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eBay Canada’s 2015
Entrepreneur of the Year

Christine Deslauriers

(eBay ID: BoutiqueStepUp)
Christine Deslauriers, founder of Boutique Step Up, combined her passion for figure skating with her entrepreneurial drive to build a successful business, making her eBay’s 2015 Entrepreneur of the Year. She started selling skating gear and apparel on eBay eight years ago, and due to her quick success, she was able to open a bricks-and-mortar store two years later. Based in Blezard Valley, a small town near Sudbury, Ontario, Christine now operates a thriving multi-channel business, with online sales increasing by 470% since her first year of operation. As a result of her strong online sales, Christine has expanded her offerings to include gymnastics, dance and swimwear products, giving her physical store a reputation for having an impressive inventory selection. She is also a global seller with items regularly shipping to locations including the U.S., Europe, Russia, Australia and New Zealand.

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eBay Canada’s 2015
Exporter of the Year

Kimberley Wotherspoon

(eBay ID: lumbermart1984)
eBay’s platform provides small businesses instant access to a global marketplace. This year, eBay is recognizing Kimberley Wotherspoon of LumberMart, a hardware and building supply store in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, for her success in selling beyond Canada’s borders. Kimberley’s “intrapreneurial” spirit (behaving like an entrepreneur while working within a business) highlights a growing sector of SME’s utilizing eBay’s ecommerce platform to reach a global audience. Kimberley was hired to build LumberMart’s online business, and within her first year on the job, she increased daily sales by more than 900 per cent. Today, LumberMart is shipping items around the world, with more than 60 per cent of shipments being exported to countries such as Australia, United Kingdom, Ireland, Sweden, Norway, Italy, France and the United States. By bringing a ‘traditional’ bricks-and-mortar store online, Kimberley has helped LumberMart stay competitive even as big box retailers have started to move in to the local market.

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eBay Canada’s 2015
Made in Canada Entrepreneur

Vanessa Szabo

(eBay ID: canadiansilvercoinexchange)
Vanessa Szabo, founder of Canadian Silver Coin Exchange, is the recipient of the Made in Canada Entrepreneur award, which honours a seller that has built a prosperous business with products that are made or produced in Canada. A resident of Kamloops, British Columbia, Vanessa has always had a passion for the historical significance of Canadian coins. Ten years ago she started casually selling a variety of items on eBay as a way to make an income while staying at home with her young children. Once her children were older, she took her business to the next level by increasing her online sales efforts while also opening a bricks-and-mortar store offering precious metals. Almost 30 percent of Vanessa’s buyers are repeat customers and she hosts an average of 150 auctions per month, a figure that has increased 47% over the past 6 months. One of her most interesting sales to date was a rare bronze 1898 Governor General's academic medal, as these types of medals only appear on the market every 50-70 years.