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Emerging Entrepreneur Competition 2015




As part of the 127th Annual Dinner, the Board launched an Emerging Entrepreneur Competition, offering the chance for two innovative entrepreneurs to benefit from an exclusive, one-on-one lunch and coaching session with one of two of the Toronto region's most respected, influential and accomplished business leaders.




Carolynna Gabriel

Owner of Wilmington Tennis, was selected to join Larry Tanenbaum, O.C., Chairman & CEO of Kilmer Van Nostrand Co. Limited

After graduating from Ivey Business School in 2011, Gabriel started an instructional service company that provides high quality tennis lessons throughout the GTA, focusing on equitable access to the sport for all. Since inception the company has secured over $450,000 for outreach projects through not-for-profit partners, such as the Ontario Tennis Association and Tennis Canada, and is set to secure a long-term lease agreement (20 years) with the Toronto District School Board for up to 10 schools with tennis court facilities.

“Our long-term vision is to expand the same partnership model to other cities, operating 200 locations by 2025.”


Miraz Manji

Co-founder, TLAC Studios, won the opportunity to lunch with Mark Wiseman, President & CEO of Canadian Pension Plan Investment Board

This early start-up studio is focused on 3D printing and wearables, using engineering and logic expertise. Bootstrapped since 2010 by offering retail publishing services, TLAC now competes with major printing and publishing houses. The company’s proprietary software empowers a creative design team of five to be more productive than a company of fifty, while maintaining the personal service experience of a boutique shop.

“Our goal is to grow our company ten times by offering workflow engineering solutions to Fortune 500 firms.”