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I’m an Indigenous-French-Canadian female and entrepreneur. I am also lucky to be alive.  At age 13, I pointed a knife at my drunken bi-polar stepfather, while my mother lay on the floor with broken glass in her chest.  Would this be the night I couldn’t keep her alive or I would die?  For most of my teens I tried to ‘save’ my mother who chose alcoholism and a cycle of abuse over protecting us and I wandered down my own dark paths as an escape.

My salvation was my biological father, EMDR therapy and good people along the way who saw light in a world that was becoming increasingly dark. By age 18, I chose a path that distanced me from my troubled teens.  By 30, I had what many define as success - a career, fancy title, luxury car, six figure salary, and a stellar wardrobe door I couldn’t close but I was empty of purpose.

I found that true purpose in renewing my Christian faith and in realizing that life was more than profit and materialistic things.  As a result, I opened my heart again to love, humility, vulnerability and authenticity. As the Founder & CEO of Staff Shop, I am blessed with a platform to keep my dreams alive and help others achieve their full potential. 

My story is about faith, passion and freedom - the core values Staff Shop lives by.


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Testimonials

Tony Chapman, Chatter That Matters

"This year I had the great honour to interview Jennifer Ménard-Shand for my Chatter that Matters platform.  As a Canadian I take great comfort and pride in knowing that people with the values, faith, spirit and drive of Jennifer are succeeding in a world where so many chase profits over a higher purpose. Jennifer has become an extraordinary entrepreneur who makes things happen with a strategic mind, a resonating heart and a bias for action. In doing so she has opened her path in life to others based on merit versus the biases that often blind humanity. Jennifer is special and I recommend her as loudly as words can roar."

"As a mentor for Jennifer I have seen her hard work and right decision making in progressing Staff Shop to a new level; in spite of COVID19 challenges, Jennifer was able to pivot her company, product and services to capture new opportunities during this pandemic stage. Staff Shop has been servicing RBC through Compass Group. RBC has featured Jennifer’s success on this year’s "A Chosen Journey" and she has been invited to speak at the RBC Employee Town Hall meeting in June 2020."

Kiruba Sankar, RBC

"I feel privileged to be in a position to recommend Staff Shop’s Founder & CEO, Jennifer Ménard-Shand, for speaking engagements and presentations. I am confident that anyone engaging Jennifer for these services would be more than satisfied with their experience and results. Jennifer offered insight on key aspects of entrepreneurship, challenges, strategies, successes and resiliency. It was no surprise that Jennifer made the experience a valuable and memorable one. If you’re looking for a positive, impactful, and productive experience, Jennifer is the right choice."

Karen Chalmers, TechAlliance of Southwestern Ontario

"Thank you for attending the Girl Guides of Canada (GGC) Board Retreat to share about your experience as a transformational female leader with our Board Members. GGC has a long history of supporting and empowering girls in Canada. We want to continue to be a key player, paving the way for women with our girl members in the lead. Your valuable insights over the weekend have helped us better understand how we can achieve this. Thank you for sharing your wealth of experience as a woman of influence in Canada. Your support enables us to help girls achieve greatness and be all they can be."

Pamela Rice, Girl Guides of Canada

Raven Wilkinson, American Express Canada

"We at American Express Canada would like to thank you for your participation alongside God-is Rivera, Global Director, Culture & Community at Twitter in the session where we focused on discussing how race conversations can translate into real change within organizations. Our colleagues were inspired by your openness and honesty in sharing how you used your personal experience to build Staff Shop as a purpose-driven company that is truly making an impact. We were all so captivated by your stories and perspective, and your ability to discuss this topic in a relatable and humorous manner without sacrificing or downplaying the importance of the message."

Kim Johnson, Sobeys Inc.

"We would like to offer our sincerest thanks for your expertise, words of advice, and call to action for Sobeys Inc. employees during our panel event, “Reconciliation in the Workplace”. Your engaging manner and expertise were noted and enhanced by your personal story. We received a large number of comments in the event's live chat thanking you for having the courage to share your personal truths. We can not thank you enough, Jennifer, for taking the time to share and enrich our event with your presence. Your contribution will continue to impact the entire Sobeys Inc. team, as we continue on the path of awareness and action related to truth and reconciliation."

Lorissa Kusiba, YPA/YPO

"I would like to formally give my most sincere thanks to Jen and her team at Staff Shop for supporting the professional education and development of the Young Presidents’ Assistants (YPA) members. The lessons learned will remain invaluable throughout our entire careers. We have had the opportunity to hear from many individuals and companies from all walks of life at YPA, but Jennifer and Staff Shop stand out as something truly special. Listening to Jen, it was clear that she is a genuine person, and that Staff Shop operates on the same principles by which she conducts herself. We know there were many attendees who reached out to Jennifer after the event to continue the conversation re; women in business, ragedy to triumph storytelling, and employment opportunities."

