Wild Tea Kombucha was started in June 2015 by Emily Baadsvik, a bad-a$$, proud New Brunswick import who embodies exactly what it is to be a Wild Thing. Emily was transitioning into retirement from sport after representing the National Team at the Sochi Winter Olympics in 2014. It was while Emily was training on the Canadian National Bobsleigh team that she was introduced to kombucha by a friend. She loved that it was low sugar and had naturally energizing properties which helped impove her performance during training. Having a passion for the food industry and an entrepreneurial fire, it was natural for Emily to begin her journey growing the brand.
When the time came in September 2015 that Emily needed a kombucha brewing side-kick, Brigette Freel and Emily met, and you could say it was meant to be. Introduced by a mutual friend, Brigette had just finished a successful career with Alberta Health Services and was looking for a new and exciting challenge. Brigette has her Master’s in Environmental Practice from Royal Roads University and her experience as a health inspector is a huge asset to the team. Before her successful career as a Health Inspector, Brigette’s sense of adventure led her to fight forest fires with Manitoba Conservation, jumping out of helicopters and fighting large flames. Yup! Emily had met her match.
When the ladies aren’t in the brewery, Emily can be found watching cute animal videos on Youtube, hanging out with friends, or going on an impromptu outdoor adventure, and Brigette can be found travelling to exotic destinations, at her cabin in Invermere, or riding her motorcycle.