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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 is an urban stone mill and naturally leavened bakery. Owner Gabrielle Prud’homme serves the freshest of the fresh, made with Canadian heritage grain.
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 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.
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.
Adam Lando makes a positive, lasting impression on his community and beyond with his made-in-Canada custom apparel printing business, Dad’s Printing.
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.
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.