Mandy “Bear” Rennehan

Blue-Collar CEO™ & host of HGTV’s Trading Up with Mandy Rennehan
Toronto, Ontario

What Mandy is Passionate About

The Relatable Leader: The ROI Of Being One 

So, your signature says you’re a boss. And yes, there is every-initial-after-your-name…. But, are you a likable leader? Better yet, a relatable leader?

As leaders in any industry, things happen FAST. We are bombarded daily with mammoth expectations and timelines: From finance, to customers, employee retention to emotional support. It’s critical today that Leaders are seen as relatable, especially in the fight for top talent. Expect the unexpected as Mandy Rennehan guides you, through the ‘flushing’ of corporate-constipation at warp speed, using any toilet in sight, and recognize how to reshape and rebuild your credibility and your life, by being more you—meaning, more relatable.

Why Intrapreneurs Are The Answer To Entrepreneurship 

In order for any size company to scale exponentially, its needs creative critical thinking with accountable ownership that only comes from an entrepreneur right? Incubating a work environment that allows audacious, ambitious employees to be part of special projects and strategy with all the bells and whistles, without the stress of liability and the financial stress of the purse strings… Can you hear it? Ching-Ching-Ching…

Unleashing Your Bear Potential 

Each individual has their own blueprint which makes them an absolute rarity in the world. Using her own story, Mandy inspires the confidence in people to discover and foster their own blueprints. Through candid, honest, and often funny antidotes, Mandy encourages people to open themselves up to their innate architecture, create their own path, and creatively harness individual strengths to discover their Bear Potential™.

Re-Defining The Collar Blue 

North America has a massive skilled trade shortage that affects everyone. We are paying more and waiting longer for services, companies aren’t able to scale, and important infrastructure projects like roads, transit and hospitals are facing major delays. How did we get here? Perception! Societal ideology has brainwashed people to believe that white-collar careers are better than blue-collar ones, when they should command equal respect. Our current reality is university graduates who can’t find jobs and well-paying skilled trade jobs sitting empty. This has got to stop.

Life, Un-Censored 

Mandy candidly shares her journey from a small fishing town to becoming one of North America’s most powerful entrepreneurs. Mandy built a multi-million-dollar empire from the ground up by turning her passion into ingenuity and her personal brand into an award-winning business model. Born and raised in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, the daughter of a lobster fisherman, Mandy left home at the age of 18 with an old hockey bag, an audacious dream, and her cheeky smile, and the rest is history.

The White, Pink, And Blue Collar Talks 

Global dynamics are changing and people are questioning long-standing trade relationships and the future of work. In this refreshing and unique conversation, the audience will hear from two leading women, Maryscott Greenwood and Mandy Rennehan, offering white, pink and blue-collar perspectives about issues happening in real time and how they affect your organization and your country.

Why You Need Mandy

Mandy Rennehan (a.k.a. Bear) is called the Blue-Collar CEO™ for her ability to seamlessly navigate between the white-and blue-collar worlds, and to respectfully ‘tell it like it is’.

Not only is she the Host, Designer and Contractor for HGTV’s new show, Trading Up, Mandy is a sought-after speaker, multiple award-winning entrepreneur, philanthropist, trade-industry ambassador and CEO/founder of (not the grocery store!)

Mandy defies labels. The description she often gets is “refreshing.” Her (respectfully) uncensored honesty is matched by her quick wit, East Coast humour, and big heart. It is impossible to remain unchanged after coming into contact with this authentic, self-taught and self-made powerhouse.

Her vision goes well beyond building successful businesses. She is redefining the collar, blue™ and changing the answer to ‘what do you want to be when you grow up?’ in order to help solve the massive skilled trade shortage world wide.

Mandy is challenging the misconception that white-collar jobs are “better” or “more desirable” than blue-collar ones; society needs both collars!

Rennehan is also a lead advisor to the Federal Governments national campaign encouraging apprenticeships and promoting the skilled trades as a career and has a book called The Blue Collar CEO, My Gutsy Journey from Rookie Contractor to Multi-Millionaire Construction Boss with Harper Collins Publishing.

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Why You Will Love Mandy

Motivational Mandy Bear has a gift like no other, the definition of ‘authentic’ was realized when she was born and OMG, she is funny!

Cheryl Hickey
Entertainment Tonight

With her big heart and relentless work ethic, Mandy is changing the landscape of Canada’s construction industry to be more inclusive. This book is a must read for everyone!

Natasha Koifman
Founder & President of NKPR

Mandy has the energy of a power grid. It’s *unbelievable* that one human can flip a stadium upside down crying and laughing…Inspiring beyond comprehension.

Jennifer Gillivan
CEO IWK Hospital


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