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Over 100 Canadian companies to watch. All creating natural and bio-based products that are better for people and the planet. All founded or led by women.

Meet Canada's Game Changers

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  • Keto NewfS Inc.

    Head Office: Newfoundland and Labrador

    Sector: Food & Beverage

    KetoNewfS prepares healthy, plant based, keto-friendly meal service options for people interested in a healthy and sustainable lifestyle. Driven by the founders own challenges with weight loss, the company offers meal kit options and more to support others with their health and nutrition goals. In their new facility, which will break ground in 2023, they are committed to innovative ways to upcycle foods, lower water consumption, and use cellular food designs to produce their products. Expanding beyond the B2C space, they also offer copacking, private labeling and R&D services to companies wishing to produce their own keto-friendly, sustainable foods and products.

    Mel Simmonds

    Founder and CEO

  • MycoFutures

    Head Office: Newfoundland and Labrador

    Sector: Bioproducts

    MycoFutures is creating sustainable alternatives to leather and other materials using mycelium, the root system of fungi. By adapting mushroom cultivation techniques and vertical farming, combined with novel tanning methods, they are creating an innovative textile without the use of animal products or plastics. The first of its kind in Canada, the company’s intensive R&D is leading the way in durable and luxurious materials and will have a sustainable impact on the fashion, textiles and other industries. Since pivoting from farming gourmet mushrooms to starting MycoFutures, the company has created their first materials prototypes in collaboration with a leather artisan, and been recognized for their ingenuity at such notable events as Collision Conference and MaRS Climate Impact conference.

    Stephanie Lipp

    Co-Founder and CEO

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About the Report

The Game Changers report is an initiative of Natural Products Canada (NPC), a national organization committed to identifying and supporting high potential early stage bio-based innovation that is better for people, animals and the planet. Recognizing a high number of female-led/founded companies within its network, the Game Changers report is designed to highlight the incredible contribution of these companies. NPC’s Game Changers reports have become a valuable resource for investors, funders, corporations and retailers looking for their next opportunities, suppliers and partners. This special #IWD2023 edition showcases some of the best Canadian companies that also happen to have women in crucial roles of leadership, origination or ownership. As such this Game Changers report is an essential tool for those seeking to support exceptional and equitable Canadian companies.

Our Methodology

Using a Canadian recruitment campaign, NPC invited applications from female led or female founded companies working in natural products or bio-based industries. Applicants were asked questions to assess three main areas: innovation, sustainability and growth. Applicants provided data around current sales, recent progress, sustainability efforts and audits, and sales forecasts. Given the highly innovative nature of the field, there was extensive variability in stage of the applicants (ie companies still in the R&D phase with no sales, all the way to companies with significant market traction and multi-milllion dollars in sales). To accommodate this variability, applications were evaluated based on the level of progress and potential appropriate for the stage of their company.