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2012 - Present

Founder & CEO

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Lucky Iron Life
(formerly Lucky Iron Fish)

Toronto, ON

Currently the President & CEO of the social enterprise Lucky Iron Life. Responsibilities include investment & fundraising management, working with the board of directors, empowering the team, budgeting and financial management, risk mitigation, public spokesperson, lead research & development initiatives and other leadership responsibilities

Positions of Responsibility


2012 - 2016

University of Guelph

PhD Biomedical Science

Guelph, ON

Thesis: Commercializing the Lucky Iron Fish Using Social Enterprise: A Novel Health Innovation for Iron Deficiency and Anemia in Cambodia and Beyond.

2011 - 2012

University of Guelph

MSc Rural Planning and Development - International 

Guelph, ON

Focus of the program was on hunger and food insecurity and the role the private sector can play in helping solve the crisis

*I fast tracked and transferred directly into the PhD program and therefor did not complete this degree

2006 - 2011

University of Guelph

Baccalaureate in Commerce (Honours)

Guelph, ON

Begin in Theory of Finance & Economics before transferring into Marketing Management & Consumer Behaviour. I completed multiple independent study courses on corporate social responsibility

Professional skillset

Entrepreneurial Mindset

Go-to-Market Planning

Board & Governance

Teamwork & Collaboration

Public Speaking

Risk Mitigation

Training & Certifications

Roberts Rules of Order

Media Training

Social Impact Evaluation 

Anti-Oppression & Equity

Cyber Security & Privacy



Khmer (basic)

Awards & Recognitions

2021 Globe & Mail Report on Business Changemaker

2020 Rotary Club of Guelph Paul Harris Fellow

2020 Canadian Gay Lesbian Chamber of Commerce Small Business Leader of the Year   2018 Successful Pitch on CBC's Dragons' Den                                                                      

2017 EY Entrepreneur of the Year, Ontario (Social Entrepreneur citation)                         

2017 Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Award                                                                             

2016 The Town & Country 50: The Top Philanthropists of 2016                                             

2016 Unilever Sustainable Living Young Entrepreneur Award (Finalist)

2016 Social Innovator of the Year, Babson College                                                               

2016 Business Intelligence Group, 'BIG Innovation Award'                                                   2016 Forbes Top 30 Under 30 - Social Entrepreneur                                                            

2015 Design for Asia Grand Award                                                                                           2015 Clio Health Care Awards Awards                                                                                 

-Advertiser of the Year Award

-Grand Prix CLIO, Innovation

-Gold, Innovation

-Gold, Design

-SIlver, Engagement/Experimental

-Silver, Direct Engagement

Shortlist, Public Relations
2015 Clio Advertising Awards                                                                                                 Silver, Public Relations 

Bronze, Design
2015 Conscious Company Magazine, Featured as 1 of the 17 Rising Social
Entrepreneurs of the year                                                                                       

2015 Cannes Lion Innovation Festival                                                                                  
-Grand Prix Product Design

-Gold, Packaging

-Gold, PR

-Silver, Activation

2015 Cannes Lion Health Festival                                                                                            
-Gold, Social and Health Impact
2015 Enactus Canada Rookie of the Year                                                                                

2015 Enactus Canada Semi-Finalist                                                                                         

2015 Edison Innovation Award, Silver                                                                                     

2014 Hunger Solutions Institute, Fellow Emeritus                                                                 

2014 Kirchner Fellowship, Entrepreneur in Residence                                                          

2014 Clinton Global Initiative University Commitment to Action                                        

2013 Fulbright Scholarship                                                                                                        

2013 Inaugural Hunger Solutions Institute Fellowship                                                          

2013 Guelph’s Mayors Award of Excellence Award                                                               

2012 Ontario Veterinary College (OVC) Dean’s Scholarship recipient                                

2012 Michaëlle Jean Emergency Hunger Relief Award                                        2011 Ontario Agricultural College (OAC) Dean’s Scholarship recipient                               

2011Organized Guinness World Record Events “Most emergency relief

meals packaged by a team in one hour”
- Over 2,000 volunteers packaged 659,000 meals                                                        
- Over 2,000 volunteers packed 315,360 meals                                                            

- Over 800 volunteers packed 159,840 meals                                                               

2011 Coordinated the highest student fund raising campaign for the                               

local United Way chapter (raised close to $10,000)

2011 Top 40 under 40 – Guelph Wellington Region                                                               

2011 William Jefferson Clinton Leadership Award                                                                 

2011 Co-coordinator, Universities Fighting World Hunger                                                   

2011 Featured Student in University of Guelph Donor Report                                            

2010 Featured Student in the Globe and Mail University Report Card                              

2010 RP Gilmour Award                                                                                                             

2010 Gordon Nixon Leadership Award                                                                                    

2005 Millennium University Entry Scholarship                                                                       


PhD Dissertation
Commercializing The Lucky Iron Fish™ Using Social Enterprise: A novel Health Innovation For Iron Deficiency and Anemia in Cambodia and Beyond

Chapters in Books:
Armstrong G, Summerlee AJS (2015). In search of the citizen scholar: modern pedagogical approaches compared. Eds: DJ Hornsby, J Arvanitakis (in press) Palgrave, SA

Refereed Papers:

Armstrong GR, Summerlee AJS (2015). Iron release from the Lucky Iron Fish™: safety considerations. Tropical Medicine and International Health (submitted May 2015).

Armstrong GR, Summerlee AJS (2014). The etiology, treatment and effective prevention of iron deficiency and iron deficiency anemia in women and young children worldwide: a review. Journal of Women’s Health Care 4: 213 doi: 10.4172/2167-0420.1000213

Armstrong G, Summerlee AJS (2012). Remember July 20, 2011: Famine in the Horn of Africa. Queens Quarterly 119: 514-523.

Armstrong G, Lachowsky N, Summerlee AJS (2010).  The future of the Achuar of Ecuador: their struggle to preserve the rain forest. Queens Quarterly 117: 517-529


Papers in Refereed Conference Proceedings:
Armstrong GR, Summerlee AJS (2015). Scaling up a health innovation using social enterprise to alleviate iron deficiency in women and children in Cambodia. Nutrition and Nurture in Infancy and Childhood (June 2015): Bio-cultural perspectives. Grange Over Sands, Cumbria, UK

Armstrong GR, Summerlee AJS (2014). Inclusive social enterprise to alleviate iron deficiency in women and children in Cambodia. World Micronutrient Forum June 2014, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

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