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Alex MacKenzie, Outreach & Partnerships Lead, Canada Digital Adoption Program, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED)
Alex MacKenzie has a BA in History & English Literature, and has been working in small business funding for 7 years. She is currently an Outreach & Partnerships Lead at the Canada Digital Adoption Program, where she helps businesses access government support.
Gabrielle Guilbault (She/Her/Elle)
Senior Advisor, Products and Initiatives Management, BDC
Gabrielle joined the BDC in 2016 and has held numerous positions within the bank before her current role on the Bussiness Strategie Team.
With a deep interest for law, she began her career in Montreal as a Legal Assistant. In 2019, she was appointed Senior Client Relationship Officer where she played a major role in the onboarding of new hires to her team and acting as their official Integration Coach. Gabrielle then joined the Ontario virtual business center in 2021 as an Account Manager developing a client portfolio and providing financing solutions to Canadian entrepreneurs. In continuity to that role, she participated in the creation of a national team where she managed a portfolio of over 1200 businesses across the country.
Darian Kovacs, Partner, Jelly Marketing
Darian is the Metis founder of Vancouver based PR, digital ads & SEO company Jelly Digital Marketing & PR and digital marketing school, Jelly Academy. He is the host of the podcast Marketing News Canada, Chairs the Digital Marketing Sector Council and is on the board of NPower Canada. Darian is also a digital advisor with the Federal Government for their Canadian Digital Adoption Plan. His recent book Marketing Mentors featuring interviews with Seth Godin, Guy Kawasaki and marketing leads from LEGO, Lululemon and Starbucks is available now wherever you purchase your books. Darian lives in Fort Langley, BC with his wife and four children and likes to mountain bike, swim, grow dahlias and watercolour and read YA novels in his free time.
Mike Nunn, CEO, TLC Solutions
Mike Nunn is CEO of TLC Solutions, a leading business technology (BizTech) company focused on helping their clients discover the joy of technology and how it can unleash operational efficiencies, competitive advantage, increased security, culture elevation, and profit growth. Whether it’s cybersecurity, cloud migrations, day-to-day BizTech support, or building custom software automations for your business and beyond, TLC Solutions delivers technolojoy.
In 2022 Mike joined TLC Solutions after spending 20 years in manufacturing where he held key leadership positions in leading manufacturing companies and was an active member in the BC manufacturing sector. His expertise in Lean as a certified blackbelt, KPI (keeping people inspired), and process optimization has enabled him to drive efficiency and productivity improvements on a large scale.
Outside of his professional achievements, Mike is committed to creating pathways for giving back to the community and having a positive impact on the environment. He recently started an initiative at TLC Solutions called Technolojoy4Kids, where TLC has partnered with BC Tech for Learning and Big Brothers Big Sisters to collect and repurpose used BizTech hardware – keeping it out of landfill – for charity and kids/families who can’t afford new technology.