Kalle Sveder

As the Regional Manager for Western Canada at Salesforce, Kalle Sveder helps small businesses grow by developing strategy, processes and implementing best in class technology. Before Salesforce, Kalle co-founded Vancouver based music-tech startup, SKIO Music. As the Chief Operating Officer at SKIO Music, Kalle was responsible for product-market fit, sales and marketing strategy, business development and general business operations.

Karen Curtis

Karen Curtis is the owner of KICS Gourmet Products. 16 years ago, as KICS Lemonade, Karen and her Mum decided to try selling her Granny’s lemonade syrup at the Coquitlam Farmers’ Market. That first year, Karen made enough money to buy a portable dishwasher! More importantly however, Karen took the first steps toward fulfilling a dream. As a lifelong foodie, Karen has always been passionate about sharing good food with people. KICS has since branched out and grown into a small business that can be found at numerous markets throughout the Lower Mainland. The product line has grown too. It now includes 6 flavours of lemonade syrup, as well as a line of preserves and dressings, all citrus based and using ingredients from other market vendors. KICS wholesales and retails their products as well. Karen is deeply connected to the local food economy. She is a past board member of the Small Scale Food Processors Association and the Coquitlam Farmer’s Market. She also writes a monthly market column in the Tri-City News and teaches cooking classes. KICS has been through most aspects of the food business, from starting out in a home kitchen all the way up to utilizing a co-packer. KICS has also been listed with 2 grocery chains and several smaller retail outlets.

Kim Hall

Kim Hall's vision is to create "accessible physiotherapy for all". After establishing her career at Vancouver Coastal Health and gaining extensive experience in acute care, orthopedics and stroke recovery, Kim recognized the gap in the provision of in-home, private rehabilitation services. Since starting Physio2U in 2012, Kim has developed her business acumen, leadership and entrepreneur skills. She now leads an outstanding team of Registered Physical Therapists that aim to empower lives.

Kim is an active member of the Physiotherapy Association of BC, Canadian Physiotherapy Association Leadership Division and the Arthritis Health Professions Association. She also is a new member on the Board of Directors of the College of Physical Therapists of BC.

Kyra Hudson

Kyra Hudson is a mediator, lawyer, trainer, workplace investigator and conflict coach.  Kyra works in private practice with a focus on workplace dispute resolution.  Kyra has been involved in the resolution of 100’s of conflicts in both the public and private sector; and in unionized and non-unionized workplaces.  She is a confident and optimistic leader who works with clients to develop a practical and meaningful process to successfully manage and resolve conflict.  Kyra is a member of Mediate BC’s Civil Roster and graduated with a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Human Kinetics from the University of British Columbia.

Lana Lepper

Lana Lepper is a self-taught artist and designer based originally from Kelowna, British Columbia. After graduating, she began her creating with LanaBetty and is now living and designing in Vancouver, BC. Geometric Desires is a modern jewelry line uniting evolution and passion, combining beautiful materials and beautiful design. LanaBetty uses traditional jewelry making and the relatively new technique of 3D printing to create complex shapes and angular lines, balancing universal inspiration with on trend style.

Laura Aveledo

Laura Aveledo is the Business Planning and International Trade Advisor. Laura takes her clients on a “business planning journey” which includes research, evaluation and development of business strategies and defining actions to encourage business growth.

Laura Bergstrom

Laura Bergstrom is an Occupational Therapist for the Neil Squire Society. She received her undergraduate degree from Simon Fraser University in the Faculty of Health Sciences in 2009 and attained a Master’s of Science in Occupational Therapy from the University of Alberta in 2013. Since then, Laura has gained significant experience with both at risk and general populations.

Laura Dale

Laura Dale is the WellnessFits Coordinator at the Canadian Cancer Society, BC and Yukon. Laura has a strong healthcare background with research interests in chronic disease prevention. Laura holds a Master of Science in Public Health from The University of British Columbia, and a Bachelors of Health from Queen’s University. Laura is passionate about practicing what she preaches about workplace health; she enjoys working at her standing desk and can be often found exercising at lunch.

Leanne Harder

Leanne Harder, RSW, MSW, M. Ad. Ed. has been mediating since 2002. Her experience includes working with families, businesses, and individuals to resolve conflict productively. She is on the Civil and Family Rosters of MediateBC. From 2005 - 2015, she was an active member of the Small Claims Mediation program run through MediateBC. Leanne loves supporting businesses to increase their productivity through effective conflict management and collaborative relationships.

Leslye Sanguino CITP®|FIBP®

Leslye Sanguino is one of the International Trade Advisors at Small Business BC. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration specializing in international business and economics, and the elite CITP®|FIBP® designation .
From working as a Senior Trade Officer at the CBSA and Trade Commissioner Assistant for Global Affairs Canada, to working for a start-up medical equipment exporter, Leslye recognizes the challenges that small businesses face while exploring opportunities outside Canada and hopes to work with small business to help mitigate these challenges and convert them in opportunities.

