Arthur Mercer

Arthur Mercer has 25 years’ experience in areas of government, economic development as well as  business operations that include public  companies and private sector development.

Barry Hartman

Barry Hartman is the co-founder and CEO of 505-Junk, an award-winning junk removal and recycling business based in Richmond. 505-Junk is the first of its kind to build custom trucks equipped with scales, which allows truck teams to charge clients by exact weight.

505-Junk partners with local charities and recycling depots and has diverted millions of pounds of waste from landfills. The company is currently partnering with franchisees across Canada. Hartman serves on the Board of Directors for Small Business BC and frequently speaks at high schools and universities about youth leadership and entrepreneurship.

David McDougall

VICE CHAIR [2014*] David McDougall is founder and principal of Blenz Coffee in the interior region of BC, where he established the leading premium coffee franchise chain in Kamloops, Vernon, Kelowna, West Kelowna, and Penticton. He provides ongoing counsel and support to new entrepreneurs in their business establishment, access to capital, business management, market development, and financial and human resources management.

Jackie Hunter

[Director 2014*] Jackie has more than 20 years of progressively complex leadership experience working in numerous public sector roles across the provincial government.

Katie Reiach

CHAIR [2014*] Co-Founder of Vancouver PR firm Talk Shop Media, Katie is also a co-founder of the money mentorship organization Smart Cookies. With over a decade of experience in marketing communications, Katie brings a unique blend of experience gained working with some of Canada's Best Managed Companies.

Martin DesRosiers


Martin is the President and Partner at Nucleus Networks, an award-winning Managed IT Services Provider based in Vancouver. Its team of 50+ provides IT services to small and medium businesses across Canada. Martin is also the founder of Beachcomber Coffee which is based in Gibsons, BC on the Sunshine Coast. Martin is a student mentor at BCIT and at YELL Canada and is the founder of Tech for Kids, a program run through Nucleus whereby computers are donated to lower mainland elementary schools.

Tammy Schulz

Tammy Schulz is the Director General of Operations at Western Economic Diversification Canada. She is a Public Service Executive with a unique and outstanding combination of experience in program delivery, communications, strategic planning and change management. A confident and credible manager with demonstrated leadership and team-building skills who is committed to achieving optimal results with a focus on partnership and collaboration.