With experience in government relations, policy development and strategic communications, Aaron has a demonstrated record of building, maintaining and leveraging relationships to achieve mutual goals. As Vice-President for Insurance Bureau of Canada’s Pacific region, Aaron directs all of its government relations activities in British Columbia. He is responsible for eliciting positive change and sound public policy on key priorities and member companies’ concerns on strategic property and casualty insurance industry objectives.
Prior to joining Insurance Bureau of Canada in 2014, he held senior roles with the Interior Health Authority and British Columbia government. Aaron holds a bachelor of arts in international relations from the University of British Columbia. An enthusiastic and dedicated community advocate, he is a member of the board for the Pacific Northwest Preparedness Society and the British Columbia Earthquake Alliance. He has been a “Big Brother” with the Big Brothers of Greater Vancouver since 2014.
Adam Brosgall is the owner and principal of Brosgall Legal and has been a BC lawyer and Notary Public since 1999. Adam handles a wide range of legal and notary work; his firm is one of the few that offers mobile notary services, including power of attorney, representation agreements, wills, notarizations, affidavits, statutory declarations, and certified true copies.
Adam is accredited by the Law Society of BC, the BC Ministry of Justice, and Global Affairs Canada (DFAIT). In addition to his Law Degree, he holds an MA in Geography from England. Adam is a member of the Canadian Council on International Law and the Canadian International Council. He also serves as a research panelist with Export Development Canada, and is registered with the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service.
Born and raised in Vancouver, Adam is married and has two children. He volunteers as a Cub leader, and was formerly the Vancouver Commissioner for Scouts Canada. He and his family enjoy skiing, camping, hiking, biking, and exploring the lower mainland and beyond.
Albert Tsou is a Border Integrity Compliance Officer with the Border Centre West of Health Canada. Albert is involved in regulatory compliance enforcement and verification of health products at the border. Albert joined Health Canada in 2012. and started his career at the Inspectorate Program of Health Canada. He has a degree in science from Simon Fraser University.
Alice Bai is the other half of Little Mountain Shop and Note Bookkeeping. She has a background in Small Business management and bookkeeping, with experience in office administration, advertising, hospitality, events and psychology. Her avid love for technology and organization has contributed to her passion in providing consulting services for various clients.
(Alice left, shown here with Natasha Neale)
Allison Boulton is the Program Manager of the Export Navigator pilot.
After living in China and the Middle East for three years, Allison returned to Vancouver to work as an International Trade Advisor with Small Business BC, and started her own firm assisting entrepreneurs grow globally. While abroad, she completed her MBA and worked as the China Director of Marketing and Trade Sales with an importer and distributor of North American beverages. Prior to moving overseas, Allison was the Director of Operations for a boutique Canadian winery with exports to over 20 countries.
Her enthusiasm for travel and for understanding how people live around the world has led her to explore over 30 countries. She uses this experience to help clients understand, not only the regulations of international trade, but also the country's cultural differences that are so vital for businesses looking to succeed in the global marketplace.
Alvin Wong is a federal food inspector with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. He has 20 years experience regulating a large range of food commodities. He is currently in the Fair Labelling Practices division which deals with mandatory food labelling, advertising and fraud.
Ami Sanyal’s mission is to enable people to succeed at the work that matters to them. He does that by connecting others to game-changing ideas, resources and people. As co-founder and director at The Uncommoner’s Club, Ami helps small businesses approach social media strategically. In 2016 The Uncommoner’s Club launched Fresh-Share: an Instagram marketing tool that helps B2C businesses win customers without wasting time. The agency has helped local clients reach millions of prospects and generate hundreds of thousands of dollars in new business.
Amin Yazdani is a software architect and the director of technology of A.Y. Technologies Inc. Amin has more than 15 years of experience in software development and has helped many startups grow to their true potential using software systems. He is an expert on helping startups find the right markets to approach and solve the right problems for their customers.
Andrea Wong is a Vancouver-based accessories and clothing designer. Prior to starting her own label AW by Andrea Wong in 2011, she worked as a lead designer in the fashion industry for over a decade, holding influential positions at some of Canada’s top brands. Her dynamic resume includes titles such as Head Designer of Aritzia’s in-house label, Talula, and Denim Designer at Silver Jeans. She holds a degree in Design from Ryerson University.
Andrew Hall is the Co-Founder of Mealshare. Mealshare partners with restaurants, and places their logo next to a few menu items. When a customer orders a 'Mealshare Item' they get their meal, just like normal. And, they also provide one meal to someone in need! Buy one, give one.
Andrew recevied a BCom degree from the University of Victoria. After graduating, he worked in consulting with Deloitte for a few years before following his passion to create a business that makes a difference. When Andrew's not growing Mealshare he's running, hiking, travelling, or trying something new.
Annika Reinhardt is an established social impact consultant and the founder of Social Bites. In her work Annika focuses on helping small to mid-sized organizations develop strategies to elevate and measure their social impact while enhancing the employee and customer experience. Annika is an active community facilitator and the co-founder of DinnerPartyYVR, a social dining event that has raised over $55,000 for local charities. Annika has spoken about social value creation at dozens of events including the Vancouver Impact Conference in 2015.
