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Purposeful People

Purppl accelerates ideas, projects and enterprises that work for the public good. We help social entrepreneurs build sustainable revenue models and sustainable impact models.

Meet the Purppl Team

Andrew Greer

Andrew Greer

Andrew Greer is the Managing Director at Purppl. He’s been working in social enterprise and community development for 10+ years. He’s also the BC Interior Lead, board member, and co-owner at Thrive Impact Fund. In the past, Andrew held several roles with Accelerate Okanagan, supporting tech companies through entrepreneurial development programs in the Okanagan and throughout BC. He is also a former top Canadian sales manager for Xerox. He has diverse experience working in, starting, and serving as a Board member to nonprofits, co-ops, and social enterprises. As a specialist at Purppl, he likes to spend time with leaders on impact strategy, impact measurement, business model and revenue development, and governance structures.

Jude Brunt

Jude Brunt

Jude has been an entrepreneur in the food & beverage industry the past 14 years, and has worked with Purppl as an EIR since April 2020. Alongside her business, she has enjoyed fund development and community engagement roles with several major non-profits in the UK and Canada.

Domenica Chieffo

Domenica Chieffo

Domenica is passionate about helping others and is very invested in environmental sustainability. She brings experience in marketing, international relations, research and event planning. She has worked with Parks Canada, Alberta Health Services and Horizon Housing Society. Domenica holds a BA in Communications and Media Studies and a BSc in Biological Sciences.

Hilary Henegar

Hilary Henegar

Hilary Henegar is a brand, community and culture builder, who has spent the last 10 years building and growing businesses, not-for-profits and communities rooted in the sharing economy – from car sharing to crowdfunding to cinema to coworking. She is co-founder of Girl Gang, an online/offline professional networking community for women and non-binary marketers, communicators, creators and technologists. She and her young family live in the traditional, unceded lands and waters of the Quw’utsun people (Duncan, BC).

Segun Fatudimu

Segun Fatudimu

Segun Fatudimu is the Managing Director at Impact Toolbox, a Doctoral Fellow at the University of British Columbia (Okanagan), and an EIR at Purppl. In the past he’s built a youth-led nonprofit that empowers young Nigerians towards high impact leadership and sustainable community engagements, built a community-based dental clinic, and was an Obama Foundation Scholar. He began his first business at the age of 11 in Nigeria and has committed to social impact in his work since then. Segun deeply understands youth leadership in social impact, and as an EIR at Purppl likes to spend time with leaders on impact strategy, impact measurement, and engagement models.

Jasneet Pritam

Jasneet Pritam

Jasneet Pritam is an interdisciplinary designer and design enthusiast. She has experience in architectural design, graphic design, Digital marketing strategy, and design optimization. She is currently in her final year of completing her undergraduate degree in visual art and architecture and hopes to develop a holistic set of skills that intersect with her design background and her interest in the growing social innovation landscape.

Debbie Rhymer

Debbie Rhymer

Debbie started in information technology focusing on business requirements analysis, and process re-engineering for a variety of businesses.  She worked in Executive roles of large corporate companies responsible for change management, workforce management and strategic planning. Debbie was also a behind the scenes partner for her husband’s business and helped her daughter start up and run her own business.  She is experienced in providing coaching and mentoring at all levels. Debbie’s passions are strategic thinking and facilitating the growth and success of others.

Colin Stansfield

Colin Stansfield

Colin is the Executive Director of SCREDO – the regional economic development office for the lower Sunshine Coast. His background includes leadership of Gibsons Public Market and Potluck Cafe. He has worked with RADIUS SFU, Ecotrust Canada, the Strathcona Business Improvement Association and the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade. He supports our clients with advice on social enterprise, community capital, impact measurement and public policy.

Tasia McGrew

Tasia McGrew

Tasia is a serial startup entrepreneur. Tasia started a clothing manufacturing social enterprise in East Asia which provided full time employment for women who previously worked in the sex industry. She’s also owned a painting company, started and sold a children’s consignment store, and started a micro finance nonprofit. She’s excellent at turning ideas into reality. She’s also an experienced business consultant, has taught business, and holds both a masters and a doctorate degree in business.

