By Evan Ceretti
A local entrepreneur was recently recognized as one of Atlantic Canada’s top 55 leaders of 2015 as chosen by 21inc, a company aimed at growing tomorrow’s entrepreneurial leaders.
Mathieu Arsenault, 32, from Charlottetown, P.E.I., was recognized for his consultancy business, Think Forward Solutions. Through its results-orientated and strategic approach, the business ensures clients reach their full efficiency.
Arsenault was selected by 21inc, which stands for the 21 Leaders of the 21st Century, as one of the region’s top leaders under 40 years old. He was recognized also for his community involvement and for his focus on sustainability.
Having worked abroad on economical projects, his work and life experiences have shaped him into a very community-orientated person. He’s travelled a lot and now wants to give back to P.E.I.
“I want P.E.I. to be the best version of itself. We need to start thinking of better ways to doing things. Help people be the best version of themselves.”
Arsenault wants to promote the fact that P.E.I. is full of young leaders, and is very capable of becoming a more sustainable island.
“Think positively. Think forward. Create the future that we want to see. We’re as bright, capable and talented [as elsewhere] and we have everything we need to succeed. “
Arsenault has a Master’s degree in International Development, and Bachelors’ in Russian and Political Science. His resume includes working for a World Bank Project in Tajikistan, teaching on a tall ship for eight months, being part of Team Canada at the Sochi Olympics, and his current job, community outreach manager for a renewable bio-energy company.
This is the second time Arsenault was recognized as a leader by 21inc. Arsenault’s sister was also among the leaders of the 2015 summit, of which there were only eight Islanders.
He said one of his greatest achievements in community development was creating the P.E.I. Ultimate Frisbee league, an organization that was officially started in 2009 and now attracts hundreds of players.
Arsenault said he understands the importance of community projects. He wants to encourage people to be involved in their community and to hold onto a vision for a better, more sustainable, P.E.I.
“Create the world you want to see. People are the leaders.”
Arsenault said it’s important to encourage all aspiring young entrepreneurs to start their own businesses and pursue their goals, to which he offered one word of advice.