Puneet Jain

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.

Rani El-Khatib

Rani is a principal and business consultant at the BC Family Business Center Inc., in North Vancouver, BC.  Rani has a passion for helping family businesses operate longer and transition successfully to the next generation. He has been providing family businesses with succession planning, corporate governance and performance improvement services for over 10 years.

Robert Madden

Robert Madden is the Co-Founder/CEO of OwlCrate and a self-professed reluctant entrepreneur.  Before starting OwlCrate Robert spent 9 years managing a Vancouver-based children's Toy Store, which helped grow his love of small business and personalized customer service.  When he's not staring blankly at spreadsheets, Robert enjoys cycling and practicing martial arts.

Robert Tucker

In 2006, Robert Tucker accompanied his wife to her first craft fair as a maker and it became quickly apparent that it wasn’t the right fit for them. Were all craft fairs filled with pinecone art? Surely not! Inspired and using their background as Event Producers, they drafted up a vendor call and posted it on the community board of a local coffee shop. In May 2007, Robert and Andrea produced the first Got Craft? event at the Western Front and this December, will mark 10 years of shows and the 20th event in Vancouver (not including one show in London, UK back in 2011). Over the years, Got Craft? has produced the Vancouver premiere of Handmade Nation and the Sign Painters movie, Swap-O-Rama-Rama, and have partnered with the Museum of Vancouver, Knit City and the Vancouver Mini Maker Faire.

In February 2015, Robert and Andrea opened up a brick and mortar shop, London Fields Shoppe, featuring an eclectic mix of new and vintage with an emphasis on handmade. When he’s not working at the shop or the show, Robert continues his work as an Event Producer for select corporate clients or can be found at the park with his two year old son.

Roberta LaQuaglia

With VFM since 2003, Roberta works with vendors, staff, volunteers, community members and site hosts to make sure that the Vancouver farmers markets deliver the benefits intended for all stakeholders.  As part of a small core staff team, she also totes tents, hoists tables and patrols parking as one of the market on-site team when needed.

Roni M. Jones

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.

Ryan Slater

Ryan Slater is the co-founder of The Juice Truck.  Launched in 2011, Ryan and his business partner Zach Berman introduced Canada's first cold pressed juice bar. Bridging the gap of the emerging food truck market, and the cold pressed juice industry, they formed a unique branded experience for consumers, in the form of a truck. They have since grown into a brick and morter location, and a large wholesale and retail bottled juice program, and continue to remain pioneers in the health and wellness industry.

Sabrina Moniz

Sabrina is the Senior Account Manager of BDC’s Terrace branch, which covers most of Northwest BC, from Houston to Haidi Gwaii and from Kitimat to the Yukon border. Born in Germany, she holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Entrepreneurial Management from Royal Roads University. She has worked with BDC for over 12 years.

Samantha Dobo

Samantha Dobo is a certified holistic nutritionist with years of experience in the health industry. She is a proponent of healthful and mindful living. Her background and enthusiasm for wellness are a driving force at Tasty Greens, where she spearheads education and mentorship in the community, by spreading the benefits of a balanced lifestyle.

Sarah Isaacs

Sarah is a proposal professional with over 15 years of experience in writing, editing and managing proposals for companies in diverse sectors. In 2016, she founded WIN/RATIO, a three-person company focused on managing proposals for joint venture teams bidding on large infrastructure projects in the US and Canada.

Sasha Brown

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.

Scott Friesen

Scott Friesen is not too busy. He’s productive. There’s a difference. He is also the founder of Simpletivity training and consulting.

As a "busyness killer'," Scott helps people from all over the world improve their productivity. His time management techniques have benefited thousands of individuals and organizations alike. Managing email overload, never ending to-do lists, and technology distractions are among Scott’s specialties.

Through speeches, courses, and workshops, Scott provides powerful tools to those who want more out of their day. He has dedicated his life to helping others focus on what is most important and to do it with less stress. Because being too busy isn't productive.

Shannon Lorenz

Armed with creativity, a calculator, and an unquenchable desire to deliver one-of-a-kind event experiences, Shannon Lorenz has been providing professional event design and production for small to large-scale events for more than a decade. Her professional approach and unstoppable ambition has earned her a reputation as one of the most accomplished and trustworthy event planners in the Sea to Sky corridor. She is the Co-Founder of TREND Vancouver.

