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The Mission of the Consulting Services is to:

Connect your business with a specialized consultant to help you navigate and learn new skills to grow your business.

Participating businesses will benefit most if they have: 

How to join:

1. Connect with the Program Ambassador in your community.

2. The Program Ambassador will refer your business to the Consulting Services by completing an intake form with you.

3. A Consulting Services representative will connect with you to match you with a consultant.

What is the cost:

The cost is based on an hourly rate and will vary. 

You may be eligible for sponsorship/funding. Please login to your membership for sponsored program eligibility criteria.

 


Frequently Asked Questions

How many specialized consultants can I meet with under the DREAI Sponsorship?

As an eligible business you will have access to a maximum of 10 consulting hours. You can meet with multiple consultants within the 10 hours.

What if I want more than 10 hours?

If you qualify for DREAI sponsorship and you would like more than 10 hours of consulting, you are welcome to connect with your Program Ambassador to request additional training.

You can also use the Consulting Services on a fee for service basis. 

If I am not eligible for sponsorship, can I use the Consulting Services for my business?

All businesses are welcome to use the Consulting Services to connect with consultants on a fee for service basis. 

Who will match me with a Consultant?

Once you have been referred by your Program Ambassador, you will be contacted by a Community Futures Consulting Services representative to review your needs and connect you with a Consultant. 

 


Our Consultants & Bios:

* Hover over a consultant to read their full bio.

Valoroso Consulting

Alex Valoroso

Valoroso Consulting

Looking to build your awareness on equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) and make change, but not sure where to start or why EDI matters for your workplace? Valoroso Consulting helps businesses develop effective strategies so they can be confident in creating initiatives that are equitable and inclusive. I offer consulting services on gender equity and social inclusion (GESI) and specialize in building your awareness on equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) for your business, workplace, or community. As a personable and engaging subject matter expert with demonstrated experience across Canada and abroad, I make learning accessible and present practical and concrete recommendations for real world implementation and integration. Valoroso Consulting is ready to work with you to best support your business or organizational goals for a more equitable outcome.

Amy Brosinski CPA

Amy Brosinski

Amy Brosinski CPA

Amy Brosinski, CPA, CA owns and operates a small accounting practice from her home in Chilliwack, BC. She received her accounting designation in 2005 and has gained a wide variety of accounting experience in both public practice and as a Financial Controller for a national charity. She enjoys working closely with her clients to help them with their accounting, tax and bookkeeping needs. When not busy working, she spends her spare time with her family, camping in the summer and usually at the soccer pitch the rest of the year.

AFK Consulting

Andre Kuerbis

AFK Consulting

Andre is passionate about small businesses and entrepreneurship and has a strong background in hospitality. His clients appreciate his focus on details, his ability to adapt to the client's individual situation, and his local knowledge.

After working in the banking sector for 15 years, leaving the industry as a district manager, Andre became an entrepreneur himself in 2010. He understands the challenges and opportunities that come with running a business and he loves to work with his clients through them.

In addition to his designation as a certified Professional Business Coach with PBCA Canada, he is an accredited member of the Guild of Industrial, Commercial, and Institutional Accountants and a Certified Professional Bookkeeper with CPB Canada.

AZ Cre8ive

Andrew Zwicker

AZ Cre8ive

Andrew is a driven, creative and professional entrepreneur with a history of getting people excited and engaged in new ideas and converting that excitement into action.

With a career spent largely in the marketing, business development and small business world, Andrew is passionate about growing small businesses and has an unusual love of writing business plans/strategies.

He spent many years in the ski and tourism industry including roles as the Youth Business Director for Whistler Blackcomb and Marketing Manager for Baldy Mountain Resort. He has done stints on City Council in Rossland, BC has a creative agency that has produced over 500 magazine and news articles and greater than 200 podcast episodes. He also runs Green Circle Marketing delivering online sales and marketing courses.. He has dabbled in the tech industry and loves working with entrepreneurs across all sectors to grow their businesses.

