Chief Brand Innovation Officer at First West Credit Union/Island Savings
Bryan Mavrow is Chief Brand Innovation Officer at First West Credit Union where he leads brand connection, communications, community investment and the First West Foundation, business intelligence, and digital planning across four community-serving brands including Island Savings. First West is the 3rd largest credit union in BC with 250,000 members, and 1,700 staff.
As a digital business pioneer, Bryan helped grow one of Canada's most successful internet service companies in the dot-com days. During this time he created the first online channels for companies including Telus, MEC, SC Johnson, Kraft and Colliers International. In the 2000s he was the digital architect responsible for guest-centred experiences on Intrawest’s 14 e-commerce resort sites including WhistlerBlackcomb.com. Passionate about the possibilities of innovation, Bryan formed the credit union’s ‘Member Innovation Lab’ and market trialed North America’s first wearable payments technology using Visa payWave.
Bryan has recently relocated to Victoria with his family after a 30 year absence, and has his office close to Island Savings members in the Tuscany branch.
DR. Hannes Blum - former ceo of abebooks.com
Dr. Hannes Blum started his career with The Boston Consulting Group in Germany and founded his first company (JustBooks GmbH) with colleagues of his PhD program in 1999. After selling his business to AbeBooks.com, he was asked to take over as CEO of AbeBooks which brought him and his family to Victoria, Canada in 2003. After acquiring 5 companies, he sold AbeBooks to Amazon.com in 2008 and stayed on as a VP for Amazon.com until May 2015. He won several industry awards during his tenure at AbeBooks and Amazon (e.g. Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in the Consumer category for Pacific Canada).
Currently, he is Venture Partner North America for Acton Capital, a Munich based VC fund focused on consumer internet. He sits on the Board of six companies (Mobify in Vancouver, Chef’s Plate in Toronto, Blitsy in Chicago, Eloquii in New York and Codename Entertainment as well as Monk Office in Victoria) and is an active Angel Investor.
In his spare time, Hannes loves to spend time with his wife and 2 children, on tennis courts, ski hills and golf courses.
Christina Clarke - executive director, songhees nation
Christina holds a Bachelor of Arts in Canadian History and Anthropology from the University of Victoria. She was among the first 11 students to receive a certificate in First Nations tax administration from Thompson Rivers University and the Tulo Centre of Indigenous Economics. Christina has assisted the Songhees Nation in implementing the First Nations Fiscal Management Act with the very first Local Revenue Laws, Financial Administration Law, and Taxpayer Representation Law passed in Canada. Christina’s proudest achievement is her contribution as a member of the Songhees Wellness Centre Project team.
Nanon de Gaspé Beaubien-Mattrick - Founder, Beehive Holdings
Nanon de Gaspé Beaubien-Mattrick is the President and Founder of Beehive Holdings, an angel investor in companies focused on challenges and opportunities associated with products and services mostly used by women. A leader in her field, Nanon is sought for her expertise, insight and instinctive ability to recognize and nurture talent. She has overseen the successful investment in and exits from companies in industries from media to gaming, while maintaining her commitment to helping women entrepreneurs thrive.
Nanon obtained both her BA and MBA from Harvard, and began her career with Playtex International before joining the family business, Telemedia, a Canadian media and telecommunications company. As Senior Vice President, Nanon helped further cement the company’s leadership position in Canada, publishing dozens of magazines like TV Guide and Elle, and operating radio stations across the country. Telemedia also played a founding role in the company that would later become Rogers Wireless, today one of Canada’s dominant telecom companies, just as the mobile phone era was beginning and revolutionizing the industry.
After the sale of Telemedia, Nanon took on the role of strategic development for a start-up named Funny Fox Games. She helped reorient the strategy, rebrand the company as BigPark and recruit top female talent to a career they had often never considered. In 2009 the company was sold to Microsoft, and it was time for Nanon to pour her contagious energy into a new endeavor. Consistently recognized by friends and acquaintances for her ability to advise, coach and inspire, Nanon decided in 2012 to formally create Beehive Holdings and become a professional mentor and investor to enterprising women. She has since helped kick-start and/or grow companies such as Allocadia Software, Petnet, Accompany, Ruby Ribbons, Class Pass, DWNLD MEDIA, and Livestar.
She is currently a member of the Board of Directors for Allocadia Software, Petnet and the de Gaspé Beaubien Family Foundation. She is also an Executive Chair for Monthly Gift and an Advisor to the Board of Directors for Accompany and Ruby Ribbon. Nanon is married with two children and resides in Victoria, B.C. Canada. She is fluent in English, French and Spanish.
pat elemans - assistant dean, university of victoria, Peter B. Gustavson School of Business
Pat Elemans is Assistant Dean of the Gustavson School of Business at the University of Victoria. She oversees the school’s external relations including development, community and corporate relations, communications and public relations, marketing, branding, and alumni relations. Pat works closely with the Gustavson international advisory board and with the business community. She has more than 20 years teaching, administrative and training experience having served as the Director of MBA Programs at UVic; Assistant Dean External, University of Lethbridge, Faculty of Management, and Assistant Dean of Undergraduate programs where she oversaw the operations of the faculty’s campuses in Lethbridge, Calgary and Edmonton. Prior to her administrative responsibilities she taught full time in the Faculty of Management at the University of Lethbridge. She also taught Canadian Studies at Hokkai-Gakuen University in Sapporo Japan. Pat has published in the areas of Aboriginal Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management.
Pat plays a key role in organizing and serving as master of ceremonies for UVic’s annual Distinguished Entrepreneur of the Year Award gala and has been a keynote motivational speaker at numerous Junior Achievement Career Conferences throughout southern Alberta.
Pat's active community involvement includes:
- Cabinet and nomination committee member BC Laureates Hall of Fame, Junior Achievement of BC
- Executive Committee member of the BC Chapter of the Institute of Corporate Directors
- Past Board Member Power to Be Adventure Therapy, Chair Nominations Committee
- Past Board Member of Women’s Enterprise Centre
Pat earned a Bachelor of Management Degree from the University of Lethbridge and an MBA from York University. She is a graduate of the Women in Leadership Forum, Harvard University and the Institute of Corporate Directors Not-for-Profit Governance Essentials Program. She has earned awards for Service, Innovation and Excellence, and is a YWCA Woman of Distinction.