About Mischa Kaplan
As a fourth-generation small business owner, Mischa is currently the president and co-owner of the award-winning Rainbow Foods group of stores in Ottawa, and a part-time professor in the School of Business at Algonquin College.
Along with his wife, Sarah, Mischa purchased the original Rainbow Foods company from his parents in 2012, and the couple has since grown the business from one store to three, and from approximately 40 employees to over 100. Under Sarah and Mischa’s leadership, Rainbow Foods has become a market leader in business sustainability, winning a national “Retailer Sustainability Award” in 2016 and becoming the first Fair Trade designated private workplace in Ontario. As an expert on small business management and the local retail sector, Mischa has appeared on a variety of media outlets, including CBC Radio, CTV’s News at Noon, and CTV’s Ottawa Morning.
In 2016, Mischa was recognized for his business and community leadership with a prestigious “Forty Under 40” award. Mischa is also involved with a variety of local and national business advocacy and economic development groups, such as the MySTORE Advisory Board at the Retail Council of Canada, the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce, and the West Ottawa Board of Trade. In summer 2017, Mischa was chosen as one of a small group of entrepreneurs from across Canada to join the prestigious G20 Young Entrepreneurs’ Alliance Canadian delegation to Germany, where he helped to represent the views and perspectives of the Canadian entrepreneur community.
In 2015, Mischa and Sarah launched Brightside Capital Management, an investment company focused on making strategic investments in small and medium sized enterprises, with a focus on the natural foods sector. Prior to his role in the private sector, Mischa served in both part-time and full-time capacities as an officer in the Canadian Forces Army Reserve.
For more on Mischa, you can check out his LinkedIn profile.