Most recently he produced over 250 marketing and strategic plans for businesses in The Boundary Region of BC with the Boundary Regional Chamber of Commerce and in the West Kootenay with KAST.

He has two active young boys and a border collie who all love living an active outdoor lifestyle together.

Thrive

Anna Harrison

Thrive

Anna Harrison is a successful entrepreneur with a strong background in business and leadership.

For 32 years Anna owned and operated Genesis Holding Co. Ltd, a multi faceted business including a retail and service boutique. After selling her business, Anna transitioned to working with business owners and individuals to partner with them to achieve greater success in their businesses and personal lives.

As a member of the Professional Business Coaches Association (PBCA) and founding member of the Global Alliance for Professional Leadership Development (GAPLD).

Anna is a Certified Professional Business Coach, Leadership Development Coach and Extended DISC partner.

She partners with business owners, leaders, and non profit organizations to help them recognize and achieve their potential by seeing the possibilities, setting goals, and executing their game plan. With a focus on business and leadership development, strategic planning, implementation, sales and marketing strategies, and team building

Adam Alexander & Associates

Bill Gallis

Adam Alexander & Associates

Bill Gallis is the Principal and Human Resources Management Consultant with Adam Alexander & Associates, located in Kamloops, British Columbia. Bill possesses over 20+ years of human resources and occupational health & safety management experience in both the private and public sectors. He is professionally certified (CHRP/CPHR) by the Human Resources Management Association of British Columbia and Canada since 1998.

Bill obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Calgary. Upon completion of his Psychology degree Bill transferred into the faculty of Business Administration where his concentration was in human resources management. Upon graduating, he continued his studies at the U of Calgary obtaining a Certificate in Human Resources Management and upon his move back to British Columbia; he continued his studies in human resources, occupational health & safety, and labor relations at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, WorkSafe B.C., the Construction Association of B.C. (Auditor Program) and the B.C. Human Resources Management Association.

Ownward Consulting Ltd.

Brady Calancie

Ownward Consulting Ltd.

Brady is a small business consultant with a major interest in Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Prior to consulting Brady founded a robotics manufacturing company, as well as a small batch ice cream company. Having graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce in Entrepreneurial Management and a Graduate Certificate in Management Consulting, Brady has made it his life goal to support entrepreneurs.

Since starting consulting, Brady has worked on several programs including Export Navigator, the Consulting Hive, Food Business Refresh, the Provincial Nominee Program, and many more. This has allowed Brady to support a wide array of clients in many different industries. If you need assistance getting started, pivoting, or scaling Brady is ready to support.

Made to Measure, Consulting & Coaching

Brian Martin

Made to Measure, Consulting & Coaching

Brian Martin, CHRE, ACC is a certified business coach and human resources leader with over twenty years executive experience.

A hands-on change agent, he helps leaders and teams implement performance and engagement solutions by focusing on people, products/services, performance, and purpose.
His diverse background includes senior executive positions (operations, human resources, and organizational development) with well-known Canadian brands, including Indigo Chapters and the Hudson’s Bay Company. As a Vice President for The TJX Companies (Fortune 100 company based in Boston, MA) he had global responsibility for Leadership Development.
Brian recently returned to the Fraser Valley from Toronto and operates Made to Measure, a full circle consulting and coaching firm. His client roster includes retail, hospitality, food & beverage, professional services, education, health care and non-profit.

He served on the Board of Directors for the Toronto Children's Chorus. An advocate for childhood literacy, his company is proud to champion Dolly Parton's Imagination Library in the Fraser Valley.

Thrive

Cindy Piva

Thrive

Cindy Piva is the owner and founder of Thrive Business Strategies (established in 2009). She has a Bachelor of Commerce from UBC (B Comm), is a Certified Professional Master Business Coach (CPMBC), a founding member of the Global Alliance for Professional Leadership Development (GAPLD) and is a Certified Professional for Leadership Development (CPLD). She is also a Certified Extended DISC trainer.

