Dragons Den Awards Presentation
The Meaford Chamber of Commerce was pleased to host the Dragons’ Den Awards & Presentation Night on November 15th. Contestants were presented with cash and prizes and congratulated for their success!
First place winner, Marie-Catherine Marsot of Georgian Bay Fauxmagerie took away a total of $11,885 in cash and prizes. She received $4600 in cash from our dragons and an additional $760 from the Audience Choice where $5 from every ticket sold is awarded. Georgian Bay Fauxmagerie will be producing high quality, plant based, individually handcrafted artisanal cheeses.
As the second place winner, Mark Skinner took home $3200 in cash and prizes. Mark is the owner of Windswept Orchard Cider. Mark grows organic apples and crafts award winning ciders. Windswept Orchard Cider is looking to build capacity and self-sufficiency as they expand their farm to bottle cider business.
Third place winner, MOJO Meal Kits, a meal delivery service featuring local produce and products, ended the evening with $1050 in cash and prizes.
Contestants Nadia and Brad Mear of The Meaford Artisan Hub Paul Bishop of Ride On Bikes did not go home empty handed. They both received $800 in prizes for their participation in the event. Brad and Nadia hope to run an artistic hub where local artists work, meet, collaborate, exhibit and sell their work. Paul, a previous Dragons’ Den winner, is looking to expand his business which opened in 2013 and focuses on the growing leisure cyclist market.
The focus of the evening was on continued support for each of the contestants and their businesses. The Chamber of Commerce thanks all of our contestants, dragons, sponsors and the organizing committee for making this show a model of a local business initiative that creates real results for our local economy.
For more information on how to become a sponsor or contestant in next year’s 10th anniversary show, please contact:
Meaford Chamber of Commerce
13 Nelson Street, West
Meaford, ON N4L 1N1
Chief Hydration Officer,
Darryl is a previous Dragons’ Den contestant and winner of the “Audience Choice Award”! Darryl took his idea that was pitched to the Dragons’ and now runs an extremely successful business within the Municipality of Meaford as well as offering his services internationally.
Darryl is always looking for ways to improve upon products and processes, and that has helped Quench Buggy evolve into what it is today. Darryl has a background in Mechanical Engineering, and has worked with various automotive related companies in positions such as Industrial Engineer, Applications Engineer and Launch Facilitator. Darryl then decided to move on to work in the family business in customer service which is where the idea for Quench Buggy was hatched. We are so pleased to have a former contestant join us this year as a Dragon and look forward to his feedback for this year’s contestants.
E & H Property Management
Cindy is President of E & H Property Management, a management company which specializes in the property management of condominium corporations. E & H is the largest management company in the Georgian Bay Region, managing some 3000 units. Two offices, one in Thornbury and one in Collingwood, have 17 full time employees to manage projects from Collingwood to Owen Sound, and handling everything from maintenance, Act enforcement, legal and accounting issues for the Corporations.
Cindys parents – Horst and Elizabeth Reinheimer, started the company in 1986 and Cindy assumed the Presidency in 2005 and has now doubled the portfolios being managed. Cindy’s daughter and daughter in law are now being trained to take over and become the third generation to run the company.
Cindy’s business rules – a good base are the building blocks for any business and their success. Develop procedures and protocols that can handle any and all situations, and more clients/orders than you can ever expect. By doing this, as your business grows, the systems can handle the influx, with little change. Keep your business and personal finances completely separate and watching the money is just as important as the service or the items being supplied.
Cindy lives in Meaford, close to her parents, children and grandchildren.
GM- Bayshore Broadcasting
Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal Winner and GM of Bayshore Broadcasting’s 8 Radio Stations in South Central Ontario, Ross is a highly regarded business person in the community.
Past President of the Ontario Association of Broadcasters, Past Chair of Community Foundation Grey Bruce, a Lifetime Achievement Award: The Radio-Television News Directors Associate of Canada and a voice you’d recognize in an instant barely begins to describe Ross and his community spirit and accomplishments within our area.
A true local gem, Ross lives in Meaford with his wife Ruth Ann.
Rick Lorenz is part of a wave of dynamic young entrepreneurs who represent the future of business in Meaford. Rick’s management philosophy is to lead by example, build strong relationships with clients and the community, and to always be on the lookout for new technologies to provide a competitive edge. Prior to opening Meaford Pharmacy, Rick planned and implemented massive improvements to Collingwood General and Marine Hospital’s Pharmacy department. These improvements included automated medication stations, and a new system for collecting patient’s medication histories that dramatically reduced the rates of medication errors.
In 2015, Rick founded Meaford Pharmacy with fellow pharmacist Tundra Lee. Although the pharmacy profession was experiencing significant changes in government regulation, and the climate was one of uncertainty, Rick saw unique opportunities for a start-up to thrive. By using the same skills that re-vamped Collingwood Hospital’s pharmacy systems, Rick designed an efficient dispensary that gives patients unprecedented access to their pharmacist. Today, Meaford Pharmacy is known for pairing expert clinical advice with friendly, small-town service and is one of Meaford’s fastest-growing businesses.
Rick is a firm believer that it is everyone’s responsibility to give back to their community and to help society at large.
Bluewater Angel Investor Group
Alex is a retired banking executive, having spent much of his career in senior commercial banking positions with Bank of Montreal. In the late 1990’s he worked as regional manager for BMO in the Grey-Bruce region. His career took him to most regions of Canada with accountabilities from the Maritimes to British Columbia. A Meaford resident since 1998, Alex is active in the community as a Board member of the Residential Hospice of Grey-Bruce, which is currently constructing Chapman House Hospice as well as a Board Member of the recently formed Bluewater Angel Investor Group.
Meet the Contestants
Ride On Bikes
Paul has 30 years of experience in the retail bike and ski business. His experience developed from working at Sporting Life & Squire Johns and operating his own bike assembly business. In 2013, he opened Ride On Bikes in Meaford, which focuses on the growing leisure cyclist market.
Andrea Greyerbiehl, Bryn Honeywood, Rheanna Kish,
MOJO Meal Kits
MOJO Meal Kits is a meal kit delivery service featuring local food. The kit contains portioned ingredients along with step by step instructions and photos to produce a fresh & delicious home-cooked meal. The ultimate convenient mealtime solution for busy lives.
Brad & Nadia Mear,
The Meaford Artisan Hub
Brad & Nadia both come from arts administrative background in theatre, film/tv and other art related organizations and hope to run an artistic hub where local artists work, meet, collaborate and exhibit/sell their work to the Meaford and surrounding communities.
Georgian Bay Fauxmagerie
Marie-Catherine is a Chef Instructor at Liaison College in Barrie. She also teaches private classes and specialized in plant based cooking. Marie-Catherine is also a Plant based Chef Advisor for the new cooking show on Zeste TV called Foodlavie..
Mark grows organic apples and crafts award winning ciders at Windswept Orchard Cider. Windswept Cider is looking to build tank capacity and self-sufficiency as they continue to expand their farm to bottle cider business.