Meet our team

Our team is ready and happy to support you on your entrepreneurial journey.

Chantelle Ball

Chantelle Ball

Marketing Coordinator

Chantelle has a diploma in Digital Communication and Media specializing in Media Production and Advertising as well as a Bachelors of Arts in Professional Communication.

 

After graduating from college, Chantelle worked as a practicum student at the Lethbridge Alzheimer’s Society which was a life changing experience for her. During her internship, Chantelle saw communications work in a new light. She got to experience the side of communications that brings people together and can be used to make a change in the community. This passion to be involved with organizations that support their communities is what drew Chantelle to the Women Entrepreneurs-in-STEM program.

 

Chantelle believes her creative side is her strongest asset and she loves to nourish her creativity through fashion, travel, photography and dance. When she’s not studying for her latest degree, she can be found in the dog park with her Golden Retriever named Rey.

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Alyssa Borix

Alyssa Borix

Event Coordinator

Alyssa brings two Communication Arts diplomas with her, one in Broadcast Journalism and the other in Advertising and Public Relations.

 

Alyssa has lived and worked in Lethbridge her entire life, which has given her the opportunity to create strong relationships with the community and her colleagues. She looks forward to maintaining and growing these partnerships with Women Entrepreneurs-in-STEM.

 

Alyssa graduated college and began seeking more opportunities with community-focused organizations. She has a strong background in sales, which sparked her drive to get to know new people and their stories. Her passion for learning and discovering new things is one of her favourite parts of engaging with new clients and business advisers.

 

Alyssa loves comedy and making people laugh, as well as making the most out of each day by doing her best to make it fun! In her free time, you can find Alyssa at the gym, travelling, working on cars or watching the Toronto Maple Leafs lose again.

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Jenny Bourne

Jenny Bourne

Project Team Senior Coordinator, BA, B.Ed, MA

Jenny has over 25 years of experience working in diverse communities across Canada and internationally.

 

Having worked in public schools in Ontario and Nunavik, and in instructional and managerial roles in colleges and universities in South Korea, Kazakhstan and China internationally, and in Ontario, British Columbia and Alberta domestically, Jenny has developed a passion for community organisation and serving students/clients that may have difficulties accessing the same opportunities as their peers.

 

Jenny has cherished her many life-enhancing experiences working and volunteering in various provinces and countries, supporting women and other marginalised groups as they strive to achieve their goals, and is thrilled to continue to do so in beautiful Southern Alberta. In her free time Jenny loves to travel, hike, do yoga, read, garden and frolic with her menagerie of animals.

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Pamela Devins

Pamela Devins

Accounting and Administrative Coordinator

Pamela brings many years of accounting and administrative experience in many different industries.

 

Pamela graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a Bachelors Degree in Psychology/Sociology. Pamela is certified in Payroll, Health and Safety and Bookkeeping. She is currently completing her Business Administrative Degree with focus in accounting.

 

Pamela enjoy systems – figuring out what works best and creating work processes around that! She also enjoy animals, travel, and her family.

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Suzanne Ebelher

Suzanne Ebelher

Project Team Lead, CMC, CPHR, MBA

Suzanne brings over 20 years of experience supporting entrepreneurs across Alberta through start up and acceleration coaching. 

She has a strong understanding of supports available for Alberta entrepreneurs and loves to dive deep to source strategic solutions for clients.

 

Emerging technology is just one more way to support and advance business, hence her excitement to join the team! Suzanne works collaboratively with her clients to help facilitate decision making and business improvements by providing the necessary support documentation, policies, processes, tools and plans in order to achieve their desired goals and vision of success.

 

Before her career in management consulting, Suzanne grew up in Medicine Hat, AB, fueling her passion for supporting entrepreneurs in rural and remote settings. In her spare time. she volunteers with Cochrane Humane Society and CPHR Alberta, she loves to garden, golf and is a newbie beekeeper.

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Paloma Navarro

Paloma Navarro

Client Intake Coordinator

Paloma has over 20 years of success in North and South America working with entrepreneurs and participating in multiple community economic development projects.

 

Paloma is originally from Chile and has a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration, a Master in Computer Arts & Communications, and a Diploma in Implementation of Quality Management Systems. Being fluent in both English and Spanish has enabled her to expand her support for entrepreneurs.

 

In her journey to date, she has embraced several ventures like tourism operator, restaurant owner and management consulting & training endeavors, experiences that have helped her to understand and be on the client side. Having worked as an Economic Development Officer in rural Southern Alberta, and as Self-employment Program Lead Facilitator at Momentum Calgary, Paloma has developed a passion working with entrepreneurs helping and supporting them to succeed.

