Cindybo immigrated to Canada from China about 13 years ago, and purposefully chose the North Burnaby neighbourhood for her family home. She loves the community spirit here, the access to community centres, and the sports available to her and her family. Because of her love of living and working in her community she elected to work at Vancity where she enjoys helping small business owners with the advice and finance that helps them reach their objectives. Just a short walk away from her office is the Burnaby Board of Trade where Cindybo enjoys welcoming new business members, networking and arranging events for the benefit of the larger business community.
BBOT Ambassadors generously volunteer their time and expertise to help members connect and network. Their dedication is helping us build a vibrant business community.
If you are attending an event and wish to meet an Ambassador, please contact Marisol Sanchez at email@example.com or call 604-412-0100.
- Cindybo Zhang – Business Specialist, Vancity
- Bill Andrews – Sales Professional, RE/MAX Central
Expertise: Bill loves selling houses, condos, and townhomes in Burnaby and the surrounding neighborhoods. With over 20 years sales experience he is well qualified to fulfill your housing needs!
Bill Andrews is a BBOT Ambassador because he wants to meet new members and help extend their networks.
- Tatsuya Nakagawa – President, Atomica Creative Group
Company Profile: Atomica Creative Group is a specialized strategic product marketing firm based in Vancouver, Canada. He is also the co-founder of Castagra Products (veggie plastic), voted top “Greenvention” in Canada by Dragon’s Den, he is an expert in early stage product deployments, and has been instrumental in launching new products in North America, Asia and Europe. He counts among his clients, multi-national companies: Bridgestone, Sato Pharmaceutical, and Hitachi.
Expertise: Over the past 12 years, Tats has launched hundreds of products and services, co-authored “Overcoming Inventoritis: The Silent Killer of Innovation” (Forward by Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple), spoken to a variety of industry groups including: Chartered Accounts of Canada, Canadian Bar Association, The American Chamber of Commerce and The International Internet Marketing Association, written articles for Fast Company and Industry Week and been quoted on CBC News and in The Globe and Mail and BC Business.
Tats is an Ambassador because he recognizes the value of the BBOT and the benefits that it can bring for its membership.
- Sean Peach, Schmidt & Funk Financial Services Ltd.
Expertise: A Certified Financial Planner designation delivers the highest level of advice in Group Health and Dental benefits and Financial Planning.
Education: Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Michigan.
Sean opted to become an Ambassador because he wanted to help guide new members and assist new and old members to understand the value of BBOT’s affinity programs. Sean understands the unique insurance needs faced by business owners for options dealing with group benefits, on top of offering financial planning services.
- Erik Schmidt – CFP, Schmidt & Funk Financial Services Ltd.
Expertise: Erik is uniquely qualified to deliver the highest level of advice in Group Health and Dental benefits and Financial Planning.
As an active member in various local Chambers and Board of Trades, Erik understands the challenges and opportunities that small business owners face and takes pride in finding solutions to meet their ever changing needs.
- Catherine Rocheleau – Founder and CEO of Ignite Leadership International
Company Profile: Ignite Leadership International™ empowers business professionals and business owners to engage others and achieve sustainable results through leadership development and change strategies. Our clients embrace, navigate and lead their own changes, balance ‘head and heart’ and create systems to create a more rewarding business and personal life.
Giving back is a key component in Catherine’s personal strategy. Catherine recognizes the value of being a member within the BBOT and she also saw value in connecting new members with current members. As an Ambassador she hopes to maximize benefits via networking for both current and new members. Catherine also serves on the BBOT Business Success Committee and is a member of the 2011 Grey Cup Festival Volunteer Orientation and Training Committee. Catherine is a contributing writer for the Entrepreneurial Woman Magazine and a co-author of the new book “Smart Women Live Their Why: How Women Entrepreneurs Live on Purpose and in Passion”.
- Sheraz Khan – Recruiting & Business Development Manager, Sun Life Financial
Sheraz’s background consists of a variety of experiences and a wide array of skills. He is multi-lingual, able to speak and communicate in English, French, Urdu/Hindi, Punjabi, and Japanese. Currently he is studying Korean, Spanish, and Farsi.
He proudly started his work experience at the age of 6, working for family businesses in auctioneering, Oriental Rugs, furniture, catering, retail, etc…
Sheraz has a high drive and motivational spirit that stems from his athletic background. He has competed at a high level in both Judo and Soccer. He holds a third degree black-belt in Judo was ranked nationally and internationally and has trained with the Japanese National High School Team and coaches.
He has also worked for the BC Provincial Government, was High School Teacher, and has an extensive background in management, sales, and business development. His degrees and education are from Capilano University and SFU.
His nature is to help, coach, and motivate so he takes great pride in contributing and being with us.
- Kevin Kasteel, YFM Your Finances matter
- Olga Rodionova, Canada Karelia Society
- Trevor Jones – Manager, Business Banking Services, TD Canada Trust
Trevor Jones recognizes the BBOT as a vibrant organization which offers great opportunities for developing business connections. As a BBOT Ambassador, Trevor hopes to help other members develop connections while strengthening the Burnaby business community.