Food & Drink

Découvrez les produits santé, vegan et bio de Smile Organic Co ainsi que le parcours de la présidente de cette entreprise

Smile Organic Co. est le fruit d’une idée originale de la naturopathe Delphine Boillot, avocate corporative et mère de trois enfants qui a créé cette entreprise il y a 6 ans lorsqu’elle ne trouvait pas d’alternative saine et nutritive au lait pour ses enfants. Si « la nécessité est mère de l’invention », alors Delphine est une mère dont la mission consiste à mettre sur le marché une gamme variée de produits alimentaires, de suppléments et de collations à base de plantes pour les enfants. Chemin faisant, deux femmes sensibles aux questions de santé ont rejoint Boillot, en l’occurrence, la dentiste et chirurgienne Sophie Godbout, mère d’un fils et d’une fille et Katia Pacioretty, mère de cinq enfants (ensemble, elles ont 10 enfants!).


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From engineer to some Monki business

Aditya Dutta, Co-Owner of Monki Breakfast Club & Bistro in Calgary, is a seasoned entrepreneur who has led and helped startups in the hospitality, fashion and real estate industries. An engineering graduate of McGill University, Aditya loves innovation and is now following his childhood passion of revolutionizing the hospitality industry in Calgary, Alberta. A Management Consultant by trade, he worked for more than three years in the Business Strategy and Transformation teams encompassing many industries.


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Taking the lessons from the farm to run a successful business

Nathasha Vandenhurk is CEO and co-founder of Three Farmers Foods Inc., a privately held corporation based in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, which is a trusted brand known for providing foods with natural goodness. Functioning as an integrated organization, Three Farmers delivers nourishing food in a sustainable manner, adhering to the principles of Canadian farming. Their products are minimally processed to showcase their inherent nutritional value and taste, ensuring that consumers can enjoy delicious food that is genuinely wholesome. Dedicated to promoting healthier lifestyles and encouraging better food choices, Three Farmers Foods is a forward-thinking food manufacturer with a strong focus on utilizing locally sourced ingredients to enhance food security within Canada. Driven by a vision of a more nutritious future, the company remains committed to crafting minimally processed snacks that empower consumers to prioritize their well-being.


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Mix in some research. Bake in your craft

The Tattons are the co-founders of BReD, a B Corp-certified vegan sourdough bakery located in the premier ski and mountain bike resort of Whistler, BC, Canada. The bakery specializes in sourdough and vegan baked goods. Their new debut cookbook, also called BReD, is an homage to the Tattons’ bakery and mission to inform and provide their community with cruelty-free food.

ED TATTON (he/him) is a professional chef who has been to culinary college and worked in high-end kitchens in the UK, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada, but now specializes in making organic naturally leavened sourdough. As co-owner of BReD–Organic Sourdough with his wife Natasha, Ed leads a small bakery team, making and baking bread, pizza dough, and other small baked goods. These days, Ed’s food is compassionately vegan, a movement he is passionately excited to be part of and help grow for the benefit of people, animals, and the planet.

NATASHA TATTON (she/her) is an English teacher turned bakery manager, animal rights advocate and co-founder of BReD–Organic Sourdough, a B Corp-certified 100% plant-based café/bakery in Whistler, BC. Natasha has taught English all over the world but now leads a small front-of-house team of cashiers and baristas. She has ventured into various food and beverage roles, nurturing her desire to establish a vegan eatery to provide more compassionate food choices for people.

The bakery specializes in sourdough loaves and sourdough cinnamon buns complete with house-made vegan cream cheeze frosting, and has many other sweet and savory vegan treats which are made using locally sourced, seasonal and organic ingredients. Everything is made in-house and baked fresh daily and served alongside their specialty beverage programme.


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La Femme Derrière Le Prêt-à-Boire Bubble Tea!

