Meet four courageous women who are tackling the monumental task of running a food business.
Hear about their experiences, challenges and successes in building their food brands.
Enjoy an evening of networking and product sampling.
Carolyn Plummer, Founder and Co-owner of Grass Roots Kitchen and the Energy Spheres brand.
Carolyn is a Certified Nutritional Practitioner (CNP). She turned her passion for crafting healthy, allergy-friendly snacks for loved ones with food allergies and intolerances into a commercial business. As a proud mom and advocate to two teenage boys with autism spectrum disorder, Grass Roots Kitchen mentors and creates employment opportunities for young adults with autism. Carolyn lives in Toronto with her partner in life and business, her boys and two rather large house cats.
Carrie Darmaga, founder and CEO of Health Addict Inc., and owner of the Fru-V® brand.
Through her career journey as a Child and Youth Counsellor and a Registered Massage Therapist, Fru-V® was born. After starting the breakfast club at Rogers Public School, Carrie finally took the plunge to start this new business as a way to give back to the community. Launching Fru-V® smoothie kits in Longo’s and Vince’s Market, Carrie is giving a portion of the proceeds to the Breakfast Club of Canada and fulfilling her aspirations.
Sarab Hans, President, Hans Dairy Inc.
Sarab is proud to manage a successful 20 year old family business that produces high quality dairy products focused on the South Asian community. Prior to joining Hans Dairy, Sarab worked in the investment banking sector for six years. She has a BA from the University of Western Ontario and an MBA from McGill University. Sarab is also a member of the board of Food & Beverage Ontario.
Amal Soliman, Founder and Owner of Nubia Food and Beverage Inc. and Nuba Tisane.
Amal grew up drinking hibiscus tea in her home country of Egypt and saw an opportunity to reinvent the beverage for the Canadian market. With a Ph.D. in Agriculture Sciences and background in food processing, Amal founded Nubia and makes Nuba Tisane with premium quality dried hibiscus flowers she imports from Egypt.
Birgit Blain, President, Birgit Blain & Associates Inc.
As founder and president of a packaged foods consulting firm, Birgit Blain and her team transform food into retail-ready products. Her experience includes 17 years with Loblaw Companies, where she managed a $9 million President’s Choice® portfolio. Birgit also writes for Food in Canada magazine and is the author of The Food Biz Blog. Through her depth of food industry knowledge, Birgit helps food business owners think strategically, make better decisions and mitigate risks.
Time / Agenda
|5:00 – 6:30 pm
||Network & Nibble
|6:30 - 7:30 pm
||Food Entrepreneur Panel Discussion
|7:30 – 8:00 pm
|8:00 - 8:30 pm
||Meet the Entrepreneurs & Network
||Wrap Up/Final Remarks
||$ 45.00 (+HST)
|| $ 55.00 (+HST)
|| $ 30.00 (+HST)