FONDATRICE DE LA 10E PLUS GRANDE BRASSERIE AU MONDE ET COVEDETTE DE L’ÉMISSION DRAGONS’ DEN DU RÉSEAU CBC
Manjit Minhas is 40 years old and was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta. This Petroleum Engineering student turned beer baroness is a Dragon on the hit TV show Dragons' Den on CBC in its 15th season (for which she has been on for 6 seasons/years). Manjit leads a privately owned empire that had revenues in excess of $220 million last year.
Manjit is the co-founder and co-owner of the Minhas Brewery, Distillery and Winery. She started her companies at the ripe age of 19 in Alberta, when she launched her spirits in 1999 and her beers in 2002 in Alberta with her business partner and brother, Ravinder Minhas. Together with $10,000 they gave the big boys a run for their money, thereby becoming the first successful company to enter the Canadian beer industry in many decades. Currently, she has over 90 brands of beers, spirits, liqueurs and wines. Her products are sold in 5 provinces (Ontario, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and British Columbia), as well as 47 states throughout the USA and 16 other countries.
Over the last few years, wherever Manjit and Ravinder have entered the marketplace, and especially in Canada, they have single headedly caused a huge stir in the marketplace. To date, her companies have sold over 7 billion pints of beer! Many beer drinkers in Canada and USA have welcomed her style of beer as a tasty alternative to the higher priced mediocre beers that dominate the marketplace.
Manjit takes Social Responsibility very seriously. Manjit Minhas is the 1st brewer in Canada to voluntarily put a Management Warning on all her beer cans. The Management Warning on the cans reads; MANAGEMENT WARNING: Please do not drink and drive - ever. Expectant mothers should avoid drinking alcoholic products. Enjoy this product responsibly - Respect yourself and others". She recently put this on all her products because she believes as a responsible brewer and citizen of this country, it is important she does her part to educate Canadians.
Manjit has also created a special 48 can pack of beers for COSTCO which has the least amount of packaging materials compared to any other product in Canada or USA. It uses no plastic hi-cone rings and needs least amount of box material. This product alone will save millions of pounds of packaging materials ending up in the already over-filled landfills. Similarly, Manjit has sold millions of cases of other brands of her beers such as Boxer Lager with minimum packaging materials using sound engineering principles in protecting the environment.
Manjit believes that effective use of science and engineering can do a lot of good in people's lives. She has used her engineering background in producing beer using least amount of cleaning and water treatment chemicals, gas, electricity and water. Canadian and American consumers suffering from the Celiac disease have also been beneficiary of her innovative method of making best tasting Gluten Free beer from Sorghum and sold at half the price of the competition.
Manjit and her brother purchased the 2 nd oldest brewery in the United States in Monroe, Wisconsin in 2006 and renamed it "Minhas Craft Brewery;. Being in their mid 20s, the purchase of this Brewery officially made them the Youngest Brewery Owners in The World. Their brewery is now the 9 th largest in North America. From this brewery, world quality beers are shipped across the USA, to Canada and overseas to 16 different countries such as Japan, UK, Brazil and Korea. The Minhas Distillery distills and bottles premium spirits and liqueurs such as Artingstall’s Brilliant London Gin.
Manjit opened a new brewery in Calgary in June 2012 - the Minhas Micro Brewery and quickly added a distillery also. This facility makes unique and specialty beers, spirits and wines such as White Wolf, Boxer Lager and Pilsner, Rovers Irish Cream, Blackstone Vodka and Punjabi Club Whisky.
Manjit also co-owns Spotlight TV and Film Production that writes, directs and produces numerous documentaries, feature films, lifestyle programs, tv and digital commercials and corporate videos based in Calgary, Vancouver and Los Angeles.
