Dec. 17, 2021

Best Alumni businesses around Calgary!

Find out what the best University of Calgary Alumni businesses are around the city of Calgary, so you can be sure to go check them out for yourself!

Phil & Sebastian Coffee Roasters

Phil & Sebastian Coffee Roasters was founded by Phil Robertson and Sebastian Sztabzyb, who both completed their Bachelor of Science in Engineering degrees at our Schulich School of Engineering! Phil & Sebastian is a favorite coffee spot among many Calgarians, with multiple locations across the city! Their coffee can also be found at many local retailers around Calgary, or can be ordered online. Check out their website here.

Bolder Climbing Community

Introducing Calgary’s first bouldering-specific climbing gym! This business was established in 2017 and is co-owned by Regan Kennedy, who completed a Bachelor of Education at our Werklund School of Education. With a wide variety of climbing difficulty levels, whether you are experienced climber or trying out climbing for the very first time, we encourage you to stop by for a climb! Learn more by visiting their website here.


Calling all dessert lovers! Your life will be changed for the better after you try a delicious cupcake from Crave. Co-founded by Jodi Willoughby, who completed a Bachelor of Community Rehabilitation from our Cumming School of Medicine, this bakery started out in the trendy Calgary neighbourhood of Kensington in 2004. Since then, Crave has expanded into six locations including other cities such as Edmonton and Saskatoon! Take a look at all their delicious desserts on their Instagram page!


Crave cupcakes, classic pack.

Milk Jar Candle Company Inc

This local candle brand has become increasingly popular over the years, and it’s no secret why! Holly Singer, who completed a Bachelor of Science with our Faculty of Kinesiology, started Milk Jar Candle Co. – a company that blends her love of creativity with natural wax candles and passion for giving back to the community. Milk Jar is known for donating to non-profit programs that support disabled people in Alberta, and for being a role model for inclusive employment. You can find Milk Jar candles at a wide variety of retailers across the entire country, so be sure to check out their website here!

Neo Financial

Neo Financial reimagines the way that people spend and save their money and earn rewards by using technology to simplify finances and create rewarding experiences. Their goal is to allow for people earn instant cashback at their favorite stores, by opening an account with them and signing up on their app. This financial services technology company was co-founded by Kris Read, who earned a Bachelors degree and a Masters degree, both in Science, at the University of Calgary.

The Silk Road Spice Merchant

The Silk Road is a family business that was founded in 2008, when the co-founders realized how difficult it was to find the spices, herbs, and chiles they needed for all the recipes they wanted to try. Colin Leach, who completed a Bachelor of Arts, and Kelci Hind, who completed a Bachelor of Nursing, graduated from the University of Calgary and were passionate about the ability of spices to turn a standard kitchen into an incredible adventure. You can find The Silk Road Spice Merchant in the well-loved community of Inglewood, at the Calgary Farmer’s Market, or even in the city of Edmonton. Check out their website for more information!

SIlk Road Spice Merchant

Photo credits: @silkroadspices on Instagram.


If you enjoy attending concerts, theatre shows, or even sporting events, it’s likely you’ve heard of Showpass. Showpass is Canada’s largest independent ticketing software company! Lucas Mccarthy, who completed a Bachelor of Commerce from our Haskayne School of Business, is the CEO and founder of this company that started out in 2014. See more about Showpass here.

Curious to read about even more Alumni businesses? Visit our UCalgary Alumni Business Directory for a full list of all the awesome businesses that have been created by UCalgary’s very own!