Grad to offer tips on surviving entrepreneurship at upcoming webinar

Brock University alumnus Jason Sparaga (BBA ’93) will return to campus virtually next week to share his more than two decades of experience building and growing businesses.

Sparaga’s talk, which will focus on surviving entrepreneurship, is part of the Business Breathers series and will take place from 11 to 11:45 a.m. on Wednesday, April 12. Facilitated by Goodman Group, the Goodman School of Business’ community-focused learning and development services provider, the session aims to help people better understand entrepreneurship, whether they’re considering the path or already working for themselves.

“The world needs entrepreneurs more than ever,” Sparaga says.

Yet finding success in entrepreneurship often means maintaining a truly separate personal life, managing the stress of business highs and lows and having the tenacity to stay the course on what can be a challenging journey. Sparaga will discuss all of these factors during the session.

The Goodman grad brings more than 25 years of experience as an executive, owner investor and advisor to the conversation.

He is also Co-founder and Executive Board Chair of Spark Power (TSX:SPG). He was Spark’s co-CEO from its inception in 2009 until January 2021, leading strategy and driving aggressive growth both organically and through acquisitions. After growing the business to more than $250 million in revenue, he recruited a strong professional management team and stepped back into a board position. He and his partners remain majority shareholders of Spark.

Prior to Spark, Sparaga co-founded and was CEO of Spara Capital Partners, a boutique private investment and merchant bank. In 2015, he was awarded Goodman’s Distinguished Graduate Award. He received a Canadian Business Excellence award in 2016 and was an Entrepreneur of the Year finalist in 2017. He’s also a strong advocate for charitable giving, including work with Autism on the Run, Unity for Autism and Prostate Cancer Canada.

Everyone is welcome to attend the Business Breathers webinars. Anyone interested in joining is asked to register online. A confirmation email will provide a link to access the webinar at the date and time of the event.

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