Andrea Courey talks about granola, entrepreneurship and compassion


Andrea Courey (BCom’82) was newly divorced, with three kids to feed and no money in the bank when she started Grandma Emily’s Granola. She credits her BCom education with giving her the tools she needed to get through the early days of her business, but notes that real-world experience is a very different thing than classroom knowledge.

Once her business was sold, Ms. Courey travelled, but came home early to care for her daughter, who had been diagnosed with cancer. This experience gave her a whole new direction, one that lead to her to take on a whole new role with the McGill Council on Palliative Care.

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