Our advisors help B.C. businesses grow

Every business owner is different, and our advisors tailor their guidance according to your specific needs. Have a browse to find out more about our team, and hit the Find An Advisor button when you’re ready to apply for free export assistance. 

Whether you need regional support or guidance tailored to your ownership needs, we will match you with an advisor that best fits your business.

Amber Piché

Thompson-Okanagan

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Amber Piché

Thompson-Okanagan

food & beverage, hospitality, business development and entrepreneurship

Located in Vernon

An entrepreneur at heart, Amber has had the privilege of working with a range of organizations, from non-profits to multinational corporations. Born and raised in the Thompson-Okanagan, Amber started out in the food & beverage industry, specifically wine, tea, and hospitality. Following this valuable experience, Amber worked in international business development in ICT & tech, created a successful start-up in the events industry, and grew a network of contacts across the globe. Whether your business is just starting out or fully established, Amber can help your company reach its export potential.

I have owned several businesses myself, and understand how exporting can be both a scary but rewarding journey with lots to learn. My goal is to offer support and assistance to small businesses that are looking to take that next step. Whether through exporting inter-provincially or internationally, I am here to help.

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Brady Calancie

Vancouver Island North

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Brady Calancie

Vancouver Island North

Robotics manufacturing, food processing, and entrepreneurship

Located in Port Alberni

Having started businesses in robotics manufacturing and food processing, Brady is no stranger to problem-solving, innovation, and entrepreneurship. Brady has a proven track record guiding entrepreneurs towards success – he also runs an established consulting firm from Nanaimo, where he lives on North Vancouver Island. Brady has likely overcome many of the export challenges you may face and would be happy to help you grow your business. Whether you’re on Vancouver Island North, the Northern Gulf Islands, or the Sunshine Coast from Saltery Bay to the north, Brady would be happy to speak to you about your business.

I provide specialized consulting services from my home in Nanaimo out to the north island, east to Ucluelet/Tofino, west to Powell River, and everything in between. Here on the north island, we are well-positioned with quality products and a strong international reputation. Let’s leverage that to your advantage.

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Fabrizio Alberico

Vancouver Island South

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Fabrizio Alberico

Vancouver Island South

International marketing & business consulting

Located in Duncan

Fabrizio Alberico, or Fab as many call him, is a management consultant based on South Vancouver Island who specializes in assisting small- and medium-sized businesses in finding opportunities for growth, resiliency, and innovation. After working in the corporate and non-profit sectors and completing his MBA, Fab began his consulting practice in the mid-1990s, achieving notable success.

Alongside his consultancy, Fab has also spent the last 20 years operating a value-added wood business and effectively accessing international markets to source and sell products, making him highly experienced in the export world. Whether you’re on Vancouver Island South, the Southern Gulf Islands, or the Sunshine Coast from Langdale to Earls Cove, Fab welcomes the opportunity to speak to you about your business. 

Whether you’re exporting already, or it’s all new and perhaps a little intimidating, I welcome the opportunity to answer your questions and help your business expand into new markets across Canada and around the world.

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Lilia Hansen

Northeast

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Lilia Hansen

Northeast

Business development and community advocacy

Located in Dawson Creek

Throughout her career, Lilia has held some influential positions at the Ministry of the Environment and as executive director of Fort St. John’s Chamber of Commerce. Lilia’s professional experience is complemented by her involvement in her local community; in addition to being an Export Advisor, Lilia Hansen is also a councilor for the City of Fort St. John and a member of various other local organizations. Lilia proudly promotes and advocates for her region and local clients at all levels of government, and utilizes her experience and contacts to help B.C. businesses reach new customers across the globe.

Engaging with my local community is important to me — I am a member of Fort St. John City Council, Spark Women’s Leadership Conference, and the Fort St. John Library Association. I love working with local businesses to help them achieve international success.

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Michael Hoher

Kootenay Boundary

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Michael Hoher

Kootenay Boundary

International business and entrepreneurship

Located in Nelson

Michael’s hands-on approach to export advising is informed by his career in international business, and as a business owner himself – he’s overcome many of the challenges that you may currently be facing! Michael has been successful in the export world for over 20 years and businesses of all sizes have benefited from his expert guidance; from solopreneurs new to exporting, to family-run businesses, to large international corporations. Michael enjoys assisting enterprises of all sizes and encourages you to reach out so that he can help you on your export journey.

Pairing my industry experience with the tremendous resources of Export Navigator, I hope to be a valuable resource to you! Your experience in the program will be tailored to your needs, and you can expect to learn how exporting works, how to assess and enter target markets, and how to take advantage of the support that is available to your business.

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Mietka Zieba

Pacific Northwest

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Mietka Zieba

Pacific Northwest

International marketing and community development

Located in Prince Rupert

Originally from Poland and with over 15 years of international marketing under her belt, Mietka pairs her diverse international experience with her passion for helping community-orientated businesses find customers across the globe. Mietka’s track record includes creating the export marketing strategy for a national housing initiative, and this high-level experience informs much of the guidance that many North Coast businesses like yours depend on.

Exporting can be a little overwhelming at first, but you can rest assured that I am just a phone call away. If you are ever unsure of how to do something or don’t know where to start, give me a call and we can point you in the right direction or we’ll work it out together.

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Nick Maclennan

Businesses owned by youth

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Nick Maclennan

Businesses owned by youth

Export support and entrepreneurship

Located in Burnaby

Having founded two companies in his youth, Nick knows the unique challenges and opportunities that younger entrepreneurs face. Alongside his experience founding and growing his own companies, Nick also has experience promoting Canadian goods & services abroad from working as a Trade Commissioner with Global Affairs Canada. This solidarity with youth entrepreneurship and unique experience in the export sector makes Nick a highly valuable resource to his clients allowing him to provide effective contacts, resources, and guidance.

As a fellow youth entrepreneur, I am well aware of the specific challenges fresh business owners face. Having founded two companies in my youth, I have a few strategies that could help you achieve international success and grow. Let’s see where we can take your business!

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Oriana Brueggemann

Businesses owned by women

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Oriana Brueggemann

Businesses owned by women

International business development and manufacturing

Located in British Columbia

With a successful track record in international business development and extensive experience expanding businesses in the U.S., Latin America, Asia, and Europe, Oriana uses her professional background to help fellow women in business overcome barriers and find new customers abroad. Her diverse industry experience includes electronic signalling and manufacturing, and this informs much of the advice she provides to her clients. Whether you’re looking for guidance on strategy or need to know the particulars of the export world, Oriana would be thrilled to help your grow your business.

I have spent the last 15 years in international business development, export territories management, and accounts management, and I’m excited to use what I’ve learned to help you export! As an experienced professional, I know the unique challenges that women in business face, and I find it gratifying to help entrepreneurs like you succeed.

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Tim Thomas

Cariboo

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Tim Thomas

Cariboo

Community business development and sales

Located in Prince George

After studying policy & economics at UVic, Tim managed economic development in Port Edward where he developed a passion for helping regional economies thrive. After 29-years in sales, management, and marketing, Tim’s focus is now on helping entrepreneurs in Cariboo & the Northeast grow their business through exporting. With varied international experience, yet also a deep understanding of how local businesses operate, Tim delivers effective guidance that helps his clients find international customers.

Exporting can be intimidating at first, but if you are ever in doubt, please feel free to pick up the phone and we can talk through the options. Whether you just need someone to point you in the right direction or you need to work on an export marketing plan, I am here to help!

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