In Early 2015, CBC approached Manjit to star on Dragons’ Den; Manjit has experienced the highs and lows of entrepreneurship and is keen on helping others who work hard to create successful businesses and follow their passions and dreams. Being a venture capitalist Dragon allows her to share her knowledge, experience and expertise about being an entrepreneur with millions of Canadians each week. Manjit has invested in 31 businesses the last 6 seasons/years.
In 2020 Manjit’s companies had revenues in excess of $220 million.
Manjit has won several business industry awards. A few of them are listed below:
- Canada’s Top 40 Under 40
- Top 100 Women Entrepreneurs in Canada
- “Top Growth Entrepreneur” award, PROFIT magazine in Toronto
- Ranked #6 in the “Top 50 Fastest Growing Companies” by Alberta Venture Magazine
- Alberta Chamber of Commerce Marketing Award
- Young Achiever Award from the Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce
- Compelling Calgarian Award given by the Calgary Herald
- Alberta Centennial Medallion
- Canada’s Women Executive Network Top 100 Women Entrepreneurs
- Calgary’s Top 40 Under 40
- India Abroad’s; The Power List" Award
- Famous 5 Foundation Leader Award
- Global TV Woman of Vision Award
- Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of The Year Finalist
- Chatelaine Magazine’s Top Entrepreneur Woman of The Year
- The Sikh Centennial Foundation Award
- Canadian Business Icon Award
Manjit and her story has been featured in many publications such as Macleans Magazine, Canadian Business Magazine, Alberta Venture Magazine, The National Post, The Globe & Mail, The Calgary Herald, The Edmonton Journal, The Toronto Star, The Toronto Sun, The Winnipeg Free Press, Bar & Beverage Magazine, etc. She has also been featured on TV in programs such as the CBC National News, CBC Venture, Money Wise, Careers TV, and many other news programs across the country. Outside of Canada, her story has also received lot of attention such as USA and India.
In November 2020 Manjit launched a podcast called The Manjit Minhas Podcast and it hit the Top 10 Podcast charts on its debut day! In each episode of this business podcast Manjit interviews her friends who are successful entrepreneurs and CEO’s about their journey and path to success. Manjit explores their challenges and how they overcame them and their advice on how listeners can learn from their successes and failures. A few of the notable leaders Manjit talks to in Season 1 include Jim Pattison, Lisa Lisson (President of FedEx), Ed Sims (CEO of Westjet), Christiane Germain (Co-founder and President of Germain Hotels/ALT Hotels), Vincenzo Guzzo (CEO of Guzzo Cinemas) amongst numerous others. The Manjit Minhas Podcast is available on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.
Manjit currently serves as a Board of Director for ATB Financial, YYC Calgary Airport Authority, Spiritleaf Cannabis (ISH Holdings), Shop and Shout and Alberta Small Brewers Association. In the past she has served as board of director on TransCanada Trail, United Way, Shergill Homes and West Island College and was the United Way Campaign co-chair raising $60 Million plus for this charity that is close to her heart. Manjit donates time and money to philanthropic causes in Calgary that benefit women and children such as United Way and Ronald McDonald charities. Manjit has an extensive background and experience in government relations, shareholder relations, governance and executive performance and compensation.
Manjit is born and raised in Calgary and still calls it home with her husband and they have two young daughters.
CONFÉRENCIÈRE SUR L’INNOVATION NUMÉRIQUE | COANIMATRICE DE MARKETING DISRUPTED ET THE AI EFFECT
Amber Mac est une experte de renommée mondiale dans les domaines du marketing, de la technologie, de l’innovation et de la transformation. Son populaire fil Twitter compte plus de 120 000 abonnés de partout dans le monde qui ne veulent que mettre en pratique ses connaissances durement acquises sur la prochaine génération de technologies des affaires et de consommation. Que ce soit pour améliorer l’expérience client, comprendre comment tirer parti de l’IA ou concevoir une marque inoubliable à partir de zéro – des stratégies dont elle a elle-même fait l’expérience – Amber Mac donne des outils aux chefs de file et aux entreprises pour qu’ils puissent profiter de la révolution numérique. Maintenant qu’elle est coanimatrice de Marketing Disrupted, une série produite par Accenture qui s’est hissée au premier rang des balados sur les affaires au pays, elle explore la façon dont les directeurs du marketing peuvent s’adapter au milieu en pleine évolution et aux prochains obstacles imposés par la perturbation numérique.
