I heard Ryan speak at my university campus (Laurier) in 2018 about Smoke’s, the entrepreneurial journey and a contest he had for a free Smoke’s Poutinerie franchise. His energy and vision was magnetic, so much so that after the speech I rushed home and spent a few hours writing out an application. A week or so later I heard back that I was selected for an interview, and I excitedly prepared for my interview in Ajax. I don’t remember the questions in the interview, but I remember feeling a connection with Ryan and his partner as I told them stories of risks I’ve taken and how they worked out. I ended up winning the prize of the free franchise but was unable to accept the prize due to capital constraints. However, I did get this sweet picture with the man himself. Thanks for everything Ryan.