Monique Fares is a 2020 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards Start-Up Finalist. Building on a long-time dream of becoming a doctor, Monique’s deep passion for healthcare led her to establish Signature Health, the only proactive and preventative medical clinic in Atlantic Canada.
My first job ever was… a YMCA Camp Counsellor for children with disabilities.
I decided to be an entrepreneur because… I was inspired by my family and I’ve always wanted to grow a business that fulfilled my passion and allowed me to meet my goals.
My proudest accomplishment is… creating Signature Health and watching it grow into a successful business that is meeting its vision in helping others — while making a positive impact in their health.
My biggest setback was… when I was not happy with how my career path was progressing.
I overcame it by… going back to school to gain more knowledge and education to help me find new career opportunities that complimented my passion and goals.
If you Googled me, you still wouldn’t know… that my dream as a little girl was to be a Pediatrician and that my favorite food is chicken nuggets and fries.
My best advice for aspiring entrepreneurs is… surround yourself with good people who can provide valuable insights, and to work hard and never give up on your business. Watching your business succeed out-values all the challenges you might experience along the way.
The one piece of advice I give that I have trouble following myself is… find a balance in life so that your business does not consume every ounce of you.
Success to me means… progressing my business forward and providing valuable services to my clients, and making time for other important things in life, like my family.
I stay inspired by… by the success stories of my clients and the health changes they are making.
My next step is… to build on our current achievement and have Signature Health offer more extensive and comprehensive services such as more diagnostic testing.