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 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.
[Director 2014*] Jackie has more than 20 years of progressively complex leadership experience working in numerous public sector roles across the provincial government.
Joy Yip is a passionate fuel cell technology strategist, strategic partnership and supply leader, project manager and governance adviser who uses a business coach approach to solving problems.
She has over 20 years experience in the automotive fuel cell industry, in progressive roles ranging from PEM fuel cell stack development to stack & system integration, fuel cell vehicle application, strategic marketing, corporate strategy development, business negotiations, legal agreement development and management, strategic partnerships & supply development, IP licensing, strategic sourcing and coaching.
This unique and diverse experience and background combined with her strategic and analytical strengths, allows her to quickly identify relevant patterns and issues in any given scenario in order to offer the best solutions for clients.
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.
Lawrence Eade was promoted to CEO of Surrey-based Box Concepts Food Group in 2012 at age 29, after serving as the company’s CFO for five years. Since becoming a partner in 2006, Eade has helped expand the company from three to 70 store locations, and from 40 employees to more than 2,000.
Today, Box Concepts Food Group’s annual revenues are $55 million, and the company has projected it will grow to 100 locations by the end of 2019 with anticipated revenues of more than $65 million.
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.
Sasha Sandur is an entrepreneur, business owner and investor. She loves to help mentor new businesses owners and existing business owners that are looking to expand. Key areas of interest are sales strategies, employee attraction and retention. Helping owners to identify key working partnerships and finding resources that they might not otherwise have identified.
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.