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Camille Saltman
Camille Saltman

Current roles: Co-founder & GP, Okanagan WMAN; Chief Marketing Officer, INCA Renewtech

Community activities: Building Committee, Art Gallery Kelowna; Co-Chair, Connected Communities, Okanagan Sustainability Leadership Council; former Board Member of the following: Opera Kelowna (Co-chair), BIOCOM; Wireless Life Science Alliance (President); San Diego Telecom Council/EvoNexus (Co-chair); Action Sport Innovators; La Jolla Playhouse; La Jolla Music Society

Former roles: Managing Director (Consultant), entrepreneurship@UBCO; President, MD Revolution, Malama Composites and CONNECT

Sherri Faloon
Sherri Faloon

Current roles: Retired; Co-founder & GP, Okanagan WMAN

Community activity: Mentor, Entrepreneurship@UBCO; Board Member, Vista Academy; former Mentor, Ottawa Boys & Girls Club

Former roles: Self Employed, Customer Service Consultant; Transition Lead and Business & Development Support, IBM; Director, Real Estate & Logistics, Cognos Inc.; Director, Global Customer Support, Cognos Inc.

Carollynne Schafer
Carollynn Schafer, LLB

Current role: Director/Investor, OKGN Angel Forum; General Legal Advisor, Trellis Social Enterprise Inc.; Sole Practitioner, Schafer Law; Co-founder & GP, Okanagan WMAN

Rose Bhojani
Rose Bhojani

Current roles: Valhalla Angel; Chief Operating Officer, NOAS Bookkeeping, Accounting & Tax Inc.; Co-founder & GP, Okanagan WMAN

Community activities: Mentor, Entrepreneurship@UBCO; Entrepreneur-in-Residence, North Forge Technology Exchange; former Board Member (Chair), Real Estate Investors Alliance of Canada

Former role: Technology Sector Specialist and Senor Manager, Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC)

Karen Christiansen
Karen Christiansen, FCPA, FCA, CPA, CA

Current role: Partner & Business Advisor, Private Enterprise Team, MNP; Co-founder & GP, Okanagan WMAN

Trina Warren
Trina Warren, CPA, CA

Current role: Regional Managing Partner, Thompson Okanagan Region, MNP; Co-founder, Okanagan WMAN

Community activity: Director, KGH Foundation

Ashley Ramsay
Ashley Ramsay

Current role: Founder & CEO, Yeti Farm Creative; 

Community activities: Mentor, EM3 Sessions, Women’s Enterprise Centre Canada-wide; Board Member, Accelerate Okanagan, Small Business Roundtable 

Helen Work
Helen Work

Current role: Principal, Corrig Capital. Founder of Clay Therapy.

Community activity: Board Member and Volunteer, Mamas for Mamas

Former roles: Head of Business Development for Equities Asia, Cantor Fitzgerald' Dealing Director, E*TRADE Financial and Dealing Director for TIR Securities.

Ria Kitsch
Ria Kitsch

Current role: Proprietor, Kitsch Wines

Community activity: Founder & Yoga Instructor, Balance Tree

Former roles: VP, HR, Hiku Brands; Vice President, DOJA Cannabis Co.; Territory Development Manager, Waterplay Solutions Corp.; Vice President, Saxx Underwear; Marketing Manager, Terra Geothermal

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Kelly Pedersen

Current role: Director, Indykko Limited (investment incubator)

Former role: Director, Tech 4 Kids Inc.

Jaclyn McPhadden, MBA
Jaclyn McPhadden, MBA

Current role: Co-Founder, Chief Administrative Officer, RecycleSmart

Shannan Schimmelmann
Shannan Schimmelmann, MBA

Current roles: Co-founder and Chief Adventure Officer of Liquid Kudos Beverage Co.; Indigenous Export Advisor, Community Futures Development Corporation of Central Interior First Nations;

Former role: Entrepreneur In Residence, Women’s Enterprise Centre of BC;

Community activity: former Vice Chair Community Futures Wood Buffalo; Steering Committee Member, Tides Canada - Northern Youth Leadership; Co-Founder, Taiga Adventure Camp

Rhonda Hymers
Rhonda Hymers, CIWM, CIM, FCSI, FEA – Portfolio Manager and Wealth Advisor, RBC Dominion Securities Inc.

Current role: As a Portfolio Manager & Wealth Advisor Rhonda serves some of the most affluent families, business owners, sports professionals, and communities in the country.

Community activities past present: Board of Director for Third Space Charity, Passionate supporter of time and/or resources to Kelowna General Hospital Foundation, Child Advocacy Center, Mamas for Mamas, Tree of Hope, Breakfast Club of Canada, Kelowna Food Bank, and Rotary among others.

Angela Nagy
Angela Nagy

Current roles: CEO & Co-Founder, GreenStep Solutions; CEO, EcoBase Solutions, Inc.; President, Tigress Ventures Inc.

