Meet Our Coaches
Frank Atnikov, Frank Growth Solutions
Frank has over 30 years of experience and a passion to help people prosper. His collaborative and holistic approach to developing sustainable business solutions has helped dozens of entrepreneurs, small businesses, non-profits and social enterprises flourish.
Katelyn Bourgoin, KBO Consulting
An online marketing genius, especially when it comes to sales funnels, Katelyn will help you with your marketing plan in an approachable and actionable way.
John Baker, Aperio Consulting
A retired naval officer who now teaches at the Schulich School of Business and consults privately, John has a broad background in strategic and business planning and coaching, and serious expertise working in non-profit and public sectors.
Larry Berglund, Presentations Plus Training & Consulting
Larry facilitates workshops on buying, business ethics, circular economy, inventory management, leadership, contract management, risk management, social procurement, operations management, supplier performance evaluations, competitive bidding, performance metrics, and corporate social responsibility. Larry is an online coach for several supply chain courses in the Athabasca University Leadership & Management Development program.
Richard Bridge, Lawyer for Charities
Richard offers experienced and affordable legal guidance for Canadian charities and non-profits. He was responsible for writing the legislation for new legal structure Community Contribution (or Interest) Company, and works in: Charity and Non-profit Law; Public sector organizations; and First Nations issues.
Danielle Caruthers, theSedge.org
Danielle Carruthers is passionate about igniting entrepreneurial spirit for social good in changemakers around the world, and has worked for Acumen. Danielle is founder of theSedge.org, and co-founder of Changemakers Association, both online communities that teach social entrepreneurs how to design and grow innovative, financially sustainable and impactful initiatives.
John Cooke, Mayfield Consulting
John has gained practical experience as an entrepreneur, Executive Director of lending organization CBDC Blue Water, Manager of Special Accounts at Nova Scotia Business Inc. and Commercial Account Manager at RBC. During this time John has worked with over 2000 businesses in regards to counselling and financing. John has education in Negotiation, Mediation and Conflict Resolution, as well as a certification from APEC as a certified business counsellor.
Andy Horsnell, Common Good Solutions CIC
For over 25 years, Andy has been helping people use entrepreneurship for positive change. In the mid-1990s, Andy started working with local non-profits, helping them to start and grow social enterprises. Since then, he has goneon to consult, train and volunteer with 100s of social entrepreneurs throughout North America. He is a regular speaker at national conferences, and is the vice chair of the Social Enterprise Council of Canada, and founding director of the Social Enterprise Network of Nova Scotia.
Wendy Keats, Co-operative Council of NB
Wendy has worked with hundreds of community groups in organizational development, strategic planning, governance, management, performance measurement, and social impact measurement, and has over 10 years of experience in conflict mediation. She is also an excellent resource on co-operatives.
Lisa Lowthers, Common Good Solutions CIC
Being certified as an APEC-CBC small business counsellor since ’96, Lisa brings 30 years’ experience working for and with start-ups in the for-profit and non-profit sectors in Nova Scotia. She became the Learning Manager for two certification programs training business counsellors across the country to improve professional standards while taking a client-centred approach.
Dan Nordqvist, Mayfield Consulting
Dan has several years experience in industry, small business, government and not-for-profit financials. His work spans several different sectors including real estate, telecom, power/energy and municipal government. His specialties include budgeting, financial analysis and modelling, month/year end reporting and variance analysis.
Stephanie Pronk, Social Enterprise Institute CCC
Stephanie has created and manages the Social Enterprise Institute website. With a background in Human Resources Management, entrepreneurship and real experience running three businesses and innumerable events and projects, she can assist on questions related to management, communications, web presence and more.
David Upton, Common Good Solutions CIC
David is a committed entrepreneur who is passionate about social change and using business as a tool to strengthen communities. Blending these passions, the focus of his work over the past 25 years has been on building capacity within the social enterprise ecosystem on a regional, national and international basis and building several of his own businesses on the way.
Jonathan Wade, Social Delta Consulting
Entertaining as much as he is skilled, Jonathan is a generalist who can help you with almost any social enterprise problem you have, and make the solution seem easy!