Research & Community Initiatives

YES works to provide innovative research and initiatives to help drive entrepreneurship and employment capacity-building in the English-speaking community.

Here are some of our community initiatives:

Advancing Women in STEM

In collaboration with industry and community leaders, YES Employment + Entrepreneurship led the ‘Advancing Women in STEM’ initiative to address and identify systematic solutions to a number of challenges stifling women’s retention of and access to leadership positions within the STEM industry.

Advancing Women in Mentorship

A research study conducted in 2015 revealed the critical importance of mentorship in the retention of women in the STEM industry. Building on the report’s findings, we created and launched ‘ADVANCE’, a free online platform for companies that provides a virtual space for mentors and mentees to easily connect, discuss challenges, identify solutions, create roadmaps, track deliverables and track the progress of action plans.

Research & Reports

At YES Employment + Entrepreneurship, we believe that everyone deserves an equal shot at success. That’s why we work tirelessly with companies and clients to develop inclusive strategies that promote diversity and create opportunities for all. Our team is dedicated to conducting extensive research and producing insightful reports to inform our programs and ensure they have a real impact. With a shared commitment to equity and inclusion, we’re building a better future for all.

Employment Service Providers Roundtable

YES hosts the Quebec Employment Service Providers Roundtable, a coalition of English-language employment service providers from across the province. Formed in 1997, the Roundtable facilitates an independent forum to discuss and propose solutions to critical issues unique to English-language service providers.

Provincial Employment Roundtable (PERT)

A multi-stakeholder initiative incubated by YES, PERT is a non-profit organization focused on addressing employment and employability challenges facing the English-speaking community in Quebec through the mobilization of knowledge and resources. Through engagement and collaboration, PERT strives to support interested actors to create solutions which can enhance the economic vitality of not only the English-speaking community, but all Quebecers.


With the support of the Department of Canadian Heritage, YES assisted in the creation of Youth For Youth (Y4Y) Quebec, a non-profit organization committed to addressing the issues facing English-speaking youth (ages 16-30) in the province of Quebec. Through Youth For Youth, English-speaking youth will have a vehicle to take a leadership role in their community, inspiring their peers to become active members of Quebec society, and mobilizing the broader English-speaking community around issues that impact the community’s vitality.