chocolatier, entrepreneur, speaker and trainer
On a perpetual quest for meaning and personal evolution, Geneviève Grandbois, speaker for over 25 years in the world of entrepreneurship and gastronomy, found herself practically disabled following a car accident. "Thanks to this accident, her quest for wellness intensified, and she has since committed herself to devoting her life to being well (well in body, well in mind, well in heart, well in relationships) and to sharing her discoveries.
It is with great emotion and gratitude that she invites you to discover her conferences.
Geneviève Grandbois' lectures :
- Duration: approximately 60 minutes, adaptable.
- Conferences available in French.
- A preparatory call is planned to adapt the content of the conference.
- Conferences also available online, live.
Good news, bad news, who knows?
Since 2002, Chocolats Geneviève Grandbois has been sweetening the lives of Quebecers with exceptional chocolates created from the finest raw materials. The young chocolatier's audacity charms the media, who invite her to appear on several television programs, and she is widely quoted in magazines and newspapers as a reference on entrepreneurship, even receiving the Prix Femmes de mérite, entrepreneurial category 2011.
A businesswoman committed to her community, Geneviève Grandbois, speaker, strives to spend tenfold of her time creating inspiring projects, supporting established causes and even mentoring young entrepreneurs. She strives for the highest standards of ethics and refinement. This frantic race accelerates to a point of no return, inviting her to reinvent her way of life.
With her talk "Good news, bad news, who knows?", Geneviève Grandbois will share with you, with authenticity, lightness, depth and humour, her journey, her challenges as well as her new recipe for wasting less energy and succeeding peacefully in what's important to you!
To be good or to be well in my life as an entrepreneur
How can you be good at being an entrepreneur with the intensity and perpetual challenges that this lifestyle brings? Geneviève Grandbois' quest to be good at her job led her to a life that was closer to an extreme sport than to a balanced life.
In this talk, which could be subtitled "Plus zen dans ma vie d'entrepreneure", Geneviève Grandbois, speaker, looks back over her challenging career. She looks back on the last 25 years, which she has spent balancing her desire to be the best in her field with her personal well-being. She will share with you her way of doing things, which she has refined over the years and which has enabled her to feel good about the exciting but challenging life of an entrepreneur.
It's a unique concept that combines tasting (rare chocolates and/or collectible teas) with sharing the atypical journey of a chocolate enthusiast, from planting to tasting. Geneviève Grandbois, speaker, invites us to savour her adventure through her passion for chocolate, her audacity in blending unusual flavours, and her desire to live with the greatest respect for nature, society and the individuals who make it up. Geneviève Grandbois' mission is to sweeten people's lives through her projects! All these memories and the discovery of cocoa cultivation will be accompanied by an extraordinary tasting session.
*For chocolate and/or tea tasting, please allow a budget (between $4-7 per participant).
Discovery and tasting activity for children aged 4 to 10.
We spend our entire adult lives chasing our childhood dreams.
Once upon a time, there was a little girl who discovered a giant chocolate bar, and who, as an adult, loved to create in this chocolate world and tell others about her passion. How our childhood dreams become tomorrow's passions.
Lola Chocolat is the story I want to tell to children all over the world. This tender tale exudes Costa Rican joie de vivre (Pura Vida!), and chocolate is explained with simplicity and poetry!
A fun mix of reading and learning about where chocolate comes from and how it's made. All with a very special tasting at the end.
Biography of Geneviève Grandbois :
A chocolatier in perpetual search of meaning and evolution and passionate about Qi Gong and wellness, Geneviève Grandbois, speaker has an entrepreneurial spirit from a very young age. At the age of eight, she started selling cards that she drew herself to tourists on Prince Arthur Street in Montreal. Business was so good that she invited a group of friends to make the cards for her.
It was only at the dawn of her twenties that Geneviève Grandbois fell in love with chocolate. Determined to perfect her knowledge of chocolate making, she took advanced courses in Quebec and Belgium. One year later, in 1997, she opened her first chocolate factory, Maison Cakao. In 2000, she began to give conferences in the field of entrepreneurship. In 2002, after four years spent maturing her new project, experimenting and refining her recipes, she launched, under her own name, the new line of chocolates of her dreams: Chocolats Geneviève Grandbois.
In the first five years, the company opened four boutiques (Atwater, Saint-Viateur, Quartier DIX30, Monkland) and established a loyal distribution network in fine grocery stores and specialty shops as well as with numerous corporate clients.
In 2007, in a concern of ethics, the company acquires a cocoa plantation in Costa Rica. Five years later, a first harvest allows Geneviève Grandbois to hope to produce her own cocoa (the best!) and, in the near future, to control this raw material; from its plantation to its distribution.
The young chocolatier's audacity charmed the media, which invited her to appear on several television programs and was widely quoted in magazines and newspapers. A businesswoman committed to her community, she creates inspiring projects, supports causes and accompanies entrepreneurs.
In 2013, following her aspirations, Genevieve published her first book, Passion Chocolate.
It was after a tipping point, an accident that forced her to live differently, that her inner quest intensified. She then committed herself to devote her life to being WELL (in body, heart, mind and relationships) and to share her knowledge, with the goal of inspiring entrepreneurs/organizations to maximize their positive impact.
Since the creation of her company, Geneviève Grandbois has been involved in the community in different ways. In 2015, her life as an entrepreneur was transformed and Geneviève decided to share her tools to be well in her life through conferences, coaching and training.
Geneviève Grandbois' awards and distinctions :
- Gaïa Packaging / Confectionery Award, 2011.
- Women of Distinction Award from the Women's Y Foundation, 2011.
- National Bank Small Business Award, 2010 (regional gold, provincial silver).
- SAJE Model of Excellence Award, 2010.
- National Bank Small Business Award, 2007 (regional silver).
- Commerce Design Award, Montreal, 2004.
- Bursary for young volunteers from the City of Montreal, 1997 and 2001.
- SAJE Montreal Young Promoters Award, 1997-2001.
- Start-up grant from the Fondation du Maire de Montréal, 1997.
- Self leadership
- Emotional intelligence
- Success and surpassing oneself
- Women's leadership
- Development management
- Stress management
TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS :
- Wireless headset or lapel microphone as required
- Table for notes and water bottle
- Laptop (she brings her USB key)
- Projector and screen
- Remote control
Geneviève Grandbois in conference :
Extrait de sa conférence « Être bonne ou être bien dans ma vie d’entrepreneure » (2023).
Extrait de sa conférence « Être bonne ou être bien dans ma vie d’entrepreneure ».
Interviews with Geneviève Grandbois:
Interview with Geneviève Grandbois: Overcoming stress
Interview with Geneviève Grandbois on RDI (2011).
What our customers say:
« Nos plus chaleureux remerciements à Geneviève pour sa participation à notre grand événement Rendez-vous Réseau Mentorat. Sa présence, son authenticité et son enthousiasme ont largement contribué au succès de notre événement et ont permis à nos participant(e)s d’en ressortir inspiré(e)s et grandi(e)s. Nous avons d’ores et déjà reçu de nombreux commentaires positifs sur l’événement et elle y a contribué. «
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