From left to right - Jean-Pierre Parenty, Donald Smith, Pierrette Sherwood (winner of La Fosse aux lions), Mona Dupuis, André Collet




Congratulations to Pierrette Sherwood of Papillon Garden Creation, this year’s grand winner of CDEM’S La Fosse aux lions. She wins $15, 000, a year’s worth of advertisement in La Liberté, Manitoba’s weekly French newspaper, and a membership to la Chambre de commerce francophone de Saint-Boniface. The winner will also be mentored by CDEM business advisors.

La Fosse aux lions is loosely based on CBC’s Dragon’s Den. The event was held October 17, 2012, at Université Saint-Boniface. 4 finalists were chosen to compete. Each had 20 minutes to make a case for their business concept before a panel of seasoned business people.

The contest was organized by the CDEM, the Economic Development Council for Manitoba Bilingual Municipalities, to encourage young entrepreneurs and help them become the business leaders of tomorrow through mentorship and financing. Their business ideas were evaluated according to a list of criteria such as commercialization potential and innovation.

The winner, Pierrette Sherwood, lives in Richer Manitoba and is a local artist there. Her works feature reclaimed metal, pottery and wood sculptures, which increasingly sell online. Among her first projects with her winnings: freshening up the old country store in which she both creates and sells her art and exhibits those of others. Papillon Garden Creations is located in Richer, Manitoba, just 30 minutes East of Winnipeg on Hwy #1.

Other finalists were:

Marie-Josée Clément – marijosée.

Roland Kirouac – Spadrole, leading with laughter.

Micheline Mulaire – flô, functional living organizer.

For more information on this year’s exciting event, visit