Alice Wheaton

For the past fifteen years, Alice Wheaton has worked with corporations, individuals, and technical experts throughout North America, the Pacific Rim, and Europe.  Alice’s practice is comprised of clients from a variety of industries, small and large, such as agriculture, oil and gas service companies, engineering and scientific firms. Providing her clients with the knowledge and skills that they need to create new opportunities and book more business is her compelling passion.


She is an inspirational, motivational and humorous presenter who motivates her audiences and leaves them with concrete tools to help them move to ever higher levels of performance. Her programs and presentation skills are consistently rated in the top five percentile.

Alixe Cormick

Alixe Cormick is the founder of Venture Law Corporation. She concentrates her legal practice in the areas of public company listings, mergers and acquisitions, and secondary and exempt market financings. Alixe has assisted over 150 companies listing on stock exchanges and trading boards in North America. She has also assisted in the sale of over 100 private issuers in the tech and biotech space. She is on the advisory board of the National Crowdfunding Association of Canada and the commercialization advisory board of the Life Science Institute of British Columbia. She is also on the advisory board of two private tech companies.


She is an active angel investor and a member of Vancouver Angel Technology Network and Pacific Northwest Keiretsu Forum. Alixe has been a speaker on crowdfunding, raising capital, and going public at conferences in the UK, Asia and North America.What's this item about? What makes it interesting? Write a catchy description to grab your audience's attention...

Dr. Bettina Schneider

Bettina received her M.S. in Community Development and her Ph.D. in Native American Studies from the University of California, Davis. Her dissertation focused on Aboriginal and Native Financial Institutions in Canada and the United States.


Bettina has also worked as a consultant for First Nations Development Institute, First Nations Oweesta Corporation, and Opportunity Finance Network. Her research has predominantly focused on First Nations community and economic development strategies, Aboriginal relevant business and financial literacy curriculum, and First Nations financial reporting and accountability relationships.

Bob Chaworth-Musters

Bob is the founder of Angel Forum, Vancouver, the oldest Angel group in Canada. He has invested  (and has lost money) in a number of early stage companies in the manufacturing and health sectors.  As well, Bob has been very active in educating entrepreneurs and investors through co-founding in 1998, the Investor Ready workshop series as well as advising both emerging companies and private investors. He was a Board Director and Founding Member of Canada’s National Angel Capital Organization, 2003-2013, a member of the US Angel Capital Association and Vancouver Enterprise Forum


Prior to founding the Angel Forum, he was with a major Canadian financial institution ranging from corporate and investment banking to private banking in Vancouver, London, England and Bahrain. He also was involved with a seed venture capital fund and a pre-shipment finance fund with a BC trade development company and discretionary investment management for private investors.  Subsequently he has lectured on investment funds and consults.

Bret Conkin

Bret Conkin leads a Consultancy for Crowdfunding, Crowdinvesting and Marketplace Lending. Crowdfundsuite helps platforms, funders, dealers, stakeholders and businesses profit from the Alternative Finance Economy.  Services include strategy, platform development, partnerships, capital raising, marketing and distribution.


Bret is an Advisor for Advisme, an International Advisory firm for Growth Companies.  He is a certified Business Education teacher, an Ambassador to NCFA Canada and blogger for IT Business, Investopedia and CrowdfundInsider.  Prior roles with FundRazr, P&G, BC Lottery and multiple tech start-ups have honed his expertise.  His clients have included: Angel Forum, Small Business BC, Community Futures, New Ventures BC, InvestNextDoor, Vancouver Enterprise Forum and BC Innovation Council.

Dave Moore

Drawing on more than 20 years of advisory experience, Dave delivers personalized farm management solutions in assurance, tax, consulting and Farm Income Programs to Ag clients. Having been involved in farming his entire life and operating his own farm for more than 23 years, Dave has first-hand insight into the issues producers face. With his personal and professional experience, Dave provides farm families with cost-effective solutions to position them for success now and into the future.


Working one-on-one with clients, Dave helps to determine their goals and assists them in identifying issues, then offers practical solutions and strategies that lead to measurable results. He assists with a broad range of business issues, including technical accounting, tax filings and strategic planning.


David E. White

David is a proven leader with over 25 years of excellence at building organizational resilience through improvements in value-added processing, margins, brand & distribution channel optimization, market development and corporate turnaround. He led the growth and development of multiple organizations by improving strategic direction, implementing action plans, inspiring hope, rebuilding trust, reconciling relationships and navigating uncertainty.


Effective at working with organizations in the start-up phase as well as enhancing the effectiveness of established organizations across multiple diverse industries, including, but not limited to finance, housing, environment, police services, manufacturing, and agriculture within public, private, NGO, non-profit and for-profit sectors.


Jill Sauter

Jill is a University of Saskatchewan alumni and former sessional lecturer here.  After working in many organizations in marketing, sales & management, Jill became a consultant sharing her expertise in marketing with small businesses.  She has taught thousands of entrepreneurs and students the importance of keeping marketing simple and focused.

Paul Maarschalk

Paul has been a Chartered Professional Accountant since qualifying with Ernst & Young (Zimbabwe office) in 1986 and a Chartered Business Valuator since 2007. His varied career has largely focused on corporate finance and corporate financial planning, disciplines that, like business valuations, require an ability to project forward and understand business risk.


He has worked in Canadian and international companies in financial services, value added agriculture, mining, mineral exploration, marketing, software and banking. He has consulted to all levels of business, from privately owned start ups to publicly traded corporations. The depth and breadth of his career, as well as his education, informs his perspective on business value.

Ross Finlay

Ross has been an angel investor since 2000. He has assisted many companies in raising private equity, is a Board Member of the National Angel Capital Organization (NACO), Director of the Angel Capital Association (ACA), and a Trustee of the Angel Resource Institute.


Mr. Finlay is a recognized facilitator, senior business consulting professional and strategic change consultant who has an extensive background in public, private and not-for-profit sectors. He has implemented major business changes in a number of organizations and has experience in conducting organizational reviews in the public/private and the not-for-profit sectors.

Suzanne Paschall

Suzanne first started using crowdfunding in 2013 as a way to mitigate risk and manage cash flow in her indie book publishing company, Indie Ink Publishing in Saskatoon. Hers was one of the first publishing companies to use rewards-based crowdfunding to build audience for and pre-sell books, a strategy she now recommends for many of her authorpreneur clients.


Also an experienced facilitator and trainer with a masters in adult education, Suzanne developed a series of workshops on crowdfunding through Indie Ink, and a blog series for authropreneurs called The ABCs of Crowdfunding. Many of the tools and exercises she developed for the series she now shares with Nail the Numbers Participants.

Ron Robichaud

With career experiences that span over thirty years, Ron Robichaud has worked in diverse industries: manufacturing operations, finance, small business management, community development, the service sector and municipal government.


Ron holds a Masters in Business Administration from the Université de Moncton and is an accomplished and passionate educator. He has been an adjunct Professor both at Acadia University and Université Sainte-Anne where he taught classes in Small Business Management and Economics.  His work in outreach community development departments in both universities led to world-wide recognition in community economic development.

Taunya Woods Richardson

With over 25 years of entrepreneurial experience, Taunya’s reputation as the “Cashflow Queen” is built on her ability to dive into the uncomfortable topic of finance with tremendous empathy, transparency and humour. She is a change-maker, solution-architect and financial empowerment evangelist, with the rare ability to both motivate entrepreneurs and equip them with actionable change strategies to better control their financial outcomes.


An entrepreneur, startup investor and podcast host, she's the creative mind behind Nail the Numbers.

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