In her signature (respectfully) uncensored style, The Blue-Collar CEO™, Mandy Rennehan will candidly share her journey from a poor lobster-fishing family to becoming one of North America’s most successful self-made entrepreneurs. Mandy built a multi-million-dollar empire from the ground up by turning her passion into ingenuity and her personal brand into a business model.
Born and raised in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, Mandy left home at the age of 18 with an old hockey bag and a smile. By 19, she founded Freshco.ca (not the grocery store!), Canada’s #1, full-service, reconstruction and retail maintenance provider with full coverage across Canada and the eastern United States. Freshco’s state-of-the-art technology, highly-skilled team, and fun attitude, are just some of the reasons they attract and retain giant retail clients like Anthropologie, Apple, Banana Republic, Home Depot, Lululemon, Nike, Restoration Hardware, Sephora, The Gap, Tiffany & Co., plus many more.
Mandy is a global trade industry ambassador, sought-after speaker and multiple award-winning entrepreneur. She's been named the 2017 RBC Momentum Award Winner as well as Profit Magazine’s W100 and Atlantic Business Magazine’s Top 50 CEOs, just to name a few.
Mandy’s vision goes well beyond building successful businesses. She is quite simply redefining the collar, blue™ to help inspire people to join the skilled trades and solve the systemic skilled trades shortage across North America, and around the world. She is challenging perceptions about the industry and making young people, and even adults, rethink the answer to what do you want to be when you grow up?
Philanthropy is the expression of Mandy’s caring heart. The Chris Rennehan Foundation – named after her late brother – helps youth and women thrive in the trades. Furthermore, Mandy’s compassion to help people, of all ages, races and genders, to see their Bare Potential™ is why she supports 4-H’s mentorship program, Conestoga’s Women in Skilled Trades, the CGLCC’s OUT For Business, and Ronald McDonald House Charities.
Join us for a (respectfully) uncensored interview with Mandy Rennehan on September 27th to find out how one woman from Eastern Canada built a multi-million dollar empire from the ground up. Always one to tell it like it is, expect candid anecdotes and practical, straight-forward advice from Mandy on:
Mandy Rennehan (a.k.a. Bear) is called the Blue-Collar CEO™ for her ability to seamlessly navigate
between the white- and blue-collar worlds, and to respectfully 'tell it like it is'. Mandy is a sought-after
speaker, multiple award-winning entrepreneur, philanthropist, and trade industry ambassador.
She left her hometown of Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, at 18 with a dirty hockey bag and an audacious dream.
By 19, she founded Freshco, Canada’s #1, full-service, reconstruction and retail maintenance provider
operating across Canada and the eastern United States serving clients like Anthropologie,
Apple, Banana Republic, Home Depot, Lululemon, Nike, Restoration Hardware, Sephora, The Gap,
Tiffany & Co., plus many more.
Mandy’s vision goes well beyond building successful businesses. She is redefining the collar, blue™ to
help solve the massive skilled trade shortage in North America. It is a profound economic and social
issue that affects everyone. Consumers are paying more and waiting longer for services, companies
aren’t able to scale, and important infrastructure projects, like roads, transit and hospitals are being
delayed. Mandy is challenging the misconception that white-collar jobs are “better” or “more desirable”
than blue-collar ones. Society needs both collars, and if we do not change this, the crippling effects of the
skilled labour shortage will only get worse.
Mandy defies labels. The description she often gets is “refreshing.” Her (respectfully) uncensored
honesty is matched by her quick wit, East Coast humour, and big heart. It is impossible to remain
unchanged after coming into contact with this authentic, self-taught and self-made powerhouse.
Join Women of Influence and Presenting Sponsor Scotiabank as we showcase North America’s most accomplished and influential women who share their stories of professional success and personal triumph on their rise to the top. Since 1994, the series has shared the dreams, accomplishments and challenges of high profile women in business, government, sciences and the arts. Our highly regarded speakers provide proven advice and inspiration in an environment that promotes networking, learning and growing. This flagship event series is hosted in Toronto and Calgary and inspires over 5,000+ aspiring women leaders each year..