Sharon Davis

Sharon Davis is the co-founder and consultant at Giving Well.   Sharon and her business partner Christina Labarca work with individuals and businesses creating strategies for more innovative and effect giving programs.

Sharon had a lengthy career in Investment Finance before shifting her focus to the non profit sector.  Sharon looked for ways to share her business experience with the non profit sector helping them to improve their fundraising capability, awareness, and growth.   Sharon has over 15 years experience sitting on non profit boards and being actively involved with a number of organizations locally and globally.

When not working or volunteering you will find Sharon travelling the world and making the most of the great outdoors, sailing, cycling, hiking and exploring

Simon Rai

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.

Sonny Magon

Sonny Magon is responsible for leading a team of digital advertising consultants who on a day to day basis help small & medium sizes businesses facilitate the transformation from traditional advertising solutions into full multi-media campaigns. Sonny has been in the digital space for close to ten years now, working with Yellow Pages Group, DAC Group and Canwest Media. With the constant evolution of the digital landscape, Sonny believes it is crucial for small businesses to not only be educated, but involved in their digital marketing strategies.

Sora Takayama

Sora Takayama is owner of  the Vegan Pudding & Co. The one and only vegan pudding store. The store has been featured in the Lonely Planet's list for the must-try healthy urban treats in Vancouver, and must-try shop/eats list for the world.

The Vegan Pudding & Co appeared in a Japanese TV commercial along with Sora's poem "A cloud and a backpack", as part of a national broadcast and online campaign about Japanese nationals living inspiring lives abroad.

Before opening the Vegan Pudding & Co, Sora traveled the world for four-and-a-half years writing short poems. He then found his home in the vegetarian friendly city, Vancouver in 2011.

Stephanie A. Melnychuk

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.

Stephanie Mallalieu

Stephanie is an Industry Health and Safety Specialist, and is responsible for increasing industry engagement in health and safety and the Certificate of Recognition (COR) program at go2HR. Recently relocating from the UK to Canada, Stephanie brings more than 16 years’ health and safety experience to the team, with a particular focus on the food services sector. She has previously held senior positions in the UK and overseas, supporting businesses with their food hygiene and health and safety programs.

Stephen Johnson

Stephen is the co-founder of Salt Water Digital, a business dedicated to helping other small business succeed online through search engine optimization and other online marketing mediums. He is passionate about finding unique online opportunities for each business he works with and can help to clear the fog surrounding the many options when it comes to online marketing.

Susan Bains

Susan Bains is the CEO & Founder of Holistic HR, a leading Human Resources Management (HRM) consulting business.

Tamara Komuniecki

Tamara Komuniecki was a broadcast, print and web journalist and magazine editor for outlets like CBC Radio and TV, CKUA Radio, the Globe and Mail, National Post, Better Homes and Gardens and City TV for nearly 20 years.  After, she started her own online publication called Delish Mag, and seven fantastic issues later, the magazine morphed into an online store called Delish General Store (DGS) to enable Tamara to share some of the wonderful products she had always just been writing about. In July of 2014, Tamara took DGS into the physical realm, in a brick-and-mortar store on Granville Island in Vancouver.

The Ministry of Finance Outreach Program

The Ministry of Finance Outreach Program gives taxpayers, businesses, associations and tax professionals the information and support they need to understand the Provincial Sales Tax (PST) and how it relates to their operations.


The Outreach Program provides tax education and information to businesses and industry across B.C. by hosting webinars, presenting tax education at association seminars, attending trade shows and conferences and working with partners like Small Business BC (SBBC) to reach as many businesses as possible. Our goal is to help you better understand the PST so that you can focus on building and managing your business. If you have any questions about PST or would like us to join you at your event, please contact us for more information. We look forward to helping you!

Vanessa Pintea

Vanessa is a Digital Marketing Consultant with experience consulting for start-ups and SMB’s across North America, Europe and Australia. Vanessa is an experienced and analytically-minded consultant and the digital strategies she develops and executes, deliver her clients a competitive return on their investment. Over her career Vanessa has consulted in a wide range of industries including Retail, Tourism, and Technology but these days spends most of her time consulting for Medical Service Providers across the United States.
Outside of the office, Vanessa enjoys long-distance running, hiking and volunteering for charities that help people both locally and globally.
To read more about Vanessa’s experience and clientele please visit her website: www.pintayaconsulting.com.