2022 TELUS Business #StandWithOwners prize winners
We’re empowering business owners by sharing their incredible stories of community impact and how technology is enhancing their business. Read below to learn about our recently selected winners.
Owner, Brunswick Engineering Group
Saint John, NB
Brunswick Engineering Group is a collective of highly skilled engineers and technologists that offer consulting and engineering services to independent business owners. Discover Brunswick Engineering Group.
Jamie Parker & Mike Wenzlawe
Owners, Calgary Heritage Roasting Co.
Calgary Heritage Roasting Co. is an eco-conscious organic coffee roastery and outdoor lifestyle brand based in Calgary, Alberta. Discover Calgary Heritage Roasting Co.
BKIND is an eco-friendly beauty and skin care company that uses natural ingredients to create products that are suitable for vegans. Discover BKIND.
Joshua English & Monica Musteilier
Owners, Little Havana Cafe y Bodega
Little Havana Cafe y Bodega is a Cuban themed café that serves delicious coffee alongside Caribbean inspired home décor. Discover Little Havana Cafe y Bodega.
Owner, Skwálwen Botanicals
Skwálwen Botanicals is an Indigenous skincare brand that makes high-quality beauty products from ethically sourced plant ingredients. Discover Skwálwen Botanicals.
Brandon Marton & Omar Miller
Owners, Hinton Scaffold Solutions
North York, ON
Hinton Scaffold Solutions is a BIPOC-led engineering firm that offers scaffold erection, dismantling and consulting services with a focus on safety. Discover Hinton Scaffold Solutions.
Thomas Woegerer & David Yeaman
Owners, Molded Precision Components
Molded Precision Components is an engineering company that makes performance-critical molded plastics for a wide range of clients within the manufacturing industry. Discover Molded Precision Components.
CMEOW is a food delivery and route optimization technology company that provides innovative logistics to help local businesses transport goods more efficiently. Discover CMEOW.
Lauren Sears, Bradley Daye & Matt Thomson
Owners, Placemaking 4G
Placemaking 4G is a job recruitment company that helps employers build more inclusive teams through socially conscious recruiting and exemplary human dynamics practices. Discover Placemaking 4G.
Jayesh Vekariya & Linda Biggs
Founded in 2020, joni is an innovative menstrual care start-up that makes disposable and reusable menstrual products, based in Victoria, British Colombia. Discover joni.
Sidi Ba & Guillaume Bourque
Haumana is a social enterprise that combats over-packaging and food waste in the energy bar industry by offering eco-friendly products that benefit small communities. Discover Haumana.
Stephanie & Peter Wood
Owners, Bear & Joey
Bear & Joey is an Australian themed restaurant that offers takeout and events for up to 90 guests in a vibrant and inclusive setting that evokes Sydney’s café culture. Discover Bear & Joey.
Nader Qawasmi & Tamer Agha
Owners, Levant Pizza
Levant Pizza is a LGBTQ+ and BIPOC-owned fusion pizzeria that offers a Palestinian take on Sicilian pizza based in Toronto, Ontario. Discover Levant Pizza.
Candina & Chima Elendu
Owners, True North Women’s Safety Apparel
True North Women’s Safety Apparel is a company that makes safety workwear and apparel for women working in trades and other hazardous environments. Discover True North Women’s Safety Apparel.
Altaf & Zeb Khandwala
Owners, Bay Polymers
Bay Polymers is a recycling facility and a family-run business that specializes in recycling HDPE plastics and other products. Discover Bay Polymers.
Colin, Janelle, Luc & Daniel Rémillard
Owners, Jardins St-Léon Gardens
Jardins St-Léon Gardens is a small, family-owned farmers’ market located in the heart of Winnipeg, Manitoba. As many of the customers are bilingual, offering francophone service is a core part of its operations. Discover Jardins St-Léon Gardens.
DiveThru is an end-to-end platform that connects young people with individual therapy, group therapy and solo support in-person and online. Discover DiveThru.
Owner, Kahani Pictures
Kahani Pictures is a media and documentary film company that advances social and environmental movements by partnering with diverse community voices. Discover Kahani Pictures.
Patrick & Lisa Beecroft
Owners, Gabi & Jules Handmade Pies & Baked Goodness
Port Moody, BC
Gabi & Jules Handmade Pies & Baked Goodness is a bakery that produces delicious pies and pastries crafted with premium quality ingredients. Discover Gabi & Jules Handmade Pies & Baked Goodness.
Marie Beaupré, Audrey Woods & Mariane Gaudreau
Owners, Les Mauvaises Herbes
Les Mauvaises Herbes is an online store which specializes in the sale of ingredients and accessories for homemade eco-friendly cosmetics and household products. Discover Les Mauvaises Herbes.
