Shaken with a Twist (YXE)

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Join us on October 10 and get to know other like-minded entrepreneurs, business professionals, and leaders from the Saskatoon community. Shaken with a Twist aims to inspire & educate through storytelling & casual couch conversation as host Shawna Nelson chats with some of the boldest business women & leaders in our Saskatoon community.


Alisha Esmail, CEO of Road Coffee

Coffee has never been far from founder Alisha Esmail’s mind; it’s an integral part of her daily ritual and one she has savoured for many years at home and throughout her worldly travels. Her past work executing development projects in Haiti, Nepal and South Africa set fire to a deep desire to make a positive impact and spark change in an industry that is fraught with turmoil and unethical practice. Driven by her experience and entrepreneurial spirit, Alisha set out to create that change. Her passion for people and coffee culminated in the form of Road Coffee.

Alisha’s entrepreneurial spirit was no mistake or happenstance. Both of her parents were born in Tanzania, and from the time she could walk, Alisha heard her mother speak with passion about opening an orphanage. Inspiring others, following your dreams and making the world a better place were core tenants in her household. She watched her mother fearlessly chase her passion. And then she did the same.

In the years that followed Alisha spent time volunteering in LA, bettering access to food and water in Panama, and participated in various projects around the world bringing impact and long term change. It was during these experiences that she decided to change her career path to focus on development.

Blending her passion for ethical business and travel, she saw an opportunity to make a greater impact. She found that in coffee and founded Road Coffee on the same values she lives every day. Connecting passions, people and values, Road is recognized as a leader in sourcing, industry innovations and taste.


Jordan Dutchak, Executive Director of Co.Labs.

Jordan is the Executive Director and Co-Founder of Co.Labs, Saskatchewan’s Technology Hub. Co.Labs’ mission is to work with high potential and high performing founders to take their technology from idea to $1M in annual revenues in under 3 years and with a smart cap tab.

So far, his career can be summed up to “he takes risks”. His core passion is solving complex problems, regardless of what sector or medium they present themselves in. He has been a co-founder of numerous startups, non-profits, and community initiatives. His long-term aspiration is to yoyo between private and public sector for the remainder of his life until the gas tank hits empty.”


More Information:

At Shaken with a Twist, you can expect a variety of appetizers and beverages, as well as a casual networking component to start and wrap-up the evening. Don’t forget to bring your business cards to enter in the draw for some great door prizes! Shaken is presented by Edwards School of Business and is sponsored by Virtus Group LLP, Wiegers Financial & Benefits, Miller Thomson LLP, BDC, and the NSBA. Catering is provided by Calories Bakery & Restaurant, with wine selection provided by Authentic Wine & Spirits Merchants & Andrew Peller Ltd.

No RSVP necessary. Shaken with a Twist is open to all (no membership required). 


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