Class of 2021
Owner and Founder of Medika North – Robyn Villebrun dedicates her time into the community through various entrepreneurship talks. Robyn Villebrun became the first Wood Buffalo Innovations Guest Speaker to encourage other entrepreneurs to go after their dreams.
She recently chatted with YMM about owning a healthcare company in a pandemic, her hero, and more.
YMM: What’s the biggest challenge you’ve taken on this year?
RV: Owning a healthcare company in a pandemic has come with many challenges, not necessarily in a negative way either. Our team at Medika North grew significantly after we were taken out from the flood. Medika North built one of the only offsite COVID-19 therapy clinics in Western Canada (aside from the Military) from ground up. Our team was given two to four weeks to execute, and it went flawless. From construction, to custom medical protocols, to training and maintenance. Overall it was a lot of time from all our leadership team in planning, implementation and evaluation/auditing – but was completely worth it. We learn from every project and ensure continuous improvement of each project is kept to a high standard.
YMM: Who is your hero?
RV: My mother Margaret Flett. She is an Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation who lives in Fort Chipewyan and has the biggest heart and a smile that can light up a room. She taught me to be proud of who I am and where I come from. She taught me to work hard and never to compare myself to anyone, she taught me to be kind to others no matter what and treat others the way you want to be treated. Mom taught me to respect myself, my boundaries and especially our elders. I respect my mother, I admire her strength, and her patiences raising four daughters. And most of all I admire her sense of community and unconditional love. She is my hero.
YMM: What three words best describe you?
RV: Passionate – Guided innately of who I am, I am just a very enthusiastic person and have this intense desire to achieve my goals. .
Genuine – Raised to always be me.
Determined – When I have my mind set on a goal or idea, I will create a path to make sure when the opportunities begin to arrive – I am ready.
YMM: How should success be measured?
RV: Success should be measured by whether you reached your outcome or obtained your goal in mind. OR if you went on that journey and LEARNED something valuable along the way. This can include any aspect of your life: school courses, job performance, motherhood, financial stability, mental health or maybe it all.
It’s like defining family: family is who you say they are. And then you list off your family.