Today’s Notable Young Entrepreneur is REVIV CEO Christopher Chapheau, whose company offers six different IV infusion drips that focus on boosts of healthy vitamins for the busy young professionals. And yes, there’s even one to cure your hangover…
Describe what you do in less than 140 characters. Go.
REVIV is the leading global provider of intravenous infusion and vitamin booster shot wellness treatments. We keep you operating at your best in today’s 24-hour lifecycle.
What was the inspiration for your career route?
I grew up running around in my dad’s restaurant in Victoria, B.C. The entrepreneurial bug must have stuck early on because owning my own business has been the only path I ever wanted my career to take.
Fast forward to today, and health and fitness have become such an integral part of my everyday life that when I came across REVIV over a year and a half ago, I knew right away that this was not only something I wanted to be a part of, but something I needed to bring to Toronto.
What is the most memorable milestone in your career so far?
Easy: the opening of REVIV’s first Canadian flagship clinic. I’ve never worked harder to overcome so many obstacles. Seeing months upon months of work come to fruition was the most gratifying experience of my career, bar none.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years, 10 years, 20 years?
First and foremost, I want to continue to expand the REVIV brand across Canada, launching flagship clinics in cities coast-to-coast starting next year. Once I’ve accomplished that I’ll have to come back to tell you what’s in store for the next five years.
Do you have any advice for other young professionals?
The best advice I’ve received comes from my father, who always emphasized the importance of having a plan and sticking to it – no matter how rough it is. Break it down into achievable steps; it’ll keep you on task, streamline your focus, and provide you with a way of tracking tangible progress.
And the second part: just keep going. Building your own business will probably be the hardest thing you’ve ever done, and launching it is the easy part. Be prepared to give up weekends and evenings, parties and birthdays, social time and, more importantly, personal time – but just keep going.
Finally, if you’re scared shitless, you’re probably on the right track.
Do you support any charities? If so, which one(s) and why is it (or they) important to you?
I’m a monthly supporter of the Sick Kids Foundation. I would challenge anyone to find more noble work than dedicating your entire career to helping give children a future, one that we’re all fortunate enough to enjoy every day.
What is one major challenge that you’ve had to overcome in your career? How did you overcome it?
The biggest challenge so far was making the transition from being an employee my whole career to being a business owner. Lots of people dream about being an entrepreneur or of being their own boss, but few people roll the dice on that dream.
Ultimately, you need to learn how to step outside your comfort zone and trust in your decisions. And when you get it wrong, you have to be honest enough with yourself to be able to sit down and learn from your mistakes. Without the courage and resourcefulness to do that, you’ll just be left wondering what could have been.
What does the word notable mean to you?
To me it means dedicating and committing yourself to something; to a cause, a business, a project, a team, an idea. Genuinely and honestly being able to say I left nothing on the table.
Where is your favourite place to wine/ dine in your city and why?
Thanks to the sheer magnitude of dining hotspots in Toronto, it’s impossible to give you just one. However, I can give you my favourite dishes; the mushroom truffle pasta from Gusto, the steamed pork buns from 416 Snack Bar, the sushi dinner platter from Japango, the pizza hot dog from Fancy Franks Gourmet Hot Dogs, the BBQ platter from Carbon Bar and the soft serve ice cream from Mcdonald’s (don’t judge me).
What’s the most visited website on your Internet browser? The most played song on your phone?
Probably Gawker Media or Buzzfeed and the entire Rufus Du Sol album, Bloom.
Who’s one person you think everyone should be following on social media?
Depends on what you’re looking for; @nickwooster for men’s fashion, @billnye because it’s Bill Nye, and @failfarm for when you just need to laugh at someone else’s expense.
What’s your favourite country to visit and why? And what’s the next one you plan on travelling to?
I’m biased on this one, but I would have to say France. My father was born in Marseille and he spends half the year at his home there, so we go over about once a year. France just feels like home.
All global political turmoil aside, I’ve been itching to check out Lebanon and Israel. That part of the world has always fascinated me from a young age and I’ve heard nothing but incredible things about the places, people, food, and culture. It’s definitely next up.
What gives you the greatest FOMO?
I don’t really get FOMO anymore. I’m at the clinic every day, so when I’m able to have a night in to do absolutely nothing, I relish in it. It’s that or I’ve just become really lame since I hit 30.
What’s your guiltiest pleasure?
I could eat my body weight in sweet baked goods and I’m not picky about it either. Is it baked? Is it sprinkled, iced or stuffed with some kind of sugar/syrup? Perfect, hand it over.
What’s something you wish you didn’t spend so much money on? What’s something you wish you spent more on?
If I could go back in time about four years or so, I’d probably smack myself for going out four nights a week and shove a carrot in my mouth.
And finally, what does success look like to you? Work, play, or otherwise…
Success is having the freedom to be able to provide yourself with a truly happy and gratifying life, whatever that may look like. In the end, it’s more a state of mind than anything else.