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Purolator announces winners of 2023 True North Small Business Grant Contest

Press Release

TORONTO, Oct. 16, 2023 — Purolator announced today, the winners of its 2023 True North Small Business Grant Contest. The four grant recipients have each won $25,000 in cash and $500 in free Purolator shipping credits.

New this year, Canadians can vote for one of the True North Small Business Grant recipients, and the small business with the most votes will receive Purolator’s Community Choice Award – earning them an additional $500 Visa Gift Card and $5,000 to donate to the registered Canadian food bank of their choice. For every vote cast, Purolator will also donate $1 to Canadian food banks through its Purolator Tackle Hunger® program. Voting for the Community Choice Award opens today until Oct. 31, 2023, at

“Year after year, we are amazed by how many Canadians show their support for Canadian small businesses by nominating these inspirational entrepreneurs for our True North Small Business Grant Contest,” said Stacey Cummings, Director, Marketing, Purolator. “It’s clear that small businesses play a critical role in communities across the country and, this year, Canadians have the chance to expand this support to their local food banks by voting for their favourite 2023 Grant winner.”

Quotes from Grant winners:

  • “With the generous support of Purolator’s 2023 True North Small Business Grant, we can empower our diverse group of therapists to make an even greater impact. Hello Leena is now better equipped to dismantle barriers, eradicate stigma and illuminate a brighter path toward mental well-being in underserved communities.” – Sarah Ahmed, business owner, Hello Leena, Toronto.
  • “This grant will not only allow us to serve our current network of over 55 vendors but also empower even more retailers, cafes and restaurants across the Maritimes with gluten-free products they take pride in serving to their communities.” – Jennifer Laughlin and Aidan Brunn, partners, Schoolhouse Gluten-Free Gourmet, Mahone Bay, N.S.
  • “Having received Purolator’s 2023 True North Small Business Grant, Elate’s high-performing vegan and cruelty-free cosmetics will now have the opportunity to further enhance our ethical supply chain and sustainably run operations. This grant will help us weave these principles into every facet of our operation.” – Melodie Reynolds, business owner, Elate (by Eluma Beauty), Victoria, B.C.
  • “The support from Purolator’s 2023 True North Small Business Grant, has enabled us to continue our focus on Indigenous employment and gender equality within the forestry industry. This grant has amplified our mission to make a meaningful difference in our environment and communities.” – Albert Klyne, Melissa Minks, Richard Seto, and Norma Klyne, partners, First Indigenous Biomass Future Inc., Kinuso, Alta.

More information about the winners and Purolator’s support for small businesses is online at

About Purolator

Purolator Inc. is a leading integrated freight, package and logistics solutions provider. Celebrating over 60 years of delivering its customers’ promises, Purolator continues to expand its reach and renowned service levels and reliability to more people, more businesses and more places across the country and around the world. Purolator is proud of its Canadian heritage and is focused on sustainably positioning itself for future growth and success. Purolator is also committed to contributing to the well-being of the communities it serves and where more than 14,000 of its employees live, work and play.

Media contact:

Courtney Reistetter
Senior Manager, Corporate Communications
416 407-5424



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