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.
Karen "Disruptor" Stewart, B.Sc, MBA, C.Med
Founder and CEO, Bumble Bees Venture Capital Inc. and Fairway Divorce Solutions Ltd | WOI2018 Advocate and Catalyst for Women
Karen Stewart is a serial industry disrupter and entrepreneur. She has over 25 years of experience in founding and building businesses that are disruptive and create significant shareholder value. Her endeavours have included: Financial Broker Dealers in IDA & MFDA, Boutique Brokerage Firms, Real Estate Investment Firms, Insurance Brokerage and Fairway Divorce Solutions, a national Divorce Solutions Company, which has disrupted the traditional Divorce system in Canada. She is also the Founder & CEO of Bumble Bees Venture Capital Inc., a disruptive Venture Capital Company, and she is a past CEO and is on the Board of Directors for Trusted Brand 2016 Inc. (a public company).
She is a best-selling Author of “Clean Break”, a book disrupting the status quo of the divorce system. Karen has made many media appearances discussing the effects of divorce in today’s society. These appearances include The Globe and Mail, ABC Money Matters, Entrepreneur Magazine, PROFIT Magazine, More Magazine, Financial Times, BNN, USA Today, Reader’s Digest, CTV, Slice™ and Breakfast Television. Karen is also a featured blogger on Huffington Post Canada and Divorce Magazine. Karen is a sought-after speaker, known for her inspiring and informative presentations. She has spoken at Vancouver’s Annual Wellness Show, Edward School of Business, Victoria Breathe Now Conference and Canadian Institute of Financial Planners. Karen was awarded the Woman of Vision Award in Calgary and PROFIT Magazine’s Top 100 Business Women.
Marsha "Tax Diva" Dungog-Laine
Director, Moodys Gartner Tax Law, LLP | WOI2018 Authentic Leader |
Marsha is a Director at Moodys Gartner Tax Law LLP providing international tax planning, tax compliance and controversy services for multinational businesses, entrepreneurs, investors, high net worth individuals and U.S. citizens living abroad. She is admitted to practice in California, Michigan, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, the U.S. Tax Court and the U.S. Supreme Court. She is also a public arbitrator for the United States Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) and instructor for the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). This June 2018, Marsha was admitted as a Student-at-law with the Alberta Law Society.
Prior to joining Moodys Gartner, Marsha held leadership positions in boutique firms in Los Angeles and was tax counsel for The Dow Chemical Company. She also served as law clerk to Hon. Senior Judge Lawrence A. Wright of the United States Court and judicial extern to Hon. Judge Dennis J. Montali of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of California. She worked as Senior Tax Specialist at KPMG LLP's National Tax Office in Washington D.C. and as an Associate Tax Attorney with Pillsbury Winthrop LLP in San Francisco.
Marsha received her L.L.M. in Taxation, with distinction, from Georgetown University Law Center, her J.D., with honors, from Golden Gate University School of Law with a Certificate of Specialization in International Law, and her B.A. Honors in Political Science, cum laude, from University of the Philippines. She was a Research Editor for the Golden Gate University Law Review and Golden Gate University International Law Review and a fellow at the Committee on State Taxation (COST) in Washington, D.C.
Kim "Disruptor" Van Vliet
CEO, WaVv, Founder, CONVERGX
Kimberley founded WāVv over ten years ago to follow in her family’s legacy of service to Canada through Aerospace, Defence & Security. With four generations behind her, 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. WāVv was created to diligently engage in securing those vital elements.
Global efforts require global partners which is why the business linkage of the Energy sector is valued. Recognized as one of the top five Canadian influential women in Defence, Kimberley has enabled the alignment of the two sectors. Solutions and innovative technology requirements in both sectors are remarkably similar. WāVv facilitates the cross sector acquisition of solutions and services. Coordinating with three critical partners Government, Industry, and Private Sector, securing innovative solutions while supporting research and development continue to ensure the right solution is provided.
Kimberley is the founder and creator of CONVERGX® - a global conference bringing together senior executives in the Energy. Mining and Aerospace, Defence & Security industries. The purpose - to discuss opportunities, technologies, problems, solutions and opportunities that these industries and those that affect and are affected by them have.
Most recently, Kimberley's efforts have taken her to NATO and most recently NORAD and USNORTHCOMM.
Her work continues beyond her current efforts in a variety of philanthropic endeavours and associations. Kimberley also is a proud Mum of a 5yr old boy.
Lisa "Distruptor" Mundell-Lawrence
President Western Canada, PMA Brethour-Townley, BOSS Chick Mentor | WOI2017 Women of Inspiration Award - Mompreneur
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
Suzanne “Disruptor” Ebelher, CMC, CHRP, MBA
Director, Client Services, Business Link | Principal and Managing Director of Mission Ignite Consulting
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.
Yvonne "Disruptor" Silver
Certified Executive Coach, Founder Flourish – BOSS Chicks Mentorship Chair – Member CBC and Best Selling Author | WOi2018 Mentorship
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.