Pink Attitude 2018
Guests were invited to the beautiful Embassy Grand Convention Centre on Saturday, March 10th, 2018 to show their support towards the changing attitudes of the modern day woman. Pink Attitude celebrates women that shatter through barriers, while inspiring and empowering others to be prominent leaders regardless of age, gender, orientation, race, religion, or abilities.
Pink Attitude also recognizes the valiant efforts of men in encouraging and supporting these women. The event featured an award presentation ceremony as well as donations to local charities.
Co-Founder & CEO at Minhas Breweries and Distilleries and Dragon on Dragons Den
Manjit Minhas (born May 31, 1980) is a Canadian entrepreneur, television personality and venture capitalist. She is co-founder and CEO of Minhas Breweries & Distillery, manufacturer of beer brands such as Boxer Lager, Lazy Mutt Ale and Huber Bock.
2018 Game Changer, Youngest alumni serving as a Governor for the University of Toronto
Samra Zafar is an International Speaker, two-time TEDx Presenter, Human Rights Activist, Scholar, Author and Social Entrepreneur. After arriving in Canada as a child bride in a forced marriage and escaping a decade of abuse, she pursued her education as a single mother, and graduated as the top student at the University of Toronto, receiving over a dozen awards and scholarships.
An active public speaker and mental health advocate.
Jessie Brar is an active public speaker and mental health advocate. After struggling in silence with her own mental illnesses for many years, Jessie decided to use her experience to help raise awareness about mental health and mental illness in the community around her.
Award winning dancer and choreographer, Founding Artistic Director of Nova Dance
Nova Bhattacharya is an award winning dancer and choreographer, committed mentor, passionate community activist and respected arts leader. Bhattacharya is winner of the 2016 SummerWorks Outstanding Direction Award for her duet Broken Lines, and of the Victor Martyn Lynch-Staunton award for outstanding achievement in dance.
COO of the Easton’s Group of Hotels and The Gupta Group, Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer of Rogue Insight Capital Ltd.
Reetu Gupta is Chief Operating Officer of the Easton’s Group of Hotels and The Gupta Group and Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer of Rogue Insight Capital Ltd. In June 2017, Reetu Gupta was honoured with the designation, Canada’s Top 40 Under 40®; a dynamic award program that identifies outstanding young achievers, visionaries, and innovators that are seen to be Canada’s future leaders.
Senior Manager, Rogers Media Inc.
Jake served as Chairman of Carassauga in 2001 and 2002, Mississauga Board Of Trade in 2008, Mayor Hazel McCallion’s Gala for the Arts, Culture and Heritage in 2010, Sheridan College’s Big Picture Gala in 2010 and 2012 and Heritage Mississauga’s annual awards in 2013 – 2016.
Award Presenters 2018
A hardworking, dedicated and driven young woman. She is a part of many student-led organizations promoting social awareness and leadership, she holds a part-time job in the evenings while maintaining an honors average in this, her last year of high school! She is the president of the school’s Debate Club where she represented her high school in the Provincial competition in Ottawa. She led a team of high school students in an Arts initiative called “ELEVATE” to help encourage The Arts within the Peel community, giving a multitude of high school students the opportunity to compete for prizes and dance scholarships. A Grade 12 student attending the International Business and Technology Program at North Park Secondary School in the Brampton.
She plays an active role in the Peel District School Board’s community involving herself in many school-wide and community-wide extracurricular activities and organizations. She currently holds the position of the “Director of Leadership Development” for The Peel Student’s Presidents Council with responsibilities to plan and execute a 3-day leadership conference for Peel high school students.
She is also the Event Coordinator on Brampton Centennial’s DECA Executive team and has been a part of the Student Activities Council as a Grade Representative, Secretary and Vice President. She has been acknowledged with The Bob Lagerquist Rookie of the Year Award for most outstanding contribution in her first year of high school as well as the DECA Regional Event Finalist in the category of Hospitality and Lodging Management. We welcome Mariam Varghis, a Grade 12 student attending Centennial Secondary School in Brampton
Noorvir Kaler is in Grade 9 attending David Suzuki Secondary School in Brampton. Outside of maintaining an honours average, she has involved herself with rep soccer with the Brams United Girls Soccer Club and represented her middle school on a plethora of sports teams including senior girls soccer, basketball, football and floor hockey. She was the president of her middle school’s anti-bullying awareness group called TTC [A Time to Change] where she would lead classroom presentations by working with students on spreading important messages and awareness on social justice issues and school-wide anti-bullying campaigns.
Sahijpreet Sidhu is in Grade 9 attending Mississauga Secondary School in Brampton. Outside of maintaining an honours average, she has represented her middle school on countless extracurricular activities such as working with teachers on the school’s Athletic Council, earning a spot on the Senior Girl’s Basketball Team and assisting as an office administrator. She also worked with the school’s Climate Committee, helping to break down the stigmas associated with mental health and building more awareness by leading social media campaigns related to mental health issues. She also worked with the school’s media department to develop a mental health awareness video which was eventually picked up by the Canadian Mental Health Association.
Harleen Klair is a Grade 11 student enrolled in the IB [International Baccalaureate] program at Turner Fenton Secondary School in Brampton. Harleen works hard to maintain an honors average coupling her heavy academic workload with participation in a wide variety of extracurricular activities. She currently holds an Executive Artist position for IBMC combined with her involvement with a nationwide STEM Fellowship. She also has an interest in sports evidenced through her selections on her high school’s Cross Country and Track and Field teams, for which she was awarded MVP and nominated as Athlete of the Year! She has been the recipient of many awards including a 3rd place finish at ROPSSAA for Track and Field and a 1st place prize in a middle school public speaking contest. Her work on raising awareness on Social Justice issues is also equally as impressive. She helped develop her middle school’s anti-bullying initiative, TTC [A Time to Change]; many of our students who are present this evening have involved themselves with this very same initiative that Harleen was responsible to kick-start. She hopes to one day to create her own company that participates in the innovation of technologies in the fields of medicine and engineering.