Andrew Morrow & Bryan MacDonald
Owners, Breton Brewing Co.
Cape Breton, NS
Breton Brewing Co. is the second craft brewery opened on Cape Breton Island Nova Scotia, that offers year-round brews and many seasonal beers. Discover Breton Brewing Co.
Tam Thiyaga & Anotha Thamesh
Owners, Set The Table Kitchen & Co.
Set The Table Kitchen & Co. delivers hot and frozen food to seniors and offer meal prep services to busy families looking for quick and healthy prepared meals. Discover Set The Table Kitchen & Co.
Josh Peill & Griffin Simony
Owners, SHIFT Accessibility
SHIFT Accessibility specializes in creating or modifying homes and businesses to make them more accessible to people with disabilities, and senior people looking to age-in-place. Discover SHIFT Accessibility.
Katerina Juskey & Victoria Mierzwa
LOHN is a luxury candle company sold in over 175 stores Canada-wide. It is run by two Canadian women with an education in chemical engineering and years of experience in the beauty industry. Discover LOHN.
Owner, Buff Wax Spot
Buff Wax Spot is a BIPOC-owned, entirely women-staffed wax bar with a focus on creating a hyper-inclusive environment, making waxing more accessible for all body types, ethnicities and genders. Discover Buff Wax Spot.
Andrew Drigola & Cara Sumpton
Apparelmark is a full-service technical design and development firm servicing startup, emerging and established apparel brands around the globe. Discover Apparelmark.
Reanna Montopoli & Michael Williams
Owners, Trent Health in Motion
Trent Health in Motion is a multidisciplinary healthcare clinic providing a wide range of health services and focuses on inspiring and empowering their community to live a lifestyle that supports optimal health and performance. Discover Trent Health in Motion.
Kristen Hutton & Cindy Black
Owners, Kreative Kustoms
Sherwood Park, AB
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. Discover Kreative Kustoms.
Owner, 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. Discover Klondike Kettle Corn.
Julie Carré & Marie-Claud Rioux
Owners, 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. Discover Clinique-École MAMOÜTH.
Matt Phillips & Andrew Cowan
Owners, 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. Discover Northern Chicken.
Owner, 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. Discover Iskwew Air.
Owner, 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. Discover Morgan Model Management.
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. Discover FABCYCLE.
Meaghan & Marie Wright
Owners, 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. Discover Mirror Image Media.
Nicole Lachance & Paolo Espinoza
Owners, Gourmet Girl Café and 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. Discover Gourmet Girl Café & Catering.
Alyza Raithatha & Sapna Sriram
Owners, 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. Discover Integra Health.
Owner, 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. Discover Leftovers Foundation.
Owner, 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. Discover Karbon Brewing.
Owner, 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. Discover Road Coffee.
Phillippe Gignac & Mikee Gervais
Trois Rivieres, QC
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. Discover Uni-Recycle.
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. Discover Tayybeh.
Owner, 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. Discover Almanac Grain.
Owner, 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. Discover Afflatus Hijab.
The Oakley Family
Owners, Goldsmith’s Farm Market & Bakery
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. Discover Goldsmith’s Farm Market & Bakery.
Owner, P.S. Sohi Inc.
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. Discover P.S. Sohi Inc.
Sharon Diep & Dany Sok
Owners, Bamboo Hut Southeast Asian Cuisine
Sylvan Lake, AB
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. Discover Bamboo Hut Southeast Asian Cuisine.
Harold Julmice & Joanna Chevalier
Owners, 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. Discover Never Was Average.
Owner, 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. Discover Dad’s Printing.
Owner, Detailing Knights
Ryan Knight’s car detailing business, Detailing Knights, works with the community as a social enterprise that mentors young entrepreneurs. Discover Detailing Knights.
Amy Jackson shares her cultural heritage while shining a light of positivity and resilience on her community and beyond with her Nativelovenotes. Discover Nativelovenotes.
Owner, Guess Where Trips
Entrepreneur Jessica Off is redefining road trips, supporting local small businesses, and sharing her love of travel with Guess Where Trips. Discover Guess Where Trips.
Simon Paquin is helping youth navigate the challenges of life and the open seas with his environmental nonprofit, EcoMaris. Discover EcoMaris.
The Kummer Family
Owners, Timber River Eco Farms
Timber River, NB
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. Discover Timber River Eco Farms.
Krysl Lunardo & Mateo Devalencia
Owners Krys & Mateo take a holistic approach to skincare with luxury products featuring clean, green ingredients extracted from nutrient-rich plant life. Discover Sistine.
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.