Janice Larocque

Latium Fleet Management


Janice Larocque is the president of Spirit Staffing and Consulting and Fast Labour Solutions Ltd. staffing and recruitment providers. She’s had a long association with PeerSpark since launching her business in 1998, when PeerSpark was just three years old. Janice shares a unique entrepreneurial perspective developed over nearly two decades of steady business growth, staffing a multitude of industries with skilled, diverse labour. She credits her entrepreneurial success to hard work, dedication, and some concrete help from PeerSpark when she needed it most.

“We went from a start-up of two people to twelve internal staff today, with offices in two cities.”

Without PeerSpark, Janice wouldn’t have been able to make a go of it.

“Many of the contacts I’ve made at PeerSpark have been important for my kind of business, particularly now in this economic downturn, when staff demand is lower.”

In addition to receiving five loans for start-up and expansion, she took advantage of PeerSpark at a key time of growth, and was provided with the connections, training, and support she needed to take Spirit Staffing to the next level.

“PeerSpark is a great program that I found super valuable as far as expanding my network and getting training and support. They also have great workshops in the financial and administrative areas, where you learn to streamline processes and get more done with less.”

Janice stresses the importance of being assertive, both externally and internally, when growing a business.

“Assertiveness may not come naturally for a lot of women, but it’s something you can learn. Join PeerSpark and get some training on this. I’m not talking about aggression, more like confidence and the ability to express your thoughts and advance your case. It’s really worth it.”

Seventeen years, two corporate offices, and numerous community and provincial business awards later, Janice is at the helm of one of the province’s most successful staffing firms. Believing in herself was all it took to get started.