Louise Fogharty is Vice President, Financing & Consulting for South Fraser Area at BDC. She is also the Executive Sponsor of the Bank’s Women Entrepreneurs’ initiative for the BC & North region.
Lynn is a Health Promotion Specialist, who’s been working on the Healthy Workplaces program as part of the Canadian Cancer Society since March 2020. She has a Masters in Public Health and an Undergraduate Degree in Biology and has been working in the Healthcare sector for the past 10 years.
Marc is the founder and CEO of Routific. Routific is a smart logistics platform that optimizes routes for last-mile delivery fleets, saving businesses up to 40% on time and fuel. Today, the power and efficiency of our proprietary algorithm combined with a stellar user experience makes Routific the best routing solution for the small and mid-tier market.
Marina Bertoldi is an entrepreneur at heart.
She holds a post-graduate degree in management, another in financial planning and she's currently finishing a Masters in Digital Media. After co-founding and managing three businesses in her native Brazil, Marina decided to change careers and move to Canada in pursuit of new opportunities. She has always been drawn to creative problems and people to want to make an impression in the world.
Marina's passions are entrepreneurship, business strategies and innovation.
Mark is a Market Research Analyst and has worked at Small Business BC for over 25 years. He specializes in helping clients with market research.
Originally from Quebec City, LCol Bedard joined the CAF as an RCEME Officer in 1983 and graduated from the Royal Military College of Kingston in 1988 with a Bachelor in Mechanical Engineering.
The first part of his career was focused on leading equipment maintenance organisations in Canada and abroad. Since 2010, most of his employment has been supporting in-service or acquisition program and integrated project management team at NDHQ Ottawa.
He has more than 8 years of experience working abroad with NATO nations. He is now embedded with the NATO Procurement and Support Organisation (NSPA) in Capellen, Luxembourg, which is the largest procurement agency within NATO. He is ready and motivated to assist Canadian industries getting the most of those NATO business opportunities.
Mary Charleson, is a marketing speaker, educator and strategist. She is the author of two books, Word of Mouth Mouse & Mobile and Five-Minute Marketing, each featuring tips for the time-starved business leader.
Melanie Rupp, MBA, is the Director, Loans & Advisory Services for Women’s Enterprise Centre (WEC), based in our Vancouver office. WEC is a non-profit organization devoted to helping BC women start, lead and grow their own businesses, providing business loans, skills training, mentoring, advice and resources from our three offices in Kelowna, Vancouver and Victoria.
Mhairi (pronounced va-ri)- is the Founder of Out-Smarts Marketing Inc. a boutique marketing consultancy that works with organizations to build their presence and grow their business online.
Passionate about social media and internet marketing, Mhairi blogs and podcasts regularly and puts her knowledge, resulting from almost two decades of online marketing experience, to good use to bridge the gap between technology and business.
Mhairi has presented seminars on social media and Internet marketing at Small Business BC since 2009.
Michèle Hamilton is the Managing Director of Think Local First, a membership-driven non-profit that supports local, independent businesses in Greater Victoria. The aim of the organization is to create awareness around the power we all have to support our community with our shopping dollars. We strive to encourage people to purchase products and services from local businesses so we can keep Greater Victoria a vibrant, economically healthy, sustainable community. We also provide support to our 200+ business members through our website, app, networking events, social media channels and co-op advertising opportunities.
Mike Gaba believes today’s entrepreneurs are the most innovative in Canada’s history and that their potential for success knows no bounds. As the Manager of Business Development at TruShield Insurance, Mike understands entrepreneurs and the risks that startups face. He enjoys providing simple insurance solutions for complex businesses and makes insurance easy to understand. Because TruShield is a specialty insurer for entrepreneurs, startups, and small to medium-sized businesses, Mike, and his team help business owners get the insurance they need at pricing they will not find anywhere else.
Natasha is a lawyer practicing labour and employment law with the Vancouver office of Mathews Dinsdale & Clark LLP. She advises employers on a wide range of workplace issues including employment standards, collective bargaining, occupational health and safety, and human rights.
