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Entrepreneurship and the MDP (Management Development Program) in Canada



University First Class Painters is part of the management development program in Canada. This program has several different types of businesses whereby university students are educated in business through training and hands on experience.
The Canada-wide program consists of fundamental business training in conjunction with training on the specific business candidates have elected to run in the summer break. The basic premise of MDP is to provide an insulated environment entrepreneurial experience.
The term independent entrepreneur may not be a true description of our managers. Managers do run an independent business but do not have true independence, at least not initially. Independence is only gained within the system through the gaining of experience. A candidate must exhibit that they have achieved the skills and knowledge that warrant such independence. 


MDP participants report on a daily basis for guidance from their regional manager for most of the first season.


The gaining of this experience may lessen the need for guidance although it is always available at any time. The reality is that managers recognize the experience of their regional manager as a resource and asset and will continue to use them to build their own skills and to achieve their goals throughout the seasons.

Managers can continue the program throughout their University degree. Gaining skills and increasing their financial rewards each year they return to run their business.


Each manager is given an exclusive geographic territory that they work in. Most will stay within their initial territory throughout their years with the program. There are others that will take their skills to other territories due to academic reasons, locations closer to home or just because it is a more lucrative area.


All returning managers across Canada participate in the Executive Management Program each year. The goal for this program is to enhance skills and achieve a longer term perspective on the opportunities that their success present.