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.
Christine has spent her career working with entrepreneurs, financing innovative companies, building financial firms and leading teams – all focused within the cleantech, sustainability and impact investing sectors. She currently leads Vancity’s impact investing, wealth management and community real estate portfolios, and previously lead the business banking group at Vancity. She is an advisor to various social enterprises, a lecturer on sustainability and finance, and a board member for both Small Business BC and Women’s Enterprise Centre.
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.
[Director 2014*] Jackie has more than 20 years of progressively complex leadership experience working in numerous public sector roles across the provincial government.
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 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.
Tara Landes is the founder and president of Bellrock Benchmarking Inc., a Vancouver-based management consulting firm. Bellrock helps business leaders solve their toughest problems. Permanently. She is also a highly sought after speaker. Tara earned an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business in 2000. Currently, she serves as a board member for Small Business BC and as a mentor for the Forum for Women Entrepreneurs.