefits. The vision for her new company is to help businesses create healthy and happy workplaces by implementing modern employee benefits. She believes flexible benefits should proactively support employees physical and mental well-being.


Jason Bacon, ATB Financial

Jason was raised in northern Alberta, a small town by the name of Peace River. His first entrepreneurial venture was in the fifth grade when he and his friend would bring tadpoles in from the hills to sell to the kids at school. He then had his first experience with regulation when the principle found out and shut it down.
A graduate of the University of Lethbridge with a Bachelor of Management Majoring in Finance, he has worked in a myriad of roles across the financial industry. From personal lending and mutual fund investments to risk management and finally business lending and advising. He formerly ran the Chinook Entrepreneur Challenge, the largest rural business planning competition in Western Canada.
From there he came to ATB where he worked as an Entrepreneur Strategist in Southern Alberta, helping people to become better entrepreneurs and to build stronger businesses. An advisor and mentor who shared his own failings and winnings to help others along the way.
In his current role, Jason works as the Senior Manager, Entrepreneur Education for ATB Financial where he works with a brilliant team of individuals and entrepreneurs to better business across the entire province

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