C’est en 2015, suite à ma diplomation de l’Université Laval à Québec, que je débuta ma carrière professionnelle en tant que responsable ressources humaines pour un groupe de résidences pour aînés pour lequel je travaillais depuis 3 ans. Ayant démontré un fort engagement et une persévérance à gravir les échelons, en moins d’une année, je devins responsable régionale du recrutement pour l’Est du Québec. Lors de cette expérience, j’acquiers plusieurs aptitudes dont la gestion de groupe, et ce, dans le cadre de journées de formation pour intégration en milieu de travail. Ayant comme objectif ultime de carrière de devenir directrice de résidence pour aînée, j’obtiens en 2018 une offre pour devenir directrice d’une résidence de 140 résidents.

Au même moment, mon conjoint débuta son aventure entrepreneuriale au sein de COOKIE BLUFF dont j’eu la chance de participer indirectement par mon soutien au niveau administratif.

C’est au début 2020, suite à un changement d’emploi, et constatant les besoins grandissant de mon conjoint, que nous décidons d’unir nos forces et que je fis le saut en tant qu’adjointe à temps complet au sein de Cookie Bluff.

Depuis 2021, nous avons lancés plusieurs sous-produits ainsi que fondé une toute nouvelle entreprise Bobba spécialisé dans la vente de bubble tea prêt-à-boire ainsi que la vente de bulles fusion de première qualité. À peine 2 ans suivant le début des ventes, nous sommes présentement distribués dans plus de 2000 points de vente au Canada ainsi que dans 3 pays dont la France et la côte est des états-unis.


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The road from incarceration to entrepreneurship is lined with popcorn

Emily O’Brien is the founder of Comeback Snacks popcorn company. It all started when she went to prison. Before, Emily was an entrepreneur and social media professional, having created her own firm at a young age and enjoyed great success. Regrettably, addiction caused her to make some poor choices that culminated in a four-year jail term.

As her sentence began, Emily made it her mission to transform herself, get clean, and make a positive difference during her term. “I didn’t know how I’d make a difference at the time,” says Emily, “but I knew I would find something I cared about that would benefit from a purpose-driven facelift.”

Thus, Comeback Snacks (formerly known as Cons and Kernels) was born.

Upon her release, Emily made a decision to start a popcorn company that used high quality, health-conscious ingredients to create unique flavours inspired by the ones she found in prison. A fun, self-deprecating brand that would also help remove the stigma around people who had prior convictions and provide newly-released offenders with the chance at a fresh start through training, empowerment, and education.


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Comment contribuer à la pérennité de la fromagerie artisanale du Québec

Quelques années après avoir travaillé dans le secteur de l’aviation, en 1999, Nancy et son mari ont eu l’étincelle pour démarrer un réseau de distribution pour les fromagers artisanaux québécois : Plaisirs Gourmets.

L’entreprise a d’abord démarré avec le fromage Pied-de-Vent des Iles-de-la-Madeleine et rapidement l’intérêt des artisans fromagers et négociants a conduit à la création d’un réseau représentant aujourd’hui une quinzaine de fromageries artisanales, 1 fabricant de fondue et un charcutier.


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A passion for taking care of her community

Lourdes Juan is a Calgary-based entrepreneur and Urban planner, with a Masters in Environmental Design, who has founded a diverse array of organizations including Hive Developments, Soma Spa, Knead Technologies, Leftovers and Fresh Routes.

As a daughter of immigrants, Lourdes’ parents instilled in her a passion for taking care of her community. This has been a driving force behind her tireless work to solve problems including by creating two non-profit organizations that address dignified food access and newly founded a tech company to redirect food surplus. Lourdes’ community advocacy is vast and also includes serving on numerous local and national boards related to urban planning and design, development appeals, affordable housing, impact investment and business leadership.

Lourdes is a mom to a one-year-old son who inspires her to continue to work towards building a brighter future for Calgary.


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Starting up… get some great insights from a start-up master

Matthew von Teichman is a serial entrepreneur and one of the country’s biggest leaders in the Natural Products category (founder of Spore Wellness, GreenSpace brands, Life Choices, among just a few). He’s started 9 companies and it’s obvious he loves the energy and innovation of a startup! and he’s made his entrepreneurial drive pay off. He’s now going back to his roots and doing startups in the e-commerce and food space, as well as helping entrepreneurs with their businesses as an investor, mentor, and advocate to help them avoid some of the many mistakes I’ve made. Check out his latest venture at Purplesful.


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