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.

Christopher C. Scott

Christopher Scott is a lawyer with Oyen Wiggs Green & Mutala LLP, a boutique firm practicing in the area of intellectual property law.  Christopher advises clients on all aspects of intellectual property law, with a particular emphasis on patent drafting and prosecution involving computer science, mathematics, electronics, and mechanical devices.

Christopher Munroe

Chris Munroe practices in all areas of labour, employment and human rights law. He regularly advises both employees and employers on agreements, policies, employment standards, termination of employment and human rights issues. He also speaks and writes on a wide range of employment and labour law topics.  Chris has represented clients before the B.C. Provincial and Supreme courts, the Employment Standards Branch, and the Workers’ Compensation Appeal Tribunal.

Clare Hamilton-Eddy

Clare Hamilton-Eddy is the founder of Yulu PR. She is an experienced and passionate communications strategist, having spent the past 14 years working in various roles within the media, both in Canada and the UK. With a proven track record, Clare is not afraid to challenge the status quo to ensure clients get the best possible results. She has a great team spirit and a natural aptitude for leadership and exceptional client service.

Starting out as a print reporter in the UK, she soon moved into publishing and headed up an award-winning business magazine. Her ambition took her to London where she worked in a leading consumer PR agency on global brands including Nokia, Hello Kitty and Coca-Cola. Seeking a change of lifestyle, Clare ventured across the pond to settle in Vancouver where she became vice president at a top PR agency for over five years. Here, she worked on campaigns for a range of clients, from multi-national companies to local start-ups in a mix of industries including not-for-profit, retail, tech, finance, hospitality, healthcare and education.

Clare excels at strategic planning and counsel, project management, coaching, and issues and crisis management. She has a particular interest in the not-for-profit world and has run highly successful community-based campaigns across Canada.

She has been on the board of directors for the B.C. chapter of the American Marketing Association, Women in Communications & Technology, and she currently sits on a University of British Columbia advisory committee for its digital curriculum. She also volunteers regularly at Ronald McDonald House.

A little known fact about Clare: she has played violin in front of members of the royal family.

Cori Maedel

Cori is a Vancouver-based entrepreneur and owner of the Jouta Performance Group, an industry leader in outsourced HR consulting and coaching. With more than 30 years of human resources experience, Cori has worked with over 300 organizations. She specializes in translating the often overwhelming subject of HR into practical, realistic tools for business owners to implement; providing strategies and infrastructure to help them become more effective, productive and profitable.

Cristina Alabado

Cristina Alabado is a Regional Product Safety Officer with Health Canada. She graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Science. She has been with Health Canada since 2002. Cristina has worked extensively with small businesses as well as large corporations to help them understand legislative requirements with regards to consumer products.

Danison Buan

Danison Buan is a serial entrepreneur with passion that makes him driven by the quest for deeper purpose beyond the sheer mechanics of operating a business. He has the perseverance that able him to deal with obstacles. As an entrepreneur, he knows how to make the most of what he have. His assets as an entrepreneur maybe limited, but he use them to the fullest. And as an open minded entrepreneur, he listen and take in the opinions of others.

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 Louie

David Louie practices in all areas of workplace law, including human rights law, privacy and workplace health and safety. He assists employers with drafting, maintaining, and enforcing employment contracts, including restrictive covenants, and preparing, implementing, and monitoring workplace policies. Learn more about David and Roper Greyell at ropergreyell.com.

David Munro

David Munro is the Manager of Economic Development for the City of Coquitlam.  Prior to working for the City of Coquitlam, David was the Manager of Business Development with Chilliwack Economic Partners Corporation.  David has worked in various roles in the field of economic development for the past 12 years and previously worked in the non-profit sector for the Chilliwack Chamber of Commerce.  Over the past twenty years, David has had the opportunity to accumulate work experience in a variety of areas such as agriculture, forestry, technology, real estate, tourism and non-profit.  David has a Bachelor in Business Administration from the University of Fraser Valley and an MBA from the University of Guelph.  In his spare time, David enjoys spending time with his family, travelling and volunteering.

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 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.

Dawn McCooey

As a business advisor, Dawn 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. Dawn has owned a career consulting company for over 18 years, and has extensive experience working with corporations, small businesses and government.

Derek Gaw

Derek likes to make things, both virtual and physical. During the day he helps people make things at MakerLabs, and at night he dreams of all the wonderful things that could be made if only he had more time and tools.

Earlier in his career, Derek was a software developer who worked on creating new interfaces and improving web experiences. Somewhere along the way, he got distracted by laser cutters and has never looked back.

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.

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.

Elisa Murru

Elisa Murru is the WellnessFits Coordinator at the Canadian Cancer Society, BC and Yukon. Elisa is passionate about using her diverse background in health research, teaching and business to support small businesses in creating healthy and productive workplaces. Elisa holds a Master of Science in Kinesiology from McMaster University and has published research in the area of health and exercise psychology. Additionally, she holds an MBA from Simon Fraser University.

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.

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.

Fez Rismani

Fez Rismani is the Executive Director at Daily Delivery, a crowd-sourced delivery and logistics platform which he co-founded with his brother, Salar Rismani. Being passionate about building interconnected local communities, both brothers are strong advocates for access over ownership made possible by the sharing economy movement.

Similar to platforms like Uber for personal transportation, Daily Delivery connects local drivers to local businesses, enabling them to offer on-demand delivery service. Having had bootstrapped Daily in its early stages, Fez had the privilege of wearing many hats – doing sales, recruitment, marketing, product development and corporate planning.

Their success story has been covered by some of the well-known news outlets such as, Financial Post, Business In Vancouver and Yahoo Finance, and they recently made an appearance on CBC’s high profile program Dragon’s Den, resulting in handshakes with two of the ‘Dragons’.

Francois Deschenes

Francois Deschenes founded his first startup at age 14 and co-founded Meowbox with Olivia Canlas. He also has 18 years of experience as a software engineer, working in companies that include Vancouver’s Hootsuite. He is a transplanted Quebecer, but when he dreams it’s actually in programming languages – the mark of a true tech geek.

Gabrielle Loren

Gabrielle is the founding partner of Loren Nancke, one of the leading independent tax and accounting firms for small business in B.C. Her entrepreneurial spirit and commitment to client care are the cornerstones on which the firm has been built.

Gavin Sears

Gavin is a focused senior leader with extensive international major project contracting and procurement experience gained over 33 years and several continents. He is a Charted Quantity Surveyor specializing in heavy engineering and has a degree in Quantity Surveying and Economics from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland.

George Hemeon

A member of the Squamish Nation and an accomplished Salish carver, George is a Senior Manager with TransCanada’s Coastal GasLink Project where he leads Indigenous and local contracting and employment. Prior to joining TransCanada, he worked with BC Hydro, Natural Resources Canada (Ottawa) and Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (Halifax). George earned a Master of Public Administration Dalhousie University and completed a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of the Fraser Valley majoring in criminal justice and minoring in applied ethics and political philosophy.