In her former business, Cindy owned and operated Pineridge Golf Course, developing and building the golf course, and then owning and operating it for over 20 years.

After selling Pineridge Golf Course, Cindy took further training through the Professional Business Coaches Alliance (PBCA), an organization that upholds some of the highest standards for business and leadership coaching, and has become a Certified Professional Master Business Coach.

She now works with leaders, business owners, and CEOs, of all types of organizations to help them define their purpose, align their core values, streamline their operations, proactively plan their organizations strategically, grow as leaders, and implement focused best business practices customized to their unique needs. For non-profits, she is mindful of helping organizations plan for the future, thrive through purpose, involve volunteers, create effective teams, and improve fundraising, while ensuring all stakeholders are included in the process.

She loves giving back, is a past-president of Kamloops West Rotary, and is currently the District Trainer for District 5060. She has trained over 2000 presidents-elect in leadership through her service as a President Elect Training Seminar (PETS) training leader and facilitator. She has been honoured with the Rotarian of the Year and President’s Award from her club as well as the District Governor’s Citation for Distinguished Service Award from District 5060, and most recently, was awarded the Harold R Henderson Award for service in the district. She also serves as a director on the boards of the Kamloops Chamber of Commerce, the Kamloops Hospice Association, and Kamloops West Rotary. Cindy has also been recognized professionally and received “Coach of the Year – Western Region,” an esteemed award from her peers at the Professional Business Coaches Alliance of North America. Most recently, she was given the “Hall of Fame” Award for her service in PBCA Canada.

Cindy also enjoys travelling, curling, kayaking, paddle boarding, hiking, and spending time with her family.

Owl Business Consulting

Darrell Goertzen

Owl Business Consulting

After 25 years in a business career as an entrepreneur, business owner, and corporate manager, Darrell joined the Venture Connect team in 2012. Since then he has worked with hundreds of business owners throughout BC, helping them prepare their business for a sale.

As a Business Advisor he provides guidance, market understanding, peace of mind and better outcomes to business sellers and buyers. In addition to his work with Venture Connect Darrell is the Business Advisor for the BC Business Match.

Solutions Business Services

Ellen Gross

Solutions Business Services

Ellen brings over 20 years of bookkeeping experience and 15 years of teaching experience to the table. She has been running her own business since 2000, giving her firsthand knowledge of both the challenges and successes a business owner faces on a regular basis.

Grindcom

Greg Ford

Grindcom

Focused on small-business bookkeeping, office management and data security, Greg has hands-on experience in resource industries as laborer, equipment operator, supervisor, bookkeeper, and office manager. He has also owned and operated an industrial computer research company – during which time he became very familiar with the grant process for IRAP and SR&ED federal programs.

A B.Sc. in Computer Engineering Technology with a background in system design gives Greg a unique perspective when optimizing office technology and procedures for small business. This training and experience also inform his abilities as a technology generalist, skilled in a broad range of business software suites, web development scenarios and on-line advertising strategies.

Catalyst Strategies

James Grieve

Catalyst Strategies

James Grieve is a Certified Management Consultant and is currently the Institute President of Certified Management Consultants of British Columbia (CMC-BC). He is passionate about strategy and has a keen understanding of working with organizations of all sizes, in a variety of industries, including clean-technology, bioenergy, renewable energy, natural resources management, agriculture, manufacturing, and professional services. He has extensive experience in working with First Nations communities on economic development and empowerment initiatives in a variety of geographical regions and business models, including co-operatives.

His Kelowna-based boutique consulting firm Catalyst Strategies Consulting specializes in strategy, customer experience, and organizational transformation, and together with his team of consultants, he works with clients to analyze their operations, diagnose challenges, uncover blind spots, and mitigate risks in their businesses. Providing trusted advice, Catalyst Strategies Consulting helps clients plan effectively, create processes to reach peak performance, and reach sustainable profitability, while enhancing their customer experiences.

