Successful, respected business leaders within and beyond their areas of specialty
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Thought leaders in their own right, diverse, inclusive and challengers of the status quo
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Community driven, influential voices. Like us, they are purpose driven
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I've been in the "system", having worked in it, around it and at times manipulated by it. Both as a low-level employee and as an executive. But we truly define who we are when we begin to take control of our paths and how we forge our foundation and legacy. It is at that point, that we determine the true value of our work and contribution. It can't be measured on the financial yardstick placed on the work but more the true value of purpose we believe in every project we decide to take on. I truly believe that driving meaningful and impactful change through sips and bites is truly the most delicious notion.
I'm that girl - the “eternal optimist” always looking for the positive side and believing there is always a way to do better. I keep my glass always full and believe empathy, curiosity and purpose will guide me to lead with intent and impact. I’m a strategic marketer and relationship cultivator – to the core – and I’ve gained diverse human experiences that have all culminated to this juncture. It’s time to take all the learnings, failures and successes and lead with kindness, show up wiser and do better. It’s time to make meaningful and real change.
Leland Harper is an educator, author, speaker, and lifelong learner with strong ties to the hospitality industry. His drive in the industry was fueled by his love for meeting new people. Today, Leland is a professor of philosophy, specializing in philosophy of race. His work on racism and his experience in the hospitality industry led him to start working with bars and nightclubs to address issues related to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Currently, Leland is working with several major universities in Canada and the US to establish justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion course offerings for degree-seeking and non degree-seeking students, with several Canadian charities and non-profits to design and create virtual antiracist learning opportunities for Canadian youth, and with an academic publishing house as editor of their newly-established Philosophy of Race series.
Though she's only dipped her toes in hospitality, Beverly has been described as “industry adjacent”. She's had some experience in a kitchen, and was even once a guest bartender. Bev has also written extensively about food and beverage with two blogs and the now defunct Swallow Daily. She is a former board member of the Bartenders Benevolent Fund, for which she was featured in a piece in Refinery 29. In addition to those experiences, Bev also has over a decade in the social marketing space – from corporate to startups. "The opportunity to grow with Quell brings together my skills and my passions."
Jake is a final year student at OCAD University in advertising. He had experience in marketing which inspires him to create a concept and branding business one day while ensuring to create a positive impact. Quell brings Jake's skills and passion together. In addition to those experiences, Jake committed a lot of his free time to mentoring people in Lion Dance at Hong Luck Kung Fu Club. His drive is fueled by his love for meeting new people.
Jenny is a third-year student pursuing a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) in Hospitality and Tourism Management with a Minor in Marketing at Toronto Metropolitan University. Her passion for hospitality began at a young age and continues to inspire her to pursue a career in event management or the restaurant management sector while creating a positive impact in the industry. She is optimistic about learning something new every day. Her deep sentiment continues to share resonance with incredible companies like Quell.