Manjit Minhas is 35 years old and was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta. This Petroleum Engineering student turned beer baroness is the newest Dragon on the hit TV show Dragons Den on CBC in its 10th season.
Manjit is the co-founder and co-owner of the Minhas Breweries and Distillery. She started her companies at the ripe age of 19 in Alberta, when she launched her beer in Alberta with her partner and brother, Ravinder Minhas. Together, they gave the big boys a run for their money, thereby becoming the first successful company to enter the Canadian beer industry in many decades. Currently, she has over 90 brands of beers, spirits, liqueurs and wines. Her products are sold in 5 provinces (Ontario, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and British Columbia), as well as 45 states throughout the USA and 16 other countries.
The Minhas Breweries are the 10th largest in the world and she is the youngest brewery owner in the world.
Manjit has received numerous awards including Top 100 Women Entrepreneurs in Canada, Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of The Year Finalist, Chatelaine Magazine’s Top Entrepreneur Woman of The Year and Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of The Year Finalist and Global TV's Woman of Vision Award.
Manjit still lives in Calgary with her husband and 2 young daughters.
"I am born and raised here, which is unique nowadays. I’ve seen Calgary change for the good, in that it’s grown a lot and is big enough that you can feel free to do whatever you like. But it’s also small enough that you can know everybody in your industry and your community. That’s nice for entrepreneurs, for so many different reasons.
Calgary has such entrepreneurial spirit.
Calgary is also the perfect size for a test market. The city has this great mix of age groups, blue-collar workers, white-collar workers, families and singles. For entrepreneurs, you couldn’t ask for better demographics to test. For that reason, Calgary has always been our bouncing ground for all of our new products. Plus, entrepreneurs probably don’t think about this much at the start of their careers, but the work-life balance is so much better in Calgary than in Los Angeles or Toronto, because Calgary is so community-based."