Faye Wightman, President and CEO, Vancouver Foundation
Faye is one of Canada’s philanthropic leaders as the President and CEO of the Vancouver Foundation. She brings to the Foundation a strong conviction that philanthropy can and should play a powerful role in shaping society. Since her arrival in 2005, she has led Canada’s largest community foundation through a number of important changes designed to increase its impact in BC communities.
Prior to joining Vancouver Foundation, Faye was President of BC Children’s Hospital Foundation for 14 years and then spent two years as Vice President of External Relations at the University of Victoria. She is on several boards, most notably: Imagine Canada, Emily Carr University and BC Housing. Her influence has been recognized by Vancouver Magazine, where she has made their Power 50 list twice. As well, in 2004 she was one of five women honoured with the “Influential Women in Business Award,” an annual award presented by Business in Vancouver magazine.
Judy Rogers, former City Manager of Vancouver
Judy Rogers operates her own consulting firm providing advice to private, public, crown corporations and not-for-profit agencies bringing expertise in government affairs and communication. Judy held the role of City Manager of the City of Vancouver from 1999 to 2008.
Under Judy’s leadership, Vancouver won the right to host the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. She currently is the Chair of the Board of LIFT Philanthropic Partners which is a legacy from the games. Judy is the Chair of the Board of Directors of BC Assessment Authority, BC Housing Commission, Chair of the UBC Alumni Association and is a member of the UBC President’s Strategic Advisory Council. She is Past President of the Institute of Public Administration of Canada, a member of the International City Management Association and the Local Government Management Association of BC.
Janet Austin, CEO YWCA
As CEO of YWCA Metro Vancouver, Janet Austin has overall responsibility for one of BC’s largest and most diversified non-profit organizations, offering services for 60,000 people annually in more than 30 locations throughout Metro Vancouver.
Janet is a recipient of numerous awards including the Vancouver Board of Trade Community Leadership Award. In 2008, she was named to the WXN list of Canada’s 100 Most Powerful Women.
Rachel Lewis, COO, Vancouver Whitecaps FC
Rachel Lewis has been in the field of sport and event management for nearly a decade, joining Vancouver Whitecaps FC in 2003 as director of event management and stadium development. In 2007, she assumed the role of chief operating officer. Prior to joining Whitecaps FC, Lewis spent
three years with Vancouver’s PGA Tour Stop, the Air Canada Championship. As tournament director, she was responsible for overseeing all day-to-day operations. Lewis has a strong passion for community. She currently sits on the board of the Gastown Business Improvement Society, is a former Director of both Sport BC and Kidsport Canada, and is a former Trustee with the BC Sports Hall of Fame and Museum. She also volunteered as a member of the FIFA U-20 World Cup Canada 2007 Steering Committee. In 2008, Lewis was recognized as a recipient of the Business in Vancouver “40 Under 40” awards, while in 2011, she was named one of “BC’s 100 Women of Influence” by The Vancouver Sun.
Katie Ainsworth, Creative Director, Ainsworth Communications
Katie has created many award-winning and memorable campaigns across every medium imaginable in her twenty years in advertising. Starting her career in Toronto, she also worked in San Francisco during the dot-com boom then fled to Vancouver during the dot-com bust.
Her resume includes stints at Cossette, Y&R, BBDO, TBWA and Rethink––where she was both a Creative Director and a Partner. In 2010, Katie became a freelance writer and now enjoys the luxury of only working with companies and people she truly believes in. (Yes, she used a preposition at the end of a sentence and is totally okay with that decision.)
Katie has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in European History and Germanic Studies from the University of Victoria. It has not been terribly useful, to be perfectly honest. She also mentors young writers through the not-for-profit group AdGirls.
Sandy Thompson, Global Planning Director, Y&R
Sandy Thompson is the Global Planning Director at Y&R and has been working in the advertising world for over 20 years, she is regarded as one of the industry’s most innovative and productive strategists, always working with her clients to find the truth behind what people do, not what they say.
How does she do it? She accepts every opportunity to give her clients a new and fresh perspective. She takes the time to dig in to how people feel about brands, listens to what they are saying and digs into consumer’s lives by taking the time to feel what is important to them.
Sandy believes that opportunities surround us – you just have to put yourself out there to not only find them, but to do something with them.