Leslye Sanguino CITP®|FIBP®

Leslye Sanguino is one of the International Trade Advisors at Small Business BC. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration specializing in international business and economics, and the elite CITP®|FIBP® designation .

From working as a Senior Trade Officer at the CBSA and Trade Commissioner Assistant for Global Affairs Canada, to working for a start-up medical equipment exporter, Leslye recognizes the challenges that small businesses face while exploring opportunities outside Canada and hopes to work with small business to help mitigate these challenges and convert them in opportunities.

Lisa Benini

Lisa Benini is a practitioner in Business Continuity, Risk Management and Emergency Management since 1991. She is certified as Master Business Continuity Professional from DRI International and she holds an Emergency Management Certificate from JIBC.  Lisa is a certified instructor for DRI Canada since 2002.  She has her own consulting company since 2000 and has worked with both public and private sectors mainly in BC.

Lisa’s major achievements were developing the Business Continuity Management Program for the BC Government in the early 2000s.

She is actively involved communities across BC by providing workshops to special interest groups, local government and associations.

Livingston International

A leading North American provider of customs brokerage and trade compliance services, Livingston International also offers trade consulting, global trade management and international freight forwarding solutions. With 3,200 employees at more than 125 locations around the world including a dedicated small business service team, Livingston helps clients of all sizes manage their supply chain needs from end-to-end.

Lucas Mattiello

Lucas is the founder of Level Up Living an organization that was inspired from evaluating his own life, identifying areas he wanted to change and taking action. Lucas says some of the changes were simple, while others were more challenging.

Mandy Gill

Mandy Gill is the Founder of MGM Fitness and MGM Fit Foods, athlete, TV personality and advocate of everything health related. After overcoming anorexia in her late teens, she fell in love with fitness in 2007, and from this, her passion of living life to the fullest was born.

Determined to share her experience of how life changing and beneficial healthy living can be, she’s appeared as a fitness segment host over 90 times on CTV Morning Live, graced magazine covers across North America and enjoys every minute of time spent with her two dogs, Mylo and Chance, family and friends.

Marilouise Muller

Marilouise Muller is a recognized Business Transformation Specialist with over a decade of experience delivering exceptional results for leading global organizations. She has led business critical transformation projects worldwide with multinational organizations from New York to Japan. Marilouise is founder and principal of Vancouver-based management consulting firm, Propel Solutions Ltd. (www.propels.ca) and PropelU Academy (www.propelu.ca).

Mark Eversfield

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.

Martin Bedard

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

Mary Charleson is a marketing educator, speaker and strategist. She is president of Charleson Communications, a marketing consulting company she founded in 1991, and Five Minute Marketing, a wealth of marketing education resources.

Matthew M. Larsen

Matthew M. Larsen practices in all areas of employment and labour law, including human rights and privacy. He has experience assisting employers and employees with their workplace law needs as well as drafting, reviewing and enforcing employment contracts and preparing, implementing, and monitoring workplace policies. Learn more about Matthew and Roper Greyell at ropergreyell.com.

Meaghan J. McWhinnie

Meaghan J. McWhinnie provides strategic advice to employers concerning the management of workplace issues in both union and non-union environments, including accommodation, discrimination, contract/collective agreement interpretation and attendance management, at Roper Greyell LLP. Meaghan assists employers to prepare, implement, and monitor workplace policies, and she frequently writes and presents to clients on these topics.

Melissa Maltais

Melissa Maltais has two decades of experience working in the tourism and event planning industry. As the Operations Manager for the Royal City Farmers Market Melissa oversees all of the planning, marketing, fundraising and operations related to hosting a market on City property.

Inspired by her picky toddler's eating habits Melissa has just launched a new food product line called Seedibles. Using all the tools she has learned as a market manager and from watching other small businesses grow Melissa and her business partner Freyja are now planning to attend farmers markets and sell their product online.

Melissa Nkomo

“Where there is health, there is beauty”

It was this quote that inspired Melissa Nkomo to create Kunye Complexion co. - a lifestyle brand dedicated to keeping its tribe informed and inspired with highly curated content and habit-forming products that are as luxurious and effective as their toxic counterparts.

Melissa became a holistic beauty aficionado early into her decade-long career as a professional makeup artist and educator. But it wasn’t until her own journey of self-discovery, integrative healing, and mastery, that she made the connection between inner and outer beauty. Melissa understood that nutrition was the real foundation of beauty and believed in a world where people aspire to look and feel healthy, rather than flawless.

A self-professed sweat enthusiast, when Melissa is not in the studio, she can be found leading group fitness classes, reading her favorite health and wellness blogs, or spending time outdoors with friends and family.

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