Buy Canadian First on TV twice in one week!


We’ll, I’m back from my media mini-tour!

I had the pleasure of appearing on 2 breakfast television shows last week, talking about buying Canadian in time for Canada Day. It was my live TV debut and I must admit it was nerve wracking!

My first appearance was on “A” Morning in Ottawa, on Monday June 29th. Up at 5:30 AM (not that I slept much…) in order to appear at 6:50 AM. Angie Poirier, the host who handled the segment, was so sweet and seemed genuinely amazed at the website and the samples I had brought along. I have yet to find a Canadian who is not impressed with the great products we showcase on Buy Canadian First, yet it’s still nice to see that kind of enthusiasm. Thanks Angie for making me feel so welcomed!

If you missed the segment, you can watch it here

Here’s a recap of the Made-in-Canada products (and their makers) featured that morning:

1) Cryopak ice packs, made in Montreal (Qc) and Delta (BC)

2) Lois Jeans, made in St-Georges (Qc)

3) Ecosol Powerstick, made in Ottawa (On)

4) Park Pals stuffed animals, made in Mississauga (On)

5) Combat Sports baseball bat, made in Ottawa (On)

6) Kisko’s Mr. Freeze, made in Woodbridge (On)

7) Salus Marine personal floating devices, made in Kitchener (On)

8) Sure Gro/Premier Tech garden products, made in Brandford (On)

9) A.H.F. bedding products, made in Montreal (On)

10) Tuscan Farm Gardens natural skincare products, made in Langley (BC)

From there, on to Toronto for my second appearance!

Now I have to share something with you: when we launched Buy Canadian First last summer, I told my team that one day I would be on Canada AM talking with Seamus O’Reagan about our website. Don’t ask me how I knew it, I just felt it. So this really was a dream-come-true for me. He was so kind, approachable and natural, he made my entire year! If you doubt it, see how happy I was!

You can watch the segment here.

Here’s a recap of the Made-in-Canada products (and their makers) featured that morning:

1) Tristan apparel, made in Cookshire (Qc)

2) Lois Jeans, made in Saint-Georges (Qc)

3) Park Pals stuffed animals, made in Mississauga (On)

4) DOM Sports hockey net & sticks, made in Toronto (On)

5) Salus Marine personal floating devices, made in Kitchener (On)

6) Combat Sports baseball bat, made in Ottawa (On)

7) Ecosol Powerstick, made in Ottawa (On)

8) Kisko’s Mr. Freeze, made in Woodbridge (On)

The poll question on Canada AM that day was “Do you make a special effort to buy Canadian?” Over 1,000 people answered the question and the results were phenomenal: 70% said YES!

So overall, an excellent trip and many moments I will never forget. Thanks everyone who helped make it happen!

Images courtesy of CTV News & Isabelle Remy.

Date Created:  
05-Jul-2009
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Blog Comments:

06-Jul-2009, By: andrea willowcat
Isabelle,Whoohoo felicitaions... your tv interviews were fantastic!
07-Jul-2009, By: Christine Reid
What a fantastic interview. Really appreciate your enthusiasm for Canadian businesses large or small. I'm on board!

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