In light of the current environment, as a Chamber of Commerce, we wanted to shine a light on some of our members as well as Polish owned businesses. Some featured could make excellent holiday gifts, check under The Arts, Food & Beverage as well as Health & Wellness. We invite our members and subscribers to look to one another when searching for a product or service. Let’s help uplift Polonia and local businesses together.
In support of our organization and Holiday List, MPP Natalia Kusendova shares the following message:
“With the COVID-19 pandemic and its restrictions continuing to effect how we do business in our day-to-day lives, innovative solutions that support smaller businesses are increasingly important. Given that the Christmas season is in full-swing, businesses in our communities, now more than ever, need groups like the Canada-Poland Chamber of Commerce to advance their interests. The great work that you do to foster ties between ethnic businesses and advance international trade ties between Canada and Poland is exemplary of the Ontario Spirit, and no doubt plays a huge role in helping to weather the storm of COVID-19.
Our government recognises the challenges that small businesses, particularly in regions affected by lockdowns, are facing right now, and we are committed to doing everything that we can to support them through unprecedented investments. If you own a small business, I encourage you to visit https://covid-19.ontario.ca/small-business-recovery-resources to learn about all available supports to help your business cope with increased restrictions against COVID-19.
As an MPP of Polish-origin, I support the great work that the Canada-Poland Chamber of Commerce does within the Polish community to help small businesses in need. I’m proud to have partnered with them many times throughout my term as an elected official, and I look forward to whatever the future has in store for both of us.”
OFFICIAL HOLIDAY LIST
Fotografia Boutique | website
Artistic and creative photography – Family portraits; engagement portraits; Professional Images; and Legacy Portraits. The perfect gift for a professional in need of a head shot, an individual or family looking for commemorative photography. Gift cards are available for purchase as well. Maggie Habieda, owner of Fotografia Boutique has been a long-time supporter of the Chamber and our official event photographer.
Eliza Kozurno Jewellery | website
The modern, elegant collections vary in detail and size, from simple single-strap chokers to larger, intricate crocheted metal body pieces. Each collection features a multitude of materials including leather, sterling silver, crystal and semi precious stones.Recently, she has also branched into Home Design By Eliza – a handmade, eco friendly collection of functional art for the home such as plant hangers.
Anya Mielniczek | website
Mielniczek takes easily discarded materials such as plastic bags and candy wrappers adding value to what otherwise is considered trash, while drawing attention to our consumeristic tendencies and the implications this has on our environment. Anya’s work has been on display and for sale at our past Excellence Awards Galas. For Anya’s art sale for $200 and under, click here. For her Art Sale – Sophrosyne Series, click here. You can view this latter series on our website as well.
Alana de Haan | website
Film and digital photographer based in Toronto, Ontario. Alana has produced photo essays for the Chamber in the past and our 2018 calendar. She’s working on her 2021 calendar which would work well as a gift. You can view her past calendars and photography on her website.
Polky Band | website
Created by courageous Polish ladies and fronted by singer Ewelina Ferenc Toronto’s own Polky (meaning “Polish women”) came together through a shared passion for the enigmatic and upbeat style of Eastern European music. By adding a uniquely Canadian, multicultural flavour, Polky brings their own original sound and lyrics to Eastern European traditional forms. Purchase their new album Songs From Home for $15.00 here! A great gift for a music lover. Also available on Spotify.
Playeress | website
Zuzia Kozerska-Girard, the foundress of Playeress created the Kickstarter success “Who’s She”, a guessing game about famous women in history. This is ideal gift for your friends or young ones. A new take on the classic “Guess Who” at two different price points. The wooden version at 75 euros and paper at 15 euros. Although Playeress is based out of Warsaw, products do ship internationally. Check out their other products here.
FOOD & BEVERAGE
Kannuk Vodka | website
Our event sponsors and Polish founders of this distillery have a goal of to create a vodka that exceeds everyone’s expectations. Available at the LCBO, that makes this gift an easy purchase.
Vitalita Wine & Spirit | website
Wines imported from Italy; private orders, mix case available (1 case minimum – free delivery), free product consultation with product purchase; private orders, events. Free product consultation with product purchase, contact LucjanModzynski 416 407 3035.
