AMELIA WARREN – CEO Epicure Selections
At 28 years old, Amelia Warren, CEO of Epicure Selections, is one of Canada’s youngest female CEOs of the largest Canadian direct sales company and one of the largest women-led businesses nationwide. Under her daily guidance the business continues to grow exponentially. Amelia thrives on being innovative and her strength lies in her purpose of vision along with her strong desire to learn.
ANDRE SULLIVAN – OWNER/WEALTH MANAGER Integral Wealth Securities-Nanaimo
Andre Sullivan’s interest and commitment to improving and betterment of Nanaimo earned him a full University Scholarship to Bishop University where he received his BBA. While at Bishop he formed the fi rst nationwide association of business students, played rugby and took on summer positions with the TD across Canada.
ANDREW GOWER – BRANCH MANAGER/PARTNER Wedler Engineering
Andrew Gower is a leader, both in his professional capacity, and in his community. As one of the founders of Imagine Comox Valley, he was the champion of Car Free Sunday, bringing this world- wide phenomenon to his hometown. He was instrumental in starting TEDx Comox Valley.
ANDREW HIGGINSON – PRINCIPAL Higginson Consulting
Andrew Higginson is a highly respected and sought-after Engineer and Project Manager. His company has grown quickly, given his exceptional talent and professionalism. Andrew’s ability to lead and motivate people of various backgrounds and ages is a testament to his energy and talent.
BOB WELLS – CO-FOUNDER/ PRESIDENT/ CEO My Tech Guys Inc.
Bob Wells is a committed and dedicated person and has ensured that My Tech Guys is an integral part of the community, both as a business owner and a citizen. He has volunteered on various non-profit organization boards such as CYMC (President) and the Rotary, and as a proud supporter he has offered his computer equipment and computer support and service for different charity events.
BRITTON COULSON – MANAGER Coulson Air crane Ltd. (CAL)
Britton Coulson started working at CAL at the age of 14 cleaning helicopter parts and has grown into a highly experienced Aviation Manager. He has demonstrated an ability to lead diverse teams of professionals to new levels of success. Under Britt’s management the company has been transformed into a premier word class manufacturer and maintenance option for the Sikorsky S61 fleets of helicopters.
CATRINA ELLIOTT – PRESIDENT/CEO Elite Image Software Corporation
Catrina Elliott is the President of Elite Image Software Corporation, a rapidly expanding software and marketing fi rm from Nanaimo that was founded in the basement of her home two years ago and is always innovating diff erent products/services to be in the forefront. She leads by example and inspires her team with vision, drive and enthusiasm.
CHRIS GILLEN – CEO Dial-A-Geek Consulting Inc.
Chris Gillen founded the fi rst computer company in Victoria focused exclusively on in-home and on-site repair. His leadership has turned Dial-A-Geek from a two man operation into a multiple location, multi million dollar company. In the last few years he has moved into project management and business development.
CHRISTY SMITH – MARKETING Spice Creative
Christy Smith, the marketing whiz behind Spice Creative, is passionate about business strategy, philanthropy, inspiring others and getting results. As a survivor of sexual assault, Christy ran a half marathon to raise awareness and resources for the Victoria Women’s Sexual Assault Centre. Harnessing the power of social media, her campaign earned $10,000 in the fi rst ten days and ongoing eff orts have raised over $50,000 to date.
DR. ANTON RABIEN – RURAL FAMILY PHYSICIAN West Coast Family Medical Clinic
Anton Rabien’s passion for medicine took him to various cities and towns in BC, the Territories and New Zealand. After his return home to Sooke and starting a family medicine practice he spent the last six years, with his local colleagues, to successfully lobby VIHA to select Sooke as an Integrated Health Network and provide specialist care to the patients.
JAMES MACINTYRE – OWNER Studio Kitchens & Design/ PI Granite Fabricators, Ltd.
