TELUS Small Business Hero prize winners

We’re championing small business owners with incredible stories of resilience and community impact. These selected recipients will be announced weekly until October 31, 2021.

Kreative Kustoms

Kristen and Cindy are the owners of Kreative Kustoms, Sherwood Park’s hottest gift shop and boutique. Supporting their community is at the heart of their business, showcasing 60+ local vendors and all their handmade items.

Klondike Kettle Corn

Katie Young is the owner of Klondike Kettle Corn based in Whitehorse, Yukon. Katie’s ready-to-eat, kettle corn popped up at a local farmers market in 2010 and she’s been expanding her online presence and her line of gourmet snacks ever since.

Clinique-École MAMOÜTH

Julie & Marie-Claude run a massage therapy clinic in the heart of downtown Rimouski, transforming lives by implementing strategies to reduce pain and manage stress. They also created an online training platform to help clients during tough times.

Northern Chicken

Matt and Andrew are the owners of Northern Chicken, a queer-owned, employee-focused fried chicken restaurant in Edmonton. They opened to make impactful changes to the hospitality industry and regularly give back to their community.

Iskwew Air

Teara is the Lead Executive of Iskwew Air, a Métis-woman owned airline, building bridges between traditional air service and the sustainable technology of the future. Her dream is to give a voice to women-identifying, non-binary, and Indigenous people.

Morgan Model Management

Janelle Morgan is the owner of Toronto’s modelling agency, Morgan Model Management agency, focused on the need for more diverse, ethnic faces requiring proper representation within the industry.


Irina McKenzie is the owner of Vancouver’s FABCYCLE, a Social Enterprise with a mandate to divert textile waste from the landfills and create a more sustainable, zero-waste world.

Mirror Image Media

Mirror Image Media a full-service video production company based in Halifax that prides itself on telling social and environmental impact stories through film and is proudly owned by queer twin sisters, Meaghan & Marie Wright.

Gourmet Girl Café & Catering

Gourmet Girl Café and Catering is a family run business, owned by Nicole Lachance and Paolo Espinoza, in Sechelt, BC. They’ve never missed an opportunity to give back to their community, providing free meals and making their service accessible to seniors.

Integra Health

Integra Health is a medical, rehabilitation and wellness clinic owned by two BIPOC women, Dr. Sapna Sriram and Alyza Raithatha, with the mission to help change the way healthcare is delivered.

Leftovers Foundation

The Leftovers Foundation was founded by Lourdes Juan, a non-profit with a dual mission to reduce food waste and increase food access. Their vision is a world where no edible food is wasted.

Karbon Brewing

Stephen Tyson, the owner of Karbon Brewing Co. in Toronto, crafts beverages that help our planet, by putting climate change at top of mind and aims to be Canada’s first carbon negative brewery.

Road Coffee

Alisha Esmail founded Road Coffee located in Saskatoon, with the goal to ensure every cup of coffee holds an impact: to target systemic injustices keeping coffee farmers in poverty.


Philippe Gignac & Mikee Gervais are the owners of Uni-Recycle in Trois-Rivières where they pick up and recycle outdated computers and electronics, then invest their efforts and a percentage of their profits into planting trees.


Tayybeh is owned by Nihal Elwan and is an operated enterprise that specializes in homestyle Middle Eastern food. It employs refugee Syrian women and is anchored in empowering women who have been displaced from their country.

Almanac Grain

Almanac Grain is an urban stone mill and naturally leavened bakery. Owner Gabrielle Prud’homme serves the freshest of the fresh, made with Canadian heritage grain.

Pacific Wild

Karen and Ian McAllister are helping Canada stay wild. With their non-profit, Pacific Wild, they support protected ecosystems for the Great Bear Rainforest and Pacific Northwest.

Afflatus Hijab

Afflatus Hijab is a fashion-forward, modest clothing line and social platform. Owner Wedad Amari uses it to give a voice to marginalized women and help change the narrative.

Goldsmith’s Farm Market

Goldsmith’s Farm Market is a family-owned market and bakery. Their farm-fresh products help feed their community and lift up those in need.

P.S. Sohi, Chartered Professional Accountant

Pawan Sohi has provided accounting and tax services in the heart of Surrey, B.C. through his business, P.S. Sohi Inc. They have taken steps to become a paperless office to help save the environment.

Bamboo Hut Southeast Asian Cuisine

At Bamboo Hut, owners Sharon and Dany love what they do. Their menu is a celebration of their culture and heritage, with a beautiful fusion of Cambodian, Vietnamese, and Thai-inspired flavours.

Never Was Average

Harold and Joanna started Never Was Average to create a safe space in Montréal in which diverse communities can talk openly about current issues. Today, they’re also a community hub for hosting art exhibitions and workshops.

Dad’s Printing

Adam Lando makes a positive, lasting impression on his community and beyond with his made-in-Canada custom apparel printing business, Dad’s Printing.

Detailing Knights

Ryan Knight’s car detailing business, Detailing Knights, works with the community as a social enterprise that mentors young entrepreneurs.


Amy Jackson shares her cultural heritage while shining a light of positivity and resilience on her community and beyond with her Nativelovenotes.

Guess Where Trips

Entrepreneur Jessica Off is redefining road trips, supporting local small businesses, and sharing her love of travel with Guess Where Trips.


Simon Paquin is helping at-risk youth navigate the challenges of life and the open seas with his environmental nonprofit, EcoMaris.

Timber River Eco Farms

Timber River Eco Farms, owned by the Kummer Family, is giving back to the community and growing greener by the day with sustainable practices to produce their famous Eco Spuds.


Owners Krys & Mateo take a holistic approach to skincare with luxury products featuring clean, green ingredients extracted from nutrient-rich plant life.


Mithun Mathew is proving that food made with love spreads love, with SpiceX, an Indian restaurant serving up big flavours and even bigger heart.

Meet the owners

Small business is the heartbeat of every neighborhood. Throughout 2020, we featured owners from across the country, and shared their incredible stories of running a small business during COVID-19.