Larkin MacKenzie-Ast

Executive Director

As Executive Director, Larkin brings an impressive breadth of experience to the FWE community. A previous entrepreneur herself, she spent the majority of her career in the Premier’s Office as the Manager of the Board Resourcing and Development Office. Before joining FWE, Larkin was the Senior HR Business Partner for Corporate Services at Canfor. With her own learnings from her time as an entrepreneur and the knowledge that she has gained with respect to building and growing a team, she is excited about her work with FWE, tackling new challenges and supporting more women entrepreneurs from across the country.

A lifelong volunteer, Larkin donates her time as a Knowledge Philanthropist with Vantage Point, where she facilitates Strategic Planning Sessions for Not-For-Profit boards, as well as serving as a Director on the HR MacMillan Space Centre Board of Directors and the BC Innovation Council.



Lisa Niemetscheck

Director of Fundraising & Corporate Sponsorship

In her role as Director of Fundraising and Corporate Sponsorship of FWE – a charity she has been with for the last seven years – Lisa works directly with sponsors, foundations and the incredible FWE Community to ensure that we can continue to energize, educate, mentor and connect women entrepreneurs to be wildly successful, promoting strong economies and thriving communities.

Outside of FWE, Lisa is the Co-Chair of WEB Alliance of Women’s Business Networks and has served as a Judge of the Prix Palme Bleue award for the Chambre de Commerce Francophone de Vancouver for the past several years.

Lisa was awarded the 2016 Top Forty under 40 Award by Business in Vancouver.


Michelle Cheong HeadshotMichelle Cheong

Program Manager (On Maternity Leave)

Working with entrepreneurs since graduating with a B.A. from UBC, Michelle joined FWE with an enthusiasm and excitement to support and empower women entrepreneurs across Canada. Her previous work experience in e-commerce, the tech industry, and event planning have proved valuable in her role as Program Manager. Michelle’s responsibilities include Program and Event Planning, Community Support, Operations and Communications.


Noor Bhandal

Interim Program Manager 

As a recent graduate from McGill University with a BA in International Development, Noor is passionate about improving the status of women and minority groups within Canada. As the interim Program Manager for FWE, Noor is dedicated to the various educational programming provided by FWE, including E-Series and Pitch for the Purse.. Her previous work experience includes research assistance, office assistance, and working with marginalised communities.



melodieMélodie Gingras

Mentor Program Manager (On Maternity Leave)

With a B.A. in Communications and MBA in Business Management, Melodie is passionate about helping women entrepreneurs take their business to the next level. As the Mentor Program Manager for FWE, she’s able to achieve that goal by connecting them with experienced business leaders and successful entrepreneurs. Her previous work experience in marketing, event management, and relationship development have proved valuable to her role at FWE. Melodie believes that learning never stops for entrepreneurs (and everyone else!), and is excited to provide them every day with the tools + expertise needed to elevate their business.

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Interim Mentor Program Manager 

Before joining FWE as the Interim Program Manager, Sarah was a Project Manager in the biotechnology industry. Bringing in her skill set of project management, product development and event planning, Sarah is committed to delivering educational programs that empower female entrepreneurs across Canada. Her background also includes working in the brewing and distilling industry, developing and launching new products to the UK market.



Danielle Flawn

Events and Sponsorship Coordinator

Danielle has a background in the Non-Profit sector in Event Management and Fundraising. Before joining FWE as Events and Sponsorship Coordinator, she was working and living in Toronto. She studied at the University of Toronto where she received an Honours B.A. in Art History and English. After completing her undergrad she went back to school to study Fundraising at Ryerson University where she received a diploma in Fundraising Management. She has a passion for events and fundraising and is eager to share her knowledge and experience to benefit the FWE community.