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.