Albert Tsou is a Border Integrity Compliance Officer with the Border Centre West of Health Canada. Albert is involved in regulatory compliance enforcement and verification of health products at the border. Albert joined Health Canada in 2012. and started his career at the Inspectorate Program of Health Canada. He has a degree in science from Simon Fraser University.
Allison Boulton has her own international consulting firm, and is the Program Manager of the Export Navigator Program.
After living in China and the Middle East for three years, Allison returned to Vancouver to work as an International Trade Advisor with Small Business BC, and started her own firm assisting entrepreneurs grow globally. While abroad, she completed her MBA and worked as the China Director of Marketing and Trade Sales with an importer and distributor of North American beverages. Prior to moving overseas, Allison was the Director of Operations for a boutique Canadian winery with exports to over 20 countries.
Her enthusiasm for travel and for understanding how people live around the world has led her to explore over 30 countries. She uses this experience to help clients understand, not only the regulations of international trade, but also the country's cultural differences that are so vital for businesses looking to succeed in the global marketplace.
Ami Sanyal’s mission is to enable people to succeed at the work that matters to them. He does that by connecting others to game-changing ideas, resources and people. As co-founder and director at The Uncommoner’s Club, Ami helps small businesses approach social media strategically. In 2016 The Uncommoner’s Club launched Fresh-Share: an Instagram marketing tool that helps B2C businesses win customers without wasting time. The agency has helped local clients reach millions of prospects and generate hundreds of thousands of dollars in new business.
Amin Yazdani is a software architect and the director of technology of A.Y. Technologies Inc. Amin has more than 15 years of experience in software development and has helped many startups grow to their true potential using software systems. He is an expert on helping startups find the right markets to approach and solve the right problems for their customers.
Andress Lee, Regional Product Safety Officer at Health Canada, has been working in various positions at different departments within the federal government for over 10 years. She started at the meat hygiene program of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) as an inspector. In 2007, she worked at the fish import program with the CFIA as an inspector conducting audits and inspecting importations of fish and seafood products. In 2013, she worked at the shellfish program with the CFIA as a specialist monitoring the marine bio-toxin program and providing recommendations on the opening and closure of the shellfish harvest sites along the pacific coastline. In 2016, she joined the consumer product safety program at Health Canada as an officer researching, assessing and collaborating in the management of the health risks and safety hazards associated with many consumer products, that Canadians use daily. She has worked with businesses to help them understanding legislative requirements.
Andress received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of British Columbia. After graduating, she worked in multiple food manufacturing facilities starting from a quality control technician to a quality assurance manager for over 5 years before joining the federal government.
Ashley “WriterGal” Doan is a content copywriter, public speaker, published author, and online marketing consultant. Through her business, WriterGal Marketing Services, she shows entrepreneurs how to make content marketing easy, profitable, and fun so it helps to grow their business. Her specialties include writing SEO web content, blog articles, and social media posts.
Ashley Teister has been with WorkSafeBC for 5 years and started as an Occupational Safety Officer in the construction industry. She is currently the Supervisor for Prevention Field Services for the asbestos team. Prior to joining WorkSafeBC, she was in the rebar industry.
Bill Erichson is a noted business trainer, consultant and business planner. He has over thirty years of experience helping small and medium sized business owners grow and develop their businesses. Bill's approach blends the development of the Marketing, Operational, Financial, and Human Resource aspects of the business. Unlike the 'specialist' approach of many business advisors, Bill determines the next strategic direction required for the development of the business and plans around the Key Business Sector as developed through a detailed business diagnosis.
Brian E. Rudy (B.Sc. McGill 1989, LL.B. UBC 1994) is a founding partner of Synergy Business Lawyers LLP. He is an experienced corporate lawyer who practices corporate commercial law, with a focus on privately-held corporations and entrepreneurs.
Bridget Field is the Client Services Manager at Small Business BC. A graduate of the UBC Sales and Marketing Management Executives Program, she has over 20 years’ experience in retail management, sales and marketing. Bridget shares her expertise with clients at Small Business BC as well as teaching business courses for local community colleges.
Caitey Gilchrist is an award-winning entrepreneur, speaker and creative for life. As the founder of a successful brand strategy business, Caitey has built kick-ass brands for a wide range of companies and entrepreneurs, including coaches, marketers, financial advisors and more. With clients raving about her thoughtfulness and breadth of knowledge, Caitey is passionate about helping businesses and individuals uncover their authentic brand identities. She is dedicated to connecting human beings to their purpose, power and people, and empowers entrepreneurs to use their core message to create freedom in their lives and businesses.