Espresso Bar Namaste | facebook
Namaste offers a real baristas experience. Serving traditional espresso, the Italian way. Their Rufino Coffee beans come from the Classic Gourmet Coffee that supplies the best coffee places in Toronto. Available on Uber Eats you can easily treat yourself or someone you love with delicious coffee and their other menu items! We recently interviewed the owner on our website.
NAGI | website
In Polish Nagi (nā-gï) means naked. They offer a selection of delicious organic high protein energy bars and healthy snacks. Made in Canada, our energy bars and healthy snacks are certified organic, non-gmo, vegan, as well as gluten, soy, and dairy-free. The perfect treat for a health-conscious person with good taste!
Just Be Cooking | website
Hands-on cultural cooking workshops that have adjusted to the pandemic by offering virtual lessons over Zoom. Their next workshop, Polish Holiday Cooking: Barszcz & Uszka, is taking place December 20, 2020. Only $25 to gift this for yourself and others. Follow Just Be Cooking on social media for other options like pick up dinners through The Depanneur.
HEALTH, WELLNESS & LIFE SCIENCES
Truly You Clinic | website
TrulyYou is proud to offer unparalleled knowledge and experience from our ground-breaking Mississauga hair loss clinic. Free consultations are available and so are other hair care services. The COO, Caroline Ruggiero, is one of our Board of Directors, an Excellence Award Winner and an expert in this field. Treat yourself or a loved one to some true self-care at Truly You Clinic. Shop their proven products here, these will make excellent gifts.
Vitarock | website
Vitarock.com is your ethical wellness shop and B Corp retailer for the very best health food and wellness products that are pure, green, safe and fair. Fast and free shipping to Canada & US!Monthly Discounts can be found here.
dicentra | website
Contract research organization and consulting firm specializing in all matters related to safety, quality, and compliance for all product categories in life sciences and food industries. They evaluate, implement, and provide all the necessary support for your products and operations, allowing you to gain market access while building confidence in your brand.
Cyzon Yoga | website
Most of us know Anna Cyzon from her musical performances in English and Polish. She has performed at our past Galas, at the Consulate and many other locations across the GTA. Now, you can also partake in her online yoga classes! Follow her Instagram account for schedule updates.
Mega City Linen | website
Long time supporter and sponsor of our Chamber, Chris Jakubowski of Mega City Linen has also been an Excellence Award recipient. The core of Mega City Linen’s business is now cleaning and sanitizing bedding for retirement homes.
TRAVEL, TRANSPORTATION, LOGISTICS & MANUFACTURING
LOT Polish Airlines | website
Long-time supporter of the Chamber and event sponsor, LOT Polish Airlines, provides safe travel to your chosen destinations. It’s the chosen airline by many of our members and the main airline utilized by the travellers interviewed in our Pandemic Travel Series. You can read a special message from LOT Polish Airlines here.
Polimex | website
Polimex offers parcel service, forwarding and travel. They have the capacity to services businesses and individual needs. The owner, Vitek Manitius, sat on our board for many years and has been a member since our inception. His son, Kris Manitius, is now on our Board of Directors.
The Musket Transport Ltd. | website
Musket is Ontario’s premiere transport company which provides service US highway, local and inter-provincial customers. They are the one stop shop for your transportation and logistics needs. Featuring an intermodal division, trailer division, brokerage, in-house developers, in-house repairs and an in-house driver training academy. Their Corporate Communications Officer Sophia S. Begidzhanov sat on our Board and currently acts as our Communications Committee Chair.
CHET Academy | website
Commercial Heavy Equipment Training Ltd. – CHET, is Musket’s in-house driver training academy. Specialists in commercial driver training they have AZ/DZ programs, clinics and corporate training options. For those who may be considering a second career, look into truck driving. As an essential service and the driver shortage, you have guaranteed work. Get your license now!
FCL Fisker Customs & Logistics | website
An international logistics company that features door to door logistics, global coverage as well as personalized ,professional and reliable service. Their services include international air freight; international ocean freight; transborder air and rod; customs clearance; customs consulting; and special projects.
Cyclone Manufacturing | website
Cyclone is a privately owned company with over 750 highly skilled employees housed within six state-of-the-art facilities totaling 400,000 square feet in both Canada and Poland. They a vertically integrated full service provider of 3-5 axis machining, sheet metal fabrication, tube bending, welding and minor sub-assemblies of aerospace structural components to the largest aerospace companies. Cyclon’es Andrzej Sochaj was a recipient of an Excellence Award.
