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From the Kitchen to the Dragon’s Den: How Evive Became a Top North American Nutrition Brand

What started off as a kitchen-based business and eventually went on to impress business tycoons on Dragon’s Den, is now a top North American nutrition brand spearheaded by two young entrepreneurs promoting health, nutrition, and self-care, with 300% growth year-over-year. Due to his creative thinking, Dominic Dubé and his partner and co-founder, Claudia Poulin, have changed the way healthy eating is perceived by developing frozen meal cubes that are flavourful, packed with all the necessary nutrients required for a wholesome diet, and ready in under five minutes. When you feel better, you perform better. Dubé believes that time and money should not have to be someone’s obstacle to eating healthy, and that is what Evive represents.

Dubé is truly authentic and transparent in his goal for the company, which is to promote healthy eating, reduce the ecological footprint, and empower women through a tightly-knit community of like-minded individuals. Since first launching blender-free smoothies, Dubé keeps building his business and brand, alongside 40 employees, by continuously evolving and adding new products and creating new recipes that can be enjoyed by all. Furthermore, on behalf of Evive, he has kick-started the “Plant a Tree” initiative in the hopes that Evive will obtain a carbon-neutral certification by 2023. With an active and growing online presence, Dominic Dubé and his team inspire others to want to be healthier and live to their fullest potential without having to sacrifice in the process.


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Christian Genest, le fondateur de Buddha-Station et du groupe SushiTaxi

Pourquoi c’est important de bien cerner et appliquer les valeurs de l’entreprise? Notre host Sylvie Bougie s’entretient sur ce sujet avec le fondateur de Buddha-Station, Monsieur Christian Genest. On y aborde aussi des sujets comme les récents défis d’opérer dans l’industrie alimentaire en temps de pandémie, le succès de Sushitaxi et l’importance d’être authentique! Christian, merci pour ta grande générosité!

Christian Genest, 45 ans, père d’une adolescente, amateur de gin-tonic et maniaque de boxe à en avoir fondé un OBNL. Il a fondé le groupe Sushitaxi en 2000 avec 500$ sur sa carte de crédit et revendu en 2016 alors qu’il comptait 19 restos et plus de 350 employés. Il collabore comme enseignant à l’école d’entrepreneurship de Beauce et à l’institut du leadership de gestion. Sa mission est de changer la façon dont les gens mangent en entreprise avec son nouveau projet Buddha-Station.

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Alexandra Daignault Combines Activism, Tea and Feminism Into One Perfect and Impactful Blend

Alexandra Daignault is a young female entrepreneur, her company combines activism, tea, and feminism into one perfect and impactful blend and she is quite the storyteller!

“It all started with a final project for an Indigenous Studies Course, facilitated by Dr. Renae Watchman. As a class, we were challenged to think about resistance within our everyday experience. One morning, on my way to school, I went to my favourite local coffee shop. Looking down at their array of beverages, I was struck with a thought. Here I was, purchasing products that supported small businesses and Indigenous communities elsewhere in the world. What would the effects be if there was a tea that supported small, local businesses, and provided consumers with the ability to support local marginalized communities? Thus, Sarjesa Inc. was born. As an experienced activist and community organizer focused on social enterprise and community development spaces. I have completed the ASHOKA – AMERICAN EXPRESS boot camp for emerging leaders and have been the recipient of numerous awards – speaking at conferences and facilitating workshops across North America. Graduating as the valedictorian of my class, I am focused on creating more equitable and safe spaces for marginalized women across communities. Working with Elders and community members on blend and packaging, our goal is to create highly respectful products with a variety of social and environmental impacts.”

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Andréann Duquet Présidente fondatrice de Yoga Élévation, elle a récemment lancé la Station BE

Découvrez Andréann Duquet, présidente fondatrice de Yoga Élévation, elle a récemment lancé la Station BE (www.yogaelevation.ca/stationbe) – bien-être & yoga en télétravail. Cette coach de yoga internationale souhaite accompagner et guider les télétravailleurs du Québec . Elle nous parle ici de son parcours, ses défis et du meilleur conseil qu’elle a reçue. Elle discute avec notre hote Sylvie Bougie.

Entrepreneure dans les domaines du bien-être et de l’enseignement de langues secondes, Andréann Duquet a su trouver le positif et rebondir très rapidement depuis la pandémie afin de poursuivre la mission de ses deux entreprises. Cette femme créative et déterminée a innové et adapté son offre de service afin de répondre aux besoins de sa clientèle corporative. Ayant récemment lancé la Station BE – bien-être & yoga en télétravail, cette coach de yoga internationale souhaite accompagner et guider les télétravailleurs du Québec dans la prise en charge de leur bien-être pour favoriser une meilleure santé mentale et physique dans leur milieu de travail. Andréann a adopté le télétravail en 2018 en faisant son 3e tour du monde pour approfondir sa pratique ce qui lui a permis de très bien comprendre les enjeux de cette réalité. Venez rencontrer cette femme passionnée et inspirante!

