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From Idea to Action: Inspiring Stories of Canada’s Entrepreneurs

By Diane Amato

Published September 8, 2022 • 2 Min Read

Owner Profiles

Discover the stories behind these inspiring entrepreneurs.


Lisa Calkins

LH Imports

Putting relationships first is one of the contributing factors to their success–along with a measured and methodical approach to growth.


Shawn Raymond

Shawn R Training

Shawn Raymond got into the business of fitness and wellness by chance.


Evelyne Nyairo

Ellie Bianca

Her natural skincare brand is for women, by women and empowers women.


Matt & Brandi Bialek

BLAST-OFF Fireworks

Matt Bialek and his team found a way to adapt, selling fireworks by phone and online to families who were looking to bring fun and celebration during these uncertain times.


Laila Diodati

Laila’s Cheesecakes

When a cheesecake craving during her third pregnancy left her unsatisfied with the options available, she took matters — and ingredients — into her own hands.


Priya Gogia

Twisted Indian Wraps

Priya and Andy Gogia leveraged their background in the food industry, a knack for processes and a powerful work ethic to run several popular franchises before starting their own brand.


Dr. Lloydetta Quaicoe

Sharing Our Cultures

Her organization is connecting young newcomers with other students by sharing diverse cultures.



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