REAL ESTATE, PLUS
Stephen Klus, Harvey Kalles Real Estate Ld., Brokerage | website
Stephen has many years of experience working with commercial investment, sales and leasing throughout Ontario markets. Stephen has secured numerous transactions with corporate and independent clients, with primary focus on retail, hospitality, multi-tenant commercial, residential and industrial, as well as land and development projects. Stephen is equally experienced in residential single family and condominium transactions. He sits on our Board of Directors as a Vice President and is the acting President of EUCCAN.
YorkLane Capital Partners Inc. | website
YorkLane Capital Partners is an alternative asset manager based in Toronto, Canada with a focus on real estate. The firm aims to be Canada’s leading asset manager and creator of value in real estate. Our very own Chamber Executive Vice President and Vice Chairman, Waldemar Halek, is YorkLane’s Managing Partner.
Marta Pozniakowski, REMAX/Equinox | LinkedIn
Recognized as the Executive Director of the Ekran Polish Film Association and Toronto Polish Film Festival, Marta is also a Broker of Record for RE/MAX EQUINOX. Enjoy some excellent coffee at Espresso Bar Namaste which also includes her new real estate brokerage.
Ania Krosinska, Davie Real Estate Inc. | LinkedIn
Ania Krosinska has been a recipient of two Excellence Awards. She is an experienced and dedicated real estate agent serving the GTA market. Ania specializes in preconstruction condominiums.
Ania Smith Productions | website
Ania Smith has served as our Corporate Communications Chair and sits on Ekran’s Board of Directors. Ania Smith Productions is a 3D visualization, animation and digital production company. From high resolution, photo-realistic still images to cinematic, movie style presentations, they will bring your project to life.
GTA Mold Removal and Disinfection Service | website
Mold removal and Cold Fogging Disinfection Services – Cold Fogging kills 99.99% of bacteria, fungi, and viruses on all types of surfaces and is the perfect solution for Covid-19 cleaning in businesses and homes. A service that many businesses and individuals could use right now!
BUSINESS BROKERAGE & SERVICES
Transworld Business Advisors of Ontario | website
In today’s economy, there are more people looking to buy and sell businesses than ever before. When a company owner needs to sell their business, they can’t just stick a for sale sign in the window. They need the assistance of a business advisor to locate and vet potential buyers. On the other side, buyers rely on the business advisor to help facilitate the process of evaluating potential businesses and franchises for sale. A Transworld Business Advisor is the solution for both scenarios.
Skowron Accounting Professional Corporation | LinkedIn
Anna Skowron sits on our Board of Directors as Treasurer. Anna oversees the treasury, financial planning and financial record-keeping for the Chamber. You can contact her through her LinkedIn to inquire about her company’s accounting services.
Copernicus Lodge | website
Copernicus Lodge is a not-for-profit organization made possible through the efforts of the Polish Canadian community. We strive to provide the highest quality of resident-driven service and continuum of care to meet the changing needs of our aging community. Copernicus Lodge fosters a caring Christian and Polish environment that is desired by those who have made this their home. Online donations can be made here.
Quo Vadis Conference Canada | website
In celebration of their 10 year anniversary, Quo Vadis Conferences Canada has partnered with Time Is Ticking Inc. to offer a Limited Edition ‘Poland – 100th Anniversary’ watch. This special timepiece is available now for only $110.00 plus tax and shipping. The watch is being sold far below its retail value of approximately $250. They are an incredible value, and make a unique and thoughtful gift.
Polish Canadian Legal Chambers | LinkedIn
A virtual law office which connects a legal office in Toruń, Poland and the other in Toronto, Canada. Together with Legal Counsel Mariola Zolkiwicz Bystry, Marta K Tomaszewski created the Polish Canadian Legal Chambers. They offer a variety of legal services to small businesses and individuals before the Small Claims Court and Various Tribunals. They Specialize in SABS/Motor Vehicle Accidents, Catastrophic Case Management and Small Claims Court. For more information contact Marta at firstname.lastname@example.org 647-968-0084.
Miller Thompson LLP | website
Miller Thomson is built to provide the most comprehensive Canadian business and legal help. The scale of your project is never an issue. We help businesses of every size, entrepreneurs and individuals. We work with not-for-profit organizations as well as financial institutions and governments.
Please feel free to share our list with your networks and help us promote Polonia. You can also view the full list of businesses here.
Canada-Poland Chamber of Commerce