Our Team

Building Your Business Capacity

Photo of Women's Enterprise Centre StaffThe professional team at Women’s Enterprise Centre understands and relates to the unique circumstances of women business owners. Since 1995, women entrepreneurs throughout BC have benefited from the services of Women's Enterprise Centre, accessing professional guidance, empowered lending and skills development to start, grow and succeed.

With offices in Kelowna, Vancouver and Victoria, Women’s Enterprise Centre offers services to the 137,000 women business owners in BC and, since 1995 we have responded to over 72,300 inquiries for business information.

When you first contact Women's Enterprise Centre, our friendly and knowledgeable Client Services Coordinator will be happy to answer your questions and provide resources to meet your individual needs - Just ask us.

Our highly qualified Business Advisors provide tools and confidence through a supportive, individual and practical approach. As well as having acquired extensive education in business, as previous business owners themselves, our Advisors draw on their own first-hand entrepreneurial experience, providing valuable resources at any stage of your business.

As a non-profit organization, our first priority is to help you succeed, not sell our services. Our professional guidance is a complimentary service, designed to help women in BC address their business challenges and develop their start-up and growth strategies. As well, our professional Business Advisors are available to review your business plan, tell you more about our unique business lending program, provide you with resources and referrals to other business service providers and offer support and guidance for every aspect of your business.

Women's Enterprise Centre also offers skills training development in a variety of formats. Our skilled trainers and facilitators are here to help you refine the skills you need to be successful in your business.

In addition, we manage a comprehensive Mentoring Program, provide research and information on women’s entrepreneurship, and host networking and peer learning opportunities.

Wherever you live in BC, we're here to help.
We look forward to working with you!


Who We Are

Laurel Douglas, CEO

Alpana Sharma, Communications Officer

Aileen McManamon, Entrepreneur in Residence

Carolyn Enstedt, Loan & Office Admin Coordinator

Cecilia Mkondiwa, Senior Director, Program Delivery

Chaunda Honkonen, Marketing Coordinator

Cheryl Farmer, Business Advisor

Danielle Hofer, Admin, Client Service & Events Coordinator

Kaitlyn McConnell, Skills Development Coordinator

Kath Britton, Director, Business Development

Kerrilee Auger, Skills Development Officer

Laura Symons, Loan Portfolio Officer

Maxine Walker, Accounting & Contract Admin Officer

Sandra Bird, Director, Operations

Sarah Morton, Entrepreneur in Residence