Meet our Mentors

Mentors can provide not only practical insights about the nuts and bolts of running a business, but emotional support as well. A Mentor knows from experience what knowledge might be missing and how it feels during the first years to believe in the business and keep moving forward in spite of the challenges. Each of these women volunteers her time to pass on her knowledge and experience to help other women in business succeed.

Gita Badiyan, Kiva Corporate Solutions

Gita Badiyan is the founder of Kiva Corporate Solutions. From leadership training to executive coaching and...

Mary Ellen Sanajko, Conduit Coaching

Mary Ellen Sanajko is the owner of Conduit Coaching and provides leadership coaching &...

Danielle Ackerman, Danielle Ackerman Coaching, Consulting + Brand Strategy

Danielle Ackerman offers coaching, consulting and brand strategy services targeted at entrepreneurial-based businesses. She...

Lynette Kitt, Unforgettable Memories Foto Source and The Canadian Grind Coffee & Tea, Fort St. John

Lynette Kitt never thought that she would become an entrepreneur and own not just one but two successful businesses. While entrepreneurship was certainly not the first career choice, she opted for it as it allowed her to spend more time with her young...

Carol Greenaway, Greenaway Consulting Services, Vancouver

“Being her own boss was the right choice for Carol Greenaway as she wanted to create a business that was aligned with her values. As she says,“If you want to accelerate your growth as a human being, try running your own business...

Crystal Bouchard, ITA Apprenticeship Advisor, Terrace

A successful entrepreneur and professional, Crystal Bouchard has made remarkable transitions in her career including working as an industrial process operator in the Oil and Gas Industry, a professional truck driver and Woman In Trades...

Sherry Moir, RE/MAX, Langley, Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows

Sherry Moir is passionate about connecting and working with women entrepreneurs to grow their businesses. A licensed REALTOR®, she is a sales manager at RE/MAX LifeStyles Realty with offices in Langley, Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows.

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Jayna Wiewiorowski, Camosun College, Victoria

When the opportunity came up for Jayna Wiewiorowski to be part of women in trades program, she did not let it pass as she wanted to be part of the solution in supporting women in trades .

She is the Development Coordinator for Women in Trade’...

Caledonia Fred, Nuu-chah-nulth, Port Alberni

Caledonia Fred has always enjoyed solving problems and assisting others. In her work with the Nuu-chah-nulth Economic Development Corporation ( NEDC), she has assisted micro and small businesses within the region offering aboriginal business financing,...

Emily Chow, Chow Communications, Vancouver & Coquitlam

Sometimes, a few life changing events can open new doors of opportunity. When Emily Chow faced several debilitating health-related challenges, she turned to entrepreneurship to create more work-life-health balance. She launched...

Amber Sheasgreen, Community Futures Development Corporation of the Pacific Northwest, Prince Rupert

Amber Sheasgreen is committed to creating a vibrant and growing community in Prince Rupert and the region. Born and raised in Prince Rupert, she is an active member in her community and sits on a number of boards including the Special Events Society...

Cathy Kuzel, The Connected Woman, North Vancouver

Picture of Cathy KuzelA dynamic speaker, author and business expert with a deep knowledge of the art of human connections, Cathy Kuzel has been networking and building successful business relationships for more than 25 years and is increasingly sought after as an...

Lee Foulds Andrews, Prince George

Photo of Lee AndrewsLee Foulds Andrews has been a lifelong learner. She has spent almost 30 years in the financial industry helping clients make informed financial decisions. Her experience included property insurance broker and a mortgage specialist. Her success...

Pauline Stevenson, Excel Career College, Courtenay

Picture of Pauline StevensonTwenty-five years ago, Pauline Stevenson launched Excel Career College in Courtenay after identifying a niche market. It was a natural progression from her role as a customized accounting systems specialist at an accounting firm....

Pam Nelson, Infusion Consulting, Kelowna

Picture of Pam NelsonCuriosity and networking have been key to Pam Nelson’s entrepreneurial journey. Finding opportunity in every challenge motivates her. Her business, Infusion Consulting, in Kelowna provides business planning, feasibility analysis,...

Hillary Samson, Samson Consulting, Vancouver

Picture of Hillary SamsonHillary Samson discovered her love for entrepreneurship when she first launched a magazine in her twenties. She soon realized that developing business skills was crucial to her business success. She decided to go back to school and...

Connie Viszlai , ClearPoint Coaching and Facilitation, Vernon

When Connie Viszlai was asked about what motivated her to start her business and make a success of it, she responded with a smile, “Being a catalyst for people’s “ah-ha” moments is so energizing. I am delighted when a client says...

Deborah Richardson, Business By Design, Vancouver

An innovative business strategist and coach, Deborah Richardson has always been drawn to entrepreneurship as it gives her the opportunity for constant personal and professional growth. For the past twenty five years, she has invested her time and...

Connie Ekelund, Synergy CMC, Vancouver

Picture of Connie EkelundConnie Ekelund’s expertise stems from over 25 years' experience as a dynamic Organizational development and marketing leader. Ekelund is the CEO & President of Synergy CMC, CEO of Fusion Publishing, and the Founder of...

Trisha Miltimore, Rock Your Life, Kelowna

Trisha Miltimore is an international speaker, broadcaster and PASSION IGNITER inspiring people to SHINE by leveraging who they *really* are via LifeTools based on curiosity, courage and confidence. As a mother of three and business leader, she...

Felicia Lee

Felicia Lee constantly extends her positive attitude to aspiring entrepreneurs and the multiple business environments she’s a part of. As the Founder and Principal of Candeo Communications Inc., she specializes in creative problem solving, business...

Jodi Scott, JODI SCOTT Coaching.com, Coldstream

Picture of Jodi ScottAn innovative entrepreneur, Jodi Scott has always felt that entrepreneurship is in her DNA. At nineteen she entered entrepreneurship as a freelance personal trainer and fitness instructor. A confirmed entrepreneur, she opened her first storefront...

Francyne Joe, All Nations Development Corporation, Kamloops

Picture of Francyne JoeWith a varied background in human resource management, Francyne Joe has always enjoyed helping others with her exceptional people skills. For more than 10 years, she owned a successful audio-visual business. Her desire to work with...

Caroline Grover, CEO, Kelowna Chamber of Commerce

Picture of Caroline GroverCaroline Grover is the CEO of Kelowna Chamber of Commerce. As the voice of business in the community, the Chamber supports its members through network development, cost-effective marketing tools, referrals and introductions. The chamber...

Angela O’Brien, Esteem Lingerie Inc, Kelowna

Angela O’Brien, co-owner of Esteem Lingerie Inc. is no stranger to the world of entrepreneurship. During her teen years she was always creating business ideas and tried to...

Elizabeth Vieira-Richard, People Dynamics Inc. (PDI), Prince George

What better reason to start a business than to create and realize your personal vision for your life? Elizabeth Vieira-Richard, CEO of People Dynamics Inc., feels this is the best reason of all to become an entrepreneur, and she works with...