Agnes Lan, Change Connect Inc.

"Jennifer offered insight on key aspects of entrepreneurship: the importance of working on your business as opposed to in it; how she builds A-player teams only at Staff Shop; and some keys to entrepreneurial success. Jennifer’s words of wisdom came from her own experience, but the lessons are applicable to everyone: learning to let go gives room for others to grow; use tools and resources to put the right people in the right roles; believe in yourself, and seek mentors who believe in you when you have doubts."

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Testimonials

Tony Chapman, Chatter That Matters

This year I had the great honour to interview Jennifer Ménard-Shand for my Chatter that Matters platform.  As a Canadian I take great comfort and pride in knowing that people with the values, faith, spirit and drive of Jennifer are succeeding in a world where so many chase profits over a higher purpose. Jennifer has become an extraordinary entrepreneur who makes things happen with a strategic mind, a resonating heart and a bias for action. In doing so she has opened her path in life to others based on merit versus the biases that often blind humanity. Jennifer is special and I recommend her as loudly as words can roar.

As a mentor for Jennifer I have seen her hard work and right decision making in progressing Staff Shop to a new level; in spite of COVID19 challenges, Jennifer was able to pivot her company, product and services to capture new opportunities during this pandemic stage. Staff Shop has been servicing RBC through Compass Group. RBC has featured Jennifer’s success on this year’s "A Chosen Journey" and she has been invited to speak at the RBC Employee Town Hall meeting in June 2020.

Kiruba Sankar, RBC

As a founder of Sensational Servers, I built my event staffing company with much diligence and care for years. I never considered my clients and employees to be simply about business. That is why when the time came for me to move on, I chose Bagg @ Your Service, a division of Bagg Inc. - their reputation is renowned. I knew they would operate according to the same values of respect, integrity, pride and professionalism as I do. Transitioning a business can be trying and worrisome, but that is certainly not the case when dealing with Bagg @ Your Service. Working with Jennifer Ménard-Shand and her team has been a positive experience for all concerned at every level.

Janet Nykilchyk, Sensational Servers & Compass Group Canada

Thank you for attending the Girl Guides of Canada (GGC) Board Retreat to share about your experience as a transformational female leader with our Board Members. GGC has a long history of supporting and empowering girls in Canada. We want to continue to be a key player, paving the way for women with our girl members in the lead. Your valuable insights over the weekend have helped us better understand how we can achieve this. Thank you for sharing your wealth of experience as a woman of influence in Canada. Your support enables us to help girls achieve greatness and be all they can be.

Pamela Rice, Girl Guides of Canada

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Speaker History

 "We can’t go back and change the beginning but we can start where we are and change the ending." 

- C.S. Lewis

Breaking The Silence, Opening Hearts & Empowering Voices.

RBC's "A Chosen Journey" 2020 Indigenous Partnership Report featuring Staff Shopedit this text

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Read RBC's "A Chosen Journey" 2020 Indigenous Partnership Report featuring Staff Shop pp. 30-31

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Hear Staff Shop's episode on Tony Chapman’s podcast "Chatter that Matters," 

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Watch founder & CEO Jennifer Ménard-Shand, & COO Alison Hernandez video interview with Tony Chapman 

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Watch Jennifer’s feature video on Drew Dudley’s Wall of Amazing Humans

Hear Jennifer’s triumph of good over evil story on Tony Chapman's podcast "Chatter that Matters"

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Hear Jennifer’s Words of Wisdom on BBS Radio Show inspiring women and entrepreneurs

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Read Jennifer's feature in CAMSC's Indigenous Heritage Newsletter pp. 3-4

Read Jennifer’s feature in WBE Canada’s Driving Innovation Report pp.66-67  

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Watch Jennifer's feature in Change Connect Panel Series: Crushing the Entrepreneurial Journey (11:12-26:48)

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Read Jennifer's feature in Canada's FoodService Magazine as ‘The Recruiter’ 

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Read Jennifer’s feature in The Globe And Mail article ‘In their words' 

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Speaker Blog

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Wife • Mother • Entrepreneur • Speaker

Read Jennifer’s feature in  in the BDC article ‘Un succès à partager’

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Hear Jennifer on  the ‘Lets Talk Supply Chain’ podcast about ‘The Difference Between Culture and Community’

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Core Value Alignment

Read Jennifer’s feature in The Ontario Broker Magazine in the article ‘Building a Winning Team’ pp. 16-17

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