High-quality baked goods for people who suffer from food allergies or have alternative diets are hard to come by in Ottawa, Ontario, and that's why vegan bakers, Claire Tomchishen and Jacqui Okum saw the opportunity to fill the gap with Strawberry Blonde Bakery.
Born in Malawi, Africa, and raised in Canada, entrepreneur Veronica Nnensa never lost her passion for the continent. After studying public affairs and policy management with a focus on African development, in 2014, it was no surprise that her passion for her home country led her to launching her business Kuwala, with co-founder, Freeda Mulenga.
Mélanie Chiasson has started her own business! Entrepreneurship was attractive to Mélanie because of the flexibility it offers, the satisfaction of doing work you love, and the partnerships that can be built with clients, suppliers and the community.
Meghan founded Localize in 2011 so that she could finally shop in peace with the right information at hand. As a passionate agriculturalist, she has worked in the field as a farmer, researcher, biologist, and international agricultural developer.
Faith is a talented physical therapist who has been in the business close to 35 years working with thousands of patients facing diverse health challenges. Her passion for health and wellness issues and experience working with patients led her to create Rejuvenation Health.
Lisa Gillam has been sharing her love of music with children for over 20 years as a classroom music teacher and private instructor. In 2010, she decided to march to the beat of her own drum and established Munchkin Music Factory, teaching children ages 3 to 11.
Julie Lewis recognizes that if you want to stand out in business, you have to be memorable and have strong brand identity — this is a lesson she learned very early in her career as an artist. When she was thinking of her own brand identity, she came up with SassyTuna, a memorable name, which is British slang for someone who is outgoing or likes to party.
I decided at the age of 18 that my purpose in life was to "save the world through business, politics and music." Co-founded with my business partner, Lindsay Eason in 2008, GreenStep was the fulfillment of that purpose.
"I was always inspired by rural entrepreneurs — the guys who had five or six things going on," says Anne Whelan. "Their businesses were diversified but they didn't have to be huge to make a comfortable living." Following their intrepid footsteps, today Anne Whelan is president and CEO of Seafair Capital a diversified, growth-focused group of companies with roots in Newfoundland and Labrador.
When I was 10, I became a sales rep. Yup, I sold Regal products. I won the prize for highest sales. Then, they found out I was only 10. A box of pencils (instead of the cash prize) arrived in the mail with my name engraved in gold on them. Life was — golden, and my entrepreneurial career was born!