Cristina Alabado is a Regional Product Safety Officer with Health Canada. She graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Science. She has been with Health Canada since 2002. Cristina has worked extensively with small businesses as well as large corporations to help them understand legislative requirements with regards to consumer products.
Danison Buan is a serial entrepreneur with passion that makes him driven by the quest for deeper purpose beyond the sheer mechanics of operating a business. He has the perseverance that able him to deal with obstacles. As an entrepreneur, he knows how to make the most of what he have. His assets as an entrepreneur maybe limited, but he use them to the fullest. And as an open minded entrepreneur, he listen and take in the opinions of others.
Dave's diverse background as an international business consultant and educator inspired him to cofound Vancouver Consultants.
David provides practical and client-focused service. David's patent practice includes biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, green technology, oil and gas, chemicals, mechanical devices, manufacturing processes, and garments.
David Louie practices in all areas of workplace law, including human rights law, privacy and workplace health and safety. He assists employers with drafting, maintaining, and enforcing employment contracts, including restrictive covenants, and preparing, implementing, and monitoring workplace policies. Learn more about David and Roper Greyell at ropergreyell.com.
David Munro is the Manager of Economic Development for the City of Coquitlam. Prior to working for the City of Coquitlam, David was the Manager of Business Development with Chilliwack Economic Partners Corporation. David has worked in various roles in the field of economic development for the past 12 years and previously worked in the non-profit sector for the Chilliwack Chamber of Commerce. Over the past twenty years, David has had the opportunity to accumulate work experience in a variety of areas such as agriculture, forestry, technology, real estate, tourism and non-profit. David has a Bachelor in Business Administration from the University of Fraser Valley and an MBA from the University of Guelph. In his spare time, David enjoys spending time with his family, travelling and volunteering.
David Xie holds MBA/Law degrees and has more than ten years of MNC corporate working experience with diverse responsibilities throughout general management, risk management, legal management, intellectual property, human resource and trade marketing across Consulting, Finance, Automobile, IT, Logistics and FMCG industries in North America and Asia. He also has hands-on entrepreneur experience by founding and running his own businesses.
David has a passion to leverage his expertise to help small or medium-sized enterprise owners or entrepreneurs to create and realize their value by providing a professional business intermediary consultancy. David serves as seminar presenter with Small Business BC, mentor with Business Immigrant Integration Support of S.U.C.C.E.S.S. and as facilitator with Self Employment Entrepreneur Development Society. David regularly writes at special column on Global Chinese Press and westca.com on business transaction.
David holds Certified Business Intermediary designation of the International Business Brokers Association to keep abreast with the leading knowledge and expertise of the industry and the Commercial Real Estate Trading Service License in British Columbia. Holding MBA (with concentration in Finance) from HEC-Montreal and PhD in International Law from China, David is bilingual in English and Mandarin.
Derek likes to make things, both virtual and physical. During the day he helps people make things at MakerLabs, and at night he dreams of all the wonderful things that could be made if only he had more time and tools.
Earlier in his career, Derek was a software developer who worked on creating new interfaces and improving web experiences. Somewhere along the way, he got distracted by laser cutters and has never looked back.
For over ten years now Dianne has been helping small business entrepreneurs keep their financial position up front and central in their business. As she says, "Financial Statements are the life blood of your business.
Dylan Hrycyshen is a start-up advisor and entrepreneur with a passion for technology, social enterprise and sustainable design. Dylan loves big ideas and the passion that fuels small business.
As a Business Advisor, Dylan uses his community development experience to foster the relationships that accelerate business skill training.
Elisa Murru is the WellnessFits Coordinator at the Canadian Cancer Society, BC and Yukon. Elisa is passionate about using her diverse background in health research, teaching and business to support small businesses in creating healthy and productive workplaces. Elisa holds a Master of Science in Kinesiology from McMaster University and has published research in the area of health and exercise psychology. Additionally, she holds an MBA from Simon Fraser University.
Fez Rismani is the Executive Director at Daily Delivery, a crowd-sourced delivery and logistics platform which he co-founded with his brother, Salar Rismani. Being passionate about building interconnected local communities, both brothers are strong advocates for access over ownership made possible by the sharing economy movement.
Similar to platforms like Uber for personal transportation, Daily Delivery connects local drivers to local businesses, enabling them to offer on-demand delivery service. Having had bootstrapped Daily in its early stages, Fez had the privilege of wearing many hats – doing sales, recruitment, marketing, product development and corporate planning.
Their success story has been covered by some of the well-known news outlets such as, Financial Post, Business In Vancouver and Yahoo Finance, and they recently made an appearance on CBC’s high profile program Dragon’s Den, resulting in handshakes with two of the ‘Dragons’.
