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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 the Managing Director of Purppl. Purppl (Purposeful People) works together with social entrepreneurs and social purpose leaders to build regenerative enterprises and initiatives that address the root causes of systemic inequity. Purppl aims to meaningfully contribute to systemic change that cares for the collective wellbeing, equity, and the health of air, land and water.

Through his role at Purppl, Andrew leads Investor and Investee Relations and is a Board Member of Thrive Impact Fund, an impact investment fund which invests in and supports impact organizations and social enterprises across British Columbia—primarily in the Vancouver Island or BC Interior regions—that are generating positive social, environmental, or cultural benefits. Scale Collaborative and Purppl are co-owners of Thrive Impact Fund.

Andrew previously held several roles with Accelerate Okanagan, a technology business accelerator, Andrew helped support 200+ tech companies through entrepreneurial development programs in the Okanagan and developed programs throughout British Columbia. He is also a former top Canadian sales manager for Xerox.

He actively volunteers with several social impact and community initiatives. He is a father, husband, snowboarder, cyclist, and gardener.

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.

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.

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).

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 is a career marketer committed to strategically helping leaders grow their organizations. Founder and President of The Connective, Brian engages with agencies, non-profits, and tech startups to accelerate their growth in the most creatively impactful ways possible. Proudly Okanagan born and raised.

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.

Amanda Ladner

Amanda Ladner

Amanda Ladner is an entrepreneur, writer, change-maker, activist, and business coach. She co-founded three zero-waste healthy fast food restaurants in Vancouver called SMAK. She is the co-founder of SmartWhistler, dedicated to helping the municipality reduce emissions, while also improving quality of life. Amanda is committed to positive social change and climate justice and is also a passionate advocate for advancing gender equality, volunteering for Oxfam, West Coast Leaf and The Forum for Women Entrepreneurs as a mentor. Amanda has a degree in Political Science from UBC and a Masters from the London School of Economics.

Susan Smith

Susan Smith

Susan Smith CPA, CA is a C-Suite leader, advisor and coach. Her career has crossed both the profit and non-profit sectors and includes national, provincial and local senior level positions. Early in her career she built and then sold a CPA firm, advised the design industry through a time of mergers and acquisitions and ultimately sold that consulting practice to focus closely on organizational effectiveness in the non-profit sector. As past COO of Habitat for Humanity Canada, she witnessed firsthand the power of social enterprise. Her passion is the space where profit and non-profit meet.

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.

Segun Fatudimu

Segun Fatudimu

Segun is a social impact strategist, researcher and entrepreneur. He is the founder of the Impact Toolbox and an expert in developing training and tools that help social ventures scale their impact and become financially sustainable. He has over nine years of experience working directly on youth development, social entrepreneurship, healthcare, and education projects in diverse communities. He was trained at the University of Chicago, Chicago Booth Business School, AppState University and the University of British Columbia. He has consulted for many globally renowned development organizations and social businesses, spoken at high-level conferences and received many international recognitions and awards for his dedication to empowering social change makers.

Kyle Empringham

Kyle Empringham

Kyle is a social impact professional with 15 years of experience in nonprofit management and leadership development. He is the co-founder of The Starfish Canada, a charity that accelerates young environmental leaders into their careers. He also supports ThoughtExchangedo good in the world through building their ESG partnerships and delivering free products and services to nonprofits and charities. He lives in Victoria, BC (Lekwungen territory) with his partner Patrick and beloved dog, Diego.

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 is a non-profit executive with over 20 years’ experience working in social purpose organizations who are working towards meaningful, systemic change. Her vision is to help shift the non-profit sector from charity to justice.

She is currently the Vice-President, Grants and Community Initiatives at the Vancouver Foundation. Previously Dara has served as Executive Director of SVP Vancouver and the Executive Director of QMUNITY, BC’s Queer, Trans and Two-Spirit Resource Centre. Dara is also the co-founder of Lezervations, a non-profit facilitating networking events for queer and trans women.

Dara lives with her partner in Syilx Okanagan territory, and spends her down time chasing her very serious French bulldogs, Mr. Bumper and Sir Waffles.

Morgan Brannon

Morgan Brannon

Morgan is a believer in circular societies where we all contribute to the well-being of humanity at large. Her experience at the United Nations and World Bank tied with her private sector and non-profit pursuits laid the foundation of Morgan’s approach to sharing objective, optimistic guidance to initiate growth in others. Helping people see new options and new potentials while inspiring aligned action is how she really moves organizations forward.

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.  

Brian Guy

Brian Guy

Brian’s experience includes founding, leading, managing, and growing a successful environmental consulting firm with offices across western and northern Canada.

He is sought after for his exemplary leadership skills and industry knowledge to participate in corporate boards as well as boards and committees of community and professional organizations and non-profits.

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.

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