Chris is a businessman, entrepreneur, teacher, coach, consultant, and creative marketer. He is the President and Founder of PITCH, a company that works with clients to develop targeted marketing strategies for new customer acquisition. He also works as a management consultant and advisor for a wide range of organizations. Chris has unique expertise in the intersection of business strategy and creative marketing execution. Both professionally and as an entrepreneur, Chris has worked with companies to develop market facing positions aligned with their identified business strategy. He is a highly regarded instructor of marketing and organizational behavior at NAIT. Chris brings curiosity, creativity and critical thinking to his work with clients and students. He holds a BA and an MBA from the University of Alberta. Chris has been a passionate supporter of charitable organizations in Edmonton, having organized a variety of third-party fundraising events benefiting Edmonton’s non-profit sector. He is committed to raising awareness for mental health and growing the accessibility and availability of counselling resources for those dealing with mental health.
Growing up in an entrepreneurial household, Jennifer learned to live and breathe business. She started her bookkeeping training in her mother’s company when she was only 12. There she formed a strong work ethic and developed her talent for speed, accuracy, and insight regarding client files.
After two years of science and a year of commerce at MacEwan University, Jennifer moved to the University of Alberta, achieving her B.Com, Accounting Major. Her CA designation soon followed.
As a consistent high achiever, Jennifer combines her in-depth knowledge of bookkeeping processes with her accounting education and experience. The six partners at her previous firm often expressed appreciation for her ability to accurately and quickly complete complex and difficult files. That, combined with her excellent client relationships enabled her to move quickly from articling student to accounting associate to manager.
Ida Colby, Jennifer’s business partner, finds it exciting to work with Jennifer: “I couldn’t ask for a better partner. She is passionate about everything she does. Her knowledge of accounting and auditing is second to none. Jennifer may be young, but she has so much practical experience; it shines through in all aspects of her work. She has an engaging way with clients and provides wonderful professional advice when needed.
Tracy is the Chief Executive Officer of Covenant Foundation, where she leads a diverse team with the mandate of partnering with the community to invest in transforming health care, and helping to create vibrant communities of health and healing at acute, long-term care and hospices operated by Covenant Health, Covenant Care and Covenant Living across Alberta.
Prior to joining Covenant Foundation, Tracy spent 12 years at the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation where she was Vice President of Cause Related Programs, overseeing marketing and communications, health promotions, grant allocations, volunteer engagement and youth engagement.
Along with her dynamic, results-oriented leadership qualities, a strong track record of performance in fast-paced organizations, Tracy she is a wife and mother to 3 children and an ex-officio of six hospital foundation Board of Directors in rural Alberta.
Matthew Halstead is a results driven business builder with more than 25 years’ experience managing transportation and logistics operations. An innovative and resourceful problem solver, Matthew brings a demonstrated record of devising, planning and implementing successful turnaround strategies that achieve fiscal and operational objectives.
Moving to Edmonton in 2011, Matthew is active in coaching football, volunteering at the foodbank and can be found most weekends exploring the river valley with his dog Cooper. As a guiding principle for volunteer work, Matthew looks to the MLK quote; “What are you doing for others?”
With over ten years’ of experience, Marjorie Henderson is an expert in digital marketing and public relations, who adores technology, storytelling and digital communications.
Earlier in her career, she led PR and online communications strategies for global brands and other organizations such as the University of Alberta and the United Nations Peacekeeping Operations, and also served as Marketing Advisor to the British government and British Prime Minister. Marjorie has a Master of Arts Degree in International Development from the University of Manchester, along with a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Alberta.
Currently, she works for one of Alberta’s large technology incubator, Cybera, while running her own digital marketing and public relations consultancy firm.
She is an active volunteer in the local chapters of the Canadian Public Relations Society (CPRS) and International Association of Business Communicators (IABC). When she isn’t glued to her AirMac writing content about the tech industry or tweeting about startup life, you can always find her out and about in the Edmonton.
Barrister and Solicitor, Bishop & McKenzie LLP
Tianna Osborn is an HR Coordinator at ATB Financial. She has recently graduated from MacEwan University with a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Psychology. Throughout her time in university, Tianna was heavily involved in various mental health initiatives such as being a Peer Support volunteer.
While Tianna is early in her career, she hopes to continue her involvement with both organizations and non-profits who are focused on the greater good, specifically a focus on mental health. She hopes to do this by continue bringing together both her knowledge in psychology as well as Human Resources.