Mentors

Our volunteer mentors are business owners who share their hard-earned knowledge and experience with women entrepreneurs. They offer support and guidance to Mentees, via one-to-one mentoring or peer mentoring groups, to help new business owners build confidence and achieve their goals.

Hillary Samson, Samson Consulting, Vancouver

Hillary Samson

Hillary 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 complete her MBA with a focus on entrepreneurship. Later she launched Samson Consulting, with a focus on operations […]

Janice Shaben, Silvertip Promotions & Signs Inc.

Janice Shaben

Janice Shaben is the owner of Silvertip Promotions & Signs Inc., a promotional advertising company and a custom sign shop. The business has a wide array of clients ranging from corporate clients such as Rio Tinto Alcan, Imperial Metals, Home Hardware etc. to sports groups and smaller family run businesses. What are your top 3 […]

Jayna Wiewiorowski, Camosun College, Victoria

Jayna Wiewiorowski

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’s Training programming, Trades Development & Special Projects Department at […]

Joanne Macdonald, Peak 360 Group

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Emily Chow, Chow Communications, Vancouver & Coquitlam

Emily Chow

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 Chow Communications, a Vancouver and Coquitlam-based boutique marketing agency. As a marketing consultant, speaker, and trainer, she specializes in helping business owners turn casual […]

Felicia Lee

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 coaching and delivering seminars and keynote speeches. Lee has an Electrical Engineering degree and an MBA from the University of […]

Francyne Joe, All Nations Development Corporation, Kamloops

Francyne Joe

With 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 entrepreneurs in her community motivated her to join All Nations Development Corporation (ANDEVCO) in Kamloops. As a member of […]

Cathy Kuzel, The Connected Woman, North Vancouver

Cathy Kuzel

A 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 expert on “All Things Small Biz.” “You would never know that I was rather shy when […]

Christina Willard-Stepan, WillStep Coaching and Facilitation

Christina Willard-Stepan

After operating and successfully selling her retail business, Christina Willard-Stepan launched WillStep Coaching and Facilitation, offering a variety of coaching and facilitation services. WillStep offers Parent, Teen and Family Coaching – supporting families in finding joy and thriving through the teen years. She has been a one to one mentor with the Women’s Enterprise Centre […]

Connie Ekelund, Synergy CMC, Vancouver

Connie Ekelund

Connie 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 “Be Cause.” Ekelund is also a vibrant Chair of Peer Advisory Boards, empowering executive officers, entrepreneurs and boards. She builds organizations […]