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.
Jenna Herbut is the Co-Founder of Make It, which is a biannual craft fair that happens in Vancouver and Edmonton. Since 2008, the show has grown from 30 exhibitors to over 250, and attracted over 50,000 customers in 2015. She writes weekly articles on her blog jennaherbut.com, and has an online interview show called #MakeItTV.
Jennifer is an associate lawyer at Oyen Wiggs Green & Mutala LLP, where she assists clients with identifying and protecting their intellectual property rights.
Jenny started Oollo Tea in 2014 that focuses on Taiwanese farm direct teas. The company offers quality Taiwanese oolongs and also makes bottled cold brew teas at her kitchen in East Vancouver. She has participated in pop up markets, festival markets, individual farmer's markets and also collaborated with local artists and makers to create West End General Store Popup.
Jessica Bilmer is one of three co-founders of ElleBox, a monthly subscription box service catered to your period. She is a recent graduate of Kinesiology at UBC. She plays in a competitive women's soccer league and is her happiest on top of a mountain.
Jill Smith is the owner of Bees Wax Works on Salt Spring Island, British Columbia. She is an accomplished artisan making beautiful, fragrant hand-dipped candles and is growing her business with customers and retailers throughout BC, Alberta, Ontario and the Yukon.
John is a graduate of Saint Mary's University, Bachelor of Commerce, Corporate Finance and has 10 years of experience with the federal government in four departments.
Julie Menten practices in all areas of employment, labour, human rights and privacy law at Roper Greyell LLP. Supported by her extensive experience in the mental health field, Julie has particular experience working with employers to address complex issues related to workplace bullying and harassment issues, mental and physical disability accommodations including addictions return to work and human rights issues.
Karen Curtis is the owner of KICS Gourmet Products. 16 years ago, as KICS Lemonade, Karen and her Mum decided to try selling her Granny’s lemonade syrup at the Coquitlam Farmers’ Market. That first year, Karen made enough money to buy a portable dishwasher! More importantly however, Karen took the first steps toward fulfilling a dream. As a lifelong foodie, Karen has always been passionate about sharing good food with people. KICS has since branched out and grown into a small business that can be found at numerous markets throughout the Lower Mainland. The product line has grown too. It now includes 6 flavours of lemonade syrup, as well as a line of preserves and dressings, all citrus based and using ingredients from other market vendors. KICS wholesales and retails their products as well. Karen is deeply connected to the local food economy. She is a past board member of the Small Scale Food Processors Association and the Coquitlam Farmer’s Market. She also writes a monthly market column in the Tri-City News and teaches cooking classes. KICS has been through most aspects of the food business, from starting out in a home kitchen all the way up to utilizing a co-packer. KICS has also been listed with 2 grocery chains and several smaller retail outlets.
Kim Hall's vision is to create "accessible physiotherapy for all". After establishing her career at Vancouver Coastal Health and gaining extensive experience in acute care, orthopedics and stroke recovery, Kim recognized the gap in the provision of in-home, private rehabilitation services. Since starting Physio2U in 2012, Kim has developed her business acumen, leadership and entrepreneur skills. She now leads an outstanding team of Registered Physical Therapists that aim to empower lives.
Kim is an active member of the Physiotherapy Association of BC, Canadian Physiotherapy Association Leadership Division and the Arthritis Health Professions Association. She also is a new member on the Board of Directors of the College of Physical Therapists of BC.
Kyra Hudson is a mediator, lawyer, trainer, workplace investigator and conflict coach. Kyra works in private practice with a focus on workplace dispute resolution. Kyra has been involved in the resolution of 100’s of conflicts in both the public and private sector; and in unionized and non-unionized workplaces. She is a confident and optimistic leader who works with clients to develop a practical and meaningful process to successfully manage and resolve conflict. Kyra is a member of Mediate BC’s Civil Roster and graduated with a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Human Kinetics from the University of British Columbia.
