Brenda Ell has been involved as the Marketing Consultant and presently the Manager of the Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Program at the South Saskatchewan Independent Living Centre (SSILC) in Regina since 2006. She has worked at SSILC with people that have disabilities since 1999 in various other positions.
Ms. Ell has a long history of being involved with business both personally and professionally. As a child growing up in small town Saskatchewan, both of her parents owned and operated their own businesses and the whole family was expected to assist with most aspects of those businesses.
Brenda owned and operated her own residential cleaning company for many years until 1999 when she began work at SSILC. Presently her son who has a learning disability owns and operates his own business in the trades.
Brenda also experiences her own disabilities and understands that being self-employed can work well to accommodate the entrepreneur with the disability, depending on the type of business chosen.
As the Senior Supervisor at Partners in Employment (Saskatchewan Abilities Council), Emily is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the office.
Emily holds a Master of Arts in Political Studies from the University of Saskatchewan.
Emily’s background is in community research, studying Individualized Funding programs for persons with intellectual disabilities, and in volunteer engagement with not-for-profit agencies.
Jenn Lusby is a calculated risk-taker with a business- to-business sales background who spends her days coaching young entrepreneurs on their start-up journey. She sits on the GenNext Council and is past Chair of Women in Communications and Technology as well as the Vice Chair of SMD Ventures. An extravert with a love for public speaking, Jenn is a Past President of We Believe in Winnipeg Toastmasters and is Co-Chair of the 2017 Spring Conference for District 64 Toastmasters.
At Futurpreneur Canada, she fosters young entrepreneurs’ dreams and helps them turn their idea into a viable business - thus laying the groundwork for the next generation of industry leaders. Jenn believes that the best way to shape our future is to invest in our youth and provide them with a platform in which to learn, grow and voice their opinion.
Jenn’s motto is “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone” and she lives her life being comfortably uncomfortable (and encourages those around her to do the same).
Lindsay Dandeneau is a small business expert. Her passion for business was clear from a young age when she begged her parents to let her work in their family-owned business at the age of nine. Over the next fifteen years, Lindsay worked in all aspects of the family business developing an appreciation and appetite for entrepreneurship.
Lindsay pursued an education in business and holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree, a diploma in Business Administration and a certificate in Economic Development. In addition, she served on the Board of Directors for the Economic Developers Association of Manitoba for ten years.
Lindsay’s role as a Business Consultant at Entrepreneurship Manitoba allows her to do what she does best - provide support and guidance to entrepreneurs starting or growing their business.
David has worked with the public all of his adult life. After 17 years with a retail grocery store, he changed paths and careers, and for 15 years worked as a lender for a local Credit Union, dealing with consumer, farming and small business needs. In his years as a lender he was able to help people achieve their dreams and see successes come in various forms.
In December of 2016, an opportunity came up for David to join the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) team, working strictly with commercial clients and business owners. Using the tools he learnt as a lender, he was able to apply them to his new direction. From business start ups to developing businesses to seasoned veterans in the business world, being able to partner with them and seeing people succeed has been David’s biggest accomplishment.
“Knowing that I’ve in some way, whether big or small, had a part of someone else’s business dream and participated in their successes, brings a huge satisfaction to me!” Working with BDC has given David more opportunities to see all aspects of businesses, with an appreciation for the hard work it takes to be a successful business entrepreneur.
Chelsea Wisser graduated from the Edwards School of Business at the University of Saskatchewan with a commerce degree in spring of 2012. Shortly after convocating, she began working at NSILC as the Program Manager for the Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Program.
While working at NSILC she obtained her Supply Chain Management Designation.
In the fall of 2013, she landed a position at Siemens Laser Works Inc. and left NSILC to pursue a career in supply chain management. In the spring of 2016, NSILC contacted Chelsea and offered her the Business Counsellor position, which later included the ‘hat’ of Executive Director.
Chelsea is thrilled to be back as part of the NSILC team and is excited for what the future has for the organization and Saskatoon’s disability community.
Lucy Fouasse is the owner of Lil' Steps Miniatures and Wellness Farm and also the 2017 winner of The Just Watch ME! Video Contest.
In 2001, Lucy graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelors of Arts, major in Psychology and minor in Sociology. Following this, she went on to complete an Applied Counselling Certification Program through the University of Manitoba.
Lucy is also a Professional Registered Counsellor through the Canadian Professional Counselling Association.
She is a Professional Member of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA).
Lucy's 2016 / 2017 Video Entry