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Business Advisors

Wunmi Akinlosotu

Wunmi Akinlosotu

The Blooming Hub

Areas of Expertise: 

• Strategic Planning & Development

• Entrepreneur Development

• Cross-Cultural Transition Coaching


Wunmi has a passion for empowering women through entrepreneurship. She has supported female entrepreneurs from diverse cultures and industries, both locally and internationally. She has a wealth of experience working in start-ups for profit, non-profits and now a co-operative.

 

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Marianne Bell

Marianne Bell

NextGen PM Coaching & Consulting Inc.

Areas of Expertise: 

• Digital Marketing Strategy

• Business Ideation & Planning

• Digital Product Design & Management


Marianne is an online business/program management consultant and project success coach that works with small to medium business owners to develop the plans, processes and people they need to design digital products and services their customer’s value and achieve their business goals.

 

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Sheila Carruthers

Sheila Carruthers

Management Consultant

Areas of Expertise: 

• Social Entrepreneurship

• Business Strategies & Plans

• Multi-Channel Communication


Sheila’s expertise is in social enterprise having worked on thousands of innovative initiatives leveraging capacity in people, community economies, and protecting our planet via the circular economy. She helps clients find strategic solutions by integrating sustainability, social purpose, and business culture into business plans.

 

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Chandra Deaust

Chandra Deaust

Avail - Engagement Partner

Areas of Expertise: 

• Business Strategy

• Problem Solving

• Competitive Advantage Facilitation


Chandra is an engagement partner for several organizations in Southern Alberta, including entrepreneurial start-ups, mature businesses, non-profit organizations and public sector. She is a strong supporter of women in business and coaches several women in senior roles at Avail. 

 

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Keri Drennan

Keri Drennan

Impact Leader

Areas of Expertise: 

• Defining personal brand

• Group leadership

• Understands the value in individual motivation & communication style 


Keri is a professional engineer & believes everyone deserves to work in a trusting, respectful culture that includes maximizing business goals while having fun. She wants to make a difference in this world by focusing on the areas she is most passionate: transforming leaders & engaging teams.

 

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Cassie Ducharme

Cassie Ducharme

Avail - Business Advisor

Areas of Expertise: 

• Problem Solving

• Accounting Requirements

• Strategic Planning Facilitation


Cassie has been with Avail for over 8 years, and is the manager of the Pincher Creek office. Cassie is one of the founders and current chair of the Pincher Creek women in business group and a strong supporter of women in business throughout Alberta.

 

 

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Shauna Frederick

Shauna Frederick

Frederick OTG

Areas of Expertise: 

• Budget, cash & financial modelling

• Creating key performance metrics

• Explaining your financials, in words you understand


Shauna has helped entrepreneurs better understand their financial reports and stop assessing business success solely through the number in their bank account. She does this by offering a customizable CFO role and becoming a strategic advisor to the business.

 

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Jenn Kalegaric

Jenn Kalegaric

Avail - Finance & Tax Advisor

Areas of Expertise: 

• Yearend Requirements

• Tax Filing

• Financial Statement Preparation & Understanding


Jenn is a manager at Avail and is responsible for the yearend financial statement and tax preparation of several clients. Jenn’s financial and tax experience is a valuable resource as entrepreneurs learn the financial side of operating a business.

 

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Koleya Karringten

Koleya Karringten

Koleya Consulting Corp.

Areas of Expertise: 

• Commercialization of New Technology

• Industry Connections

• Business & Marketing Coaching


Koleya has successfully developed ground-breaking cleantech solutions for multiple industry sectors, including aerospace and Oil & Gas. She is the Executive Director of the Canadian Blockchain Consortium and co-founder/board member of the Canadian Blockchain Association for Women.

 

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Linnden King

Linnden King

Urban Cowgirl & Company

Areas of Expertise: 

• Start-Ups

• Digital Marketing

• E-Commerce


Linnden is the Owner of Urban Cowgirl & Company Inc., a direct-to-consumer Canadian made apparel brand. She is passionate about helping other entrepreneurs with their business growth, transitioning from brick & mortar to the world online, and pivoting in the face of adversity. Linnden also loves to help entrepreneurs obtain the skills and confidence to crush it on social media!

 

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Christy Lane

Christy Lane

Areas of Expertise: 

• B2B Sales

• Digital health, Data science, Insuretech

• Commercializing health & data analytics technology


Dr. Christy Lane is an entrepreneur, former CEO, and scientist with expertise in digital health, data science, and insurance. She is the founder of Vivametrica and the Stanford Wearable Health Lab. Christy has been recognized as Calgary Top 40 Under 40, Trailblazer in STEM, and Top Female Founder of Insuretech. 

 

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Tina Martens

Tina Martens

Avail - Bookkeeping

Areas of Expertise: 

• Bookkeeping Processes

• Accounting Software

• Payroll


Tina is a bookkeeping supervisor and has worked at Avail CPA for several years, gaining practical experience with yearends, bookkeeping, QuickBooks Online and Sage 50. She loves to troubleshoot clients’ bookkeeping questions and is passionate about sharing her knowledge.