Lana Lepper is a self-taught artist and designer based originally from Kelowna, British Columbia. After graduating, she began her creating with LanaBetty and is now living and designing in Vancouver, BC. Geometric Desires is a modern jewelry line uniting evolution and passion, combining beautiful materials and beautiful design. LanaBetty uses traditional jewelry making and the relatively new technique of 3D printing to create complex shapes and angular lines, balancing universal inspiration with on trend style.
As the Business Planning and International Trade Advisor, Laura holds an MBA as well as a Master in International Marketing. She has worked for a broad range of business from international corporations to financial services and not-for-profits; she has also developed and grown her own business. Laura has advised over 300 entrepreneurs from varied industry backgrounds and has been an instructor in Entrepreneurship, Marketing and Management.
Laura Bergstrom is an Occupational Therapist for the Neil Squire Society. She received her undergraduate degree from Simon Fraser University in the Faculty of Health Sciences in 2009 and attained a Master’s of Science in Occupational Therapy from the University of Alberta in 2013. Since then, Laura has gained significant experience with both at risk and general populations.
Laura Dale is the WellnessFits Coordinator at the Canadian Cancer Society, BC and Yukon. Laura has a strong healthcare background with research interests in chronic disease prevention. Laura holds a Master of Science in Public Health from The University of British Columbia, and a Bachelors of Health from Queen’s University. Laura is passionate about practicing what she preaches about workplace health; she enjoys working at her standing desk and can be often found exercising at lunch.
Leanne Harder, RSW, MSW, M. Ad. Ed. has been mediating since 2002. Her experience includes working with families, businesses, and individuals to resolve conflict productively. She is on the Civil and Family Rosters of MediateBC. From 2005 - 2015, she was an active member of the Small Claims Mediation program run through MediateBC. Leanne loves supporting businesses to increase their productivity through effective conflict management and collaborative relationships.
Leslie Rose is Senior Legal Counsel in the Corporate Finance Division of the British Columbia Securities Commission. In the 15 years she has worked at the Commission, she has participated in many policy projects, particularly concerning capital raising exemptions, continuous disclosure obligations for venture issuers, and take-over bid requirements. She is the Chair of the CSA Prospectus Exemptions Committee. Leslie was called to the BC Bar in 1995.
A leading North American provider of customs brokerage and trade compliance services, Livingston International also offers trade consulting, global trade management and international freight forwarding solutions. With 3,200 employees at more than 125 locations around the world including a dedicated small business service team, Livingston helps clients of all sizes manage their supply chain needs from end-to-end.
Lucas is the founder of Level Up Living an organization that was inspired from evaluating his own life, identifying areas he wanted to change and taking action. Lucas says some of the changes were simple, while others were more challenging.
Mandy Gill is the Founder of MGM Fitness and MGM Fit Foods, athlete, TV personality and advocate of everything health related. After overcoming anorexia in her late teens, she fell in love with fitness in 2007, and from this, her passion of living life to the fullest was born.
Determined to share her experience of how life changing and beneficial healthy living can be, she’s appeared as a fitness segment host over 90 times on CTV Morning Live, graced magazine covers across North America and enjoys every minute of time spent with her two dogs, Mylo and Chance, family and friends.
Marilouise Muller is a recognized Business Transformation Specialist with over a decade of experience delivering exceptional results for leading global organizations. She has led business critical transformation projects worldwide with multinational organizations from New York to Japan. Marilouise is founder and principal of Vancouver-based management consulting firm, Propel Solutions Ltd. (www.propels.ca) and PropelU Academy (www.propelu.ca).
Mark is a Market Research Analyst and has worked at Small Business BC for over 10 years. He specializes in helping clients with market research.
Mary Charleson is a marketing educator, speaker and strategist. She is president of Charleson Communications, a marketing consulting company she founded in 1991, and Five Minute Marketing, a wealth of marketing education resources.