Business Advisors & Program Facilitators

Cheryl Fast

Cheryl is a business advisor and facilitator for CFDCCO. She provides customized training and consulting services to Okanagan businesses and organizations that support business. Cheryl specializes in strategic planning and management practices and has worked with private enterprises, educational and not for profit organizations throughout the Okanagan Valley. Cheryl can assist businesses at all stages with any business planning, financing, training and counseling needs.

 


Andrew D. Gregson. BA, MA, M.Sc.(Econ)

Andrew Gregson is the author of Pricing Strategies for Small Business and the former owner of several small businesses and 2 franchises in Vancouver. He operated business contracting to the big box stores with a predetermined gross margin of 44%, month in and month out for 13 years. Andrew Gregson also worked for a Chicago consultancy and analysed a wide range of businesses – from machine shops, to parts and service businesses and printers, dating services and piano retailers - to establish why they were not as profitable as they should be. Andrew is an experienced lender with over 15 years in finance, turnarounds and business financing. He can assist you with your business strategies and to navigate your financing options at Community Futures.

 


MJ Turton

MJ Turton has been a CFDCCO team member since 1992, supporting the Self Employment Program, previous youth programs, and financing program. She currently teaches Financial Management, Bookkeeping, and the Finance Week of the BPDP, offering coaching and support related to startup costs, expenses, sales forecasting, cash flow forecasting. She also teaches the Opportunity Readiness workshop, offering coaching on viability testing, market research, opportunity assessment, and entrepreneurial assessment.


Judy Lloyd

Judy currently teaches Financial Management, Bookkeeping, and the Finance Week of the BPDP, offering coaching and support related to startup costs, expenses, sales forecasting, cash flow forecasting. She also teaches the Opportunity Readiness workshop, offering coaching on viability testing, market research, opportunity assessment, and entrepreneurial assessment. Judy has nearly 30 years of experience delivering workshops, and has over 30 years of experience as an accountant in a public practice working with individuals and businesses in all financial aspects.


Sean Shepherd

Sean is a certified service designer and experience designer that specializes in helping organizations turn transactions into relationships, referrals, and retained customers.

He is a Certified Usability Expert (CUA), Information Architect (IA), and Customer Experience Professional (CCXP), who uses design thinking, service design, and customer experience design methods to help his clients design and implement consistently exceptional experiences – based on profound customer understanding, effective visual design, and key interactions – to make the difference between a loyal, repeat customer, and one who gives up and moves on to the competition.
 
Sean's skill set includes service design, customer experience design, user experience design, data visualization, visual design, interaction design, strategic planning, communications design, and wayfinding systems design.

Always committed to furthering his education, Sean is continuing his studies with an MSc in Information Design and Strategy at Northwestern University where he is writing his thesis on experience design and design thinking.

Crystal Flaman

Social Entrepreneur and athlete, Crystal Flaman’s personal mission in life is to make a difference in the world. She’s raised over 1.4 million dollars for various charities including the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, the Canadian Diabetes Association and Room To Read through her work and athletic endeavours.

Crystal is an 11 x Ironman finisher, a two-time 273km ultra-marathoner finisher and has cycled across Canada on the first tandem bike to cross the country with her twin sister.  Crystal completed the second hardest footrace in the world - a 273km multi-day, self-supported, running race through the Utah desert and scaling mountains, carrying all of her food, clothing and supplies that she would need throughout the race.  Through is adventure, Crystal raised almost $20,000 to help children be able to attend school with Room To Read. She has done this race twice!

Crystal Flaman is the past-owner of the Kelowna International Hostel & Sun Peaks International hostel, international travellers hostels in BC, Canada.  She also owns Inspiring Success Services Inc., DIVA Retreats, Inspired Designs and is the creator of the Ripple Effect Movement and isthe author of The 90 Day Intentional Living Challenge and has recently written Be Fearlessly You ~ Simple Ideas To Live A Long, Healthy and Happy Life.  She is also a contributing author for several books about leadership, philanthropy and personal development.


Robbie Westgard

Robbie has extensive experience in business consulting, project and event management and small business and non-profit development. She created and launched this company in 1996 and has worked in several markets in Canada including Vancouver Island, Ottawa, and the Okanagan along with International markets.

Her specialties include: international client and program management, small business development and business development in the travel and aviation industries.

Robbie has a strong background and successful outcomes in volunteer management and media relations with a particular interest in customer service training.  Her clients include governments, large corporate, non-profit and small business operators.

Robbie also facilitates business programs for new entrepreneurs and enjoys coaching new business owners to think strategically, employ effective strategies and achieve success.


Todd Avison

Todd currently coaches and teaches marketing and social media sections of the BPDP. He has over 15 years of experience in web and print media through his business The Joe Rich Project, as well as construction and development project management. Todd is very knowledgable and experienced in sales and marketing, planning and strategy implementation, customer exploration, market resarch, as well as graphic design, web development, and SEO. When he's not working, you'll find him on the ski hill, mountain biking, golfing, or stand-up paddle boarding.

 

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