Eli Tannis is a successful Entrepreneur who was born and raised in Ottawa to immigrant parents from Lebanon. He is the former Conservative candidate for Ottawa South. Eli and his wife Joyce have four Children Jordan, Brandon, Chelsea and Jena.
In 1940, Eli’s father and uncle started Tannis Trading, a small distribution company. Sadly, both died in the early 1970s and Eli’s mother, Souad, was left with six young children and a company that was half a million dollars in debt. With hard work and perseverance, his resilient mother and the family created a successful company, headed by Eli and his siblings for the past 45 years. It employed up to 140 people. Recently, it was sold to Sysco, a major food company which is in the process of expanding its operation in Ottawa South, creating another 100 jobs.
The Tannis family is well known for giving back to the community. Eli is a founding member and active organizer and fundraiser for the Tannis 21 Foundation which has contributed more than 1.3 million dollars to community hospitals, research and health care facilities and other charitable organizations.
Eli also spearheaded a partnership between his siblings and Ottawa Salus to help fund and create Karen’s Place in memory of his sister. It is a state-of-the-art housing development located in Ottawa South for those living with mental illness.
He served as President of the Hawthorne Business Park Association and served on the board of St Elias Cathedral.
Eli and his wife Joyce have four children Jordan, Brandon Chelsea and Jena.
He is the former Conservative Candidate for Ottawa South.