Loan Clients

We have loan clients around the province who run amazing businesses! We are proud to share these success stories from some of the women we’ve helped to start or grow their business with our business loans.

Suzy Kaitman, Ballet Lounge Ltd., Vancouver

Suzy Kaitman is the Creator & Owner of Ballet Fit® and Ballet Lounge®, which is the leading ballet fitness studio for busy Vancouver adults to have fun learning how to dance while getting fit, building confidence and making friends. Suzy has always wanted to be a ballerina. During her training as a ballerina at a […]

Iris Zhang, CEFA Early Learning, Victoria

Iris Zhang is the Franchise Partner/Director of CEFA Victoria Westshore in Victoria. CEFA Early Learning is Canada’s private school for children ages one to five. Their proprietary curriculum features a unique blend of core subjects, such as reading, writing, science and math, combined with fine arts, including yoga and music, providing children with the freedom […]

Susi Foerg, Rustic Reel Brewing Co., Kelowna

Headshot of WEC loan client, Susi Foerg.

Susi Foerg is the owner of Rustic Reel Brewing Co., a brewery in Kelowna that produces craft beers that are symbolic of the Okanagan Valley. The brewery channels the essence of the Okanagan lifestyle, with beers that call to mind those distinct memories of what it means to be in the Okanagan. Susi realized her […]

Patrice Mousseau, Satya Organic Skin Care, Vancouver

Patrice Mousseau

Patrice Mousseau is the Founder and CEO of Satya Organic Skin Care. A member of Fort William First Nation and a former journalist, Patrice became a conscious entrepreneur from the basic need to help her baby girl, Esme. Her daughter was suffering from eczema and scratching her arms and legs bloody. The doctor prescribed her […]

Mahsa Arbabi, Hidden Garden and Canadian Co-Packing, Burnaby

Mahsa Arbabi, Hidden Garden Foods

Mahsa Arbabi is the Co-owner of two businesses, Hidden Garden and Canadian Co-packing, alongside her husband, Hamid. Hidden Garden Foods manufactures Gluten-Free and Nut-Free cookies made of vegetables, which are available in four different flavours. These cookies have been marketed in Canada, the US and Japan since 2015, and are distributed through many major outlets, […]

Gail Sharma, GKS Law Firm, Lower Mainland

Gail Sharma

Gail Sharma is the founder and Principal Lawyer of GKS Law Firm in the Lower Mainland. GKS is a law firm that helps people who are injured at work and are trying to obtain fair compensation from WorkSafeBC (“WCB”). They serve clients from all over British Columbia, thanks to modern technology, but also have physical […]

Lyndsay Scott, Kindred Cultures, Vancouver

Lyndsay Scott, CEO of Culture Kefir Co

Lyndsay Scott founded Kindred Cultures (formerly known as Culture Kefir Co) in 2018 after seeing the amazing health benefits of kefir water. At the time, her youngest son was battling auto-immune dysfunction resulting in serious eczema. When she introduced kefir to his diet, his condition improved rapidly and she was blown away. Lyndsay started making […]

Jackee Kasandy, Kasandy | Locally Global, Vancouver

Jackee Kasandy, Owner of Kasandy Inc.

Jackee Kasandy is the Owner of Kasandy | Locally Global, a fair trade store in downtown Vancouver that offers high-quality handmade products from Kenya, Ghana, Uganda, Rwanda, Swaziland, Nepal, Australia, Ecuador, Peru, Israel, Palestine + local. Jackee was part of the corporate world for nearly 18 years, working in advertising and branding, launching products in […]

Cate Scally, Small Block Brewing, Cowichan Valley

Picture of Cate Scally, co-owner of Small Block Brewing

Cate Scally is the Co-Owner of Small Block Brewing Co., a brewery in Duncan that makes small batch hand-crafted British Ales. The brewery focuses on serving the Cowichan Valley firstly, and then the South Island from Nanaimo to Victoria. Cate and her husband Aaron started brewing beer at home and sharing it with friends, and […]

Charlene SanJenko, PowHERhouse, National from Gibsons

Picture of Charlene SanJenko, owner of PowHERhouse Media

Charlene SanJenko believes that every leader deserves the opportunity to create a world-class impact. She is the founder of PowHerhouse Women’s Leadership Accelerator Inc., a house of leaders ready to live, love and lead at a higher level. She is deeply committed to supporting women as leaders, both personally and professionally, to stretch into their […]

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