Five Canadian Businesses Each Awarded $125K Prize Packages Through TELUS’ #StandWithOwners Program

TELUS is excited to celebrate five deserving Canadian businesses from across the country who  recently each received a $125K grand prize package as part of the fourth annual TELUS #StandWithOwners program in recognition of how their businesses are changing the game, solving the problems of today, and using technology to grow and differentiate their business.

This year’s grand prize winners include:

  • AquaVerti Farms, Montreal, QC – Led by business owners Georges Aczam and Stephen Moss, AquaVerti Farms specializes in the cultivation of hydroponic vegetables and is the first farm in Canada to completely eliminate CO2 emissions from production
  • Cedar Valley, Oldcastle, ON – Mother-son duo, Surria and Ameen Fadel, started their product line of fattoush salad dressing and authentic Lebanese-style pita chips with a $3,000 grant. Now, they’ve expanded into 1,000 stores across Canada
  • Hoot Reading, Winnipeg, MB – Founded by Carly Shuler and Maya Kotecha, Hoot Reading is a social enterprise dedicated to changing children’s lives through literacy. To-date, the organization has delivered over 250,000 free, evidence-based reading lessons by qualified teachers in hundreds of school districts across North America
  • Omy Laboratoires, Quebec City, QC – Pharmacists and cosmeticians Andrea Gomez and Rachelle Séguin are the revolutionary force behind Omy Laboratoires, a B Corp Certified custom dermocosmetics company that offers fresh and personalized products that meet the needs of those neglected by the cosmetic industry
  • VodaSafe, Vancouver, BC – Created by microelectronics engineer and former lifeguard Carlyn Loncaric, VodaSafe is a hand-held sonar device that uses AI to quickly locate people underwater, revolutionizing the way rescuers do their job. Eight hundred units have already been deployed in 46 states and eight provinces so far with global expansion on the horizon

In addition, 15 finalists received $20,000 in funding and additional prizing from this year’s program. A panel of judges selected the winners out of thousands of applicants based on the strength of their submissions and their entrepreneurial spirit. 

Since 2020, TELUS has committed $3.5 million to the #StandWithOwners, providing funding, technology and recognition to help businesses from coast-to-coast thrive in a digital world. 

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