Guest Info

Meet Manjit Minhas, the visionary entrepreneur and beer baroness from Calgary, Alberta. At 41, she co-founded the Minhas Brewery, Distillery, and Winery, leading a privately-owned empire with revenues exceeding $220 million last year.

Starting her ventures at 19, Manjit launched spirits in 1999 and beers in 2002 with her brother and business partner, Ravinder Minhas. Together, they made a remarkable entry into the Canadian beer industry, disrupting the market and introducing over 90 brands of beers, spirits, liqueurs, and wines. Their products are now sold in 5 provinces, 47 US states, and 16 other countries.

Passionate about social responsibility, Manjit became the first Canadian brewer to voluntarily place a Management Warning on her beer cans, advocating against drinking and driving and promoting responsible consumption. She is also committed to sustainability, creating eco-friendly packaging and implementing innovative engineering practices in production.

Beyond her brewing success, Manjit co-owns Spotlight TV and Film Production, producing documentaries, films, commercials, and corporate videos in Calgary, Vancouver, and Los Angeles.

Joining CBC’s “Dragons’ Den” in 2015, Manjit’s journey as a venture capitalist Dragon has been driven by her dedication to supporting aspiring entrepreneurs and sharing her expertise.

Manjit’s achievements have earned her numerous awards, including Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 and the Top 100 Women Entrepreneurs in Canada. She serves on several boards and actively contributes to philanthropic causes that benefit women and children in Calgary.

Born and raised in Calgary, Manjit and her husband and two young daughters proudly call it home. Experience the inspiring story of Manjit Minhas, an exceptional leader and innovator, as she continues to make a lasting impact on the business world.

About the Show

Join us on an inspiring journey to Canada, where Rajan Nazran meets the remarkable Canadian Beer Baroness and Dragons’ Den personality, Manjit Minhas. As the owner of one of North America’s largest breweries, she shattered glass ceilings and navigated the male-dominated corridors of power, defying stereotypes along the way.

In this captivating conversation, we delve into the challenges successful women face in business, particularly those of South Asian heritage. Manjit’s invaluable insights on achieving ambitious dreams, giving back, and acknowledging sacrifices made during her transformative journey take centre stage.

The episode starts by exploring Manjit Minhas’ remarkable entrepreneurial journey, where she conquered the liquor industry dominated by men and broke numerous barriers. Rajan and Manjit shine a spotlight on the traditional barriers she challenged, paving the way for aspiring entrepreneurs.

As an inspiration for dreamers, regardless of gender or background, Manjit Minhas encourages setting big goals and persevering through mistakes on the path to success. The conversation dives into personal sacrifices and the importance of self-care, maintaining work-life balance, and fostering personal growth amidst the demands of entrepreneurship.

Tune in to this engaging podcast episode as Rajan and Manjit share their insights and experiences, offering guidance and motivation for aspiring entrepreneurs and those navigating the business world. Discover the power of determination, resilience, and breaking boundaries as we celebrate the extraordinary journey of Manjit Minhas, the Canadian Beer Baroness.

Produced by Global Indian Series for the Global Indian Network.
Script by Rajan Nazran
original idea: Rajan Nazran

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