Our Stories

IWM: Dustin Burgin + Lindsie Hill

We interviewed Dustin Burgin and Lindsie Hill, the founders behind Corda, which provides jobs to underprivileged people in Ethiopia by producing eco-friendly, handmade, rope sandals. We found out how they are using social media to build community, who exactly makes their sandals, and how Corda supports their employees without exploiting their stories. (more…)

IWM: Alain Menard

We interviewed Alain Menard, founder of Green Beaver. We found out what makes Green Beaver products smell so good, which products he uses (or doesn’t use!) every day, and the coolest thing to watch in their factory. (more…)

IWM: Benji Kurtz

We interviewed Benji Kurtz, founder of the Alliance to Repair the American Diet and Remedy Food Project. He told us how he gets so many big speakers to his events, the difference between vegan and plant-based, and why he wants to sit down with Hillary Clinton. (more…)

IWM: Rachel Kimel

We interviewed Rachel Kimel, co-founder of the Bowery Project, a not-for-profit organization that creates opportunities for urban agriculture in vacant Toronto lots. She told us why their gardens are mobile, what city dwellers can learn from getting their hands dirty, and where they find all those milk crates!

IWM: Barry Alper

We spoke with Barry Alper, owner of Fresh Restaurants in Toronto. We found out what his favourite order is at Fresh, why Yonge and Eglinton was the perfect location for their newest restaurant, and what it’s like to keep up with all the new delivery apps. (more…)

IWM: Janet Walker

We spoke with Janet Walker, an Osteopathic Manual Practitioner and Restorative Exercise Specialist from downtown Toronto. We found out how she prescribes and teaches restorative exercise, what functional movements are best for new and expecting moms, and how working with an osteopath can even impact fertility.

IWM: Mira Heitz

We spoke with Mira Heitz, early childhood educator, co-owner of West End Naturopathic Doulas and co-founder of The Bump to Baby Show. We found out where to find everything you need for a clean + green pregnancy, why they’re not accepting corporate sponsorship for their event, and why you’ll want to have another women with you while you deliver your baby. 


IWM: Jean Eng

We spoke with Jean Eng, president and co-owner of Pure + Simple, a holistic spa with 4 locations in Toronto. We found out what beauty product she swears by, her best advice for female entrepreneurs, and how her staff uses Ayurvedic skincare to promote long-term skin health.


IWM: Kelly Maslen

We spoke with Kelly Maslen, a doula, nutritionist, breastfeeding counsellor, placenta encapsulator, and mother. We found out how to have a fearless, painless birth, what this single parent relies on to run her business, and why she ate her placenta. 

IWM: Mark Fontes

We spoke with Mark Fontes, Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine. Mark has an integrative healthcare practice with a focus on adjunctive cancer care. We found out the many benefits of naturopathic oncology, how naturopathy integrates with conventional care, and why his own experiences inspired him to help others loved ones.