SVI Vancouver brings together a number of experts in different areas of running a social enterprise. At the conference, you can sign up for free short consulting sessions with these experts. If you would like to be a one-on-one expert, please let us know when you apply.
You can find the list of experts below:
Discovering how to navigate beyond your limitations with money.
Brenda St Louis is a Certified Money Coach and Financial Therapist, an international speaker and published author. She began working with clients in 1996 as a somatic therapist. In 2003 she started to travel the world, crafting her skill as a speaker and an actor. In 2010 she began her business as a Financial Therapist and Money Coach. Through online workshop and one on one coaching she creates a safe place for her clients to address both emotional and practical issues with money.
Charlie James has extensive business and entrepreneurial experience in sustainability and social good, including corporate team management, strategic planning, marketing consulting, and mindfulness training. With her passion for personal development, she has recently turned her skills to coaching individuals and teams to discover their purpose, focus their intentions, and optimize their strengths to make a greater impact in the world.
While human-beings are not human-doings, we all want to align our personal and professional lives towards ‘doing’ something we love, something that makes us feel good about ourselves, something meaningful. Are you living your purpose? Are you fulfilling your life’s work? Or is work just filling your life? As a Purpose Coach, Charlie can help you discover why you’re here and how you can create greater meaning and fulfillment in your work and personal life, empowering your team, or your higher self, to make the world a better place.
Clay’s focus in on growing purpose driven, science-based organizations in the clean technology, health technology, and sustainability sectors. When he is not consulting, Clay teaches science commercialization at SFU’s Beedie School of Business, marketing in the SFU MBA program and is an Executive in Residence with Foresight Clean Technology Accelerator Centre, a mentor with SFU’s Venture Connection and the Board VP for the East End Food Coop.
Operations & Business Planning
As a business management consultant focusing on operations and business planning for social ventures, I support entrepreneurs and leaders run their businesses more smoothly. My particular passion is working with entrepreneurs to increase their impact through strengthened systems and strong business plans to secure growth financing. I am delighted to be an approved consultant with the AgriBusiness Planning Program that provides grant funding for planning consulting to small-scale food producers and processors.
More recently, I’ve been taking a deep dive into exploring bringing our spiritual, sacred selves to work, and what that looks like in the day-to-day operations of a business.
Finance, Accounting and Operational Strategies for Startups
Jacinthe Koddo is the Co-founder and Director of Client & Network Experience of Tandem Innovation Group where she convenes a network of over 50 Contract CFO’s, Controllers and Bookkeepers and connects them with companies just starting out, growing or in transition, ready to be acquired or even looking to go public. She loves helping companies modernize their bookkeeping and accounting workflows, bringing in cloud technologies, the right team and demystifying numbers for founders.
Jacinthe’s background is in Interior Design, Project Management, Entrepreneurship and Wellness. Projects with creative agencies, health and wellness, food production & food service companies, and women-led ventures are areas Jacinthe is especially passionate about. She’s worked with companies such as @THNKschool, @the_alinker_world, @nadagrocery, and more! Find her at @tandem_ig or @jacinthekoddo. When she’s not figuring out the inner workings of start-up finance operations, you might find her hanging with her cat, Olive, getting stretchy at yoga, keeping fit at CrossFit, or cooking up a storm in her kitchen.
1:1 Expert ~ Business Strategy
Joel Solomon is Chair of Renewal Funds, Canada’s largest mission venture capital firm. With $98m assets under management, Renewal Funds invests in organic food, green products, and environmental innovations. Joel is a Senior Advisor with RSF Social Finance, a 2012 TEDxVancouver speaker, founding member of Social Venture Network, Business for Social Responsibility, the Tides Canada Foundation, and is Board Chair of Hollyhock. Joel founded Social Venture Institute at Hollyhock and has been producing it for 20 years. Thank you Joel!
1:1 Expert ~ E-Commerce
Josh Kremer is an IT consultant/“contract CTO” who specializes in eCommerce, and provides ongoing oversight and direction to owners and managers of eCommerce businesses. Josh is passionate about helping clients feel comfortable with their existing technologies through stabilization and improvement, while researching and testing new tools that lower costs, excite customers and grow sales.
Josh’s services include: ecommerce platform selection and migration, website speed optimization, personalized and automated marketing campaigns, internal search optimization and SEO, Google Adwords and Facebook advertising strategy, and the ongoing use of web analytics to improve customer acquisition and retention.
Josh’s straightforward approach helps empower clients by demystifying technical concepts, tools and trends, and brings clarity to the implementation and management of integrated eCommerce strategies. His communication style is concise and direct, enabling open, efficient dialogue for team collaboration.
Prior to consulting, Josh owned and operated an eCommerce company for 10 years, manufacturing and distributing products sold worldwide through wholesale, retail, and online channels, and finally selling the business in 2013. Prior to this, Josh held technical and sales positions at IBM Canada, and owned/operated a community newspaper, which sold in 2002 and still operates today.
Mary Lou Miles
1:1 Expert ~ Wealth Management
Mary Lou is a partner and portfolio manager at Genus Capital Management specializing in wealth management for individuals and families.
