Alongside Welcomes James Caldwell

We’re pleased to announce that James Caldwell has joined our team as Product Marketing Coordinator! Having just completed his Bachelors of Commerce degree at Dalhousie University and the Venture for Canada training camp, he’s bringing a fresh perspective to our team. Let’s learn more about James shall we?

Who inspires you, James?

I would say the person who inspires me the most is my mother. She is easily one of the hardest working people I know and is a strong supporter of life-long learning. Whether it be taking day-long courses or obtaining new designations, she has always provided me a strong example of what can be accomplished if you work hard and stay focused.

That’s amazing! What was the last book you read?

Well other than the pile of textbooks that preoccupied my time during my last year at Dal, the last book that I read that I actually wanted to was The Entrepreneur Roller Coaster by Darren Hardy. It’s an amazing book to say the least. I would highly recommend it for anyone considering diving into entrepreneurship or would like to explore how exciting and terrifying the world of entrepreneurship can be.

Interesting. So what is your favourite movie and why?

Oh boy, that’s a tough one. I would have to say though, that my favourite movie is Captain America: Civil War. Not only does it give us an amusing insight on how well the heroes can fight each other, because who doesn’t want to say that their favourite hero is the strongest, it also provides a valuable lesson on the perils of in-fighting on a team. Strong egos and poor communication were the real villains of that movie.

Who would you most like to swap places with for a day?

Now that’s an interesting question. I think that if I could swap places with someone for a day, I would probably swap with Pro-cyclist Chris Froome. I think being able to ride a bike all day long and get paid for it is a pretty sweet deal.

Nice! Who is your favourite Star Wars character?

I gotta say that my favourite Star Wars character is Obi-Wan Kenobi. That’s mostly because he’s really resourceful, fearless and he always fights for what is right and just. Not to mention, he plays an instrumental role throughout the franchise.

That’s great. What excites you the most about joining the Alongside team?

That’s easy! I’ve always had a strong passion for entrepreneurship, which is what led me to become a 2018 Venture for Canada Fellow and what originally got me interested in Alongside. So, what excites me the most about joining the team is that I get to be a part of something really exciting right here in the Maritimes. A lot of people believe that there is not a lot of opportunities or anything special happening in our region, but Alongside is proof that those opinions are simply not true. I’m just really pumped to be a part of an exciting small company and a part of the broader entrepreneurial eco-system in the Maritimes.

That’s really great James! We’re excited to have you on our team and to get to know you even more. Welcome to the team!