Bake Works has come a long way since Tom Fairlight founded Fairlight Bakery in 1996, selling big, three-inch cookies out of the back of a blue ’89 Toyota van. Now, Bake Works employs 50 people in two Vancouver buildings that span 30,000 square feet.

“We probably make about 20 million pieces of food every year,” said Bake Works President and CEO Zac Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald opened Bake Works in 2013 after buying Fairlight from his father. While Bake Works still sells those three-inch cookies, the majority of its business comes from nutrition bars, and that business is growing quickly.

With the help of GPI's Growing Small Businesses Globally export assistance scholarship, Fitzgerald is expanding his company overseas.

Read more about Bake Works here.