Gilad Babchuk

Co-founder, Mentor, Director

With over 25 years experience establishing, developing and running various progressive businesses and organizations, Gilad has founded numerous alternative schools, social enterprises and NGOs.  

Former Executive Director, Institute for Democratic Education

Jim Barker

Co-founder, Mentor, Director

A serial entrepreneur with over 30 years of experience and an international portfolio and that includes employment training and recruitment, travel management, bars, restaurants and computer software/financial services.

Founder, Conferma Ltd.; Founder, The Metropolitain Pub

Ran Kohavi

Mentor, Director

Technology entrepreneur passionate about starting new businesses and helping them grow. 15 years of experience in tech, early stage product and market validation, product management and quantitative finance. 

Founder and CEO, Kidaro (acquired by Microsoft, 2008); Founder, Kashya (acquired by EMC, 2006)

David LePage


David provides direct support, consulting, coaching and strategic advice to the emerging blended value business and social finance sectors and works to influence the related public policy environment.

Principal, Accelerating Social Impact CCC; Managing Director, Buy Social Canada; Executive Director, Community Impact Real Estate Society

Patrick Nangle

Patrick Nangle’s career includes over 20 years of executive leadership, with international and Canadian companies, focused on technology, mobility, fleet operations and customer service. Before joining Modo in 2016 he was CEO at Purolator, Canada’s leading integrated freight, parcel, and logistics provider.

The first local carsharing organization of its kind, Modo is known in the industry for its varied fleet, stellar customer service, innovative and widely-used booking software platform. Patrick is new to the co-operative business model and brings a wide and objective perspective to what advantages and strategic opportunities might be possible in the rapidly transforming sharing economy.

Madeleine Shaw

Advisor, Mentor

Brings over 25 years of experience as a social entrepreneur interested in product development, progressive business practices and reimagining work-life balance. 

Co-founder, Lunapads; Founder, Nestworks


Tiff Shen

Tiffany Shen is an entrepreneur, consultant and creative strategist. Her professional interests include consulting, teaching, networking and helping startups.

She can mentor you on everything to do with food production business, partnerships, Client Relations, Public Relations, Customer Service, Print and Digital Design, Copywriting, Graphic Design, Product Management, Project Management, Web Design and Development.


Selma Van Halder

Advisor, Mentor

After many years in teaching, coaching, fine dining kitchens, and advocacy for the food revolution Selma started Fare Kitchen Literacy out of her experience at Groundswell; she is now working with people of all ages to create greater awareness of food and a meaningful connection to ingredients. She also puts her cooking, teaching, and organizational skills to use as a core staff member at Vancouver based charity Growing Chefs!

Selma has extensive knowledge and experience with food, education (curriculum development and delivery), and project management. If you have any questions regarding menus, pricing, production, planning, logistics management, or educational elements of your product/service (food or non-food related!), or are bogged down by the forest that is permit requirements, Selma is the person to chat with. 

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Elena Yugai


Elena Yugai is an Investment Manager and Director of Advisory Services at Helder Ventures, a Vancouver-based impact investment firm. She leads investment activities in immigrant, refugee and women-led social enterprises. Elena is passionate about growing Vancouver’s social enterprise ecosystem. She is a Social Ventures Mentor at e@UBC incubator, advisor to SFU Radius Refugee Livelihood Lab, member of the Pacific Impact Investor Network,and has been named one of BC’s Most Influential Women in Tech - STEM Stars 2018 by BC Magazine for her work advocating for and supporting women in technology.

At Groundswell, Elena advises on funding strategy: medium and long-term growth plan (milestones and funding requirements); what type of financing is better suited for my venture: loans or equity; what documents do I need to prepare for investors; how to approach and negotiate potential funders.