Chartered Professional Accountants of British Columbia

Chartered Professional Accountants of British Columbia (CPABC) is one of the largest professional organizations in the province. It represents over 32,000 CPA members and almost 6,500 legacy and CPA students and candidates. CPABC is responsible for the training and certification of CPA students, the regulation and professional development of its members, and the protection of the public through ethical standards.|Chartered Professional Accountants of British Columbia (CPABC) is one of the largest professional organizations in the province. It represents over 32,000 CPA members and almost 6,500 legacy and CPA students and candidates. CPABC is responsible for the training and certification of CPA students, the regulation and professional development of its members, and the protection of the public through ethical standards.|Chartered Professional Accountants of British Columbia (CPABC) is one of the largest professional organizations in the province. It represents over 32,000 CPA members and almost 6,500 legacy and CPA students and candidates. CPABC is responsible for the training and certification of CPA students, the regulation and professional development of its members, and the protection of the public through ethical standards.

Cheryl Farmer

Cheryl Farmer is a Senior Business Advisor at Women’s Enterprise Centre, a non-profit organization devoted to helping BC women start, lead and grow their own businesses. Women's Enterprise Centre provides business loans, skills training, mentoring, advice and resources from our three offices in Kelowna, Vancouver and Victoria.

Cheryl works directly with women business owners to provide one-on-one complimentary business guidance. She reviews and provides feedback on business plans, evaluates loan applications, and provides support to current loan clients. She holds a Master’s degree from the University of Calgary in Learning in the Workplace and previously taught business at the college level.

Cheryl enjoys working with new business owners.  “The path to success can be challenging and I really enjoy providing the guidance to propel women business owners closer to their goals.”

Chris Legler

Chris Legler is the CEO and founder of Axios Growth Consultancy, a firm dedicated to optimizing client businesses. Chris is a growth-oriented leader who defines and implements strategic plans. His experience includes 20 years as a senior executive and over 10 years as a management consultant. As the former owner and operator of a wholesale coffee roasting company in Marin County, California, Chris truly understands the needs of the small business owner and strategies that can achieve success.

Christina Nikiforuk

The principal of Liberate Leadership Coaching & Consulting, Christina Nikiforuk is an ICF certified professional leadership coach, trainer, and facilitator with a passion for inspiring people to discover and optimize their potential.

A seasoned Human Resources with over twenty years of experience, Christina works with businesses to support their leadership development needs.  She sees self-development as a lifelong journey and strives to create motivating and fun learning environments. Her expertise lies in the areas of enhanced self-awareness, communication skills, interpersonal and team effectiveness, values discovery, authentic leadership, life balance, resilience, and renewal.

Christina S.W. Kwok

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

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.

Dan Sutton

Dan Sutton is the Founder and CEO of Tantalus Labs, British Columbia’s largest licensed producer of regulated cannabis. Tantalus Labs believes in sun-grown cannabis, and are wholly owned and operated in British Columbia.

Dan’s 2015 TedXVancouver presentation furthered awareness around the environmental advantages of sun-grown cannabis. He was placed on the “40 Under 40 list” by Marijuana Ventures Magazine in 2016. Dan was also nominated for the Innovator of the Year Award at the Canadian Cannabis Awards in 2017.

His career in business development and finance spans innovative industries from nuclear fuel to high field magnetics. In 2012 he founded Tantalus Labs, a company focused on applying advanced agricultural techniques to cannabis production. He and his team of biologists, agricultural scientists, and engineers designed and built North America’s first cannabis-tailored closed-system greenhouse.

The Tantalus Labs prototype facility, SunLab, enables federally licensed sun-grown cannabis cultivation while maintaining the environmental control of a laboratory. SunLab reduces the energy demand for cannabis production by up to 90%, substantially lowering both production costs and environmental footprint.

Dan holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Victoria.

Dana Gordon

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.

Darryl Davis

Residing in West Vancouver, BC, Darryl Davis is a senior business advisor with Cultivate Advisors, a company focused on supporting the growth and scale of small and medium sized businesses. Before Cultivate, Darryl led strategy and operations as a Chief Operating Officer for 3 large organizations, and before that built 5 successful businesses with 3 successful exits over a period of 20+ years. He graduated with a commerce degree from the University of Alberta.