Katie is an author, media personality, entrepreneur and mother (in reverse order of importance). Just a few years ago Katie was hiding a dark financial past, full of shopping sprees and unpaid bills. After connecting with the other Smart Cookies, Katie committed to changing her ways by taking a no-nonsense approach to career and wealth. Today she has made over $300,000 by investing in real estate, the stock market and in her business. Katie also purchased a home before the age of 30 and is on her way to being mortgage free. Today she, her husband and their daughter live in Cambie village.
Katie also runs one of Canada’s most admired PR firms, TalkShop Media and contributes regularly columns to Best Health and Global Morning News.
Amy Chan, Director of Corporate Communications, OncoSec Medical
Amy Chan is a columnist for the 24 Hours Newspaper and a blogger for The Huffington Post and The Vancouver Sun. While she moonlights as a writer, she daylights as a marketing maven. She is currently the Director of Corporate Communications at OncoSec Medical, a publicly traded biotech company developing treatments for late-stage skin cancer.
Previously, she was the Director of Marketing for luxury hotel reviewer, Kiwi Collection.
In the past, she has worked in marketing and brand strategy for many well known brands ranging from DDB,TELUS, BC Hydro to 1-800-GOT-JUNK.
Amy’s personal blog can be found at www.amyfabulous.com.
Tori Holmes, Sales Executive, Mobify
At 21 years old, Tori became the youngest woman at the time to row across the Atlantic Ocean in a 24ft ocean rowing boat. She rowed from Spain to the Caribbean with one other person, Paul Gleeson. After facing a hurricane, 2 tropical storms and the worst weather recorded in history for this time of year, Paul and Tori completed their voyage 86 days later. To their surprise, dehydration, emotional lows, immense physical pain and 12 hours of rowing a day made it far more of a mental than physical challenge.
They survived the crossing both in body and spirit by believing that “the difficult you do immediately; the impossible takes a little longer.”
Kumiko Ide, Digital Strategist, Tribal DDB
Kumiko Ide is a Digital Strategist at Tribal DDB – a branch of DDB Canada’s digital offering that also includes Radar DDB. She oversees the execution of social online campaigns, provides strategic thinking in a multi-platform capacity and identifies new trends, tools, and technologies for clients such as Benefit Cosmetics, Eventbrite, and the Canadian Tourism Commission. In the past, she has also provided media training and online strategy work for Microsoft, HP, Disney, and LG Electronics.
Kumiko attended the University of British Columbia, where she studied Political Science and Fine Arts. She has lived around the world, and spent her childhood moving between Canada, Bangladesh, Singapore, Indonesia and Japan. She is the 2011 recipient of the Notable Young Professional Award (Category: Social Media).
Deborah Kennedy, Development and Communication Manager, Nature Trust
Deb Kennedy brings over 30 years of business experience to the Development and Communications Department of The Nature Trust of British Columbia, a non-profit land conservation organization in BC www.naturetrust.bc.ca.
With a diversified background in marketing, administration and fundraising, she has enjoyed contributing to the successful operation of a leading national household paper company and Vancouver newspaper, along with volunteering for a number of business organizations and non-profits. She has a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of British Columbia. Deb and her husband live on the North Shore where they raised their 2 children (and mini dachshund Charlie).
Barb Ross-Denroche, President & CEO, The Refinery Leadership
Barbara Ross-Denroche, President, CEO and Co-Founder of The Refinery Leadership Partners has been actively engaged in, and responsible for, the development of leadership strategy in many organizations. As an accomplished entrepreneur and executive, Barbara is passionate about building enduring organizations which provide purpose, meaning and impact.
Her spirit and intent drives the vision, culture and values of The Refinery internally, and extends through to The Refinery’s work and purpose to transform organizations through developing leadership capacity. Prior to The Refinery, Barbara held executive positions in organizational and leadership developments where she focused on creating cultures that support high performance and transformational leadership development.
Elizabeth Mah, Founder and Lawyer, Paperclip Law
Elizabeth founded Paperclip Law in January 2011, a boutique law firm focused on delivering personal and business legal advice and solutions in a refreshingly different way. Elizabeth’s journey as a business owner started with a business degree, then a law degree. She continued learning about what she loves and hates through articling at a litigation firm, working in a large downtown hotel, becoming a partner within 5 years, and completing a professional wedding planning course. Out of the office, she cooks, travels, eats, watches her Canucks, and lets her brain buzz about with business ideas.