MINISTRE DE LA PETITE ENTREPRISE, DE LA PROMOTION DES EXPORTATIONS ET DU COMMERCE INTERNATIONAL
L’honorable Mary Ng a été élue pour la première fois en avril 2017 comme députée de Markham—Thornhill. La ministre Ng est une leader communautaire dévouée qui a toujours cru au pouvoir de la fonction publique. Elle possède 20 ans d’expérience dans les domaines de l’éducation, du leadership des femmes, de la création d’emplois et de l’entrepreneuriat. La ministre Ng a immigré au Canada avec sa famille à partir de Hong Kong et a grandi en apprenant le combat que doivent livrer de nombreux immigrants avant de trouver le succès en sol canadien. Ses nombreuses années de service au sein de la fonction publique de l’Ontario, de la Ryerson University et du ministère de l’Éducation de l’Ontario lui ont valu d’être reconnue comme l’une des leaders les plus accomplies du secteur public au Canada. Elle a également occupé le poste de directrice des nominations du premier ministre Justin Trudeau.
AÎNÉE ET GARDIENNE DU SAVOIR DE LA NATION ALGONQUINE
Professor Claudette Commanda has dedicated her career to promoting First Nations people, rights, history and culture in national and international settings. She has been inspired by the work of her grandfather, William Commanda, who passed on his teachings and passion for language and cultural preservation to her. She is not only a University of Ottawa alumna but also a professor, teaching many First Nations-related courses across faculties: Law, Education, the Institute of Women’s Studies, and the Aboriginal Studies Program. She was the very first “Elder in Residence” appointed to the University’s Faculty of Law as well as the first First Nations person to serve on the University’s Board of Governors.
Having become a trusted advisor and mentor through her work with various government departments, Prof. Commanda serves as the Executive Director for the First Nations Confederacy of Cultural Education Centres, a national organization with the mandate of protecting, promoting and revitalizing First Nations languages and cultures.
Conférencières et panélistes des ateliers
Sarah Stockdale is the Founder of Growclass, a global growth marketing training company. She is also the host of The Growth Effect, a podcast with the Globe and Mail, and a professional speaker. Sarah has spent her career growing early stage technology companies. Sarah was one of the early hires at the Canadian Fintech giant, Wave which was acquired by H&R Block in one of the largest Canadian exits of all time. She then led growth teams at Tilt, growing the Canadian business from scratch. Tilt was acquired by Airbnb in 2017.
MÉDECIN PRIMÉE DIPLÔMÉE DE HARVARD, AUTRICE À SUCCÈS ET ENTREPRENEUSE SOCIALE RECONNUE MONDIALEMENT
An award-winning medical doctor, researcher, and expert on the neuroscience of innovation, leadership, and motivation, Dr. Shimi Kang provides science-based solutions for health, happiness, and achievement in the workplace, classroom, and at home. With 20 years of clinical experience and extensive research in the science that lies behind optimizing human intelligence, Kang provides practical tools to cultivate the key 21st century skills of resilience, connection, creativity, and more.
FONDATRICE ET DIRECTRICE GÉNÉRALE, EMPOWER-GROWTH INC.
Pendant de nombreuses années, je pensais que je voyais grand, mais j’ai compris que j’avais tort. J’ai changé ma façon de voir les choses, et mes affaires sont devenues florissantes! Je donne maintenant des outils aux propriétaires d’entreprises et aux dirigeants pour qu’ils augmentent leur performance, leur productivité et leur prospérité en leur faisant découvrir les quatre conditions destructives qui nuisent à leur réussite par l’entremise de mon modèle d’exploitation exclusif. Je suis impatiente de vous présenter la stratégie qui m’a aidée à transformer mon entreprise pour que vous puissiez en faire de même.
