The Changemaker’s Initiative

Startup Canada and Inniskillin, Canada’s first estate winery, have partnered to champion Canadian entrepreneurs who are disrupting their industries in thoughtful, creative ways while navigating a post-pandemic economy.

The Changemaker’s Initiative will profile the stories of 12 innovative entrepreneurs from across the country who represent the characteristics of Inniskillin founders Ziraldo and Kaiser, who are known for fundamentally changing the world’s perception of Canadian wine.

Join us in celebrating our 12 Changemaker’s or highlight your own disruptive Canadian entrepreneurs with the hashtag #CheersToTheChangemakers!

Inniskillin Changemaker: Patrick Hunter

  “Entrepreneurs can stay in their lane, but we can also look around and lift each other up. Don’t be afraid – it’s not a competition, it’s not a race. We’re all in this together.” In partnership with Inniskillin, Canada’s first estate winery, Startup Canada......

Inniskillin Changemaker: Valerie Song

  “Choosing decision-makers in the business world is almost as important as electing your political leaders – who are in those driving seat roles and are they diverse enough to represent the whole?” In partnership with Inniskillin, Canada’s first estate winery, Startup Canada is celebrating......

Inniskillin Changemaker: Jason Sparrow

  “I would love to see increasing levels of startup investment – and ultimately, more companies that have a big impact not only in Canada, but abroad.” In partnership with Inniskillin, Canada’s first estate winery, Startup Canada is celebrating and spotlighting leading entrepreneurial changemakers and......

Inniskillin Changemaker: Jess Mantell

  “Always strive to grow and do better – and expect the same from your team.” In partnership with Inniskillin, Canada’s first estate winery, Startup Canada is celebrating and spotlighting leading entrepreneurial changemakers and disruptors across Canada. Startup Canada was pleased to sit down with......

Inniskillin Changemaker: Adam Bent

  “Part of being an entrepreneur is knowing that every business you make is an experiment.” In partnership with Inniskillin, Canada’s first estate winery, Startup Canada is celebrating and spotlighting leading entrepreneurial changemakers and disruptors across Canada. Startup Canada was pleased to sit down with......

Inniskillin Changemaker: Ashley Freeborn

  “Instead of getting beaten down, let’s remember that we started our businesses to accomplish something great. Let that guide you.” In partnership with Inniskillin, Canada’s first estate winery, Startup Canada is celebrating and spotlighting leading entrepreneurial changemakers and disruptors across Canada. Startup Canada was......

Inniskillin Changemaker: Aja Horsley

  “It’s obvious why we need to take care of our communities and the environment – because none of us will be around if we don’t work together to create a more sustainable lineup of companies across Canada.” In partnership with Inniskillin, Canada’s first estate......

Inniskillin Changemaker: Lindsay Lorusso

  “In whatever you do, do it through a sustainable lens.” In partnership with Inniskillin, Canada’s first estate winery, Startup Canada is celebrating and spotlighting leading entrepreneurial changemakers and disruptors across Canada. Startup Canada was pleased to sit down with Lindsay Lorusso, CEO of NUDNIK......

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