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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 at Purppl. He’s also a cofounder a Liime, a regional impact investment fund in Interior BC. 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 the Collective Impact Foundation.

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.

Samantha Williams

Samantha Williams

Samantha got her start in digital marketing before transitioning into business operations for the consumer goods sector. She has a demonstrated history of streamlining processes and designing systems for improving productivity and efficiency. She is a planner by nature and applies her skill sets to carry out large-scale business projects.

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.

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 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.

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 owns and operates Two Story Robot, a high calibre full-stack product development agency based in Kamloops. He has helped to get several other startups off the ground and excels at leveraging technology to create value. Jonathan also serves as entrepreneur-in-residence at Kamloops Innovation.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Nico Boesten

Nico Boesten

Nico has been a part of building several companies including New Horizon Productions (presently for the last 7 years) along with starting his own web design, branding, & t-shirt company. In a former life he was a musician and spent 12 years working in Europe & the US of A in the non-profit world with students. Nico is trained as a personal coach but most importantly, he’s a quasi-empty-nester & proud father of 2 beautiful humans.

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.

Jude Brunt

Jude Brunt

Task oriented, driven and passionate individual with a strong background in the for-profit world of relationship building, internal and external communications, sales, marketing and business development, as well as fundraising, community liaison and event management within non-profits too. My general business management skills encompass customer service, recruitment, HR & training, business planning & financial analysis.

Justin Potter

Justin Potter

Justin founded Cleanify, a Silicon-Valley based startup, that raised $5M in venture capital and generated tens of millions in revenue. Additionally, Justin mentored and recruited companies for 500 startups – the world’s most active venture fund & startup accelerator. He loves helping companies find paths to revenue, growth and 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.

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