She says that the success stories are why she continues to hold speed-dating sessions and hopes to bring that success to Ottawa’s dating scene.
“I know that speed dating is not a new concept but one specifically for vegetarians and vegans was definitely very unique,” Brighton adds.
But women actually start to outnumber men around age 25 in Winnipeg, and each year, the disparity grows.
There is one distinct group, though, that Adshade says is particularly "disadvantaged" in Winnipeg when it comes to dating: educated women.
The practice is not unusual among new immigrants to Canada, many of whom, over the generations, pooled their resources and focused on paying off their homes as soon as possible.
But for native-born Canadians, the assumption of the ability to afford a single-family home has been taken for granted.
These allow you to meet a higher quantity of vetted singles without the need to go through tons of dates that consume way more time than necessary.
In the GTA, however, with prices at astronomical levels, with little connection to average incomes, people have been moving into condominium dwellings, or apartments, to raise families.
"In Canada, if you look at women you know say between the ages of 25 and 35, for every 100 men that have a university degree, there's 135 women," she said.
This is a trend Adshade said is playing out in cities across Canada, and it has been for the last 30 years.
“I started the event in 2011 because several of my friends said that they couldn’t find any vegetarian or vegan men.
The events were really successful, so when I moved back to Ottawa, I thought I’d try it out here,” Brighten says.