MM42 - Oliver Wellington : Founder at Headliner

MM42 - Oliver Wellington : Founder at Headliner

Oliver always knew that he was going to be an entrepreneur. Upon completing his MBA, he played a pivotal role in creating the content recommendation platform nRelate. At its peak, nRelate was able to generate over 6 billion page views a month. The platform was eventually acquired by Ask.com.

Oliver left nRelate in 2015 and founded SpareMin with some of his old business partners. SpareMin is currently focused on growing its video editing web-app Headliner. The app was designed with a simple goal in mind: help audio content creators produce videos that they can share on social media.

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MM28 - Donny Mellozzi: Co-Founder of Ascoli Wines and Spirits

MM28 - Donny Mellozzi: Co-Founder of Ascoli Wines and Spirits

Donny loves food and wine. Growing up in a Montreal Italian household, he learned to appreciate food culture at a young age. He started making his own wine in college using the methods his grandparents taught him. However, being detail-driven and somewhat of a perfectionist, he experimented with new techniques that would increase the quality of his homemade wine. His passion for wine has been growing ever since.

Eventually, Donny and his wife decided to start importing wine from Italy. In order to stand out, they tend to partner with vineyards that do small batch productions and offer rare grape varietals. This has allowed them to offer something unique to the Quebec market.

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MM16 - Scarlett James: Showgirl and Montreal Burlesque Festival Founder

MM16 - Scarlett James: Showgirl and Montreal Burlesque Festival Founder

Scarlett saw her first burlesque show in 2007 and instantly fell in love with the art. At the time, the Montreal burlesque scene was almost non-existent and shows were usually focused on humour. Scarlett wanted to take a different approach and worked on creating a show that revolved around glamour. After 6 months of hard work, she finally got a chance to showcase her act and it was an immediate success.

Scarlett has been credited with making burlesque more mainstream in Canada. Besides growing her own personal brand, she also founded the annual Montreal Burlesque Festival. However, her success isn't limited to the Canadian market as she travels around the globe to perform her acts at theatres and corporate events. 

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MM12 - Gabrielle Panaccio: Cocktail Fanatic at Bar Le Lab

MM12 - Gabrielle Panaccio: Cocktail Fanatic at Bar Le Lab

Gabrielle is a true go-getter. She started in the restaurant business as a cook but developed a passion for cocktails while working in Australia. That experience changed her life and she set out to create one of the best cocktail bars in Canada.

Le Lab was founded by mixologist Fabien Maillard in 2008. He wanted to create a bar where his passion, vision, and creativity would become a reality.  Gabrielle joined Le Lab 2 years into its inception and is now a part-owner. She begged Fabien to let her work for him with the promise that she would be the best employee he would ever have. He accepted and she has been fulfilling that promise ever since. 

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MM11 - ​Nicholas Melka : Beekeeper & Honey Connoisseur at MIEL MTL

MM11 - ​Nicholas Melka : Beekeeper & Honey Connoisseur at MIEL MTL

Nick discovered raw honey when he was looking for a better way to treat his lyme disease. He needed to take about 60 pills a day and it was taking a toll on him. At one point it got so bad that the pills caused a tear in his stomach. He decided to start eating raw honey as an alternative treatment and his health improved within days!

Since then, he dedicates himself to giving back to the bees that helped him so much. He founded MIEL MTL to increase the number of bees in communities across Quebec and to create a superior raw honey that is packed with medicinal properties.

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MM9 - Vivian Yen and James Anderson: Co-Founders at Ratloop Games Canada

MM9 - Vivian Yen and James Anderson: Co-Founders at Ratloop Games Canada

Vivian and James are business partners as well as life partners. Vivian's passion for entrepreneurship mixed with James' passion for designing video games led to the creation of Ratloop Games Canada in 2017.

They received a government grant to create Vroom Kaboom:  a duelling game where two adversaries face-off against each with cars. The goal is to defeat your opponent's arsenal and be the last player standing. For the gamers out there, think of it as a hybrid game between Rocket League, Twisted Metal, and Hearthstone.

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