Moncton, NB January 17, 2019 - Three local entrepreneurs have secured an investment with Dragons’ Den stars Lane Merrifield and Jim Treliving for their onesie company, Tuxy Inc. The three founders, Derek Martin, Mario Leblanc and Marcel Leblanc went to Toronto to pitch their onesie business last May and have been in conversations with the two Dragons ever since. At the time, the founders only had one model of onesie, since that time they’ve released the same model for women and two children’s models.
When asked about his experience on the Den, Derek shared “facing the Dragons feels like the ultimate test in validating not only our product but our entire business, the entire experience although stressful was a childhood dream come true. I’m excited to have both Jim and Lane in Tuxy’s corner, having a great amount of respect and admiration for both investors I’m thrilled to have them on our journey of future growth and success.”
Tuxy Inc. has managed to succeed in securing investments from Jim Treliving, CBC Dragon for all 13 seasons and the Owner/Chairman of Boston Pizza International and Lane Merrifield who was new to the Den this year. Lane built his fortune from creating and growing the company Club Penguin. The children’s game was acquired by Disney in 2007. Lane, a Kelowna, BC resident now operates FreshGrade, a portfolio and assessment platform that helps educators, parents, and students have deeper conversations about learning.
When Jim was asked about Tuxy in the Den and he responded with “Derek, Mario and Marcel did an excellent job in the Den and I immediately took an interest in the brand. I appreciated the quality of the Tuxy and I know they have a solid pipeline of future products coming to the market. The craftiness of the founders makes me excited to work with them and we have a lot of positive things to look forward to in the near future.”
Tuxy Inc. is an apparel company specializing in onesies that look like two pieces allowing the wearer to use them for many different applications. As the “world’s best onesie” they’re comfortable to wear with an elastic band connecting the top and bottom. They have models for men, women and children.
When Sandi Treliving was 10 years old, her older brother was diagnosed with schizophrenia. She knows first-hand the impact that mental illness can have on a family.
It’s been an experience that has defined Sandi as one of Canada’s leading mental health advocates alongside her husband Jim, an investor on Dragon’s Den and owner of the Boston Pizza chain. The Trelivings have been partners with CAMH for the last eight years, serving as board members for the last five and working on campaigns to raise awareness, end stigma, fundraise, and improve treatment. Now, they are calling on Canadians to nominate someone in their lives who is working for the same kind of positive change for CAMH’s 150 Leading Canadians for Mental Health—a new initiative that celebrates those who are making a difference in mental health...
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In this historic year for our country, help nominate and celebrate the Canadians who are changing the course of mental health. Nominations are now open!
CAMH Difference Makers – 150 Leading Canadians for Mental Health, is a national initiative to nominate and celebrate Canadians making an impact through research, philanthropy, advocacy, social change or inspiration.
As a National Committee member, I invite you to nominate a difference maker in mental health, in any capacity, local or national. Tell us about the community leaders, teachers, physicians, people with lived experience, caregivers, mental health workers and advocates where you live.
Learn more about the 150 Leading Canadians for Mental Health National Committee or nomination process by visiting www.camhdifferencemakers.ca
National Chair, 150 Leading Canadians for Mental Health
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