Board & Council
The Board Members of FWE are experienced business professionals who support women entrepreneurs in business by offering their expertise, time, and support to the organization.
Christina Anthony, CFA
Founder & Chair | FWE
Vice President, Director and Portfolio Manager | Odlum Brown Limited
Inspired by the commitment and drive of female entrepreneurs, Christina founded FWE as a non-profit organization in 2002 to provide education and mentorship to women entrepreneurs. Now the Chair of the Board of FWE, she is also Vice President, Portfolio Manager and Director at Odlum Brown Limited.
Prior to joining Odlum Brown, Christina worked at Goldman Sachs as a Portfolio Manager in Seattle and as a bond trader and investment banker in New York. Christina is a graduate of the Portfolio Management Foundation program at UBC.
She serves on the VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation Board, the Wear Else Advisory Board, and in 2013 was appointed to the Capilano University Board of Governors. In 2011, Christina was honoured with the YWCA Women of Distinction Award and the Association of Women in Finance Community Legacy Award. In February 2010, Christina carried the Olympic torch for RBC in recognition of her outstanding community leadership. Christina also received the UBC Outstanding Young Alumnus Award in 2008, was named one of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40™ in 2007, and was one of Canada’s Most Powerful Top 100 Women by the Globe and Mail in 2006. BIV named her one of the Top 40 Under 40 in BC in 2002.
Christina grew up in Richmond and currently lives with her husband, Matthew, and four children in Vancouver.
vice president north america operations | lululemon
As Vice President for North America Operations with lululemon, Cindy has the pleasure of working with her talented team that support the stores and the guest education centre. Cindy joined lululemon 3 1/2 years ago.
Cindy prides herself on operational excellence and creating lifetime guest experiences. This has been a common thread throughout the evolution of her career.
Prior to lululemon, Cindy spent 17 years with Starbucks. While at Starbucks, Cindy lead Western Canada retail operations as regional vice president for Starbucks Canada. In that role, Cindy oversaw the operations of more than 450 Starbucks stores, providing support to 5000 Partners (employees). Cindy began her Starbucks career in 1993 as a district manager in Vancouver, and held a number of different roles within the company. Regional food & beverage manager for Western Canada, Colorado, Utah. Regional director in Chicago, Director of Food for North America based in Seattle, and Vice President of operations for Seattle’s Best Coffee.
Cindy has always been passionate about sports and fitness. She was a ranked squash and racquetball player, is a triathlete, avid runner and cyclist, and an enthusiastic yogi. She is inspired and energized by her studies of Mid Century Modern Design. Cindy contributes to mentorship programs; helping emerging leaders and entrepreneurs develop business and leadership skills.
As a passionate, dedicated learner, Cindy has fun adding unique experiences to her toolbox such as the Culinary Institute of America, Elite Sensory Training, and becoming a coffee master.
Cindy currently lives in North Vancouver with her partner, three children, and a dog named Lola.
Judy Brooks has founded, built and successfully sold 3 companies over the last 20 years. She has a reputation for strategically building international businesses, fiscally responsible companies, dynamic teams, and impressive brands and cultures.
A well known presenter, and mentor in the business community – Judy sits on the Board of Directors for FWE and Small Business BC, as well as on the Business Advisory Board for The Smart Cookies, Nurse Next Door, YYoga and Young Women in Business, and is a past member of the Women’s President Organization.
Principal | CarterConsulting
Cheryl Carter’s business network reaches throughout Vancouver’s vibrant business community including entrepreneurs, corporate and not-for-profit leaders. After a successful career as a business leader in media she now works with entrepreneurs on initiatives that build profile and improve business results. Her sales and marketing experience, backed up by business acumen allows her to add real value to the organizations she works with.
Previously she was Vice President at Business in Vancouver Media Group. In those 15 years she had responsibilities which included every facet of the business. Accomplishments included building BIV’s business through marketing, audience development, strategic alliances, content marketing and events.
Cheryl is also a Director and Chair of Small Business BC.
Currently VP Growth for Fintech Startup Voleo + COO to the Award Winning Hardware Hologram Startup Hplustech.com.
