Entrepreneurial Scotland Canada

Entrepreneurial Scotland Canada supports the development of the next generation of future leaders through its support of the Saltire Scholar Program.

The Canadian context of Entrepreneurial Scotland was founded around the historically large diaspora of Scottish migrants in Canada. Canadian supporters have been making a difference in Scotland by enabling “life changing” experiences for our Saltire Scholars and Fellows since the Saltire Scholar Program was first launched in Canada 2017.

Canada is as attractive as ever to young students and Entrepreneurial Scotland Canada has great potential to foster a continual exchange of ideas, policies, and business development between Canada and Scotland, to the benefit of both countries.

In 2021 we will expand its network and increase the number of Saltire host companies, raising awareness for the overarching mandate of the Entrepreneurial Scotland Foundation and the culture of entrepreneurship.

There are lots of different ways you can support us in Canada. You can host a Saltire intern at your company over the summer and diversify your talent pool while providing a world-class opportunity for the next generation. You can sponsor an intern financially to help find a placement in their field of interest, enabling them to realize their potential and to gain valuable global insight for their professional development. Or you can help us open doors. If you know someone who wants to "pay it forward" or can help support young entrepreneurs, let us know!


Finding Our Scholars

We work with all of Scotland’s Universities which allows us to reach a significant talent pool, including specialist skill sets and study areas, which saves you the time to access the skills.


We work with all of Scotland’s Universities which allows us to reach a significant talent pool of penultimate year, Undergraduate Students.

Candidates who meet our qualifying criteria, and then complete our first stage competency-based application form, will have a minimum of 3 years academic experience in a variety of study areas.

Applicants invited for interview will have to fully comprehend our Program and understand the skills that they can bring to an employer before being admitted to the Candidate Pool.

After reviewing their tailored CVs and Cover letters, we shortlist students from the highly competitive Candidate Pool for a further interview with a host company.

Saltire Scholars
The strongest talent of the Cohort will secure an internship and the final decision always lies with the Host Company.

Ways to Support ES in Canada

We are at the forefront of developing the entrepreneurial community throughout Scotland with our Programmes designed to equip leaders, current and future with the skills, mindset and connections to go forward and create value.

Your expertise can help make a difference to our community's journey:

  • Help individuals grow? become a mentor
  • Great story to tell? become one of our key note speakers
  • Offer Proactive, practical advice? run a masterclass
  • Support the next generation? host or sponsor a scholar

Our rigorous learning experiences covering a variety of subjects from navigating volatility to building resilience. Virtually or in person you have the opportunity to create direct impact by getting involved in the work we do.

If you believe you can contribute to developing Scotland's current or future leaders, get in touch.

Our world-class development programmes provide high potential individuals at the early or mid-career stages with the opportunity to accelerate their career. A vital part of our programmes is providing opportunities to learn from leading global and entrepreneurial companies like yours.

A unique opportunity to support a Saltire Scholar throughout their time with the programme. Our scholars are the leaders of tomorrow. By offering new challenges, opportunities and connections, we give them the best possible start in their future careers.

To find out more, get in touch.

By making a gift to support our Foundation you will be supporting us to develop Scotland’s next generation of entrepreneurial leaders and contribute to Scotland’s success. You can:

Following receipt of your donation you will receive an official donation receipt which serves as a receipt for income tax purposes. Entrepreneurial Scotland Canada is a registered foundation under the name "The Saltire Foundation Canada" in Canada. Our registered charitable number is BN829489905 RR 0001.

Scholar Hosts

Our Canada Board

Alan Brown

Alan Brown


Alan Brown is the Founder and CEO of A. Brown + Company Ltd. that provides independent strategic advice to leaders amongst corporate, institutional and government clients globally.

He spent the majority of his career in investment banking, latterly at Deutsche Bank and has led the Natural Resources Group since its formation in 2007, with responsibility for Deutsche Bank’s corporate finance activities across a number of global sectors.

A GlobalScot, Alan relocated from London to Toronto in 2016, is a Director of Entrepreneurial Scotland Foundation and Chair of ES in Canada.

Sandy Kennedy

Sandy Kennedy

Chief Advisor

Sandy Kennedy was the CEO of Entrepreneurial Scotland until 1 July 2021, before moving into an advisory role. He holds positions on numerous additional Scottish boards.

With 20 years’ experience leading commercial, social and charitable enterprises, his varied career includes founding an online start-up, working in venture capital and being the first member of The Saltire Foundation team.

Sandy has a law degree from Cambridge and writes regularly for The Herald.

Helen Sayles CBE

Helen Sayles CBE

Former SVP, Liberty Mutual

Helen Sayles CBE is a retired senior vice president and manager for Liberty Mutual Group.

She was presented with the Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts’ Leading Women Award and asked to preside over the 38th Annual New Hampshire Highland Games and Festival.

Helen was inducted into the GlobalScot Hall of Fame, awarded a CBE and holds numerous global chairs.