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Mat Milberry (Business Administration – Accounting, 2012) is the creator and owner of Benchmark Testing. This Cornwall-based business works with athletes young and old to offer sport-specific testing that helps them determine both individual and team strengths and weaknesses.

You were a student athlete and a business student. With Benchmark Testing you seem to have combined both interests. Was that your intent when you entered College?

My intent was to certainly start my own business at some point after graduating from SLC. I would be lying if I said I expected it to happen so soon upon graduating in the spring of 2012 with the launch of Benchmark Testing 6 months later. With my experience, knowledge and passion from playing at a high level of hockey, Junior A Hockey with Brockville Braves and then with the Royal Military College of the Canadian Interuniversity Sport, I know firsthand the hard work required on and off the ice to compete at a high level. Starting a business that combined my educational background and passion for hockey, and other sports, had always been a goal of mine. I was introduced to the data collection process in sports during my last year at SLC, and that’s when the concept of Benchmark Testing started.

What is the one subject you wish you had paid more attention to while at the College (or that you didn’t appreciate until leaving?)
Believe it or not but the one class I wish I paid more attention to was Entrepreneurship. I had taken the class during my first year at SLC Cornwall.

What is the number one piece of advice you give to athletes who want to better their performance?
Not to get too high or too low psychologically during training and performance. When things are going good and you’re at the top of your game, don’t be too satisfied, keep striving to improve. And when things don’t seem to be going right and it’s frustrating, don’t get discouraged, use it as motivation to keep pushing to become better. In the end, if you’re not putting the work in, someone else is!

Your work also brings you into contact with parents of athletes. What advice do you give to them to encourage their children?
I encourage parents to have their children take part in different sports and activities when growing up. Developing into an all-around good athlete is encouraged by any pro athlete and strength training specialist

Where do you see yourself and your business in five years?
My personal goal is to continue educating players, parents and coaches on how to implement concrete data into player and team development through our various Testing Programs - building our product so that our Testing Programs become an annual event for players on an individual basis through our Summer Testing Programs, and as a team through our Team Testing Program.

Currently we run a group of Bantam/Midget aged AA/AAA hockey players in our Summer Testing Program and have committed to run Queens University Men’s Hockey Team in our Team Testing Program. We are having similar Team Testing discussions with other CIS Hockey Programs throughout Ontario and Quebec, and Tier 1 Junior Hockey teams throughout Eastern Ontario.

Our long term goal is set up Benchmark Testing spots throughout Canada with our own facilities while still providing our testing services on the road, and to also expand our Testing Programs to the USA.

Excerpted from Voyageur Magazine