By the time Shabnam Weber was 24, the Toronto entrepreneur had opened restaurants in Bermuda and Germany. It was through her fascination with specialty tea shops across Europe that Shabnam decided to establish her own tea shop when she returned home to Toronto four years later.

She is the founder and current owner of the specialty tea boutique The Tea Emporium Inc., which acquires and sells teas from around the world. Using her passion and knowledge of tea, Shabnam has created a place for herself in the tea industry by sitting on the Board of Directors of the Tea Association of Canada, guest speaking at the World Tea Expo, chairing several committees and establishing various forums for education, including the Tea Sommelier Programme (in coordination with the Tea Association of Canada and Canada’s first School of Tea.