Meet Our Mentors

Our mentors are subject-matter experts, business and community leaders who help our founders articulate and bring their vision to life.

Program Mentors

Grant Lawrence

President, Valhalla Angels, Kelowna; Start-up Consultant; Co-President, Valhalla Angels Vancouver

 

 


Clemens Kaiser

Valhalla Angel; Former President, Management Board, Sanofi Aventis; Country Chair, Germany

 

 


Rose Bhojani

Valhalla Angel; Business Consultant; Former Technology Sector Specialist/Senior Manager, BDC

 

 


Alexandra Nuth

Valhalla Angel; Co-Founder, Now or Never Ventures

 

 

 


Kyle Wiltshire

Valhalla Angel; CEO, Takehan Technologies; Former President KPI Investments; Former CTO/Partner, ZipMatch

 

 


Henry King

Valhalla Angel; Owner, Superior Peat; Former Chairman, Garden Centre Group Co-op; Former Chairman, Art Knapp’s Plantland franchise; Former Owner/Operator, Art Knapp’s Plantland

 

 


Fritz Kipfer

Valhalla Angel; Former CEO Schubert North America; Former President Schubert Packaging Automation

 

 


Abhinav Kanti

Valhalla Angel; Director, Total Interiors; Former Director Faith Biotech Pvt. Ltd.; Former Partner i2M Technologies

 

 


Andrew McGovern

Valhalla Angel, Executive Vice President, Vorsana Inc.

 

 

 


Michael Macaulay

Partner, Lawson Lundell LLP; Board Member, Accelerate Okanagan

 

 

 


Saskia Battersby

Product Management Mentor & Coach; Former Director, Product Management, Visier Inc.

 

 


Sherri Faloon

Operations and Customer Service Consultant, HJF Capital Corp.; Former Manager, Business & Development Support, IBM; Former Director, Real Estate & Logistics and Global Customer Support, Cognos Inc.

 

 


Paul Matthews, P.Eng.

Partner, Lawson Lundell LLP

 

 

 


Hugh Faloon

Retired Partner, GGFL LLP Chartered Professional Accountants

 

 

 


Derek Gratz

Associate Director, University-Industry Liaison Office, UBC Okanagan

 

 

 


Jared Cook

Manager, MNP

 

 

 


Brandon Farr

Valhalla Angel, Founder, Level Up Strategies Inc.


Cailan Libby

CEO, Happipad

 

 

 


Ian McIntosh

Owner and Principal, Moy Hall Consulting Inc.; Former Strategic Advisor, The Group Investments; Former Senior Vice-President, Scotiabank

 

 

 


Allisha Heidt

Founder and CEO, Chickpeace Zero Waste; Co-Founder MotherLove Kombucha; Former Project Manager, GreenStep Solutions Inc.

 

 

 


Allan Friesen

Manager, Taxation Services, MNP

 

 

 


Sonali Sharma

Managing Director, Nugu; Co-Founder, Learning Head

 

 

 


David Mayes

Founding Partner, Mayo615 Technology Partners; Founding Partner, Vendange Partners Inc.; Adjunct Professor, UBCO; Former CEO, Complete Home Energy, Ltd.; Founding Partner and Former CEO, Global Internet Group, LLP

 


Rick Cooper

Director, South 8 Technologies; Former Chairman and CEO, MANTA Instruments Inc.


Paul Pickard

Former Global Head of Ingredients Procurement, Nestle; Former VP Global Procurement Raw Materials, InBev