She has been in the investment and banking business since 1976. She grew up in Vancouver and graduated from the University of British Columbia. Mary Lou holds a BA in Economics, the Chartered Financial Analyst designation and the Trust and Estate Practitioners designation. She joined Genus Capital from Maxima Investment Management, and has held senior positions with the Bank of British Columbia and HSBC. Mary Lou, a past president of the Canadian Federation of University Women (Richmond), is Past Chair of the Richmond Sunrise Rotary Club and Past Chair of the Estate Planning Council of Vancouver.
1:1 Expert ~ Digital Marketing
As the Founder of Out-Smarts Marketing I work with clients to develop and implement marketing strategies that grow their business online. I am passionate about digital marketing and helping small businesses grow, I blog regularly and put my knowledge to good use to network and grow businesses in creative and leading edge ways. A regular presenter at Small Business BC, I am also a judge in their annual competition to determine the best small business marketing campaign in the province. In my spare time I enjoy graffiti hunting, discovering ancient monoliths, making kombucha and spending time with my wee family. I am drawn to SVI because I want to explore new ways to add value, to bring more good into the world and to connect with like-minded individuals. Mhairi is a Scottish name that goes well with my accent – it’s pronounced Vari.
1:1 Expert ~ Helping Businesses Reduce Carbon Emissions
Michelle Bonner’s area of expertise is helping businesses and organizations measure and reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. As Vice President and Training Manager at Climate Smart – a Vancouver-based social enterprise and B Corp “Best for the World” honoree – Michelle led the firm’s training and certification program, which has supported more than 900 small and medium-sized enterprises to cut energy, fuel, air travel, waste and other emissions sources. Michelle has a passion for making technical information understandable and meaningful, and inspiring those who can use it to take positive action. She loves to help people to see the strong business case for reducing environmental impact and identify practical steps to take, and to see those ideas unfold inside organizations.
1:1 Expert ~ Strategy
1:1 Expert ~ Company growth, sabbaticals, and marketing/positioning
Phillip Kang Sun Djwa, MFA is passionate about the opportunities for technology to inform social change. He is a creative technologist and digital strategist with more than 20+ years experience in business, design, digital media and film/TV. His clients are Indigenous organizations, government, progressive orgs and social venture companies. He has deep knowledge of running your own agency and designing campaigns for social change, including the behavioural and strategic digital tactics to deploy. He is an accomplished facilitator, thinker and successful entrepreneur. Djwa sits on the board of the BC Arts Council, the Vancouver Fringe, and is a business mentor for new immigrants at MOSAIC.
1:1 Expert ~ Small business operations
Rachel Flood is a technology and operations consultant who believes that what you do is only as good as how you do it. Rachel loves to find ways to minimize redundancy, design automations, and centralize data. With 20 years of experience, she has key insights into the software and technology market, is adept at managing technology implementations, and can support your organisation through any manner of operations or technology improvement project. Rachel has a background in operations management and systems administration; as well as non-profit arts management, event production, and youth organizing. She is an adept systems thinker with a passion for operational design who regularly geeks out researching best practices, management software, platform integrations, and other super geeky stuff that bores most people to tears.
Shannon Ward has been a successful entrepreneur for over 15 years. She built her company, OnTrack, from 0 to 7 figures in just 3 short years. Since then, Shannon has transformed her deep knowledge of marketing and exceptional sales skills into a thriving sales training and coaching business where she helps entrepreneurs and their teams overcome their dysfunctional relationships with sales so that they can break through revenue barriers in record time. Her transformational approach to sales stems from a core belief that sales is an act of love. Shannon also taught Sales & Sales Management at UBC Sauder School of Business and has been nominated for the RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards 2016, 2017 and 2018. Shannon divides her time between her mountain home in the resort town of Whistler, Canada and traveling the world with her husband and son. She can often be found in the ocean surfing or in the forest snowboarding, hiking or mountain biking. Shannon also believes in giving back. She actively mentors rising women entrepreneurs through organizations like the Forum for Women Entrepreneurs and FuturPreneur, and donates tens of thousands of dollars each year in mentoring to entrepreneurs in need of sales training and support to achieve their next level of business success.
Finance, Accounting and Operational Strategies for Startups
Tania Lo is the Co-founder and Managing Director of Tandem Innovation Group where she convenes a network of over 50 Contract CFO’s, Controllers and Bookkeepers and connects them with companies just starting out, growing and or in transition, ready to be acquired or even looking to go public. This could look like modernizing a team’s bookkeeping and document management processes, sales forecasting, cashflow projections and growth strategies. She loves translating founder’s business plans into language that makes sense to both your team as well as investors, lenders, grant funders and key stakeholders. Projects in the active living, accessibility, place-making, education in entrepreneurship and women-led venture space are her jam. She currently works with the management teams @the_alinker_world, @mobi_bikes @twowheelgear, @piqueventures @thnkschool @nadagrocery, the Vantec Angel Network, @globalstartupschool, @momentummag and of course @tandem_ig. When she’s not in startup land, she is the mother of two and loves going down memory lane and remembering that time she road her bike 16,000 kms from Bolivia to the Canadian Arctic.