Branson has “Elders”, we have “Disruptors”. We are proud to introduce our team of Advisors (a.k.a) Disruptors. We are grateful for this extraordinary team of women and men who volunteering their time, expertise, and business acumen to elevate, support and grow The Nest. Our Advisors are trailblazers with a Disruptor Mindset that share our values, believe in our big juicy vision, diversity, collaboration, support for women in business and are committed to helping us move those mountains. I am grateful to the many paying it forward to build The Nest. Together we are stronger.
Advisor, CSEP, PMP, AvMP WestJet
With twenty years of professional business experience, Angela has expertise in culture engagement, event production and marketing, project management and airport planning across the globe.
She has built her international and national leadership through the facilitation of airline consultative meetings with carriers and airport authorities across WestJet’s network, and has led a national team as the chair of International Live Event Association (ILEA) Canada in the not-for-profit sector.
Having recently become a certified coach, she is looking to support others who want to cultivate their growth in both business and personal development.
Angela is a health and wellness advocate, an aviation enthusiast and a rock and roll junkie who believes everyone should identify their own personal misson, vision and values (MVV) and live the life they aspire to live.
Christopher "Distruptor" Kennedy
Podcast, Virgin Beauty B!tch, NestMan
If I must be placed in a box make it the one labelled Servant-Leader. Put me in with those who engineer change for the good of all humanity through deeds inspired by the golden rule. My education comes from paying attention to life, my degree is in making change happen, and my profession is the pursuit of Yin and Yang — the harmony of opposites. My name is Christopher, I am a writer with an answer on the tip of my pen to a question few ever ask — what it feminine?
Dana "Distruptor" Silver
Associate Director, Alumni Engagement Haskayne School of Business
Dana wants to live a world filled with people realizing their full potential and companies that exist to create a better place for us all. A recovering idealist and natural optimizer, she combines her diverse work experience in corporate, non-profit and volunteer organizations to facilitate positive action, continuous improvement and opportunities for collaboration.
A native Albertan, Dana has lived over half her life in Calgary with much of that time at the Haskayne School of Business as a student (BComm’96, MBA’14) and now a staff member. She has worked for one of Canada’s top environmental organizations, multi-national corporations, local volunteer organizations and educational institutions. In her current position as Associate Director, Alumni Engagement at the Haskayne School of Business, Dana works with a team of passionate staff and volunteers, celebrating alumni achievements and leading a variety of initiatives to connect alumni with the University of Calgary.
Yvonne "Disruptor" Silver
Certified Executive Coach, Founder Flourish – BOSS Chicks Mentorship Chair – Member CBC
Yvonne has a passion for helping women FLOURISH - and have more JOY in Business! Her focus is supporting visionary women entrepreneurs - especially those with a social enterprise passion, to have a massive ripple effect. Ultimately her clients have more joy, work-life balance, and quality family time - and FUN in life - to FLOURISH!
Professionally, she incorporates over 20 years of success (as an entrepreneur and corporate VP) to Coach and Mentor women to have more confidence and impact. Professionally, Yvonne holds an Executive Coaching Certificate and a Certified HR Professional designation, as well as completing Business Management (University of Calgary) and being a Certified Reiki Practitioner. She is a Mentorship Program Chair, past Board member and program developer. Yvonne is a frequent speaker at various conferences, tele-summits, radio shows, workshops and other events - on topics supporting the growth of women in the workplace and as entrepreneurs. Yvonne is a member of The Nest, the International Coach Federation, and the Human Resources Institute of Alberta, as well as supporting BPW Calgary - and various causes. She is a passionate advocate for women empowering women.
Fay "Disruptor" Chrisohou
Founder FCPC Tax & Consulting
Fay is the founder and president of FCPC Tax & Consulting, a Calgary-based firm focused on taking the stress out of business so you can focus on growing it. She helps professional women and those who have received a financial windfall through a divorce, business sale or inheritance to be knowledgeable on and comfortable with their wealth by providing transparent, professional tax and accounting services. This includes financial advisory, all phases of tax compliance: tax consulting, planning, accounting, and preparation; succession and estate planning; and assistance with buying and selling businesses.