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Jo-Anne Reynolds, Founder of Sexy AF, Striving to Make the World’s Best Tasting Alcohol-Free Spirits

Jo-Anne Reynolds was on a girls trip when all ladies she was with were not drinking alcohol because they were pregnant, marathon training or for religious beliefs. Their only options were sparkling water with lime juice or a Shirley Temple plus the usual soda pop, coffee or tea.

When Jo-Anne got home she envisioned a world where everyone could enjoy a delicious, refreshing, alcohol-free mocktail anywhere. She also wanted drink recipes that featured items Jo could easily find and make as a mother and not a mixologist. All her friends wanted was a mocktail that was Sexy AF and Jo was committed to making it the World’s Best Tasting Alcohol-Free Spirits company.

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Moving Healthcare Records Forward Around the World with Mark Genuis, President and CEO, ICE Health Systems

Mark Genuis, Ph.D, is President and CEO ICE Health Systems, based in Calgary, Alberta. With a healthcare background including providing work as a practicing psychologist and leading a research institute for five years, Dr. Genuis is passionate about excellence in healthcare, knowledge transfer and learning. Combined with a healthy addiction to technology, he leads the conceptual and practical development of ICE, an entirely new generation of electronic health record and management systems.

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Michael DeVenney, President of WorkInsights Talks About His Experience with PTSD and Mental Health

Michael DeVenney, President of Halifax-based WorkInsights, began researching entrepreneurial mental health after his own depression and anxiety forced him to sell two businesses. His research led to him founding ‘The Mindset Project’ which empowers entrepreneurs to talk about and manage their mental health as well as provides tools to support founders in the growth of their business. Though he knows the warning signs, he says he’s been affected by the stress of the pandemic and has had to make it a priority to use coping strategies and manage his mental health. DeVenney says entrepreneurs feel the weight of their personal and business stresses combined and it’s hard to separate the two. He hopes to challenge stigma and promote open conversation about the mental health struggles many entrepreneurs face.

Click here to download a free copy of the BDC report on entrepreneur mental health and well-being.

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Marie Chevrier is Founder and CEO of Sampler, Co-Founder of RetailTO and an Advocate for Entrepreneur Mental Health and Wellness

Marie Chevrier, is the Founder and CEO of Sampler, the leading platform helping brands like L’Oréal and Nestlé deliver samples online and gather the insight they need to build one-to-one relationships with their customers. Sampler has reached over 50 million consumers globally in 24 different countries and its most notable clients include CPG industry giants Unilever, Pepsi, and Henkel. Marie is also a dedicated advisor to Technology and CPG startups including ScoutCanning, member of the RetailTomorrow advisory board, and Co-Founder of RetailTO – a community dedicated to growing and strengthening Toronto’s Retail ecosystem.

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Annie Marsolais, CMO and Mental Health Advocate at BDC Discusses Mental Health & Wellness for Canada’s Entrepreneurs

recent study by BDC Canada shows there are many concerns keeping entrepreneurs awake at night, but according to the report their biggest worries are generating enough revenue to make a profit (43%) and covering expenses (40%). To help cope with these stresses, entrepreneurs most often take time out or go for a walk (47%), exercise (41%) or talk to someone (29%).

Annie Marsolais, Chief Marketing Officer and Mental Health Advocate at BDC commented, “by examining this topic and collaborating with experts and partners we can help break the stigma associated with mental health issues, ensure business owners feel more at ease discussing it, and know where to turn for help.” Our interview special with Annie covers many of the reports key findings.

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Dave Brown is Founder/CEO of QiiQ Healthcare, Focused on the Operational Dysfunction in Hospitals

Dave Brown is an engineer/entrepreneur who emphasizes the centrality of HUMAN-centered DESIGN in the success of any product enterprise. He is currently the Founder/CEO of QiiQ Healthcare, focused on the operational dysfunction in hospitals. QiiQ (“Quick”) is building a sophisticated virtual assistant for hospital staff. The healthcare industry has systemically installed barriers to innovation that keep it in the “dark ages.” While most other startups rush in with obvious and perfectly reasonable solutions to impact quality of care, almost all of them overlook the most important barriers to entry, and thus fail on their choices in go-to-market.

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