Jason has been Co-Founder of New York based DiscoverShadow.com (“SHADOW”) since 2013. SHADOW, an app that allows users to remember and record dreams has been featured in 130 Publications & 567 blogs such as WIRED, The New Yorker, FAST COMPANY, FORBES. Over the past 12 years he has been privileged to be the 1st employee to some of hottest technology startups in North America (Paretologic.com, Indochino.com, Standdeks.co) while founding and selling 2 companies (Fortuno Lending Ltd, MarilynJean Media Inc). Although born an entrepreneur, at his core he is a Digital Marketer focused on building scalable online strategies.
In his spare time, he is passionate about developing the field of Social Entrepreneurship through his NPO (www.csef.ca), judging business plan competitions (STANFORD Bases, World Bank’s Development Marketplace) and developing entrepreneurship through his accelerator Tricelerate.ca.
In January 2013 he was a recipient of Business in Vancouver’s Top 40 under 40 Award. In addition, in 2002 he was awarded the Quality of Life Award by the CRD of BC.
Vice President Information Technology and Strategic Business Intelligence | Mark Anthony Group
Robert Eckley is the Vice President Information Technology and Strategic Business Intelligence for the Mark Anthony Group of Companies. Mr. Eckley joined the company in 2002, and is responsible for all aspects of information technology, strategic business systems, corporate business unit integration and strategic data intelligence. He also assists in the digital marketing, social media and ecommerce strategy and consumer insights / big data management across the organization.
Mr. Eckley brings more than 20 years of global experience as a senior executive in a variety of Industries to his current position. He was previously IT Operations Director and IT Manager of Research and Development at Seagate Software/Crystal Decisions/SAP. Throughout his career he has lived/worked in cities across North America and Europe.
Mr. Eckley holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of British Columbia. He lives in Vancouver with his family as is an active in numerous outdoor activities including kayaking, sailing, and skiing throughout the province of British Columbia.
Elizabeth Harrison, Q.C.
Partner | Farris, Vaughan, Wills & Murphy LLP
Elizabeth Harrison is a distinguished lawyer, providing legal advice on various matters including mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, corporate governance issues and advice to board of directors.
Elizabeth has received numerous awards and consistent recognition as a leading Canadian lawyer. Recipient of the Performance and Excellence PEAK award (Women in Finance) and the inaugural Zenith Award recipient (Lexpert). Named by Lexpert as being among Canada’s Top 25 Women Lawyers, Top 100 US/Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers, and Top Creative Lawyers. Listed in The Best Lawyers in Canada. Martindale-Hubbell ranking AV.
Elizabeth has served on the Board of Directors of the International Finance Centre, St. Paul’s Hospital Foundation, The Vancouver Opera, and Crofton House School. She was Chair of the Board of Directors of BC Ferry Services Inc.
Regional Vice-President, Financial Planning, BC & Yukon Division | BMO Bank of Montreal
As Regional Vice-President, Financial Planning for BC & Yukon Division Roxanne is responsible for leading a team of 120+ financial planners who assist customers with financial and investment planning through BMO Bank of Montreal’s branch network.
Roxanne joined BMO in 1994 and spent much of her career in the Greater Toronto area. She has worked across the company including Personal and Commercial Banking, Commercial Banking Headquarters, as well as Enterprise Risk Management.
Roxanne is proud to be the Executive Ambassador for the Women’s Market at BMO Financial Group for BC & Yukon; where she guides BMO leaders through the initiatives and programs that the bank has pioneered for women entrepreneurs.
She has an MBA from the University of Dalhousie and is a Fellow of the Institute of Canadian Bankers with Honors.
CMO & Founder | Tagga Media Inc.
Amielle Lake is the CMO of Tagga Media, a company whose mobile-focused technology and services empower marketers to connect more effectively with today’s consumer and generate great results for their brands and businesses.
Prior to founding Tagga, Amielle held a range of executive marketing and corporate development roles across the software, financial services and mining market sectors. She currently sits on the boards for Mobile Marketing Association Canada, NextMedia, and Kids Up Front. Also an author, her book, The Elephant Hunters, is about how social interactions determine outcomes in the financial world. Outside of the office, she is an aspiring cyclist, competitive swimmer, and devotee of the culinary arts.
VP, Business Solutions | TELUS
Michael McCarthy leads TELUS Business Solutions in British Columbia, supporting a large team that delivers communications and technology solutions to business clients throughout the province. He has an extensive background in business technology, and prior to joining TELUS in 2003, Michael worked for Silicon Graphics in California, and IBM in both Toronto and Vancouver.
