Colleen D., GORP Clean Energy Bars & Mixes , President
Driven with purpose to consume and share clean, healthy fuel, GORP World President Colleen and her husband Grant run GORP from their family farm in Niverville, Manitoba. GORP is a backpacker acronym from the 1960’s for Good Old-Fashioned Raisins & Peanuts. GORP bars are the first re-sealable energy bar on the market so you can take them on any adventure. Colleen is also a mom of four and in 2016 was awarded Mompreneur® Award of Excellence winner and Canada’s official Mompreneur® of the Year.
Where did the inspiration for your business stem from?
The Great GORP Project Inc. started out as a simple need in my own life! The need for a clean, healthy, convenient source of whole food energy! Years ago, I started doing triathlons and found myself running from practice to practice and out of a sheer lack of time hitting the drive through windows of fast food joints. I knew I needed to fuel my body with protein and calories within 20 minutes of vigorous exercise to recover properly, but lack of time and planning was causing me to make bad nutritional decisions. I stopped my bad habit of hitting the drive through and started to experiment with eating protein bars. Unfortunately, what I found on the market was a lot of high fructose corn syrup, misleading labels, poor quality ingredients and wonky aftertastes. I started to research what I wanted in an energy bar and the kitchen experiments began! Soon I had trouble keeping the bars on hand, my training mates, friends and family were constantly asking for them, this is when I decided to take this idea to the next level.
This is how we hope to make our town, city, province and country a better place to live, to inspire people to take care of themselves so they can contribute healthy energized bodies that can in turn take care of others!
Colleen D., The Great GORP Project Inc, President
GORP Clean Energy Bars & Mixes
What is the best part of what you do and why?
Honestly the best part of what I do all boils down to the people! From the people who choose to come alongside and work with me, to my AMAZING customers who are constantly encouraging and inspiring us to keep going! The heartfelt testimonials from loyal fans and the faith and love shown to me by my staff is what has kept me going through some pretty rough times. Our mission is to: MAKE THE BEST ENERGY FOODS ON THE PLANET WHILE BEING A CHAMPION FOR MINDFUL ADVENTURE, POURING OUR HEARTS INTO OTHERS AND CULTIVATING DIGNITY IN ALL WE DO! This is how we hope to make our town, city, province and country a better place to live, to inspire people to take care of themselves so they can contribute healthy energized bodies that can in turn take care of others! We see it as a domino effect! It all starts at home, our employees have to believe us before our customers ever will! If we can build a culture within our company that hinges on cultivating dignity and placing extreme importance on making every single person we come into contact with feel seen then it is our belief that we are world changers, one person at a time and we sure hope it’s contagious! I am so grateful for COMMUNITY!
What advice would you give your younger self?
If I was to give my younger self advice, I’d have two things to tell her. The first thing would be to not be embarrassed by what you don’t know and have full confidence that through perseverance and being humble ANYONE can find solutions to the problem or challenge at hand! Don’t discount yourself because of your weaknesses or insecurities, be brave enough to recognize them and put the people and resources in place to fill in the gaps! It truly takes a village and trying to do it all on your own is not only lonely but foolish! I would also tell her to be kind to herself and not sacrifice self-care for the “dream!”