Catherine Dorazio, Vice President, Connor, Clark & Lunn Private Capital
Catherine provides wealth and investment strategies to affluent Canadian families and foundations. She became a partner of CC&L Private Capital in 2011 after a short 4 year tenure at this firm. In addition, Catherine is gaining the Family Enterprise Advisor designation at UBC to complement her firsthand family business experience. In 2012, Catherine accepted a position reporting the business news for Global TV another unique accomplishment considering her first career as a professional freestyle snowboarder who represented Canada in World Cup and media events worldwide prior to entering the finance industry. Catherine is married with two step-boys and lives between Vancouver and the slopes of Whistler.
Katrina Carroll-Foster, Co-founder, Hoseanna
Katrina is a brand strategist who focuses on growth-oriented start-ups who co-founded a New York based e-commerce start-up, Hoseanna. She is also the Director of Special Projects and leads the Steering Committee Chair for the Forum for Women Entrepreneurs
Katrina has led marketing communications and sales teams for some of BC’s most well-known brands including Intrawest, Opus Hotels, and the Rick Hansen Foundation. Katrina previously served on the board of Dress for Success, and founded Y.E.S! (Young Executives for Success).
Amanda Fenton, Participatory Process Designer and Facilitator
Amanda is an experienced facilitator of meetings, learning gatherings, conferences and more. She is passionate about hosting and harvesting conversations that matter, using various participatory dialogue processes and applied improvisation to help co-create a better future.
You can find Amanda in the online world on Twitter @amandafenton.
Ashley Meehan, Co-Founder & President, Genesis Security Group
Ashley Meehan was born in Melbourne, Australia in 1971. He left when he was 8 and grew up travelling and living in countries around the world, including Saudi Arabia, German, Egypt and Canada. This gave him a very diverse perspective and understanding of people, their cultures, history and the possibilities we can achieve. Ending up in Canada in 1990, Ashley graduated in 2005 from Emily Carr in Industrial Design.
After working in the Security Industry for a few years, Genesis Security was founded in 2008 with only a 10×10 office and 8 employees. Since then the company has grown to include the Genesis Security Group, Genesis Mobile, Genesis Training Academy and Genesis Alarms with an employee base of around 600 staff.
Moving forward Ashley’s goals are to continue expanding Genesis, and to offer his experience and knowledge to organizations, boards, committees and non-profit groups to benefit their development.
Andrea Fiederer, Director of Marketing, Mobilicity
As Director of Marketing at Mobilicity, Andrea oversees all marketing activities including brand development, media and creative, pricing, promotions and new service launches. Prior to joining Mobilicity, Andrea was the Director of Marketing at XM Satellite Radio where she was responsible building the brand in Canada and growing the company’s share of market through new subscriber acquisition. In the early part of her career, Andrea spent 5 years as a consultant for KPMG Consulting and then BearingPoint where she worked on a variety of projects including CRM implementations and post merger integrations for fortune 500 pharmaceutical and consumer packaged goods companies. Andrea holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from McGill University and an MBA from York University’s Schulich School of Business.
Carrie Gallant J.D., President, Gallant Solutions Inc.
Carrie Gallant is passionate about up-lifting the economic and earning power of women leaders and entrepreneurs. If you’ve struggled with asking for what you want because you don’t know what to say, or how to say it, Carrie can help you. Carrie is a former practising lawyer, an executive coach, speaker and mediator, who specializes in helping her clients uncover and master their powers of influence, negotiation, and navigating difficult conversations so they can create the career, business and lifestyle they want.
A strong believer in partnering with others, Carrie is a business mentor and coach with ViRTUS, a negotiation consultant with ENS (Empowering Negotiation Success) International and a certified facilitator with Authentic Leadership Global. Carrie is also a qualified assessor of the Myers Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI®), a Niche Breakthrough Secrets® Specialist and a Money Breakthrough Method® Coach.
An educator at heart, Carrie was an adjunct professor at UBC’s Faculty of Law for eight years, and is a Mentor with Canadian Youth Business Foundation, the YWCA Connect to Success Program and the CoRe Conflict Resolution Society.
