“ We are living in a better part of existence that has finally recognized that women are and deserve to be seen in society as equals.
Let this be a day that continues to celebrate the brave women who fought for equality at a very high risk to themselves and their families; allowing the door- of- opportunity to present women, to continue their quest, to inspire and mentor what our world will look like in decades from now: More women at the helm.”
Blue-Collar CEO™ & Founder
Freshco.ca (not the grocery store!)
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. Freshco and Mandy have received countless business awards including:
Canada’s Most Admired CEO.
Atlantic Business Magazine’s Top CEO for the Atlantic Provinces.
Toronto Region Board of Trade Business Leader of the Year,
Top 25 Women of Influence.
The RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur “Momentum” Award.
Growth 500 Excellence in Innovation
(WXN’s) Top 100 Most Powerful Women – Hall of Fame,
CGLCC LGBT Business of the Year
Atlantic Business Magazine’s Top 50 CEOs.
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 a big heart. It is impossible to remain unchanged after coming into contact with this authentic, self-taught and self-made powerhouse.