Chef Pam Fanjoy receives BMO Grant for her Junior Chef Programs which provide therapeutic support to youth and families during the pandemic

HILLSBURGH, Ontario | November 19, 2020 – The BMO Financial Group announced today that Pam Fanjoy is one of ten recipients of the BMO Grant Program for Women-Owned Businesses for her innovative Junior Chef Programs, which aim to enhance the physical, mental and spiritual health of youth and families.

“I feel honoured to be selected as a recipient of the BMO Grant for Women-Owned Businesses,” said Pam Fanjoy, Chef and Owner, Fan/Joy. “The work we are doing with youth and families in our Junior Chef program is something we are incredibly proud of. Programs like these help us continue our efforts, especially during this unprecedented time.”

The BMO Grant Program for Women-Owned Businesses grant program celebrates Canadian Women business owners’ innovation and resilience during the pandemic. Each business will receive $10,000 and have the opportunity to receive ongoing support through one of the bank’s partners, including a one-year membership with a peer advisory group for women business owners and a one-year certification with Women Business Enterprise Canada.

The selection process included BMO’s strategic partners and an advisory committee judging panel consisting of leaders from GroYourBiz, Women Presidents’ Organization (WPO), Women Get On Board, Women Business Enterprises Canada Council (WBE Canada), Women Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub, and Deloitte.

“A large part of supporting the advancement of women is celebrating the contributions made by women leaders, entrepreneurs, and mentors in local communities,” said Erminia (Ernie) Johannson, Group Head, North American Personal and Business Banking, BMO Financial Group. “We’re proud to recognize these women and their ability to innovate in their businesses and persevere during this difficult time. Congratulations to this year’s honourees on all their achievements.”

To learn more about the Junior Chef Programs, please visit



Building on a highly successful career as a clinical social worker, Chef Pam Fanjoy continues to help people & communities by integrating her culinary passion with her 25+ years of experience working with children, adolescents, and families. Pam has a personal life mission to foster joyful, healthy relationships by using delicious, healthy food to facilitate the meaningful connection between others to nourish their bodies, minds, and souls. 


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