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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 is a co-founder at Purppl. He’s helped to build acceleration programs for tech entrepreneurs across BC with Accelerate Okanagan and is a former top Canadian sales manager for Xerox. He’s a Director with Big Brothers and Sisters and One Big Table.

Amanda Loewen

Amanda Loewen

Amanda’s Bachelor of Management (Marketing) from UBCO gives her a foundation to be a storyteller, communicator, and community building lead at Purppl. She’s an active volunteer with events like Startup Weekend and Nerd Olympics.

Ken Gauthier

Ken Gauthier

Ken is the founder of Urban Matters, a social enterprise which focuses on sustainable community development as well as a member of the BC Social Impact Partners. He has a successful foundation as a professional engineer, strategic and entrepreneurial business and team leader.

Fraser Campbell

Fraser Campbell

Fraser is a serial entrepreneur who has participated in several startups, rollouts, mergers and acquisitions in warehousing, aviation, construction, and public security. He is a director with the Kelowna Food Bank, Okanagan Changemakers, and Shoe Bank Canada and a mentor with Accelerate Okanagan.

Linda McGrew

Linda McGrew

Linda is an entrepreneur and consultant who has owned and operated several companies locally and globally including an all women’s commercial painting company and a socially responsible fashion label. Further to entrepreneurship, she has worked as a director of non-profits, a professor, and a writer. Linda is driven to build new economic models that help communities thrive.

Colin Stansfield

Colin Stansfield

Colin is the Executive Director at Gibsons Public Market and former ED Potluck Cafe, an award winning social enterprise in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. He has a strong background in sustainable community development and social innovation. He is a director at the Dugout Drop-In Society and the Strathacona Business Improvement Association.

Alyssa Farr

Alyssa Farr

Alyssa cofounded Unlimited Contracting, a social enterprise residential and commercial maintenance and renovation company. She also worked with Metro Community to help launch three of their social enterprises.

Christian Brandt

Christian Brandt

Christian is the Regional Fleet Manager at Modo Car Share. Before joining Modo, he co-founded OGO Car Share Co-op where he developed partnerships with public, private, and educational institutions to grow the organization to 13 vehicles and over 450 members. Christian is also the former President of the Federation of Canadian Car Share Co-ops.

Mitchell Forgie

Mitchell Forgie

Mitchell is the co-owner and operator of Red Beard Cafe, he’s involved in many food initiatives in the community. He’s also actively involved in BrewLoops as well as a passionate author who has written on fiscal policy to support more inclusive cities.

Jonathan Bowers

Jonathan Bowers

Jonathan is the founder at Two Story Robot which helps create modern web technology for its diverse customers. He’s started and participated in several startups. Jonathan was instrumental in bringing Startup Weekend to Kamloops and deeply understands lean startup methodology.

Dan Rink

Dan Rink

Dan is the CEO at iTel, his fifth startup, which now has 100+ employees. He’s been building technology solutions since he was 14 years old a really understands how to launch and scale companies. He’s also a co-founder at Kamloops Innovation, a non-profit society which accelerates tech-based startups.

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.

Debbie Rhymer

Debbie Rhymer

Debbie has a deep background in managing people, process, and transition. She’s spent time working within different sectors including health insurance, technology, and government. She knows how to turn complexity into actionable process.

Nick Clements

Nick Clements

Nick owns the Brand Department Inc. and is the Director of Marketing at Carebook Technologies, a Montreal based company whose mission is to give people the tools they need to take control of their health. In the past he’s worked in senior marketing roles for Disney Interactive, Madhouse Creative, Lowe, and others. He’s a listener and knows how to communicate a brand and a voice.

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