Stef & Katie of Welo Probiotics

Stef, Katie and Jack met while studying business at McMaster University. After personally experiencing the benefits of probiotics, Stef was determined to find a way to incorporate this gut-friendly benefit into everyday snacks and beverages. Founded with love in Toronto, all of Welo’s (short for we love) products are made in Canada using clean, plant-based,…

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Tara Bosch of SmartSweets

Smart Sweets founder Tara Bosch

Tara Bosch is the CEO of SmartSweets, a company she began after her love affair with candy turned into an unhealthy relationship with food, and she ultimately experienced the negative effects excess sugar has on our health. Tara tried to eat less sugar, but that only led her to crave candy even more, sparking her…

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Karlyn Percil of The Success Planner

Karlyn Percil is a Certified Emotional Intelligence and Neuro-Life Coach with particular focus on D​iversity, Inclusion, and Belonging.​ She is the Founder of The SisterTalk Group Leadership and Wellness Academy and Chief Executive Officer of ​KDPM Consulting Group INC. She is a former Bank Executive, who has dedicated her career to ​helping companies identify problem areas, known as “Elephant Stories,” that may…

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Natasha & Elysia Vandenhurk of Three Farmers Foods

Three Farmers - Natasha and Elisia Vandenhurk

Natasha Vandenhurk is CEO and one of the initial founders at Three Farmers Foods. She studied Economics at the University of Saskatchewan before partnering with three farmers from Southeast Saskatchewan to realize a dream of taking healthy wholesome foods to the marketplace. Elysia Vandenhurk is Chief Revenue Officer (CRO) and one of the initial founders of Three Farmers Foods.…

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Carrie Ismail of Hand to Heart Jewelry

Carrie Ismail - Hand to Heart Jewelry

Carrie Ismail is the owner of Hand to Heart Jewelry. After working for almost 15 years in social services, trying to grow her small business and be present at home for her 2 daughters and husband, Carrie was always seeking more of a work/life balance. She wanted more AND less. More flexibility, more creativity, more time with her family,…

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Tonia Jahshan of Sipology by Steeped Tea

Tonia Jahshan - maker, Sipology by Steeped Tea

It all started with a cup of tea. In just ten short years, Tonia Jahshan, with her family by her side, has made premium loose-leaf tea the daily norm, by turning tea lovers into business owners through her direct sales company, Sipology by Steeped Tea Inc. Her journey started in 2006 with a mini vacation to a Halifax bed…

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Katherine Vellinga of Zirkova Vodka

Katherine Vellinga of Zirkova Vodka

A proud Canadian-Ukrainian, Katherine Vellinga is co-founder and visionary behind Zirkova Vodka – an ultra-premium spirit made in her parents’ homeland of Ukraine with a uniquely Canadian flare. Katherine’s journey into the world of fine spirits began by chance when a decision to move to Ukraine in 2005 brought her to the doorstep of a small vodka factory in…

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Adriana & Michelle of Tiber River

Adriana and Michelle are co-owners of Tiber River, where they believe that all decisions about business can be made with one goal in mind; to create happiness. To them, happiness entails carefully choosing ingredients that are good for you and our beautiful planet, curating products and sizes that make sense, thoughtfully distributing through channels that empower entrepreneurs,…

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Lisa Iafrate of TaLii Towels

Lisa Iafrate of Talii Towels

TaLii Towels Lisa Iafrate is the founder of TaLii Towels, a line of suede microfibre towels that are super absorbent, antibacterial, quick drying, compact, lightweight, and odourless. TaLii Towels are great for travelling or camping, and for use at the beach, cottage gym, yoga class, pool, and so much more! They can be customized for your unique…

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