Je suis Linda P. Cousineau, fondatrice et directrice générale d’Empower Growth inc. Je suis une entrepreneuse bilingue de renommée mondiale, une conférencière primée, une formatrice dynamique et une conseillère certifiée.
FONDATRICE ET DIRECTRICE GÉNÉRAL, HYIVY HEALTH
Rachel Bartholomew has been involved in the Canadian start up community for the past 10 years working in various roles in small businesses, venture capital, innovation labs and ecosystem partners. She currently working on her second business, HyIvy Health, focused creating a medical device for women with pelvic based cancers and diseases.
Her last start up worked with large corporate clients, such as eBay and Canadian Tire, to create augmented reality, e-commerce experiences for the aftermarket automotive industry. She is a graduate of the Masters of Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology program at the University of Waterloo and Bachelors of Commerce at York University.
After graduation, she became an entrepreneurial advisor to over 250 formation stage businesses in the University of Waterloo undergraduate and graduate programs. She gives lectures in entrepreneurship to graduate, PhD and postdoctoral students in Engineering, and Quantum Computing. She has worked as an Analyst for venture capital firm CyberNorth Ventures, an Innovation Manager at Meridian Credit Union, Program Coordinator for Wilfrid Laurier University's incubator program LaunchPad, a Business Development Manager for a clean tech startup and was the Chapter Lead for Waterloo Regions Hacking Health Global Initiative.
FONDATRICE ET DIRECTRICE GÉNÉRALE, RX BILLING GENIE
Dr. Shelley Morgan graduated with a Doctor of Pharmacy from the State University of New York (SUNY) Buffalo School of Pharmacy in 2002 prior to that she had obtained a BSc. in Biology and Environmental Sciences. After graduation she worked in both community pharmacy, Stateside at Rite Aid, as well as a Clinical Pharmacist at Chedoke-McMaster in both its ABI and Stroke Programs. One of the prized lessons she took from her father, an immigrant from Jamaica, was to look at the problems at hand and find a way to fix them for yourself. This advice has taken her through her entrepreneurial journey.
Currently living in Oakville, Ontario she is the Co-founder and CEO of Rx Billing Genie, an App that helps pharmacy staff save valuable time when processing prescriptions. Her previous endeavour was Zipsessory, a jewelry solution, that was featured on the Marilyn Denis Show's Momprenuer Program with guest hosts Dennis O'Leary, Amber Mac and Linda Reeves. Dr. Morgan is also a part-time staff pharmacist.
As a Co-Founder of award-winning Mabel’s Labels, a great Canadian small business success story, and with 15 years in the financial services sector, Julie Ellis now shares her experience and expertise with other entrepreneurs helping them gain accelerated success.
Recently, Julie was the Chief Operating Officer (COO) for Snuggle Bugz, a privately owned multi-million dollar omni-channel retailer based in Burlington, driving the company’s growth toward operational excellence, team integration and market expansion.
Today, Julie is an Executive Coach and Keynote Speaker, bringing her experience and expertise to her clients, both in the corporate world and in entrepreneurial startups.
VISIONNAIRE, FONDATRICE ET DIRECTRICE GÉNÉRALE, MY WELL SELF
Brenda Ahenkorah is the Founder and Visionary of My Well Self, a holistic healthcare marketplace where consumers research holistic treatments and connect with vetted holistic practitioners. The passion behind this business comes from personal experience and she is excited to provide a platform for the public to make better informed decisions about their holistic health treatment while providing practitioners opportunities to market themselves and thrive in a digital environment.
