You have been invited to share your thoughts in a survey to help us to learn more about new and established entrepreneurs age 50+ living in Canada. This nation-wide study is being conducted by the Centre for Elder Research, based at Sheridan College in Oakville, Ontario and is funded by the Canadian Education and Research Institute for Counselling (CERIC).
PURPOSE OF THE SURVEY
Individuals 50+ represent the fastest growing age demographic for founders of start-up businesses in Canada and the trend continues to rise. Despite this, we know very little about older entrepreneurs. The purpose of this study is to address gaps in knowledge by investigating the experiences, needs and interests of new and established entrepreneurs 50+.
Any information that is obtained in connection with this survey will remain confidential. You will never be identifiable based on your data. Your personal data and notes will be associated with a code, which will be stored in a secure file accessible only by the Centre staff.
Once you click 'I agree' below, you will be taken to the survey and from there you can move through the questions. The entire survey should take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete.
POTENTIAL RISKS AND DISCOMFORTS
There is the possibility that you may feel uncomfortable answering some of the questions asked in the survey. You are not required to answer any question if you feel uncomfortable doing so and you may close the survey window at any time.
The results of this survey will help the Centre for Elder Research to learn more about the experiences of Canadian entrepreneurs 50+. The results will inform a report and recommendations that will be made public with the intent that supports offered to older entrepreneurs truly reflect their needs and interests. This may be of interest to you or someone you know.
PARTICIPATION AND WITHDRAWAL
Your participation in this survey is voluntary. You are under no pressure to participate in the survey and, if you choose to participate you are free to stop at any time, with no penalty to yourself. You may also exercise the option of removing your data from the survey.
If you have any questions or concerns about the research, please feel free to contact:
Pat Spadafora M.S.W.
, Director, Sheridan Centre for Elder Research, Sheridan College, Ontario
905-845-9430, extension 8615; firstname.lastname@example.org
RIGHTS OF RESEARCH PARTICIPANTS
You may withdraw your consent at any time and discontinue participation without penalty. You are not waiving any legal claims, rights or remedies because of your participation in this research study. This study has been reviewed and received ethics clearance through the Sheridan Research Ethics Board (SREB). If you have questions regarding your rights as a research participant, contact:
Dr. Kirsten Madsen, Chair, Sheridan Research Ethics Board 905-845-9430, ext. 2795
1430 Trafalgar Road, Oakville, Ontario L6H 2L1