October 20, 2020 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Virtual Attendance or In-Person at The Delta Prince Edward - Limited seating available
Tania Crouse Hardy
Business Builder: How Entrepreneurs are Adapting

The Greater Charlottetown Area Chamber of Commerce along with Work PEI and Skills PEI  are pleased to present three local business success stories of resiliency, courage and adaptation. Get tips on pivoting your operations in the face of Covid-19.

Meet our local entrepreneurs:


General Manager, Lobster on the Wharf

Jeremy is the General Manager of Lobster on the Wharf, MacKinnon’s Lobster Pound and The PEI Seafood Box. A resident of Downtown Charlottetown, he enjoys exploring all it has to offer with his wife Megan & dog Gertie. An avid golfer, lover of social media and enjoyer of local sour beers. Jeremy is a graduate of Holland College and can be found volunteering in his community with the Y’s Men’s Food Drive and sitting on various current and past boards and committees such as the PEI Marathon, the Gold Cup Parade, & the TD PEI Jazz and Blues Festival.

The PEI Seafood Box – Fresh PEI seafood delivered overnight, to your door, Canada wide. Starting in 2020 as an adaptation to COVID-19, the PEI Seafood Box was our way to deliver PEI to Canada while Canada couldn’t visit PEI. Expanding the existing services offered through MacKinnon’s Lobster Pound,  the PEI Seafood Box allowed us to move to an online sales platform increasing market access and keeping us going during this unprecedented time.


Co-Owner, North Shore Group

I am the co-owner of North Shore group, a family business comprised of wholesale lines and retail stores. We own and operate the Anne of Green Gables Museum, the Anne of Green Gables Stores, and design and produce a giftware and souvenir line.

We also operate JEMS Boutique, a clothing and accessory store and design and produce Go2 Clothing, which we sell in our boutique, and to several stores across Canada.

I am a mother of a 4 and 3 year old, and we, along with my partner Brendon live in Charlotte-town, PEI. I believe in confident style and owning and loving the body you have today. Go2 Clothing represents as many women as we can, empowering them to do what they are best at, in style.

We support many local causes through our business, including CMHA-PEI division, Sharing the Microphone, IMHM, Blooming House, Anderson House, and our local food bank.

I believe amazing customer service experiences and the uniqueness of our small business community will continue to push Charlottetown and PEI on the map as a premier global destination.


Chef Michael Smith
Restaurateur, Innkeeper, Author, Food Network Host, Sustainability Advocate, Nutritional Activist 

Chef Michael Smith, one of Canada’s best-known chefs, is a passionate advocate for simple, sustainable home cooking and an inspiration for families creating their own healthy food lifestyle. He’s the host of numerous cooking shows seen on Food Network Canada and in more than 100 other countries.

Chef Michael and his wife Chastity are the proprietors of The Inn at Bay Fortune on Prince Edward Island.  They’ve re-launched the property where Michael gained international fame in the 1990s with a new spirit of five-star hospitality and an innovative dining experience, the FireWorks. In 2019 they debuted The Inn at Fortune Bridge.

Michael is a member of the Order of Canada, Prince Edward Island’s food ambassador, a bestselling cookbook author, innkeeper, educator, professional chef and home cook. His ten cookbooks have all been best sellers and he regularly travels the globe hosting special culinary events.

Michael is an avid map collector, long-time windsurfer, and novice kite sailor. While he is a true chef at large his favorite role is Dad, at home on Prince Edward Island with his wife Chastity and his children: Gabe, Ariella and Camille!

Business Builder: How Entrepreneurs are Adapting