With 25+ years of experience as a successful entrepreneur and business consultant helping entrepreneurs succeed, she teaches entrepreneurs to let go of limiting beliefs and give themselves permission to “Stand Up & Stand Out” to have the success they dream of. Cathy is recognized across Canada for her in-house and public seminars on “All Things Small Biz”. Named one of the Top Ten Mentors in Canada, Cathy is the Business Development Strategist of The Connected Woman Association, Author of “Are You a Collector or a Connector?”; “I’m on the Phone!”; and the internationally known “Daily Espressos”
Christina S.W. Kwok is a lawyer with Oyen Wiggs Green & Mutala LLP, a boutique firm practicing in the area of intellectual property law. Christina’s practice includes advising clients on all aspects of intellectual property law, with a particular emphasis on trademark filing and prosecution and patent prosecution in the areas of chemistry, biotechnology and mechanical devices.
Christina Stewart, CPHR, Builds Powerful Teams. As Managing Partner of Praxis Performance Group Christina finds HR solutions for her clients in the areas of recruitment, learning & development and team performance. She has extensive HR experience in non-profit and in financial services. As a Certified Myers Briggs Facilitator, Christina is passionate about creating connections and bringing out the cooperative intellect within a team.
Christina lives on the Sunshine Coast with her amazing husband and three young children. Her passions include sustainable living, providing time and energy to her community and curling up with a good book. She is an engaging public speaker and a consummate client service professional.
Dana was called to the British Columbia bar in 2005, and began practicing litigation in a boutique firm, handling cases for commercial clients from varying industries. She then worked in-house at the British Columbia Medical Association, where she was responsible for negotiating and drafting contracts with the provincial government.
Dana was inspired to establish Benchmark Law after several friends and colleagues with small businesses came to her for advice. Knowing that many small businesses lack the ability to afford the typical high cost of retaining a lawyer, she set out to create a firm that provides high quality legal advice without excessive costs.
When not in the office, Dana spends time with her three children and…well, there’s not much time for anything else!
Dana is committed to ensuring that the firm provides exceptional service, and she works closely with clients to develop long-standing relationships.
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 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.
Dianne is a Certified Professional Bookkeeper (CPB), Advisory Business Consultant and Accounting Software Trainer. Over the past 25 years she has earned a reputation for helping entrepreneurs keep their financial position up-front and central to their business. Dianne and her company Soma Small Business Solutions is the glue that sticks entrepreneurs to their growth strategies. Through regular seminars at Small Business BC she helps new entrepreneurs during their start-up stage.
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.
[Treasurer *2019] Emily is Vice President, Business Banking at Bank of Montreal where she leads a team of Relationship Managers dedicated to serving the small business sector across the Greater Vancouver area. Emily is an entrepreneurial, visionary leader known for consistently delivering an exceptional client experience and business results through a team of highly motivated professionals.
Prior to joining BMO, Emily held both client-facing and leadership roles with RBC’s Commercial Financial Services team. Her experience spans pharmaceuticals, consumer packaged goods, and financial services.
Outside of her work in the financial services industry, Emily has gained first-hand entrepreneurial experience as co-owner of two large-scale residential heritage home re-development projects in the City of Vancouver. On both of these “side hustles”, Emily was responsible for managing the financial aspects of the projects, sourcing construction materials, and managing sub-trades. Both projects were completed successfully under development permits and were later sold at a capital gain.
Concurrent with her volunteer board position at Small Business BC, Emily also volunteers as Director, Major Events role with Association of Women in Finance. She holds a Master of Business Administration from Queen’s University and Bachelor of Business Administration from Simon Fraser University. Outside of work, Emily enjoys golf, yoga, and music.
The Employers' Advisers Office is a brand of the Ministry of Labour. It was created under the Workers Compensation Act to provide advice and assistance to employers in British Columbia regarding claims, health and safety and assessments (premiums).
In addition to their client services, The Employers' Advisers Office consults with WorkSafeBC officials from the employer's perspective. They make recommendations to the policy departments, executive, and Board of Directors for the betterment of the workers' compensation system overall.
Gina Vahlas has been an ergonomist/human factors specialist for more than twenty years, as a consultant and working as in-house at the University of British Columbia before joining WorkSafeBC twelve years ago.
Gisele Forge is the Founder and Creative Director of Workshop Creative(formerly Blank Canvas Design Co.), a creative consultancy offering branding, graphic design and custom website design for businesses since 2013.
Gisele is an accidental entrepreneur, having left the corporate life to become a digital nomad, and now leading a team of talented designers at a studio in Gastown. She lives and breathes business and loves supporting other entrepreneurs in defining their brands and launching successfully. She loves connecting with serial entrepreneurs, self-proclaimed workaholics and people who are creating something awesome.
For a complimentary consultation on how Gisele’s team can support your business, or simply to talk about business and making things happen(!), please connect via her website at www.workshopcreative.ca