July 21, 2022 – Camaraderie was in the air, as the Brampton Board of Trade hosted their NextGen Intrepid Leader Awards at the Sky Centre, in Algoma University. Brampton business leaders gathered together, as we presented 6 local businesspeople the award, which celebrates the next generation of up-and-coming talent in the Brampton business community.
The evening was hosted by Daniel Lewis, founder of Daniel’s Chai Bar and incoming Chair of the Board of Trade, who is also a former recipient himself. He noted that receiving the award back in 2017 made him feel validated and helped boost his confidence.
Guest speaker, John Attrell, of Attrell Toyota shared his insights on how to build your personal brand and championed the benefits of finding a mentor. Attrell Toyota has had 40 years of successful business in the City of Brampton and continues to grow and give back to the community.
The evening was concluded with networking, photo ops, and delicious food from local establishments, The Food Quotient, Sweet Chandelier, Segovia Coffee and La Favorita.
Congratulations to this year’s Intrepid Leader Award Winners:
Dr. Alena Russo, a local chiropractor with her own practice, here is Brampton. Dr. Russo has a passion for helping people, especially pregnant women, kids, and families. She provides evidence-based chiropractic care, using a multitude of different treatment options including spinal adjustments, soft tissue therapy, acupuncture, and more.
Alykhan Jadavji, a career banker with over 15+ years of progressive experience. He is currently District Leader at TD Bank Group where he leads a team of 6 retail branches. Alykhan is a Board Member at the Darling Home for Kids in Milton, the home provides high quality respite and palliative care services for children who are medically fragile and technology dependent, many of whom suffer from progressive illness.
Anthony Calce, President & CEO of Vertical Staffing Resources, and has made his head office in Brampton, Ontario because of his ability to create new jobs for existing and future residents of the community. Anthony is a member of The Young Leaders of Canada, he sponsors youth sports in our city, and through his charity work he has positively impacted the community of Brampton by focusing on diversity and inclusion initiatives to help the less fortunate.
Kelly Kwon, Associate Director, Employee Health and Wellness, at Sheridan College has, spent her entire career promoting and championing health, safety, and wellness in the workplace. Kelly advocated for and advised on Sheridan’s institutional response plan to prevent on-campus transmission at Sheridan. She developed and maintained a partnership with Region of Peel Public Health in our collaborative efforts to mitigate COVID-19 risk. Kelly was part of the planning and communications teams for the CommUNITY clinic, which welcomed individuals who lived, worked, or studied in the Region of Peel delivering more than 35,000 vaccinations.
Nikky Starrett, founder of Pomp & Sass, a social enterprise offering an exclusive line of luxury woven towels through their e-commerce store. Her passion for design led her to offer a new product in the custom merchandise market where unique styles are supplied to private labels through the Pomp & Sass wholesale program. With the mission to be a positive influence in the world, Nikky developed these towels as ethically made and sustainable with a portion of each sale donated to the Canadian Women’s Foundation.
Parth Kadekar came to Canada from India, in April 2012, at the age of 26. He arrived with only two suitcases and just enough money to survive the next couple of months. Parth was fortunate enough to get a job with a local transportation company, here, in Brampton with the help of a newcomer assistance program at Acess Employment. That was an important bridge for him. Parth studied real estate and began working with Century 21 Millennium Inc. a very reputable company that provided training and support. With them, he has won various awards; the Masters Silver in 2019, Masters Ruby in 2020 and a DOUBLE CENTURION award in 2021. All this, in the midst of COVID. Parth believes in giving back, so he took it upon himself to help local elderly people by picking up their groceries and medications for them.
Interested in meeting like-minded, business leaders in the Brampton community? The Brampton Board of Trade has several Peer-To-Peer networking events each month that will allow you to meet new people, gain insight into the community, and grow your network.