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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.

Christine Cirka

Christine Cirka

Christine has travelled to 32 countries – a global citizen while also connecting locally in beautiful BC. She has had many years supporting the global & local business communities in various transformational roles with a focus on innovation, implementing programs, improving operational effectiveness, managing change and defining/implementing strategy.

Experienced in business coaching & consulting with a client-focused approach, special attention to identifying opportunities and creating value (with an emphasis on teamwork and successful collaboration). She is passionate about supporting clients to grow, scale and create exponential impact along with sustainable growth.

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.

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.

Tasia McGrew

Tasia McGrew

As a serial entrepreneur, Tasia has owned a painting company, clothing manufacturing company, and a retail store. She has also started a micro finance NGO. Serial entrepreneurs are particularly adept at learning on the fly and Tasia is no exception. Tas comes to the table with a vast understanding of business both locally and internationally – across industries and cultures – and can learn quickly. Tasia has taught business and holds both a masters and a doctorate degree In business. Tasia sees her role as a social entrepreneur in residence something like a personal coach. You’ll want to be extra motivated to get into great shape (business-wise) when working with Tasia!

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.

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.

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.

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.

Doug McLean

Doug McLean

Doug is a developer turned executive; Doug started as the third employee in Katipult (TSXV:FUND) and helped grow the company to 50 staff and a public offering in November of 2017. Doug now spends his time as a consultant for companies helping them improve their operations.

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.

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