Alyssa Farr

Alyssa Farr

Alyssa cofounded Unlimited Contracting, a social enterprise commercial and industrial maintenance and renovation company. Alyssa has also worked with Metro Community and collaborated in the launch of two of their social enterprises. Alyssa’s specialty is coming alongside leaders to create clarity and align staff with the organizational vision, provide a structure for strategic decision making and progress evaluation, and develop financial models that support long-term sustainability.

BRIAN MCKENZIE

BRIAN MCKENZIE

Brian McKenzie is a committed leader with over 20 years of extensive experience in non-profit sustainability, social enterprise, SMEs, public corporations, and start-ups. He excels in converting organizational objectives into actionable, long-lasting strategies with significant impact. As the founder of The Connective, Brian collaborates with agencies, non-profits, and tech start-ups to fuel their growth through innovative and meaningful approaches. Brian also co-founded Reframe Concepts, which specializes in social-purpose real estate development. He has previously held senior leadership positions at a FinTech, a digital learning platform for sports education, and a non-profit leadership institute. As an Entrepreneur in Residence at Purppl, Brian focuses on leadership development, marketing and storytelling, strategy, and performance measurement.

Dan Hendry

Dan Hendry

Dan is a systems thinker and social innovator who is passionate about sustainability, innovation and community engagement. He is an architect behind a simple but powerful model to transform public transportation and it starts with training youth. “The Kingston Model” has increased high school ridership from 28,000 to 600,000 annually in Kingston, Ontario. He was also responsible for designing, creating and managing the Innovation Hub @ St. Lawrence College which has become a destination for skills teaching through engagement  & collaboration on community-based, inter-disciplinary projects.

Sharon Bond-Hogg

Sharon Bond-Hogg

Sharon is a passionate Entrepreneur and Restaurateur for 20 years.

Owner and CEO/Founder of Kekuli Cafe, Sharon created a cafe that had something no other place had; a traditional cultural aboriginal ambience, with light pow wow music, aboriginal art, jewellery and most of all Aboriginal cuisine!

Her areas of strength include Business Development, Start-ups, Marketing, Social Media, Tourism, Indigenous Tourism, Customer Service, World Host Pow Wow Experience. Board Governance, BC Labour Market Strategy, Tourism Blueprint Strategy, and Organizing Board Structure.

Charity Gerbrandt

Charity Gerbrandt

Charity is a speaker, coach and product development visionary. Over the past 15 years, Charity has been instrumental in starting scaling successful businesses in gaming, healthcare, and even microbrewing. She helped propel the world’s largest virtual world for kids from startup to over 300 million global users, and has worked alongside the world’s most innovative teams including Pixar, Lucasfilm, Disney, Marvel, IBM, and Lenovo.

Charity continues to mentor startups and social enterprise entrepreneurs around the world through organizations like TechStars and Purppl, while speaking and training on leadership and team culture across North America.

Jeff Spohr

Jeff Spohr

Jeff is a leader with an entrepreneurial spirit. For over 10 years he lived in Laos, South East Asia, managing and expanding a social enterprise restaurant, bakery and coffee company, creating full time jobs for over 200 people (many whom were marginalized). Areas of expertise in business modelling, revenue forecasting, cost of goods management and leadership development.

Jeff thrives on collaboration and has an even balance of big picture and detail orientation, he builds efficient teams and processes and enjoys seeing people get passionate about their lives and work.

Ryan Detwiller

Ryan Detwiller

Ryan has held leadership roles in product, marketing, strategy, and general management with impact-driven startups through to fast-growing, investor-backed companies preparing to go public. Along with being a Purppl Entrepreneur-in-Residence, he is currently the founder and CEO of Scalepath.io, where he helps organizations better understand their market and identify their best opportunities to grow revenue.

