CEO + Chief Creative Officer
A multi-award winning marketing maverick, entrepreneur, speaker, and overall creative force -
Amanda Buhse is the CEO and Chief Creative Officer of Coal & Canary. Before starting Coal and Canary, Amanda worked as a graphic designer and marketing executive for companies both large and small in retail, fashion and agency environments. The experience she learned while working for these diverse mix of company's taught her valuable skills that she brings to the table in her role at Coal and Canary each day. She’s passionate about creativity and harnessing its power to enhance every aspect of business and life.
Since 2014, Amanda has grown Coal and Canary into "Canada's favourite artisan candle" according to Forbes Magazine, under Amanda's leadership. She most recently was named “Female Entrepreneur of the Year” through the Women Business Owners of Manitoba, as well as “Volunteer of the Year” through the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce, 2019 Spirit of Winnipeg Award in the trade category as well as “Best Small Business of the Year Award” from the 2020 Tourism Winnipeg Awards of Distinction.
Amanda’s leadership and commitment to the small business community is evident as she was Co-Chair of The Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce 2019/2020 Small Business Advisory Council, and was also one of two Chamber representatives chosen to sit on the Mayor of Winnipeg’s COVID-19 Business Task Force, established in March 2020, to advise on the COVID-19 related impacts felt by the Winnipeg business community.
Amanda is currently a very active voice in the female entrepreneurial scene, and wants to continue to be a leader in the space to encourage women to trust their intuition and create their own opportunities.
Amanda loves to work hard, but have fun in the process. When she's not designing the next Coal and Canary collection, you'll find her singing, cooking, painting, or spending quality time at her cabin with her family, husband Jeff, and little dog, Pancakes.
Coal and Canary loves making candles,
but also loves making friends! We are in the business of fun and happen to make
deliciously scented candles second.
Coal and Canary creates hand-poured luxury wood wick candles for every occasion – and for everyday. Our candles are made only with the highest quality vegan soy and vegetable wax blend and true to scent fragrance oils. All of our candles feature a cozy, crackling wooden wick. Each candle is hand poured with the highest attention to detail and lovingly housed in a beautiful re-usable glass vessel featuring our logo.
The name Coal and Canary is based on the stories of when miners would bring canaries down to test the air quality of mines. It's a positive spin on the story though! As our ingredients are better for you and the air, so the canary survives and thrives (which is why
there are two canaries in the logo!).