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Our incredible community ambassadors - from coast to coast - are here to inspire us as we all get ready to get back to work in our ‘new normal’. Hear their success stories and get all the pro tips and tools you need to make this season one for the books.

Meet our community

Meet our community
VANESSA GRIMALDI

VANESSA

GRIMALDI

@vanessagrimaldi30

Montreal
born to stand out

Vanessa is a teacher, and strong advocate for mental health. She uses her social media platforms to raise important issues, while shedding light on her foundation, No Better You, an organization that builds sensory classrooms in-home, for students with learning disabilities.

 
BASTIEN POULAIN

BASTIEN

POULAIN

@bastienpoulain

Montreal
The entrepreneurial spirit

Brittany native and founder of 1642, Bastien chased his dreams all the way to Montreal, where no one thought a local soda business would take off until Bastien came along, that is, and changed the game. “Les Dragons” themselves mentored him, and we can’t wait to see what he’ll do next.

ASHLEY CALLINGBULL

ASHLEY

CALLINGBULL

@ashleycallingbull

Calgary
making waves

Ashley Callingbull is a model, First Nation’s activist and the reigning Mrs. Universe 2015. Ashley takes pride in her Native Cree heritage, and has shown this through her volunteer work with community elders and youth. Through hard work and perseverance, Ashley keeps pushing boundaries, inspiring her community to reach for the stars.

 
VALERIE SONG

VALERIE

SONG

@asiangirlsmiles

& CHASE

ANDO

@chase_ando

Vancouver
Power to the pioneers

The Vancouver based co-founders of AVA Technologies should be on all our radars. Their business model is simple, elegant. Imagine smart, indoor gardens to grow your own ingredients. It’s the future of food, and we’re glad it’s championed by this award-winning pair of innovators.

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ALEXANDRA TOULCH

ALEXANDRA

TOULCH

@reblhouse

Montreal
an eye for magic

Alexandra Toulch is the founder and CEO of REBL HOUSE, a Montreal-based content collective specializing in photo and video production. A storyteller at heart, Alex is passionate about capturing moments in time, connecting people through emotional content.

 
JESSE PETERS

JESSE

PETERS

@mrsocialsavvy

Winnipeg
The game changer

Jesse boasts an impressive 10 years in the real estate business. He’s always finding new ways to innovate, down to how we view purchasing a house. An avid traveler, he has had the opportunity to share valuable insights and tools with agents across the globe. A natural in front of the camera, his enthusiasm is infectious. Catch the proud Winnipegger on his IG stories as he discusses and explores his hometown in his 30 Favourite Places in Winnipeg series.

CHASTITY SMITH

CHASTITY

SMITH

@chazz_smith

Charlottetown
Back to business

Chastity Smith a is businesswoman, an interior designer, a singer-songwriter, and a mom. Along with her husband and business partner, Chef Michael Smith, she is the proprietor of the 5-star Inn at Bay Fortune, in Prince Edward Island.

 
TRENTON JONES

TRENTON

JONES

@thechopcellar

Ottawa
The innovator

Trenton started as a busser and proceeded to amass over 15 years of experience in hospitality, having managed and innovated some of the most popular restaurants in Ottawa and Winnipeg. Trenton is now the General Manager for Chop Steakhouse Bar, Ottawa. He’s also a sommelier, and we’re all looking forward to his recommendations!

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ALYSHA NEWMAN

ALYSHA

NEWMAN

@alyshanewman

Toronto
miles ahead

Alysha Newman is an Olympic athlete training for the 2021 Olympic games. Currently holding the Canadian record in pole vaulting, she has her eyes set on the podium and is ready to make her country proud.

 
MALIK SHAHEED

MALIK

SHAHEED

@malikshaheed

Montreal
Advocating for what's right

Not all heroes wear capes. Some wear our suits, and look amazing in them. This is the case for Montreal’s Malik Shaheed. He’s fighting the good fight as a youth advocate who campaigns against bullying (he visits schools as ‘DJ Malik’ for anti-bullying events) and promotes men’s mental health. He is the Director of Operations for the Youth Stars Foundation.

RICHARD THOMAS

RICHARD

THOMAS

@coachninja

Edmonton
The future of style

Richard Thomas is the senior technology manager at Skip the Dishes. No stranger to hard work, Rich is also the owner of Shinobi Fitness, a group strength and conditioning gym in his hometown. With talent and dedication like his, who knows what’s next for the Winnipegger!

 
SHANDELLE REEVES

SHANDELLE

REEVES

@littleyellowclassroom

Edmonton
Drive to inspire

Shandelle is a teacher, educator, and rising star in digital education. For her, the classroom is a safe space, a warm and engaging environment for all students. She even turned to Instagram, connecting with other educators to share her insights on the recent digital teaching platforms she’s been using.

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