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



Myles McGovern

Valhalla Angel; President & CEO, Vorsana Environmental; Former Founder & CEO Immersive Ventures



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



Warren MacPhee

Valhalla Angel; Owner, Tutu & Lulu Fashions; Co-Founder, Restaurants for Sale Global; Former IT Consultant, CCS Corporation



Alex Miller

Valhalla Angel; CEO, Visland Media




Alexandra Nuth

Valhalla Angel; Co-Founder, Now or Never Ventures




Garland Sharratt

Information Security Consultant; Former Security Architect, Hootsuite




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



Adrien Niblock

Valhalla Angel, Co-founder Stealth Insurtech




Andrew McGovern

Valhalla Angel, Executive Vice President, Vorsana Inc.




Brandon Farr

Valhalla Angel, Founder, Level Up Strategies Inc.

Michael Macaulay

Partner, Lawson Lundell LLP; Board Member, Accelerate Okanagan




Gary Parmar

Partner, MNP LLP; Board Member, Accelerate Okanagan




Saskia Battersby

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



David Jenkins

Board Member, Okanagan Sustainability Leadership Council; Former Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Management, UBC Okanagan



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.


Anne-Marie Visockas

Former Vice-President, Health System Planning, Mental Health & Substance Use, and Residential Services, Interior Health Authority


Wayne Senner

Nurse Practitioner, Critical Care, Thoracic & Cardiac Surgery; Clinical Instructor, Faculty of Medicine, UBC/Kelowna General Hospital



Paul Matthews, P.Eng.

Partner, Lawson Lundell LLP




Hugh Faloon

Retired Partner, GGFL LLP Chartered Professional Accountants




Liza Wood

Director, Research & Data Science, Two Hat Security




Bruno Peters

Deputy Regional Director, Canada West, IBI Group




Kara James, CA, CPA

Former Director of Finance Transformation and Former CFO, Western Canada – Sysco Canada Inc.



Derek Gratz

Associate Director, University-Industry Liaison Office, UBC Okanagan




Jared Cook

Manager, MNP




Mitchell Grant

Manager, Assurance Services – MNP




Courtney Hesse

Regional Vice President, RBC




Krista Mallory

Manager, Central Okanagan Economic Development Commission (COEDC)




Jennifer Tedman-Jones

Senior Business Officer, Pacific Economic Development Canada (PacifiCan)





Karen Graham

Regional Marketing Manager, MNP LLP; Former District Manager, ADP




Lauren Andrews, PFP

Branch Manager, Financial Advisor, RBC on Campus, UBC Okanagan & Okanagan College