James resides in Kelowna and loves all that the Okanagan has to offer. He gives back to his community by mentoring business students and entrepreneurs at Community Futures BC, UBCO, Okanagan College, Women’s Enterprise Centre, Futurpreneur Canada, and Salmon Arm Economic Development Society.

Singleton Consulting

John Singleton

Singleton Consulting

John is a Certified Executive Coach and through his coaching, allows others to discover what they have inside, to believe in themselves, and then act upon what they know and discover.
It is the discomfort of learning about ourselves that is not treasured and Executive Coaches are a tried and tested tool that gives comfort and understanding on this journey.

This journey will activate clients to broaden their self-awareness, create a desire to learn more and be more and enhance all facets of their life.
The journey will be made up of a series of conversations that contain observations, queries and proposals from the coach to motivate and educate the client about concerns and issues they may not see at present.
In order to change our lives we must be willing to change our habits.

As a coach;
“I am committed to working with people to find their path and acting as a support for that journey.
I am the pencil in their hands that drafts the plans and offer suggestions and guidance where requested.
A coach is a person who is ‘The Pencil’ in your hand helping you draft the plans you choose the path, the methodology, and the activities that will bring you closer to your objectives.
Together we will find a methodology that stretches you to find what is within and together we will use that information to move forward in your search.

My role is to facilitate, dreaming, visioning, growth and learning.
I will be your sounding board and as you move ‘The Pencil’ as you wish to, you will draft your vision and the best plans for you to succeed.

I believe that the success of coaching and the relationship it builds in not in solving a problem, success is in the journey itself to find a better and more effective you.

In order to change our lives we must be willing to change our habits.

That will be uncomfortable and stretching and fun.
So enjoy!”

L Walters Consulting

Laurie Walters

L Walters Consulting

Laurie has lived in the Cariboo most of her life. As a self-employed Contractor she has been very fortunate to be involved with numerous projects and initiatives regionally in the Cariboo Chilcotin, and provincially.
Having her Provincial Instructors Diploma Laurie is skilled in Curriculum development, facilitating, presenting, and instructing. Currently Laurie is focussed on Succession Planning, coaching business owners on how to plan, prepare and market for the sale of their business. She has been an Instructor at Thompson Rivers University and has travelled to many First Nations communities where she taught Essential Skills. Currently Laurie has developed and delivered the You’ve Got Talent – Finding and Keeping Great People, Storytelling to influence and Succession Planning for businesses wanting to sell their business. Laurie’s passion is developing and delivering webinars on topics that are relevant to today’s workplace environment. L. Walters Consulting provides 1-1 specialized services marketing, succession planning and Human Resource specifically with Onboarding and retention of new and existing employees.

Klassen Marketing Co

Lorri Klassen

Klassen Marketing Co

Klassen Marketing Co. was founded in January 2011 when my dabbling in social media became a full-fledged passion and full-time occupation. We have been serving North American based businesses with digital marketing solutions since that time. We are a professional, hands-on, social media marketing agency which has been managing content marketing and social advertising campaigns for everything from emerging brands to well-established multi-million dollar businesses.

Ownward Consulting

Matt Vissers

Ownward Consulting

Matt Vissers is a business consultant helping entrepreneurs start, sustain, and grow their own businesses.

After 15+ years of experience as a small businesses operations specialist, Matt switched his focus to business consulting to help more people start and streamline their own ventures. In addition to freelance work, he has worked with entrepreneurs of all types in self-employment training programs throughout BC and Alberta. Through these programs, he has had the opportunity to personally edit, review, and assist with dozens of business plans.

Whether you want to start a business, or grow the one you already have, Matt is passionate about helping small business owners determine and achieve their own version of success.