Darren Dahl, Senior Associate Dean – Faculty/Research, Sauder School of Business, UBC
Darren Dahl is the Senior Associate Dean – Faculty/Research and the Fred H. Siller Professor in Applied Marketing Research at the University of British Columbia. His current research interests are in the areas of new product design and development, creativity, consumer product adoption, the role of social influence in consumer behavior, and understanding the role of self-conscious emotions in consumption. Professor Dahl teaches courses in Consumer Behavior, Marketing Research, and Strategic Marketing Analysis at the undergraduate, MBA, and executive education levels.
Before entering academia, Dr. Dahl worked with Coopers & Lybrand chartered accountants in the areas of audit and insolvency. He has consulted and organized education programs for a number of non-profit and for-profit organizations such as Cathay Pacific, Procter & Gamble, Xerox, General Electric, Teekay Shipping, Hagensborg Foods, Lululemon Athletica, Earls Restaurants, and LIC India.
Evi Mustel, Partner, Mustel Research Group
Evi Mustel has over 30 years experience in the social and marketing research industry and is a partner at Mustel Research Group Ltd, one of the largest wholly BC-owned and -operated polling firms.
During Ms. Mustel’s career as a professional market researcher, she has worked extensively with public and private sectors clients, including provincial and municipal governments, crown corporations, developers, public relations firms, advertising firms, planners, and professional and not-for-profit organizations.
Evi is a Certified Market Research Professional (CMRP), holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree from McMaster University and is a Director with the YMCA of Greater Vancouver, Easy Park, the Vancouver Board of Trade, and chairs the Board’s Women’s Leadership Circle Advisory Board.
Tracey Renzullo, Marketing Professional
Tracey Renzullo is a marketing professional and educator with over twenty years of experience developing and managing traditional, direct and interactive marketing campaigns across Canada. Tracey’s subject matter expertise encompasses digital marketing, marketing strategy, financial services marketing, email marketing and marketing analysis. She is also known for her ability to capitalize on technology to maximize marketing results.
Her work currently focuses on speaking and consulting in the areas of social media marketing and online branding. Tracey is also a full-time Instructor in the BCIT School of Business.
Tracey enjoys inspiring and motivating business professionals, entrepreneurs and students to accelerate their knowledge and passion for digital marketing. She truly believes that in today’s fast changing world, it is essential for us all to commit to life-long learning. This native Vancouverite is a mother of three children, and an honours graduate from the UBC Sauder School of Business.
Chloë Gow-Jarrett, Head of Retail Training at Lululemon Athletica
A founding member of lululemon’s training and culture team, Chloë Gow-Jarrett has spent the last nine years creating development programs for the retail organization. Starting as an Educator in 2002 at the first lululemon store in Toronto before launching into a career adventure that has had her hold a different role each year as the company has grown. Chloë has gained extensive experience in communication, goal setting, personal responsibility, management, and leadership development.
Alexa Loo, CA: Two-time Olympian, Motivational Speaker & Chartered Accountant
Amanda Waye: Brand Strategist @ DDB Canada
Fiona Douglas-Crampton: CEO @ The Minerva Foundation for BC Women
Zoe Inglis: CA, Change Manager @ PriceWaterhouseCoopers
Joyce Poon: President, CEO & Founder @ Noir Lash Lounge
Hashem Aboulhosn: Venture Capitalist @ Vanedge
Ros Guggi: Deputy Editor @ The Province
Kelsey Filion: Financial Planner @ Investors Group
Vanessa Noga: Senior Commercial Account Manager @ RBC
Lois Nahirney: Executive Vice President @ Teekay Corporation
Anna Fung: Vice President, Legal & General Counsel @ TimberWest Forest Corp.
Catherine Ducharme: Co-Founder @ Outsidein Communications
Lori Charvat: Corporate Director, People Strategies @ Providence Health Care
Madeleine Shaw: Co-Founder @ Lunapads.com
Milun Tesovic: Founder @ MetroLyrics
Suzanne Siemens: Co-Founder @ Lunapads.com
Mark Chu: General Counsel @ Seaspan Corporation
Stephanie Daniels: Lawyer @ Farris
Veronika Florianova: Founder @ Yaletown Law
Joe Freeburn: Associate Dean, Marketing Management @ BCIT
Ish Jhaj: Founder @ Shooting for Hope
Brittany Law: Editor-in-Chief @ Style Republic Magazine
Malene Grotrian: Fashion Designer @ Malene Grotian Designs
Christa Stubbington: Entrepreneur @ Authentically UC
Cheryl Yue, CA
Jen Ip, CA
Elise Rees, CA
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