Nominated for the award: Outstanding Innovator
Company: BluntTRUTH Show
Biography: Sumu Sathi is a Social Services Worker for the Regional Municipality of York and holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Toronto. Sumu is also the host of BluntTRUTH podcast which delivers raw and bold self-help content through interviews with women and visible minorities. BluntTRUTH brand is a result of Sumu's struggles in the South Asian TV industry, where she faced sexism and discrimination as a plus size brown woman. Sumu has produced and directed over 100 videos including her documentary Daughters of Eelam, which was filmed in Srilanka where she volunteered as a leadership facilitator in 2017. Sumu is a child of Tamil refugee parents and grew up in a low-income neighborhood in Scarborough, which was heavy on gang violence. Today she empowers women through her motivation coaching and plus size modeling. Her work has been featured in Toronto Star, NOW Toronto, SAPNA Toronto, Toronto.com, and the Ontario Council for International Cooperation.