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Host, actor and voice artist, Noah Cappe has a lot of characters up his sleeve. He’s the ravenous emcee on Food Network and Cooking Channel’s Carnival Eats, the affable police chief on Hallmark Channel and W Network’s The Good Witch, and the bearer of romantic news (aka host) on W Network’s hit series The Bachelorette Canada and The Bachelor Canada. Born and raised in Toronto, Noah took to the stage at thirteen and never left. A graduate of Second City’s improv program, and the acting conservatory at York University, Noah jettisoned from theatre school and landed in his first film opposite Scott Speedman. Since then he’s been all over the screen, from MTV’s Degrassi to ABC/Global’s Rookie Blue to A&E’s Breakout Kings to CBC’s Being Erica, among other hit shows. He’s acted in features like Rub & Tug with Don McKellar (TIFF 2002), and critically acclaimed indie shorts like On that Day with Michael Ironside. And he doesn’t neglect his thespian roots, either. Most recently, Noah played Buff in two productions of Eric Bogosian’s modern classic play, Suburbia. If you don’t know Noah yet, perhaps you saw him live in 2009, when he spent 106 days hosting the Olympic Torch Relay, rousing crowds of more than thirty thousand people at venues across Canada. Or maybe he struck a culinary chord with you somewhere between St. John’s and Tofino, as he dug-up the nation’s most coveted recipes with chef Lynn Crawford on Food Network Canada’s ongoing Great Canadian Cookbook, for which he received a Canadian Screen Award nomination for Best Host. But if none of these roles ring a bell, you’ve definitely met Noah in radio and TV ads, which he does on the regular. He’s lent his voice to Honda, Doritos and Coca-Cola, among other household names. And until a few years ago, he was the ruggedly masculine voice of Molson Canadian beer.
Ryan Smolkin attended Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario where he studied and participated in the Business Co-Op Program. As a student, Smolkin established several successful business ventures including a portfolio of rental property investments, which he built to over $4 million in assets before selling off all properties in 2004. After graduating with his Bachelor of Business Administration degree in 1995, Smolkin established AmoebaCorp, an internationally-recognized Graphic Design and Branding company with clients including Nike, Molson, Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment, Corus Entertainment, YTV, Sims Snowboards and Nelvana. After selling AmoebaCorp and enjoying a year hanging out and bonding with his newborn twin boys, Nate and Sam, Smolkin began the development of the Smoke’s Poutinerie Franchise, building an entirely new QSR experience and a whole new food category. Smolkin is very proud to state that The World’s Original & Largest Poutinerie was the spark that ignited the Global Poutine trend! As Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Smolkin’s primary goal has always been to bring Canada’s National Iconic dish to the rest of the World in an original and unique way, and to ultimately achieve GLOBAL DOMINATION! With Smolkin at the helm, the franchise has been growing at an astoundingly fast pace. There is absolutely no slowing down this exceptionally devoted Entrepreneur! Smolkin takes pride in all of his achievements. Currently, Smoke’s Poutinerie has over 150 stores across North America, and Smolkin is currently working on Global Domination by opening 1300 restaurants in the next 5 years. Smolkin and his team have been primarily focused on Smoke’s Poutinerie’s and international expansion into the Middle East, Europe and the UK, as well as building upon the Sports & Entertainment Division.