Karen "Disruptor" Stewart
Founder & CEO at Fairway Divorce Solutions, Franchisor of Fairway Divorce Solutions
Karen Stewart is the Founder and CEO of Fairway Divorce Solutions, the first national divorce franchise company. With Fairway, Karen developed a unique, step-by-step, resolution model for successfully moving people through divorce.
Karen has over 25 years of experience in the business/financial world. She is experienced as a Financial Planner, Stockbroker, Insurance Agent, Certified Divorce Financial Analyst, Chartered Mediator, innovator and entrepreneur. She has previously founded, built and sold four businesses with Fairway being her present primary focus, dealing specifically in the areas of Divorce, Tax, Business, Estate and Succession Planning. Karen is also an active blogger, writer, the published author of the best-selling book “Clean Break” and sought after by various media outlets for her advice and speaking engagements.
Karina "Distruptor" Birch
Owner, Rocky Mountain Soap Company
Karina Birch is co-owner and CEO of Rocky Mountain Soap Co. She and her husband Cam nurtured the company from its beginnings in 2000, as a small shop in Canmore to now 11 retail stores and a 17,000 square foot workshop. Believing ‘what goes on the body, goes in the body,’ Rocky Mountain Soap creates small-batch beauty products using simple, natural and fresh ingredients.
Rocky Mountain Soap has been included in the Profit 100 and Alberta Ventures ‘Fastest Growing Companies.’ Karina has been honored as a female entrepreneur on the ‘W100’ list. She sits on the board for Rocky Mountain Ventures and is a current member and past board member of Entrepreneurs Organization (EO) Calgary. She is also completing Harvard Business School’s Owner/President Management Program (OPM).
Kim "Disruptor" Van Vliet
CEO, WaVv, Founder, CONVERGX
Kimberley founded WaVv over nine years ago to follow in her families legacy of service to Canada through Aerospace, Defence and Security. As a third generation Van Vliet she specifically is uniquely positioned from the civilian side ensuring that the best technology, research, and innovation is provided to the women and men in our armed forces. WaVv was created t to diligently engage in securing those vital elements.
Kimberley is the founder and creator of CONVERGX – the first conference of it’s kind bringing together both the Energy and Aerospace, Defence & Security industries together. Kimberly continues to work beyond her current effort in a variety of philanthropic endeavors and associations such as, AIAC’s Technology and Innovations Committee WIDS, Rotary Club of Calgary, Calgary Stampede, Alberta Aviation, among others.
Lisa "Distruptor" Mundell-Lawrence
President Western Canada, PMA Brethour-Townley, BOSS Chick Mentor
Lisa Mundell-Lawrence comes to us as a partner in PMA Brethour-Townley with over two decades of hands on experience in both sales and management.
Lisa’s product knowledge spans the globe; from multiple projects in Panama, Mexico and the Dominican Republic, to over 2700 + individual condominium and new home sales at home in Calgary.
As managing partner of PMA Brethour -Townley for the Western Canadian Division, she has been very hands on for our Metropia / Knightsbridge project at University City.
Cheap Smokes – 24 Franchises plus grow across Canada in 2017, First and Vine restaurant opened in October 2016
Graeme "Disruptor" Edge
Entrepreneur, Connector, Disruptor and Co-Founder of McLaren Chase and Energy Disruptors
I’m not here to change the world; I’m here to propel the world changers. This is the life changing epiphany I had in 2016 after a last minute decision to participate in a UK conference hosted by Virgin. Sir. Richard Branson’s disruption summit inspired me to think bigger. My focus had changed from how I could disrupt my business to make it thrive, to how could I disrupt my industry to make all businesses thrive. I’m a connector with the ability to bring the right people together, at the right time, to make game-changing impact. I've made it my mission to accelerate solutions to the world’s biggest energy challenges
Suzanne “Disruptor” Ebelher
Disruptor, CMC, CHRP, MBA
Suzanne Ebelher, CMC, CHRP, MBA, is the Director, Client Service for Business Link and also the Principal and Managing Director of Mission Ignite Consulting. Suzanne has over 15 years of experience assisting clients on a variety of consulting topics such as business process improvement, strategic planning, change management, business planning, focus group facilitation, project management, compensation reviews, HR policy and organizational effectiveness and customized training programs. She has worked closely with various stakeholder groups facilitating community engagement discussions.