SEA45 Compliance, Consult & Creative

Serena Neumerschitsky

SEA45 Compliance, Consult & Creative

Serena Neumerschitsky is Owner and Principal Consultant of SEA45 Compliance, Consult & Creative, a Canadian Digital Marketing & Management Firm that coaches small businesses, not for profits, government projects, and educational institutes through navigating, optimizing, and streamlining business identities in the digital economy.

As a lover of all things design and mentoring Serena has a degree in Fashion, Design and Technology, from The Wilson School of Design, and has shared that knowledge building and teaching Design and Technology programs at The Wilson School of Design, LaSalle College Vancouver, Okanagan College, and North Island College.

Before devoting herself to education and entrepreneurism full time, Serena spent a decade in apparel working with brands such as MEC, Cannondale, Sugoi, Sport Chek, Atmosphere, Canadian Tire, Mark’s, Diadora, McKinley, Firefly, Huntshield, Woods, Outbound, Bootlegger, David Suzuki, Vancouver Canucks and many more.

Estelle HR Solutions

Veronica Lyver

Estelle HR Solutions

Veronica brings years of in-depth senior human resources management experience to her work with Estelle HR Solutions Inc.. A seasoned human resource professional with a broad range of expertise, Veronica’s background includes more than two decades in the hospitality industry. Over the years, she has worked with respected brands such as Canadian Pacific Hotels, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, Hilton Hotel & Resorts, and Delaware North Companies. During her years as a Consultant, Veronica has worked with organizations across all sectors and is familiar with the unique characteristics and dynamics of various work environments including organizational structures which are governed in many ways including a board of directors, a matrix structure, family-owned, corporate, associations, and workplaces that have a mix of union vs. non-union employee groups. Many of her clients are in the not-for-profit sector and with a variety of organizations, leaders, and communities that champion work in Community Services, Social Housing, Gender-Based Violence, Immigrant Services Organizations, and Indigenous groups helping them develop and implement strategies to address their multifaceted human resources needs.

Skilled in all aspects of HR management, including learning and development, Veronica is particularly adept at helping clients navigate complex issues. As part of her work, she facilitates interactions and liaises with the various parties to develop agreements that address key needs and priorities. Her belief in creating mutually beneficial solutions, and her commitment to building respectful, non-adversarial relationships have proven highly successful. Veronica is also well-versed in occupational health and safety issues and has led several initiatives related to developing and introducing health and safety programs and other areas focused on improving workplace health and safety.

Veronica holds a Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR) designation from the CPHR Association of British Columbia & Yukon, as well as a Human Resources Management Certificate from the University of Alberta. A tireless learner, she is most recently completed a Master Mindfulness Practitioner certificate and Three Principals Practitioner certification, honing skills that will allow her to offer clients enhanced insights to help them better navigate business development. As the Owner & Senior HR Consultant at Estelle Solutions Inc., Veronica works closely with small business owners and operators throughout the country. She is comfortable leading projects or assisting in-house HR specialists as needed.

Originally from St. John's, Newfoundland, Veronica has spent much of her HR career in Western Canada and is passionate about giving back to the places she calls home. An ardent animal lover, she was a long-time volunteer with the Edmonton Humane Society’s Pets in the Park Annual Fundraiser and has lent her time to both Habitats for Humanity and the United Way. She is also a proud member of the Rotary Club of Chilliwack.

Wendy Heppner dba Wendy Heppner Insurance Advisor

Wendy Heppner

Wendy Heppner dba Wendy Heppner Insurance Advisor

Wendy recently retired from the Insurance Industry of 19 years, 15 of which were dealing with commercial insurances. Wendy’s clients ranged from large contractors, owners of commercial buildings, pubs, restaurants, hotels, to small home-based business.
Wendy‘s goal is to help you build a relationship with a broker and provide the information you need for constructive meeting with brokers, ensuring you will have correct information and questions to ask.
Wendy cannot recommend limits or coverages; that will be up to the broker of your choice, but she can provide you with all the tools necessary to have a meaningful discussion about insurance requirements for your business, saving time and misunderstandings.

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