Ryan holds a BA in Professional Communication and is an MBA candidate with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, focusing on entrepreneurship and business analytics.

Susan Smith

Susan Smith

Susan Smith is an CPA, C.A, and experienced executive and leader in social enterprise and social purpose organizations. She’s held various roles including Executive Director of the Naramata Centre, COO and CFO at Habitat for Humanity Canada, and VP Finance and Operations at Junior Achievement. She also ran her own consulting organization specializing in crisis management, organizational development, succession planning, human resources and financial management for small business and nonprofits. She has diverse experience serving as a Board member in the nonprofit sector. As an EIR as Purppl, she likes to spend time with leaders working on financial modelling and management, operations, executive leadership development, governance, and impact strategy.

Raissa Espiritu

Raissa Espiritu

Raissa makes the change she wants to see in the world by using her ambition and tenacity to solve the world’s biggest and her community’s most dire problems. She has over 15 years of experience developing ideas and helping social purpose organizations, innovators, entrepreneurs, and large matrix corporations achieve their fundraising and social impact goals. As a cross-sector bridge builder with expertise spanning basic science, medical technology, to social innovation, she has the skills and knowledge to make systemic change and solve complex problems. She develops, proposes, and executes creative ways to build diverse revenue streams and finance socially innovative projects.

Tehmina Chaudhry

Tehmina Chaudhry

Tehmina is a Passionate Entrepreneur having over 10 years of experience in Entrepreneurship & Community Building. Along with running her venture INSTA Foods she is currently doing a Fellowship with Acumen & Rockefeller Foundation. She volunteers with many International Organizations and run a Community of Women Entrepreneurs in Pakistan with over 8000 registered members. From her Volunteer work in Entrepreneurial Eco System for diversity and inclusion, to her focus on the environment by reducing Food Waste— everything Tehmina does speak to giving back, giving to community, giving to the world—and in many ways, her Entrepreneurial journey reflects her determination to create value for others through her work and business.

Kyle Empringham

Kyle Empringham

Kyle Empringham is the Director of Social Impact Partnerships at ThoughtExchange. He’s also the co-founder and Director of Finance + Fundraising at the Starfish Canada, a charity which connects young environmental changemakers through storytelling and community. He teaches college courses on climate change and environmental assessment. He’s worked with the David Suzuki Foundation and the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society, focusing on public and community engagement and building Indigenous partnerships. Some of the skills he brings as an EIR at Pürppl include breaking down silos and bringing partnerships together, strategizing on public engagement, communications and marketing campaigns, building a social enterprise from scratch, and leadership transition.

Selena McLachlan

Selena McLachlan

Selena is a values-driven communications and marketing strategist, with 25+ years experience leading teams and building brands in the Social Purpose space. A storyteller at heart, with strong analytical skills, she’s helped build brand profile and equity for some of Canada’s top co-operative businesses, including Vancity, MEC and Modo. As a Social Purpose alumna, Selena has been helping organizations articulate their  “enduring reason for being” and using it as both a competitive advantage and decision making lens, well before it became “a thing”! She’s in her happy place walking the dog, combing the beaches on Gabriola Island for sea glass, and spending time with her grandkids.

Dara Parker

Dara Parker

Dara Parker is currently the VP of Grants and Community Initiatives at the Vancouver Foundation as well as an EIR at Pürppl. She has held previous roles at Social Venture Partners, QMUNITY, BC’s Queer Resource Centre, Cuso International, the United Nations, and the City of Burnaby. Dara brings a strong toolkit and intuition for supporting human dynamics within organizations. Through her coaching, she assists organizations to strengthen their management, internal communications, and team building skills. She’s spent many years working towards centering justice and equity in all of her work.

Morgan Brannon

Morgan Brannon

Morgan Brannon has experience fundraising and leading Emergent Response at United Way, partnership development and project management at the United Nations, and project and data analysis at the World Bank. She’s also spent several years as a Finance Manager producing financial models and statements to inform firm expansion, growth forecasts & risk mitigation in the strategic management sector. As part of her EIR role at Purppl, Morgan leads portfolio relations and impact reporting for Thrive Impact Fund. As an EIR at Purppl, she likes to spend time with leaders on impact measurement and reporting, project management, partnership development and revenue growth using human-centered approaches.