Before entering law school, Natasha worked for several years as an epidemiologist and health researcher in the areas of women’s health, addictions, and housing. Natasha has lived in places all across Canada and has been happy to call Vancouver home for thirteen years.
At Futurpreneur, Nicola works with start-up entrepreneurs to support them in the initial stages of their business, connects with mentors across sectors and collaborates with community partners to build a strong entrepreneurial ecosystem in British Columbia.
Niki started her career in Sidney B.C. on the frontline as a teller where her passion for delivering exceptional Scotiabank customer experiences began. Niki has spent the last 24 years in the various roles throughout retail and small business including Advisor positions, Home Financing Advisor, Branch Manager roles at Broadway & Burrard, Whistler, Squamish & Fort St John, District Banking Manager, Small Business Development Manager and now Director of Bank at work where she brings financial Wellness to the workplace.
Oyen Wiggs Green & Mutala LLP is Western Canada's largest independent intellectual property law firm. We practice intellectual property law exclusively and deal with the full range of legal matters in this field, including patents, trademarks, copyrights, industrial designs, trade secrets, computer and Internet law, technology transfer and licensing, and related litigation.
Public Services and Procurement Canada was created in 2005 within Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC) to advocate on behalf of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in federal procurement
Puneet Jain has been working with small- and medium-sized organizations since 2010. He works at Vancity because he wants to build a better future through creating healthy organizations that contribute to a sustainable economy.
Puneet draws on extensive experience in banking and financial planning to find the best solution for each client. He's eager to discuss how he can leverage experience in all areas of the financial services industry -- retail lending, investments, compliance, financial planning and business services -- to help your organization.
Puneet is able to help new immigrants establish businesses in Canada with my bilingualism in English, Punjabi, and Hindi.
At Vancity, he is part of the Community Investment team as the microfinance program manager. In this role, he provides high quality and hands-on advice and support for micro-entrepreneurs, with a focus on micro-business that have high social, environmental and community impact.
Roni M. Jones is a lawyer with Oyen Wiggs Green & Mutala LLP, a boutique firm practicing in the area of intellectual property law. Roni’s practice includes advising clients on all aspects of intellectual property law, with a particular emphasis on patent prosecution in the fields of mechanical, industrial and electrical technologies.
Sasha obtained her M.Sc. in Audiology from UBC in 2000, and has worked as an audiologist at WorkSafeBC, specializing in noise and hearing loss prevention since then.
She is now the Occupational Audiologist in the Risk Analysis Unit where she strives to reduce or prevent noise-related health and safety effects. She also teaches future audiologists at UBC and sits on numerous noise and hearing-related technical committees with the Canadian Standards Association.
Simon Canning, Principal of Canning Consulting, has more than 25 years operational line experience with high-profile, global organizations and extensive international experience consulting to the telecommunications, travel, automotive and business sectors.
Simon is a Digital Marketing Educator with Small Business BC, where he helps entrepreneurs grow their businesses using the latest technology and marketing strategies available. Simon has a diverse range of experience working with businesses of all sizes, from startups to publicly traded companies. Simon enjoys this role as it allows him to merge several of his passions, including creative, technology, and education. Simon holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Simon Fraser University as well as a Web Development Certificate from Lighthouse Labs. Simon believes that applying what you learn is the best way to grow, which is the philosophy behind his hands-on Small Business BC Seminar - Creating Your First Business Website.
Simon is passionate about the power of the internet to empower small business, and has founded several online communities and businesses with the mission of increasing knowledge and opportunities for local communities. Simon is currently a Founder & Brand Strategist at Raize Digital, a web design studio in Vancouver, BC.
Stefan has worked in the world of professional video production since 2010. While he was born and raised in the Netherlands, he currently resides in Vancouver, BC where he helps business owners to tell their story through the power of video.
Stephanie A. Melnychuk is a lawyer with Oyen Wiggs Green & Mutala LLP, a boutique firm practicing in the area of intellectual property law. Stephanie assists clients with all aspects of identifying, protecting, and benefiting from their intellectual property, with a particular emphasis on prosecuting patent applications in the chemical, clean technologies, pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical device fields.