Speaker Profiles

Mandy Rennehan

Mandy Rennehan

The Blue Collar CEO

Founder and CEO of Freshco

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, Bell Media, Home Depot, Lululemon, Nike, Restoration Hardware, RBC, Sephora, The Gap, Tiffany & Co., plus many more.
Freshco and Mandy have received countless business awards including, Canada’s Most Admired CEO, 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 and 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 defi es 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.

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