 

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Kate Miller

Kate Miller

Avail - Human Resources

Areas of Expertise: 

• HR Policies

• Company Culture

• Recruitment, Retention & Compensation


Kate will advise employers and future employers through every step of the employee lifecycle (policy creation/review, hiring, firing, retention, recruitment, compensation). She wants to help entrepreneurs ensure they create a productive and rewarding workplace with increased job satisfaction, production, and profits. 

 

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Wendy Muise

Wendy Muise

Ground Floor Labs

Areas of Expertise: 

• Tech / Innovation

• Product Development

• Scale up / Growth


Wendy has been apart of a team that took a product from an idea to IPO and a $121 million market valuation. Spending the last ten years focusing on strategic practices in entrepreneurship, Wendy has worked in communities during disaster recovery supporting existing and new entrepreneurs to grow their businesses.

 

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Paloma Navarro

Paloma Navarro

2291963 Alberta LTD.

Areas of Expertise: 

• Business Plan Development

• Marketing Strategies & Plan

• Government Resources


Paloma has embraced several ventures like tourism operator, restaurant owner and management consulting & training endeavours, experiences that have helped her to understand and be on the client side. Being fluent in both English and Spanish has enabled her to expand her support for entrepreneurs.

 

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Pauline Patenaude

Pauline Patenaude

Marketing Directions

Areas of Expertise: 

• Growth Management

• Marketing Strategy

• Market Insight to identify new growth opportunities


Pauline is an award-winning Advisor who has worked with hundreds of companies in STEM and agri-business. She has provided Management Advisory Services to small and mid-sized businesses for the last 20 years through CMC-Canada and was the Business Growth Advisor for Alberta Women Entrepreneurs.

 

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Shannon Pestun

Shannon Pestun

Pestun Consulting Inc.

Areas of Expertise: 

• Branding & Marketing

• Banking & Finance

• Business Strategy & Market Development


A former business banker, Shannon brought women’s entrepreneurship to the forefront of ATB Financial, creating & leading the bank’s first strategy for women entrepreneurs. In 2019, she was one of seven women appointed to serve on Canada’s women’s entrepreneurship strategy expert panel.

 

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Karla Peterson

Karla Peterson

Business Advisor

Areas of Expertise: 

• Strategic Development

• Alberta Innovation Eco-system

• Consumer Packaged Goods & Agriculture


Karla is passionate about working with startups and SME’s. She understands the challenges of startups and SME’s, as well as some of the other struggles that women face to succeed. Karla works with companies to understand who their customers are, develop and implement strategy, and build and grow their startup, knowing when to support and when to push.

 

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Shohreh Roshani P. Eng.

Shohreh Roshani P. Eng.

Ursa Environment Inc.

Areas of Expertise: 

• Engineering

• Business Plan Review

• Website Design & Search Engine Optimization


Shohreh (Shoren), has been CEO of an engineering company, Ursa Environment Inc., for the last 7 years. She has a great understanding of barriers that can prevent immigrant entrepreneurs from growing their business and is passionate about sharing resources and information to overcome these barriers.

 

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Dale Springchief

Dale Springchief

Spring Chief Consulting Inc.

Areas of Expertise: 

• Mindset for Business

• Cultural Awareness

• Business Strategy – Budgets & Operational Plans


Dale Springchief is from Siksika First Nation and provides business coaching and advising in a classroom or one on one setting. She has over 20 years of experience in business and is knowledgeable about the challenges and needs of on and off reserve businesses and markets, small business development and joint ventures.
 
Norma Jean Wolfchild

Norma Jean Wolfchild

Business Development Officer

Areas of Expertise: 

• Business Plan Development

• Market Research

• Ideation & Business Validation


Norma Jean Wolfchild has over 10 years experience working with entrepreneurs in her community, the Blood Tribe. She has the desire to help entrepreneurs achieve success and believes building partnerships plays a vital role in providing the best access to services to assist entrepreneurs.

 

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Leslie Warren

Leslie Warren

Community/Economic Developer

Areas of Expertise: 

• Grant Writing

• Agriculture Industry Connections

• Government & Private Funding


Leslie’s education includes a BSc in Food and Nutrition, and a Certificate in Economic Development from the University of Waterloo. Leslie has been a bit of a job/career nomad which has allowed her to develop many skills, including project management, research, partnership development, business support, rural development and grant writing.

 

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Cara Wolf

Cara Wolf

Ammolite Analytx

Areas of Expertise: 

• Technology Commercialization

• Growth Strategies for Scale-ups

• Cybersecurity Artificial Intelligence


Cara is a serial entrepreneur and has advised over 300 companies on the topics of innovation and digital transformation. In 2019, she was recognized as a SHEInnovator with UNWomen, TECTERRA Woman of Impact and Trailblazer STEM Universal Women’s Network.

 

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