Community activity: Central Okanagan Economic Development Commission, Advisory Council Member; Okanagan Sustainability Leadership Council, Zero Waste Valley; former City Councillor, City of Kelowna; former Board Member of Regional District of Central Okanagan, Kelowna Chamber of Commerce, and Okanagan Car-Share Coop (now part of Modo).

Anne Marie Kirby
Anne Marie Kirby

Current roles: Managing Director, Carebook Technologies; Founder, Metabolic Insights; CEO & Founder, Light Heart

Former role: CEO & Founder, CoreHealth Technologies

Community activity: District Youth Exchange Coordinator, Rotary

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Maria Correia, MBA

Current role: Founder WEvolve – Global

Former roles: Lead, Innovation & Creative Ventures, Social and Urban Development, The World Bank; Sector Manager, South Asia Region; Manager, Africa Region, The World Bank 

Lesley Hobden
Lesley Hobden, LLM

Current roles: Senior Counsel, Pihl Law Corporation; Owner/Creative Director, Sauce for Skin

Community activities: Board member, Autism Okanagan, Opera Kelowna (Co-Chair)

Joy Playford
Joy Playford, CMC

Current roles: CEO, Playford Performance Group Inc; Forum Chair, MacKay CEO Forums;

Former role: Vice President, Western Canada, BDC Consulting

Nikki Csek
Nikki Csek

Current role: CEO, Csek Creative

Community activities: former Board Member (President) Kelowna Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Kelowna Association

Jacquie Adam
Jacquie Adam

Current role: Technology Leader (senior leadership role with undisclosed technology company in stealth mode)

Community activity: WiSE@UBCO (Women in Science & Engineering)@UBCO

Former role: Director, Technology & Studio Lead, Walt Disney Company

Renee Warren
Renee Warren

Current role: CEO & Founder, We Wild Women; Investor.

Community Activity: Speaker, Startup Mentor, Advisor

Former role: Co-Founder, and Public Relations Specialist, Onboardly, Spark Boutik (Sold)

Miah Schull Olmsted

Current role: Student, UBC Okanagan, Bachelor of Fine Arts – BFA, Visual Communications and BA, Environmental Studies; IDC Freelance Staff Instructor/Underwater Cinematographer, PADI

Community activities: Founding Chapter Lead, Dazzle Okanagan, Zebras Unite (ecosystem for social impact founders, investors and thought leaders)

Former roles: Founder/CEO OCS Enterprises (SaaS consulting firm); Program Coordinator, Okanagan CoLab; Undergraduate Academic Assistant & Undergraduate Research Assistant, UBCO  

Barb Marcolin
Barb Marcolin, PhD

Current Roles: Associate Professor, Faculty of Management, UBC Okanagan; Research Director, Privacy Officer, Kinek Technologies; Management Consultant

Jaime Briggs
Jaime Briggs

Current role: Business Owner and Team Leader, Briggs on Homes Real Estate Group at Coldwell Banker Horizon Realty

Community activities: former Board Member, Kelowna Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Club of Kelowna

Alison Oxtoby
Alison Oxtoby, LLB

Current role: Lawyer & Founder Balmains Law Corporation

Community activities: Board Member (President), Kelowna Estate Planning Society

Former role: Director, Wealth Services, BMO Harris Private Banking 

Meghan Van Vliet
Dr. Meghan Van Vliet

Current Role: Diagnostic Radiologist, BC Cancer

Mimi Hurt
Mimi Hurt

Current Role: Retired Professor, Management

Saskia Battersby
Saskia Battersby

Current Role: Product Management Consultant, The Growth Spark; Product Management Mentor & Coach, Product Management Mindset; Real Estate Investor, Lakecrest Homes

Community Activities: Mentor, Entrepreneurship@UBCO; Board Member, Childhood Connections Society; Past President, Parent Advisory Council, Anne McClymont Elementary

Former Roles: Director Product Management, Visier Inc.; Product Manager, Analytics, Avigilon; Director, Solution Management/Product Management, SAP; Strategic Analyst, Ballard Power Systems; Software Engineer, MacDonald Dettwiler; Software Engineer, Infonet Software Solutions

Lauren Macaulay
Lauren Macaulay

Current role: Director and Kelowna Office Lead, IBI Group

Former roles: Green Building Service Coordinator, Recollective Consulting; Designer, IBI/HB Architects; Project Coordinator, IWK Health Center

Stephanie Andrew
Stephanie Andrew

Current role: Executive Director and Co-Founder, Capital Investment Network

Community activity: Founding Partner, Women’s Equity Lab Victoria and overall WEL organization


Jaime Briggs
WMAN Investor;
Owner, Briggs
on Homes
Real Estate Group

Interested in investing in our next fund?

Joining is by invitation only and is extended to women who share our vision.


Carollynn Schafer, LLB
WMAN Co-founder & GP;
Director & Investor,
OKGN Angel Summit