Francois Deschenes founded his first startup at age 14 and co-founded Meowbox with Olivia Canlas. He also has 18 years of experience as a software engineer, working in companies that include Vancouver’s Hootsuite. He is a transplanted Quebecer, but when he dreams it’s actually in programming languages – the mark of a true tech geek.
Gabrielle is the founding partner of Loren Nancke & Company, CPAs an accounting firm with offices in North Vancouver and New Westminster, BC that is regularly recognized as a leading accounting firm for individuals and small businesses. Gabrielle has received numerous awards including Best Business Person by the North Shore Outlook Women of Excellence. She is often featured as a financial expert in the local and national media including Global TV, City TV, Financial Post, Vancouver Sun and Canadian Living magazine.
Gerry Spitzner is a business management consultant who works with retailers and suppliers on their business model/concept to create a competitive advantage. He draws from his experience as an executive in regional retail operations, multi-store ownership, as a supplier in the wholesale supply-chain and as consultant. His practical advice for leadership, management, marketing and business innovation creates clear and compelling value, clarity of purpose and long-term profitability.
Gordon Fraser is a Competition Law Officer with the Cartels and Deceptive Marketing Practices Branch in the Vancouver office of the Competition Bureau. Gordon is involved in investigations into alleged bid-rigging conspiracies, criminal cartels, and deceptive marketing. Gordon joined the Competition Bureau in 2008, and spent the first five years of his career working in the Mergers Directorate in the Bureau’s Gatineau headquarters. Gordon has a degree in economics from Queen’s University.
Helen Chandler is an Industry Specialist with the Young/ New Workers and Small Business Program at WorkSafeBC. Helen has been employed in the field of Occupational Health and Safety for over 20 years including working as the OHS Advisor for Vancouver General Hospital. She has a B.Sc in Kinesiology from the University of Waterloo and a Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety from BCIT.
Humaira is the Business Development Manager for BC and the Yukon at Futurpreneur Canada (formerly CYBF). This national non-profit is focused on fueling youth entrepreneurship via financing, mentorship and support tools to aspiring business owners aged 18-39. At Futurpreneur, Humaira works with start-up entrepreneurs to support them in the initial stages of their business, connects with mentors across sectors and collaborates with community partners to maintain a strong and connected entrepreneurial ecosystem in British Columbia.
Hussein Alibhai is responsible for leading a team of digital advertising consultants who on a day to day basis help small & medium sizes businesses facilitate the transformation from traditional advertising solutions into full multi-media campaigns. Hussein’s interest in digital marketing stems from his tenure at Simon Fraser University, where he majored in Marketing and realized this was his true passion.
Irene Bremsak has been with Health Canada since 2001. Currently, she advises on the Federal Regulatory Requirements for the importation of Health Products into Canada. As a Regional Compliance Officer, she has provided training on Medical Devices, Human and Veterinary Drugs and Natural Health Products to industry, the public and other government departments. She graduated with a Master of Science from the University of British Columbia.
Jason Apple is one for the co-founders of Gourmet Syndicate, the company that owns and operates two of Canada's most recognized mobile restaurant brands: Roaming Dragon and Vij's Railway Express.
Since launching in 2010, Jason has been instrumental in shaping street food policy through advocacy with the City of Vancouver, as a member of the Food Policy Council, and as a Board Member (currently President) of Street Food Vancouver Society. Jason has been recognized as a "Top Foodie Under 40" by Western Living Magazine, his food trucks have earned three Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards, as well as enRoute Magazine's "Best New Restaurant in Canada" People's Choice Award.
Currently, Jason is leading the charge as Gourmet Syndicate's strategy for expansion focuses on scaling the company's catering business.
Jason is a lawyer who advises businesses at all stages of development. His areas of practice include business startups, partnerships, corporations, contracts, commercial transactions, buying and selling of businesses...
Jayme Canotal is a Business Advisor at Small Business BC. She is the resident expert on all of the resources offered at Small Business BC, having coordinated many of the programs including the ‘Ask An Expert’ series as well as the daily seminars in the Education Centre. As a Business Advisor, she advises clients on their business start-ups, providing them with relevant information and directing them to useful resources.
Jeff Penner and his wife Amanda started Minimoc in 2013, making modern soft soled shoes for children and selling at Craft Fairs and Popups in the lower Mainland. In 2014 they moved the company to a warehouse and have expanded to include 15 employees. Minimoc can be found online, at various pop ups and markets year round, and in over 150 retailers across Canada and the United states.