In a competitive industry, Michael’s priority is to build an advantage through the development of what he believes is TELUS’ largest asset: its people and culture. Michael’s passion for technology and innovation is superseded only by his passion for developing his team members. He believes in instilling an entrepreneurial spirit within his team, and measures his own success as a leader by how many team members he inspires to unlock their true potential and achieve success previously not thought possible.
Michael lives by TELUS’ philosophy to Give Where You Live, and when he isn’t cheering on his kids at a soccer game, hitting the ski hills, or playing with the family dog (appropriately named Whistler), he can be found helping others achieve their goals. He’s mentored local business owners on the reality TV show The Hard Way for the past two years, and has been a two-time panelist for the Enterprising Non-Profit Awards. Currently, Michael is a member of the TELUS Vancouver Community Board, an active supporter of BC Children’s Hospital and the Langley Youth Soccer Association, and board member for the Forum for Women Entrepreneurs and DigiBC.
Principal, Diversity and Inclusion | CPA Canada (Chartered Professional Accountants Canada)
Monica is a self-proclaimed “right-leaning left-brain multipotentialite”. In her world, change is a good thing. The first two decades of Monica’s professional career has navigated her through the waters of finance, accounting, HR, executive leadership, board work, and entrepreneurship. As a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) she has worked with big four public practice, internationally publicly-traded companies, 7 years as the CEO of an executive search firm, and a consultant to several start up, small and mid-size companies.
Her current role as Principal, Diversity & Inclusion for CPA Canada is her opportunity to combine her extensive knowledge of the CPA profession and her passion for supporting diversity and women in business & leadership.
Monica continually gives back through years of active participation with various boards and committees. She is currently involved as a Board member with the Forum for Women Entrepreneurs supporting Canadian women entrepreneurs to become wildly successful.
Having a young teenage daughter inspires Monica to help organizations achieve gender equality eventually working herself out of a diversity job.
Founder & President | Urban Impact Recycling Ltd.
Founded in 1989 as a University project for Nicole, Urban Impact was the first multi-material recycling company in the Lower Mainland and is the largest privately owned recycling company in Metro Vancouver, servicing over 5000 customer locations with 100 employees. Urban Impact recently expanded to serve a growing roster of customers in Calgary. The company provides a comprehensive range of recycling, secure shredding and waste audit services.
Urban Impact has over 35 collection vehicles, including hybrid recycling trucks and 100 employees. In 2011, Urban Impact collected and diverted 100,000 metric tonnes of recyclable material from local landfills. Nicole serves on the Board of FWE, Pacific – BC & Yukon Chapter of the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA BC) and Science World. She is also president of the Waste Management Association of British Columbia.
Partner | KPMG Enterprise
Brandi Wingrove is a partner in KPMG’s Vancouver Enterprise practice. KPMG Enterprise is an integrated team of advisors who seek to continually understand the challenges and opportunities facing businesses, organizations and individuals, with the ultimate goal of making our clients’ businesses better.
Brandi’s practice area within KPMG Enterprise focuses on providing audit, tax and advisory services to retail, real estate, and technology companies and a variety of not-for-profit organizations. She understands firsthand what entrepreneurs face day to day as she played an integral role launching, operating, and eventually selling a family business.
Brandi also serves on the Board of Advisors for GroYourBiz, an initiative dedicated to helping women entrepreneurs take their businesses to the next level.
CVS Solutions Inc.
Accomplishments over his 20 years of extensive experience in the banking industry include growing Vancity’s Business Banking division to become the largest business banking group in the Credit Union system, and helping to lead Vancity to twice be recognized as the best company to work for in Canada.
Kevin Zakus was previously CEO at BCCA Employee Benefit Trust, an insurance company organized as a Health & Welfare Trust, servicing firms involved in or affiliated to the construction industry throughout BC.
In addition to serving on the FWE Board, Kevin also sits on the Dean’s Advisory Committee for the Capilano University School of Business. Previous commitments include the Board for the Better Business Bureau, the BC Center for Ability, and the Chair of a National Steering committee for the Credit Union system in Canada.
FWE is proud to have well-respected leaders in their network who offer continuous support to the organization and its members.
Dr. Julia Levy
Founder of QLT Inc.
Board Member, Guardians of New Zealand Superannuation
Magellan Angel Partners