Dave Schulte

Dave's diverse background as an international business consultant and educator inspired him to cofound Vancouver Consultants.

David H. Takagawa

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

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 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 Mueller

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.

Digital Main Street

Digital Main Street is a program and service that helps main street businesses achieve digital transformation. The program is built around an online learning platform, structured training programs, and their Digital Service Squad, a team of highly trained recent graduates who help main street businesses grow and manage their business through the adoption of digital tools and technology.

Dylan Hrycyshen

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.

Eddie Abbey

Eddie Abbey is a Business Development Representative at Uniserve Communications.  He works with a number of Uniserve's accounts, across a broad range of industries and specialties’, to provide support, consultation, and management of their I.T. services.  He specializes in providing Unified Communication solutions which give businesses access to essential communication needs such as phones, video conferencing, online chat, and remote capabilities. Eddie also consults and provides tailored solutions for businesses looking for I.T. managed services, hosted solutions, network/infrastructure gear, business-grade internet/connectivity, and office devices and hardware.

Elise Kobylanski

Elise Kobylanski is a Registered Nurse and certified Occupational Health Nurse with 20 years' experience specializing in public and private sector disability management. Starting her WorkSafeBC career in 2006, Elise has progressed through several areas of the organization including Special Care Services, Claims, and the new Employer Return to Work Programs. Over the last five years, she has collaborated with employers throughout the province to improve their return to work outcomes by implementing disability management and prevention best practices. Elise has shared her expertise on Return to Work best practices and programs at conferences and other engagements for the BC Municipal Safety Association, Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters, the BC Maritime Employers Association, and the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering.


Elva Xu

Elva has a decade of experience as a food scientist, specializing in research and development within the nutraceutical and food industries. She has successfully formulated over 50 products and brought them to the market. She brings a wide range of knowledge in product development, regulatory compliance and quality assurance to the cannabis industry.

Currently, Elva is the CEO and co-founder of Nibbler Technology, a successful licensing consultancy that aids clients in the procurement of federal and provincial licenses to operate within the cannabis space, regulatory compliance, and health and hazard prevention planning. Nibbler is also a holder of a cannabis research license, primarily focused on the product development of edibles.

Emily Kerr

[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.

Employers’ Advisers Office

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.

Erika Doehring

Erika Doehring is a proud Gwich’in granddaughter and is constantly on a journey of discovering her culture and connecting to her story. She has always danced to her own drum and resisted conformity by following her heart. This is something that she brings to her style of coaching and facilitation, using authentic understanding to foster meaningful connections in a variety of spaces.

Erika lives life unabashedly by listening to her heart. She was never one to conform, from performing spoken word to starting her own businesses; from living in many countries to painting in the prairies - Erika has uncompromisingly walked her path and followed her calling.

Throughout her entrepreneurial endeavors, Erika has worked over 10 years as a freelance sales person, writer, marketer and artist. She has been practicing Reiki and meditation for over twenty years. She has studied Fine Art, philosophy and marketing. She is currently studying for her EMBA in Indigenous Business Leadership at SFU.

SPECIALTIES: Art, Colour, Branding, Marketing, Self-Reliance, Reiki, Meditation, Facilitation, Utilizing Art for Self-Discovery, Mindfulness, Crisis Intervention

Ernest Bednarz

Ernest has grown up on the West Coast of Canada ever since he was ten when he arrived in Canada from Austria where he lived for a number of years after being born in Poland. Ernest is Chartered Business Valuator, speaks two languages, and holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Royal Roads University in Entrepreneurial Management.

Ernest has a passion for business and entrepreneurship, doing deals, has always driven Ernest to get involved in early-stage business ventures during his early career.  With a diverse and vast business background and demands of a young family, Ernest now works with established business owners, aspiring entrepreneurs, and their professional advisors in the field of Business Valuation and litigation support.  Ernest values companies of all shapes and sizes across all industries, whether it is for tax planning, a sale or purchase, or a legal matter, Ernest’s valuation reports have been used to support business values with the Canada Revenue Agency, the Courts, and the major lenders.

Ernest loves the great outdoors of BC and the sandy beaches of the Caribbean; surfing, skiing, and boating are among the top of the leisure list.  Ernest is always looking forward to meeting new business owners, discover their stories, and help with determining and growing the value of their businesses.