Rob Voisin

Rob Voisin

Rob is a man of many hats – Director of Operations and part owner of Mochrie & Voisin Real Estate Brokerage in southern Ontario, owner and operator of multiple rental properties, Board Chair of Friends of the Grand River – an environmental impact and watershed management charity.  Rob also brings with him 15 years of experience at the national level of Habitat for Humanity Canada where he made his mark as one of the leading minds in the social enterprise space in Canada.  The number of revenue generating programs he supported nationally and locally across Canada through his time at Habitat for Humanity is extensive, including many collaboration programs with private and social impact entities.  Some may say that Rob is a serial entrepreneur with an obsession for social impact!

Brad Copes

Brad Copes

Brad is a career coach and small business consultant. He has run his own small business through university, has a decade of corporate experience in franchising working with hundreds of owners and leading corporate teams, and consulted with owners of organizations from 2 to 40 employees. A certified and accredited executive coach Brad is deeply committed to holding the people he works with capable and supporting them in their journey to unlock their potential.

Diane Entwistle

Diane Entwistle

Diane is an experienced non-profit leader with a lifelong passion for developing leaders, community collaboration and working together to find solutions to complex challenges. Over her 30 years at BGC Okanagan, retiring as CEO, Diane worked on a local, provincial, and national level to improve the lives of children, youth, and families.  Diane believes in the capacity and potential of individuals, organizations, and communities and focuses on helping individuals and organizations achieve their vision and mission, solve problems, and change things for the better.  Diane brings a positive, strengths based and engaging approach to her work.  

Julian Giacomelli

Julian Giacomelli

Julian is an impact venture catalyst. He’s helped entrepreneurs and their organisations start, grow and thrive – and has invested in a few businesses. He was the co-founder and president of Rise Kombucha. Julian brings a joyful holistic approach to all that he undertakes, and is deeply curious about how best to navigate in these paradoxical times.

Dana Bass Solomon

Dana Bass Solomon

Dana Bass Solomon led Hollyhock for 18 years as CEO of the west coast Canada-based and renowned lifelong learning organization. Hollyhock supports creative cultural and social entrepreneur networks. She has 30+ years of senior leadership and management in programs, facilities, and hospitality.

Melissa Blair

Melissa Blair

Melissa Blair is a communication strategist and public health educator, and former start-up founder. She is passionate about health equity and social justice and has focused on both through her career, from shifting public policy to reduce family and domestic violence in Australia, to conducting community-based participatory research on what educators need to advance from public eduction across the US. Melissa is a skilled strategist and tactician, developing compelling campaigns and business strategies that move audiences to action. With a career spanning three continents, Melissa has worked with a variety of clients across non-profits, government agencies, and corporations to achieve programmatic, social impact and revenue objectives. As an EIR at Purppl, Melissa has returned to her home country of Canada to support local and national organizations to better define their strategic vision and goals, develop attainable actions plans to get there and support everything with measurable outcomes.

Pam Cooley

Pam Cooley

Pam is an entrepreneur and the President of Choosethical Ventures Inc., a value-based consultancy based in Nova Scotia specializing in problem-solving, facilitation, and strategic planning. Her clients included the Vancouver Farmers Market, the Wild Salmon Fishery in BC and Vancity. In Halifax, NS, Pam is known as “the CarShare Lady” founding in 2008 the only carsharing service in Atlantic Canada and the first “two-way” carsharing service in Canada. Her colleagues describe Pam Cooley as a “practical visionary” and change agent – she can see the big picture and know where to start. Pam is also a super fan of all things tennis – watching and playing!

