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 Chair | FWE
Judy Brooks has founded, built and successfully sold 3 companies over the last 28 years. She has a reputation for strategically building international businesses, fiscally responsible companies, dynamic teams, and impressive brands and cultures.
Since exiting her last venture and for the last 8 years, Judy has worked with CEO Founders, Partners, Boards & Senior teams to bring clarity and leader development in high transition times (mergers, acquisitions, and strategic changes). Judy is known for her ability to lead clear conversations that shift outcomes.
A well-known presenter and mentor in the business community, Judy co-created Brew (a leadership retreat) for those wanting to lead mindfully and with self-reflection. Judy serves on the Board of Directors for FWE and is a past Board member for Small Business BC. She is also a past Advisory Board Member for The Smart Cookies, Nurse Next Door, YYoga and Young Women in Business amongst others.
Judy has been honoured with the Business in Vancouver Women of Influence Award and the Vancouver Board of Trade Mentor Award.
COO | SmartSweets
Cindy has spent the past 5 1/2 years in operations at lululemon. She is grateful to have worked on both brands, lululemon and ivivva. Her most recent assignment was General Manager of ivivva, lululemon’s young girls brand. Prior to that she was Vice President for North America Operations with lululemon. In that role she also had the pleasure of working with the talented team at the GEC – guest education centre – who support the guests with anything on the website.
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 of operations in Chicago. Director of Food for North America based in Seattle. Vice President of operations for Seattle’s Best Coffee, which was acquired by Starbucks.
Cindy has always been passionate about sports and health. 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 two dogs.
Bev Briscoe, FCPA, F.ICD
President | Briscoe Management Ltd.
Bev Briscoe has been a corporate director for over 12 years and is currently Chair of the Board of Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers Inc. and Vice Chair and Lead Director of Goldcorp Inc. Previously Bev owned a transportation services company and worked in senior management positions in the heavy equipment industry in Canada serving the construction, mining and forestry industries. She also worked as Chief Financial Officer for various operating divisions in The Jim Pattison Group in Canada and Geneva, Switzerland. She articled with PWC and worked with them in Vancouver and Sydney, Australia.
Ms. Briscoe holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of British Columbia and is a Fellow of the Institute of Certified Professional Accountants of British Columbia. Bev received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Influential Women in Business Awards in 2011 and in 2012, she was honored as a Fellow by the Institute of Corporate Directors. In 2016 she was recognized by the NACD as one of the top 100 Directors in the US.
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.
President & Founder | Lyra Growth Partners
Charles Chang is a born entrepreneur with a passion for innovation, active living and mentoring. Prior to starting Lyra Growth Partners in September 2015, Charles was the President and Founder of Vega.
Started from scratch from his basement in 2004 and financed by his life savings, a second mortgage on his house and four credit cards, Charles led Vega to become an iconic lifestyle brand of clean, plant–based nutritional products sold in over 20,000 stores across North America.
Honouring a triple bottom line approach to business and recognizing people were the company’s greatest source of competitive advantage, Vega and Charles have received many accolades and awards, including: Profit 100 Fastest Growing Companies, Best Workplaces, BIV 40 Under 40, Canada’s Best Managed Companies and E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year.
In August 2015, Vega was sold to White Wave Foods for US$550 million cash. Charles is proud that corporate headquarters will remain in Vancouver, all Vega’s employees have been retained and Vega’s executive management team continue to run the company.
As one door closes, another opens and so Lyra was born: The constellation in which Vega was its brightest star seeks fresh, young stars looking to shine brighter and reach further.
Charles lives in Vancouver, BC and is an active member of Young Presidents Organization (YPO), an avid mountain biker, skier and Whistlerite wannabe.
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.
Amielle Lake is a passionate entrepreneur and writer. She founded Tagga Media Inc, a customer data platform designed to help large brands better understand their customers. In 2017, Tagga was successfully acquired by Campaign Monitor. During Amielle’s tenure at Tagga, she held roles across the executive bench including being the CEO and Founder, then Chief Revenue Officer, Investor and Board member.
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 advises a number of startups lead by female entrepreneurs and is in the process of launching a women’s investment fund. Amielle is also an author. Published by Palgrave MacMillan, her book titled, The Elephant Hunters, is about how social interactions determine outcomes in the financial world.
John Montalbano, CFA
Principal | Tower Beach Capital Ltd.
Mr. Montalbano recently served as Vice Chairman of RBC Wealth Management and Head of RBC Global Asset Management during the period of 2008 to 2016. RBC Global Asset Management ranked among the largest 50 asset managers in the world, with more than $375 billion in assets under management. John is a Trustee of the Killam Trusts, and is a director on many community boards, including the foundations of St. Paul’s Hospital, The Vancouver Police, Take a Hike Youth at Risk, Junior Achievement of BC and also chairs the capital campaign for The Vancouver Public Library. Recently appointed to the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and the Asia Pacific Foundation, John holds a finance degree from the University of British Columbia and an Honorary Doctor of Letters from Emily Carr University of Art & Design.
Founder & President | Urban Impact Recycling Ltd.
Nicole Stefenelli is the CEO and Founder of Urban Impact Recycling. She is a driving force behind the company, is passionate about recycling, waste diversion and the company’s delivery of service.
Urban Impact is recognized as Top Employer by BC Business magazine, in 2010 Nicole won the Ernst & Young CEO of the Year in the Cleantech category. In 2012 she was awarded the YWCA Women of Distinction Award in the Entrepreneur category.
Nicole plays an active in her community, in 2017 under her leadership Urban Impact donated over $100,000 in free recycling services to charities around the Lower Mainland and Calgary. In addition, Urban Impact provides opportunities for charities to fund raise with Shred Days in the community. In 2017, local charities raised over $50,000 for their respective causes with a Shred Day.
Nicole is also an inspiration to people who work in the recycling industry, serving on industry panels, roundtables and committees virtually all have to do with promoting waste diversion in British Columbia. Nicole actively mentors a women entrepreneur each year through the Forum for Women Entrepreneurs Mentor Program. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the Forum for Women Entrepreneurs. Nicole previously served on the board of Directors of Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA BC), and Science World 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 Directors for FWE and is dedicated to helping women entrepreneurs take their businesses to the next level.
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