Industry

Agribusiness Manufacturing

Originally From

Calgary, Alberta
15

Years in Current
Industry

30

Years in
Calgary

500+

Connections
in Calgary

Manjit's Story

Manjit Minhas is 38 years old and was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta.  This Petroleum Engineering student turned beer baroness is a Dragon on the hit TV show  Dragons' Den on CBC in its 13th season (for which she has been on for 4 seasons). 

Manjit is the co-founder and co-owner of the Minhas Breweries,  Distilleries and Wineries.  She started her companies at the ripe age of 19 in Alberta, she launched her first beer in Alberta in 2002 with her business partner and brother, Ravinder Minhas, making her the youngest brewery owner in the world. 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 .

To date, her breweries have sold over 7 billion pints of beer!  Making the Minhas Breweries the 9th largest brewery. Beer drinkers in Canada and USA have welcomed her style of beer as a tasty alternative to the higher priced mediocre beers that dominate the market place.  

Manjit takes Social Responsibility very seriously.  Manjit Minhas is the 1st brewer in Canada to voluntarily put a Management Warning on all her beer cans. The Management Warning on the cans reads " MANAGEMENT WARNING: Please do not drink and drive - ever.  Expectant mothers should avoid drinking alcoholic products. Enjoy this product responsibly - Respect yourself and others".   She puts this on all her products because she believes as a responsible brewer and citizen of this country, it is important she does her part to educate Canadians.

Manjit created and manufactures a special 48 can pack of Kirkland Light beers for Costco sold around the world which has the least amount of packaging materials compared to any other product in Canada or USA.  It uses no plastic hi-cone rings and needs least amount of box material.  This product alone will save millions of pounds of packaging materials ending up in the already over-filled landfills.  Similarly, Manjit has sold millions of cases of other brands of her beers such as Boxer Lager with minimum packaging materials using sound engineering principles in protecting the environment.

Manjit believes that effective use of science and engineering can do a lot of good in people's lives.  She has used her engineering background in producing beer using least amount of cleaning and water treatment chemicals, gas, electricity and water.  Canadian and American consumers suffering from the Celiac disease have also been beneficiary of her innovative method of making best tasting Gluten Free beer from Sorghum and sold at half the price of the competition. 

In 2017 Manjit’s companies had revenues in excess of $187 million. 

Manjit currently serves as a Board of Director for ATB Financial, United Way, 2026 Olympic Bid Co and has served on The TransCanada Trail and West Island College and was the 2017 United Way Campaign co-chair raising $60 Million plus for this charity that is close to her heart. Manjit donates her time and money to many philanthropic endeavours that benefits youth and help educate girls in STEM.

Manjit has received numerous awards including Canada’s Top 40 Under 40, Top 100 Women Entrepreneurs in Canada, Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of The Year Finalist, Chatelaine Magazine’s Top Entrepreneur Woman of The Year and Global TV's Woman of Vision Award.

Manjit still calls Calgary home with her husband and two young daughters.

Websites

Minhasbrewery.com
ManjitMinhas.com

Why Calgary?

"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."

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