Our Stories

IWM: Jared Kaminsky

We spoke with Jared Kaminsky, Interim Managing Director at Shoresh. We found out the best and most challenging parts of fundraising, what question he asks himself before he makes any decision, and the systems he has in place for when his brain fails him. 

IWM: Jaime Slavin

We spoke with Jaime Slavin, Nutritionist, Registered Dietitian, food educator, and an advocate for health and well being. We found out how she made a huge shift in her own diet, where she likes to shop and eat in Toronto, and the secret ingredient to living with a partner who eats differently than you do.  


IWM: Allen Zak

We spoke with Allen Zak, CEO of Zak Organics. He runs a 4th generation family farm and produces certified organic snacks. We found out why his green peas are the best tasting, which symbol is the most undervalued in the food business today, and where all of their missing inventory was going.

IWM: Sharon Neiss

We spoke with Sharon Neiss, creator of Day Ja View family organizer, and author of Me and My So-Called Friends. We found out how long it actually takes to write a book, the secret ingredient needed to be an entrepreneur, and which social media platform she’s avoiding.  (more…)

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IWM Hailey Jefferies, Prairie Fava

We spoke with Hailey Jefferies, co-founder and president of Prairie Fava. She and her husband Cale started this business to create and sell fava bean ingredients. We found out about entrepreneurship in Manitoba, how to run a business with your husband, and why favas are the future. 


IWM: Oren Epstein

We spoke with Oren Epstein, The Vegan Broker and owner of BIO RAW. We found out why he wants to shake up the food industry, why you won’t find iceberg lettuce in his salad bowls, and the vegetable he resonates with most. 


IWM: Margot Perlmutter

We spoke with Margot Perlmutter, Camp Director at Camp Tamakwa and author of Camp Food Matters. Camp Tamakwa is a co-ed residential summer camp located in beautiful Algonquin Park, Canada since 1936 (and where my kids spend their summers). We found out about the healthy food changes happening at camp, what healthy shifts any summer camp can easily make, and the most popular addition to meal time. (more…)

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IWM: Kane Sarhan

We connected with Kane Sarhan, Vice President, Brand Marketing at Starwood Capital Group. His hotel brand management company oversees the development and management of 1 Hotels (my favourite NYC stay). We found out how nature influences every aspect of their business, why you actually want to shop from their room’s minibar, and how staying at their hotel can change how you live your life at home.

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IWM: Frankie Nelson and BJ Barone

We interviewed Frankie Nelson and BJ Barone, educators, and authors of Milo’s Adventures: A Story About Love. We found out what it was like to discover their birth photo had gone viral, how their family responded to all the media attention (the good + the bad), and the sweet message their son is sharing with the world. (more…)

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IWM: Toby Davidson

We interviewed Toby Davidson, serial entrepreneur and impact investor in the food industry. We found out some great tips for food businesses wanting to get into retail, why the business term “meaningful differentiation” is close to her heart, and which musician sings the soundtrack to her life. 


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