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 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 speaking at numerous tea events internationally and sitting on the Board of Directors of the Tea Association of Canada.  In her Director role, she currently chairs several committees and is the author of the Tea Sommelier Programme being taught at colleges across Canada.