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Jamie Ayles (Project creator) Chef, Gourmet food producer, Entrepreneur, Founder of Bow Valley BBQ Inc. He enjoys spending time with friends, family and his girlfriend, usually making food, eating food, having a drink and enjoying good company. Living in Canmore he enjoys Snowboarding, Biking, and Golf among other things.
Bow Valley BBQ is a Food Manufacturing and Food Service Consulting company producing Alberta made Gourmet Sauces and Condiments.
In the creator’s own words : As owner and founder of Bow Valley BBQ Inc., I have been an entrepreneur for the past four years. My team and I have built two successful brands from scratch (Bow Valley BBQ, Parkway Premium Caesar Works). I have also purchased an existing Brand called Boccalino Fine Foods and in the past year and a half we have been able to increase the sales of this brand by 300%
The past four years have been a complete rollercoaster. I began with the Self Employment program that Community Futures West had the contract for in 2012/13. From there we developed our plan for Bow Valley BBQ. My partner and myself began making small batches of sauces and condiments in a commercial kitchen that we borrowed after hours to make and package our products for markets and events.
From these early starting stages we were able to utilize many resources through Growing Froward, Alberta Agriculture, IRAP, SR&D, NRC, etc. we qualified for interim processing and development at the AFPDC in Leduc, AB. This was a major and risky commitment for us but it was a great opportunity to break into new markets. From there we have moved into our own plant and Warehouse in Canmore where we ran our production for just over a year. Currently we have two major co-packers who manage our production, and distribution based in Alberta, as well as a team of brokers, and two management positions that work directly with myself.
Marie-Lyne Richard, Co-founder Bow Valley BBQ Inc. Graphic and media design specialist. Marie loves the outdoors, loves good food and good times with friends and family. When Marie is not snowboarding, doing yoga, hiking, or riding her bikes, she also finds time to oversee the graphic and web design aspects of the business.
Chris Dean, Award winning Chef, Food Developer, Operations manager Chris is a Calgary native and has lived in Canmore for more than 15 years. He has worked at some of the nicest restaurants in the Bow Valley. Chris enjoys fishing, skiing, and golf when he can. Chris is passionate about supporting grass roots aspects of the food in Alberta.
Jamie Ayles has started a crowdfunding campaign with a goal of raising $10,000. Campaign goal with the Canmore Co-packing Collective is to provide entry-level co-packing and development to small, scale start up food processors, Chefs, producers, and entrepreneurs. They want to provide a service that allows existing products to be scaled up and formulated, or to develop products from a concept and then scale up and enter these products into new markets. This business model will allow these entities to commit to food processing and scale up without a major financial commitment, and within their desired volumes.
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