Alanna Keefe

Alanna is an experienced entrepreneur and accomplished business and fund development professional, with more than 20 years of experience serving the not-for-profit sector. At 23 she sold her first entrepreneurial venture, a successful contemporary gallery/custom framing business.

For several years Alanna operated a consulting practice focused in the areas of leadership and fund development, strategic planning, human resources management, marketing, and communications.

In addition, she has worked as a member of senior leadership teams for several large arts and educational institutions where she implemented innovative and effective programs, identified business opportunities, led operational improvement, and drove implementation for start-up and existing business partnerships.

In 2007 Alanna initiated her MBA studies at the University of Manitoba.



Aasa Marshall
Aasa Marshall is the Communications and Engagement Coordinator with Co-operatives First, a business development organization focused on increasing awareness of the co-operative business model in rural and Indigenous communities across Western Canada.

Our goal is to help groups build new businesses and support community development.

Aasa has a Bachelors degree in Development Studies from the University of Calgary, and a Masters of Public Policy from the University of Saskatchewan.


Brendon Demerias
Brendon was born and raised in Saskatoon and has been an active member in his community.

Brendon attended the Edwards School of Business in Saskatoon and graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce Degree with Great Distinction.

Brendon believes in the important role small business plays in developing economically strong and diversified communities.

Brendon has experience working with the City of Saskatoon’s Community Development branch and currently works for the Gabriel Dumont Institute (GDI).

At GDI, Brendon manages the exciting new Pathways for Entrepreneurship program, designed to help Métis entrepreneurs develop skills and access training and supports to build stronger businesses.

Working alongside other entrepreneur service providers, Brendon believes in removing barriers to business start-up and providing entrepreneurs with the best chances at sustainable success.



Carine Bado
Originally from the Ivory Coast, Carine Bado immigrated to Manitoba in December 2007 and has obtained her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the Université de Saint-Boniface (Winnipeg, Manitoba). Carine has many skills in Financial Management and particularly in Accounting.

She has previously held significant positions with industry leaders such as Loblaws and Western Financial Insurance etc, before joining the World Trade Centre Winnipeg (WTC Winnipeg) as the Finance Officer four years ago.

At the WTC Winnipeg, her role is to ensure all projects get financially monitored and proven profitable to the organization.

She manages the payable and receivable accounts, keeps the books and produces monthly financial statements and reports.


Lorena Mitchell

Lorena Mitchell worked as a Lead Hand at the Royal Canadian Mint for 8 years before moving on to pursue her passions, which lead her to the renewable energy sector, becoming the Founder and President of Evolve Green in February 2008.

Lorena utilized every skill in her repertoire to survive in the niche, underdeveloped Manitoban renewable market. After 11 years helping shape the current eco-political climate in Manitoba, a market transition from wind to solar, and thousands of satisfied customers later, Evolve Green is still growing strong.

Lorena is proud of the work she does. From solar design, to electrical, community projects, and client relations. Lorena also co-owns West Field Electric.

Lorena Mitchell is the winner of the 2017 / 2018 Just Watch ME! Video contest.