In the 9 short years since receiving his CA designation, James MacIntyre has proven leadership, business acumen, marketing skill and community involvement. As a business owner James is a knowledgeable and savvy marketer and has enjoyed much success and growth of Studio Kitchens and Pi Granite and has received the Sterling Award for his efforts in the last 14 months.
KEN PULS – DIRECTOR OF IT/CONTROLLER Fairwinds Community Resort
By day, Ken Puls, CMA is the Controller/Director of IT at the Fairwinds Community & Resort on Vancouver Island, BC, but by night he runs Excel guru Consulting Inc. A company dedicated to helping users get the most out of Microsoft Excel. Ken has been an active participant in many Web forums since 2002, and hosts his own website, blog and free help forums at www.excelguru.ca.
LEVI SAMPSON – PRESIDENT/PART OWNER – Harmac Pacific, PART OWNER – CHEK Television
At the age of 31, Levi Sampson has reached many “unreachable” goals. He is president and part owner of Nanaimo’s largest private employer, Harmac Pacific and he was instrumental in saving it from being permanently shut down. He is also part owner of CHEK Television and sits as Chairman of the Board. Due to his many successes from his innovative approaches, Levi has received accolades in every major media outlet in the country.
MICAYLA HAYES – PRESIDENT The London Chef
Since Micayla Hayes opened “The London Chef”, it has become established and a successful award-winning business with a retail storefront in Victoria. What started as a big idea on a napkin is now an exciting and thriving business employing eight full time staff , and growing rapidly. Community participation has been a tenet of her life from a young age.
MICHELLE MCKINNON – BRANCH MANAGER, VICTORIA MAIN BRANCH BMO Bank of Montreal
From a young age, Michelle McKinnon had that entrepreneurial spirit. From holding down several jobs, while attending school and participating in completive Synchronized swimming to becoming the top salesperson selling vacuums door to door one summer, she had the ability to succeed at whatever she put her mind to. She progressed quickly into a senior management position at BMO due to her exceptional leadership skills, self-motivation and a genuine willingness to help people, which resulted in her winning several awards.
MIKE DELVES – SENIOR MANAGER & BUSINESS ADVISOR MNP
Michael Delves is a CGA serving as a Senior Manager and Business Advisor with MNP. He has 17 years of experience delivering personalized accounting, consulting and tax solutions to a wide range of small businesses, not-for-profit organizations and forest industry clients. Approachable and committed to the community, he is the Board Chair of the Greater Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce and past-treasurer of the Young Professionals of Nanaimo.
MIRA LAURENCE – SPORTS HOST CTV Vancouver Island
Mira has helped create an award-winning sports department with strong ties to island communities, a commitment to amateur sports, and a focus on local coverage. She’s the station’s Senior Sports Anchor. You’ll find her on the anchor desk weeknights or live on location broadcasting from local sporting events. Mira is very community-minded and goes above and beyond for the community donating her time to many local charity causes, including Cops for Cancer as a media rider.
SHARIE MINIONS – MORTGAGE BROKER, OWNER TMG The Mortgage Group Canada Inc., Little Minions Children Clothing
In the few short years after Sharie Francoeur chose to return to Port Alberni to begin her family and pursue her business interests, the community has definitely benefited. She started as a broker at 21 without any business experience and has taught herself how to source business, market herself and run her business efficiently.
TROY WILSON – OWNER, BARBER Status Barbershop
Troy Wilson has truly found his niche in life. Troy started his business while holding down a full-time job, enduring many challenges along the way. Working with Autistic children during the day would be enough for most people but Troy finds the time and energy to start a unique barber shop. His magnetic charisma allows him to draw in young people where he imparts his wisdom and encourages them to learn a trade or apprentice under him.
TYLER HEISTERMAN – PRESIDENT AND OPERATIONS MANAGER Cinnabar Valley Farms Ltd.
As the owner of Cinnabar Valley Farms Ltd., Tyler Heisterman had the vision and leadership to create the foundation to expand the business from 250 to almost 6000 product lines. Over the 10 years his revenues have grown from $400,000 to $5.5M and the staff has increased from 10 to over 40 employees.