Arlene Dickinson highlights the most exciting Canadian entrepreneurs

Caitlin Connelly/The Social
Canadian venture capitalist, Arlene Dickinson, stops by The Social to tell us about the exciting entrepreneurial movement that’s happening in our own backyard.

Check out some of the entrepreneurs and products highlighted on today’s show:

Pippa and Neige Blair – Calgary, Alberta: Routine Cream
Routine has a deodorant for every body type and scent preference with 12 scents and 3 formulas (including vegan and for sensitive skin) without aluminum zirconium, aluminum chlorohydrate, parabens, triclosan, or propylene glycol. Routine is applied in the same way as any other lotion and each jar lasts 3 to 6 months with regular use. 

Dan Beach & Kevin Folk – Toronto, Ontario: SoCIAL Lite Vodka
Available in two flavours: Lime & Ginger and Lemon, Cucumber, & Mint, SoCIAL features:

All natural ingredients, and no additives or preservatives.
  • Small batch Silver Lake premium Vodka –
  • No sugar or sweeteners 
  • Only 80 calories per 355mL can
  • Gluten Free

Johnny Forzani & Jesse Galvon – Calgary, Alberta: Galvani Tech Apparel
While playing football for the Calgary Stampeders on the brink of a chilly Canadian winter, Johnny Forzani noticed his teammates on the sideline were trying to keep their hands warm through the use of two small propane heat tanks. With the vision of creating high-quality apparel that athletes could rely on to help them perform in any conditions, Johnny Forzani went overseas and developed heated glove and hand warmer prototypes eventually worn (and loved) by his teammates.

John partnered with University of San Francisco alumnus, NCAA Division I golfer, former tech senior executive and childhood best friend Jesse Galvon to create Galvani Tech Apparel. Galvani believes in delivering a high quality product that outperforms its competition through research and development in conjunction with some of the world’s most elite athletes.

Morgan & Jackson Wyatt – Brockville, Ontario: The Greenlid

Some facts about the product:
  • Greenlid breaks down in compost facilities.
  • Greenlid breaks down in your home composter.
  • Greenlid is made from 100% Canadian recycled paper. 

Their manufacturing facility uses locally-sourced end-of-life recycled cardboard and newsprint from Ontario, which keeps CO2 emissions at a minimum.

They also work closely with municipal and federal compost facilities to maintain Canadian environmental standards for compostability.

They manufacture in Canada to:
  • Avoid as much transportation and shipping emissions as possible
  • Make sure that their compostable leak-resistant additive is properly controlled
  • Make sure Canadian jobs are created making Canadian products
  • And to ensure that our containers follow our exact formulation to guarantee a nutrient-rich, contaminate-free soil following composting
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