Matt Breech

Matt Breech

Matt Breech is the Co-Founder and CEO of TallGrass, one of Canada’s leading manufacturers and distributors of natural health and beauty products.

Founded in 1997, TallGrass sells health foods to stores across Canada with a variety of brands and products including Botanica, Host Defense and MegaFood. A recent winner of the CHFA Supplier of Excellence award and Business in Vancouver 40 under 40 award, Matt is committed to building a successful business with the goal of growing personal, community and planetary wellness.

In addition to running TallGrass, Matt also serves on the Board of the Vancouver Dance Centre and the Fresh Roots Urban Farm Society, and recently served two terms on the Board of the Canadian Health Food Association, chairing the Government Relations committee. Matt lives in Vancouver with his wife Shino, daughter Emma and Milo the wonder dog.

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Scott Hughes

Scott Hughes

Scott is a leading social finance practitioner combining 20 years of banking and finance experience in the application of conventional tools of finance to social sector organizations. Scott assists in overcoming

the organizational challenges of financial management and scarce capital to increase financial resilience. In addition to experience in the conventional banking stream, Scott lead a team of funding practitioners at Vancity Credit Union, providing a range of financial services and tools to charities, not-for-profits, social enterprises and cooperatives. A charismatic people leader with highly effective communication skills, Scott has a track record of successfully leading teams and building collaborative internal and external partnerships to achieve strong results.
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Tracy London

Tracy London

is the Executive Director, Foundation and Alumni Relations at Douglas College, where she passionately advances the transformative power of education and social action to remove barriers to lives of passion and purpose.

Tracy has over 15 years of experience in education philanthropy. Her commitment to sustainable food systems was cultivated during her five years as the Assistant Dean, Development and Alumni Engagement, with the Faculty of Land and Food Systems at The University of British Columbia.Tracy has 20 years of experience working as an activist on campaigns for diverse causes ranging from business and international human rights, to the protection of ocean and forest ecosystems. As a Sessional Instructor, she had taught International Social Development, and Canadian Social Policy for UBC Vancouver and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) BSW sections.
She holds a Juris Doctor (Doctor of Law) and Master of Social Work from the University of Toronto, and a Bachelor of Arts in Child and Youth Care from the University of Victoria.

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Heather Kelsall

Heather Kelsall

Heather Kelsall is a senior governance analyst at WATSON, supporting clients through comprehensive governance reviews and board, CEO and Peer evaluations. She leads projects throughout all stages of the client lifecycle from survey and interview design, interviewing, recommendation development, and report writing.

Heather also designs board and committee debriefs and education sessions for WATSON’s Governance Academy and plays a key role in our course development, including our newest course, Chair with Intention™.
Heather holds a Masters of Science in Global Governance and Ethics from University College London and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of British Columbia. As part of her MSc program, Heather completed advanced courses in qualitative and quantitative methods and wrote a comprehensive research-based dissertation.
Prior to joining WATSON, Heather worked in the marketing department of a large global engineering firm. Heather interned with Amnesty International and was the content lead for the Bridging the Gap conference on international development at Engineers Without Borders. Heather grew up in Oakville, Ontario and has studied on three continents
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Karn Manhas

Karn Manhas

Karn Manhas, CEO and Founder of Terramera, is a pioneer in the AgTech industry, on a mission to transform how food is grown and the economics of agriculture. Terramera’s revolutionary Actigate™ bioplatform sets up the potential to reduce over 80% of the global synthetic pesticide load in agriculture by 2030 to protect human health and the environment, and ensure an earth that thrives and provides for everyone.

With the success of their recent $US 48.5M Series B raise, Terramera is poised to scale globally, taking a collaborative approach by licensing Actigate to natural and conventional crop protection producers. Karn believes we are eating our planet to death, but we can eat it back to life with greater adoption of new technologies and regenerative farming practices. Karn is a member of YPO and Unreasonable Group, and in 2012 was named one of Business in Vancouver’s Top Forty Under 40 business people. Terramera’s recent awards include winning the inaugural Nutrien-Radicle Challenge Canada and the C.L.I.C. Challenge – 1st Edition. Karn holds a Juris Doctor in Law from the University of British Columbia and a B.Sc. in Biology (Genetics) and Biotechnology from McGill University.
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