Aisha Yang and Musharaf Syed, Co-Founders of Herbaland Naturals Inc. — the largest gummy vitamin manufacturer in Canada — are Canada’s EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2023 winners. Announced at an award ceremony last night, Yang and Syed were selected by the independent panel of judges for their commitment to sustainable manufacturing and creating more accessible health and wellness products for all.
“Herbaland’s mission and ethos go beyond driving the bottom line, which is extremely evident in their dedication to building a diverse workforce, championing accessibility in the wellness sector and prioritizing sustainable manufacturing practices,” says Rachel Rodrigues, EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Canada Program Director. “Their unwavering focus on positively influencing individuals and empowering people to live healthier lives, all while contributing to a more sustainable and inclusive global community is absolutely commendable.”
Herbaland boasts a worldwide presence, exporting their products to over 40 countries. Their annual production surpasses 70 million units, all geared towards enhancing people's health and fostering a better quality of life. As the first gummy company to introduce 100% compostable packaging, Herbaland has solidified its position as a true leader in ethical and sustainable business practices — achieving B Corp certification.
Beyond sustainability, Yang and Syed place a significant emphasis on offering employment opportunities to newcomers. As a minority- and diversity-owned company founded by immigrants, Herbaland is also a proud certified member of the Canadian Aboriginal and Minority Supplier Council, employing individuals from more than 20 countries.