FONDATRICE ET DIRECTRICE GÉNÉRALE, UGLY DUKLING
Melissa Davis, the President & Brand Architect of Ugly Dukling, is a creative visionary. She has gained a wealth of experiences & awards in the retail industry for over 25 years. Globe & Mail awarded Ugly Dukling as top 10 businesses in Canada.
Most recently Davis has been selected by the iconic brand Barbie as 1 of 60 role models who has become successful in their field & inspires independence, self acceptance and reinvention to women around the world. This accomplishment was featured in all Toys R Us stores throughout Canada, with a special pop-up event in Toronto, Ontario.
Ugly Dukling is an influential on-line lifestyle fashion & beauty boutique that collaborates with iconic brands, blockbuster films & celebrities to create adult capsule collections. Campaigns with special curated pieces, are launched through exciting experiences and memorable pop-ups in Cineplex Theatres, The Shopping Channel, Specialty Retailers & Luxury Department Stores.
FONDATRICE ET DIRECTRICE GÉNÉRALE ET CHEF, CONCEPTION DES PRODUITS, TWENTY ONE TOYS
Ilana Ben-Ari is a toy designer turned social entrepreneur. She is the founder of Twenty One Toys and the inventor of the Failure Toy and Empathy Toy - the award-winning facilitation tools used in 1000s of boardrooms and classrooms in over 50 countries. Featured in Inc. magazine as one of the top 100 female entrepreneurs of 2020, her inventions have been praised in TIME magazine as a technology that is reshaping the future of learning.
COFONDATRICE ET PROPRIÉTAIRE, UNLOCK MATH
Alesia Blackwood is the Founder of UnLock Math, a global digital delivery platform aimed at revolutionizing math education. A graduate of Trent and Queens Universities with degrees in Mathematics, Computer Science, and Education Alesia has been a member of the Ontario College of Teachers since 2001. In 2013 she founded UnLock Math, which develops and delivers online math education for grades 6-12. With students spanning the globe UnLock Math has won numerous awards, including being voted #1 Online Math Curriculum by the readers of “Practical Homeschooling” magazine (the largest circulation homeschool magazine in the world) for 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020. With recent changes in education delivery methods for public schooled students focus has shifted to help students impacted by Covid-19
PROPRIÉTAIRE, POPPY AND PEONIES
Poppy & Peonies is a female-founded, cruelty-free Canadian fashion and accessory brand. The story of Poppy & Peonies began when a little girl was born, her name is Poppy. The journey of becoming a Mom inspired Natalie to create Poppy & Peonies in 2014. Natalie was a new Mom looking for functional fashion that worked with her new lifestyle as a Mom and couldn't' find it so she decided to take her design background and create it. What started out as an idea operating out of my basement has grown into a purpose beyond fashion. Poppy & Peonies believes in empowering women and building female entrepreneurs by helping them grow their online businesses, crush their goals and chase their dreams.
PROPRIÉTAIRE, TRIBAL TRADE CO
Mallory Graham is an anishnaabe-kwe, founder and owner of Tribal Trade Co, an online retail store with a brick and mortar location in Curve Lake, offering contemporary indigenous apparel, giftware, and cultural education products. Mallory leads a team of content creators to develop online educational resources that are aimed to share, celebrate, and connect people with indigenous cultural teachings. As a digital marketing strategist, Mallory specializes in social media content campaigns, and lead generation strategies for indigenous-owned organizations. Mallory holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (Honours) degree from Wilfrid Laurier University, majoring in Marketing and Brand Communications.
PROPRIÉTAIRE, IMPRINTED APPAREL STORE
A York University alumni, Lesley Smith is CEO of three businesses located in Peterborough, Ontario: Imprinted Apparel Store; Embroidery Plus; and, Peterborough Curling Shop. Lesley has always had an entrepreneurial spirit, undertaking her first start up business venture in the early 2000’s and has enjoyed over 25 years of diverse experience, consulting with small to medium businesses in both the private and public sectors.