Katie Green

Katie Green

Katie Green (She/Her) is an artist, educator, entrepreneur, and community connector at heart. Katie’s entrepreneurial spirit shines through over 15 years of experience building creative businesses and organizations and most recently as co-founder and previous Executive Director of inPath, a non-profit organization that works to nurture a network of support for Indigenous youth and artists through arts-based learning, job skills training, and mentorship.

Throughout the years, Katie has worked in various capacities designing frameworks, organizations and programs to support people in exploring their individual and collective potential, making the unimaginable imaginable and building boxes for others to think outside of. Katie builds organizations that meet people where they’re at, inspiring agency, autonomy and resilience. Katie holds a BA and MA in Arts Education and is currently a Sustainable Innovation MBA Candidate at the University of Victoria’s Gustavson School of Business.

As an EIR at Purppl, Katie’s expertise lends itself to supporting social purpose leaders and organizations in the areas of: leading for succession, transition and growth, operational systems development, building reciprocal relationships and community-centered and sustainable business design.

Kim Mangan

Kim Mangan

Kim Mangan’s passion for community has been a guiding force in her leadership and management roles for the past 25 years.  In her most recent role as the Executive Director of the Kamloops Music Collective she oversaw the growth and expansion of the organization by successfully implementing the strategic vision and goals as they were set out by its Board of Directors. Kim has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Simon Fraser University and she has years of experience in finance working for institutions such as CIBC and GE Capital Finance. Her service-oriented approach and drive to create new, meaningful opportunities and experiences that benefit underserved populations have had a lasting impact in the communities where she has worked. As an Entrepreneur in Residence she is looking forward to merging her years of experience with Purrpl’s innovative approach to building the capability and capacity of those she works with. Kim enjoys spending time with her husband and three kids, traveling to visit family in Australia, ice skating, cooking, and mountain biking.

Jeremy Dawn

Jeremy Dawn

Jeremy has 15+ years of real estate development, management, advisory, and corporate finance experience. Jeremy’s professional history includes brokering investment & land sales across western Canada, leading a team at a ‘Big Four’ consulting/accounting firm, a member of the executive team at an Okanagan-based development company, and currently, the Founder and CEO of SNFLWR Investment Corporation. SNFLWR is a vertically integrated organization with an in-house team that manages and executes all aspects of development and construction from acquisition to property management.

Amy Moroni

Amy Moroni

Amy Moroni is a 5x founder and social impact entrepreneur, community-builder, creative, local economy advocate and full of hope. She is passionately committed to growing whole-hearted communities through entrepreneurship, social enterprise, food, art and culture. She does her best work in the process of gathering, visioning, change-making, collaboration and idea jamming.  She has specific experience in rural community economic development, small business, marketing, overall strategy, local food systems and agriculture, as well as retail business and social enterprises.  As a EIR at Purppl she would love to work with you to build your strategy or business plan, understand your highly audacious goals and creatively imagine how to reach them, or help dream up your next world changing social enterprise with you. She is a highly creative, insightful, collaborative and connected thought partner with a wide range of experience to bring to the table.

Joh Smolders

Joh Smolders

Joh’s purpose statement is ‘to tell the story behind the numbers, so that others can make informed decisions’.  They have spent a lifetime making the numbers make sense to others, through both their own Accounting Consulting practise as well as various organizations.  It all started at the age of 16 doing the books for their family farm, then taking an Accounting course in high school that led to doing well in an Accounting countywide contest, and really never looking back.  Joh has made a career of analyzing financials, using numbers as a tool and foundation for decisions, while never losing sight of the organization’s mission and vision.  Roles that ranged from Financial Analyst to Chief Financial Officer, from small to large organizations have given them the skills and experience to think both strategically and operationally.

Joh has a passion for lifelong learning, holds a CPA, CGA professional Accounting designation as well as a Masters in Business Administration.  They continue to learn more each year, most recently completing the Certificate in Economic Development from the University of Waterloo.

As an EIR, Joh looks forward to working alongside Entrepreneurs to create sustainable long term social impact, has seen the unique struggles of entrepreneurs through farming, and can relate with a passion for leaving the world in a better place than we found it!

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