Shannan Schimmelmann, Entrepreneur in Residence
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Shannan Schimmelmann, MBA, is an Entrepreneur in Residence with Women’s Enterprise Centre. Women’s Enterprise Centre (WEC) is a non-profit organization devoted to helping BC women start, lead and grow their own businesses.
Shannan’s focus at Women’s Enterprise Centre is to connect women entrepreneurs in Indigenous communities to our programs and services that will enable them to start and grow businesses that exceed their expectations. Through her network, she also connects them with the appropriate resources for financing, doing business with the government and exporting to new markets.
Shannan applies her business and leadership background to help entrepreneurs and teams with strategic planning, marketing, supply chain management and export strategy. Her unique combination of experience with industry, government and Indigenous communities provides for a diverse skill offering.
Shannan’s portfolio of work includes supporting Indigenous communities and economic development corporations with economic planning, international trade missions, fund development and grant writing, project management for on-reserve economic development, working with Indigenous contractors on capacity building and facilitating joint ventures and partnerships.
Shannan holds an Executive MBA from Royals Roads University, a Business Administration Degree from Athabasca University and a Hospitality Management Diploma from Camosun College. Recently, she obtained GrowthWheel Certified Business Advisor accreditation.
Shannan brings a passion for people, community and business to all of her work. She is co-founder of Northern Youth Leadership which provides on the land personal growth, leadership opportunities and connections that empower young people to create positive change.
In 2012, Shannan was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for volunteer efforts helping young entrepreneurs with Futurpreneur Canada, formerly the Canadian Youth Business Foundation.