ELEVATE Small Business: Profit with Purpose puts the spotlight on small businesses that go beyond profit to positively impact the communities in which they operate.
Join us on October 4 and hear from North Vancouver entrepreneurs who are intentionally building better communities through better business practices. Register today!
Meet the Panelists
Owner, Good to Grow
Andrea is the owner of Good to Grow, an Incubation Centre for Food Processors, which helps successful food processors just starting out take their food business to the next level. The Good to Grow kitchen, office and classrooms are located on Harbourside Drive in North Vancouver. Andrea specializes in sales and marketing expertise for the Canadian natural, specialty and organic food industry and has launched her own successful brand, Tarragon Foods, where she built and managed the plant and co-packed for other local food businesses. A mentor to entrepreneurs, she helps take their product to market and create connections to help them grow their business.
VIP Network & Royal LePage, Sussex
Bedo is an award winning Real Estate professional specializing in residential and commercial property on the North Shore and Vancouver. With an extensive knowledge of the real estate market, and international experience, Bedo works with clients of diverse ethnicities with passion and commitment. She has also been a business owner for many years. Bedo is actively involved with the VIP Network, (Vancouver Iranian Professionals), a growing group of local professionals representing a variety of fields.
Dr. Pavan Avinashi
Owner, Hollyburn Eye Clinic
Dr. Avanashi is the owner of the Hollyburn Eye Clinic. After completing his Doctor of Optometry, Dr. Avinashi spent time doing clinical electives in a variety of settings around the world. These experiences, as well as his fluency in English, French, and Hindi, have allowed him to broaden his scope of practice. Dr. Avinashi has a strong interest in humanitarian work, both locally and internationally and has initiated various fundraising campaigns to support a range of third world eye care societies. He also travels to Northern BC routinely to provide eye-care services to under-serviced communities.
Owner & Co-Founder, LifeSpace Gardens
Wesley is owner and co-founder of LifeSpace Gardens. With a focus on local food and food security; his gardens help people balance modern lifestyles, with the challenge of growing food in urban environments. He is the inventor and patent holder of an innovative self-watering system that combines the best of hydroponic principles with traditional organic growing techniques. LifeSpace Gardens can be seen throughout Lower Lonsdale, are featured at Science World and can be found on yards, balconies, rooftops, restaurants and public spaces across Canada. Wesley is the proud recipient of the 2016 North Vancouver Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award.
Meet the Moderator
Managing Director, GEM Advertising Vancouver