Arthur Klein is M&A advisor with Pacific M&A and Business Brokers Ltd. He is perpetually motivated to solve problems and implement strategic solutions, qualities which defined his epiphany in becoming an advisor and broker. As a trusted intermediary, he strives to assist buyers and sellers in the dynamic process to determine fair market business value and transact privately held enterprises.
Arun has over 15 years of HR experience in various sectors such as hotels, airlines, retail and facility management. Arun holds a Master of Arts in Leadership from Royal Roads University, and a Diploma in Hotel Administration from the Sophia Polytechnic in Mumbai, India. He is a Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR) and has completed management programs in HR at both BCIT and the Indian Institute of Management.
Arun leads the development and implementation of industry recruitment and retention strategies and tactics in alignment with the BC Tourism Labour Market Strategy.
Baila Lazarus is a freelance writer, editor and media coach. She has more than 20 years' experience in radio, television, print and online production. Most recently she was the news features editor at Business in Vancouver newspaper, managing editor of Business Examiner group of newspapers and a business commentator on Global Morning News. She provides workshops, webinars and personal coaching sessions.
Bill Erichson is a noted business trainer, consultant and business planner. He has over thirty years of experience helping small and medium sized business owners grow and develop their businesses. Bill's approach blends the development of the Marketing, Operational, Financial, and Human Resource aspects of the business. Unlike the 'specialist' approach of many business advisors, Bill determines the next strategic direction required for the development of the business and plans around the Key Business Sector as developed through a detailed business diagnosis.
Brian E. Rudy (B.Sc. McGill 1989, LL.B. UBC 1994) is a founding partner of Synergy Business Lawyers LLP. He is an experienced corporate lawyer who practices corporate commercial law, with a focus on privately-held corporations and entrepreneurs.
Bridget Field is the Client Services Manager at Small Business BC. A graduate of the UBC Sales and Marketing Management Executives Program, she has over 20 years’ experience in retail management, sales and marketing. Bridget shares her expertise with clients at Small Business BC as well as teaching business courses for local community colleges.
Bruce is the treasurer of the BC Association of Farmers Markets, the manager of the Abbotsford Farm and Country Market and managed the Langley Community Farmers Market for the 2010 season.
He also works part-time with the local Community Futures Development Corporation office mentoring and helping emerging small business owners develop business plans and launch their new enterprises.
Bruce has spent several years serving on Boards of Directors and as a contractor, managing projects for non-profit organizations beginning with producer-led soil conservation groups. He also owned a landscape nursery in Bradner, Abbotsford.
When not at work, Bruce likes to spend time with his two daughters and their families including four (and soon five) grandchildren and has rediscovered RVing after a 25 year hiatus.
With 25+ years of experience as a successful entrepreneur and business consultant helping entrepreneurs succeed, she teaches entrepreneurs to let go of limiting beliefs and give themselves permission to “Stand Up & Stand Out” to have the success they dream of. Cathy is recognized across Canada for her in-house and public seminars on “All Things Small Biz”. Named one of the Top Ten Mentors in Canada, Cathy is the Business Development Strategist of The Connected Woman Association, Author of “Are You a Collector or a Connector?”; “I’m on the Phone!”; and the internationally known “Daily Espressos”
As Entrepreneur-In-Residence for Futurpreneur Canada, Chad has an excellent track-record helping young entrepreneurs across the country get their businesses off the ground. He has helped over 200 businesses from almost every industry and brings a wealth of experience across multiple industries, from construction to education to technology startups.
Chartered Professional Accountants of British Columbia (CPABC) is one of the largest professional organizations in the province. It represents over 32,000 CPA members and almost 6,500 legacy and CPA students and candidates. CPABC is responsible for the training and certification of CPA students, the regulation and professional development of its members, and the protection of the public through ethical standards.
Cherise McGee, Market Manager of the Langley Community Farmers Market, has been working in the Market and Trade Show industry in some capacity or another for over 20 years. She started at her families business as a CSR at Levy Show Service at 2001 assisting in the set up and take-down of Trade Shows in Vancouver. In 2012 she started her own family business with her husband and in three years received numerous recognitions, including one of three finalists for Woman of the year in Innovation and one of three finalists for New Business of the Year. When the opportunity came to work for the local Farmers Market she jumped at the opportunity. She has found her passion in Farmers Markets, which merges her skills sustainable living and entrepreneurship. Cherise believes that Farmers Markets bring together entire communities and it is the role of Market Organizers to bring everyone together.
Cherise has recently completed the Market Manger Certification Program from the BC Farmers Market Association and Whole Green Heart and has a BBA from Kwantlen Polytechnic University. She also facilitates preservation workshops in her spare time and has recently started a canning editorial for a local magazine called Urbanique published by Blackpress.
Christina is the owner of Bamboletta Dolls, a company that handcrafts dolls that are sold world wide. With her team of over 30 women, mostly stay at home moms, she's been able to expand her business from her kitchen table 14 years ago to where it is now. Her business model has received recognition from publications such as the Globe and Mail and BC Business and she was the recipient of the Small Business BC award for Best Community Impact.
Christina S.W. Kwok is a lawyer with Oyen Wiggs Green & Mutala LLP, a boutique firm practicing in the area of intellectual property law. Christina’s practice includes advising clients on all aspects of intellectual property law, with a particular emphasis on trademark filing and prosecution and patent prosecution in the areas of chemistry, biotechnology and mechanical devices.