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  • Jordan Guildford

    “I have seen countless examples of women pulling each other down because they felt another woman’s success made theirs less. This is not only entirely unnecessary but so incredibly damaging as well. I am motivated and passionate to make this change both for the sake of my children, and ‘woman kind’.
    One woman is capable of so much… Imagine all of us together! Wow…
    Gems for Gems is a terrific movement to create that change and I’m so excited/ grateful to have the team we do! The sky is truly the limit!”


    Founder of Gems For Gems

  • Brian Foster

    With a career ranging from retail to manufacturing, to distribution to marketing and sales, to career transition to executive search in oil & gas, to human resources and now international development and global fundraising, Brian Foster has a varied and highly interesting career.

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  • Bre Tallon

    I am so honoured to have the opportunity to be part of such an amazing organization and work with this network of wonderful women. 

    Every woman has their story, whether yours is a fairy tail or a scary movie. Who we surround ourselves by will always be our strength to get through the good and the bad. 

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    Head of Ambassadors Program

  • Kurt Ropchan

     Kurt Ropchan is a Chartered Professional Accountant by trade. His educational background includes a bilingual diploma (2002), a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry and Math (2007) and a CPA designation (2015). He has been in public practice since 2009 and is currently in talks to become a partner at the firm he is working at. 

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  • Michelle Edge

    An adopted Calgarian, Michelle moved to Canada from the UK after completing her Joint honors MA in Law and Philosophy.   From working in the Oil Sands to Co-Founding the Energy Disruptors Initiative, Michelle’s background has a solid foundation in Energy but her passion lies in all things creative. 

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  • Sarah Hawco

    Sarah is a Chartered Accountant with a specialization in tax, a Chartered Insolvency and Restructuring Professional, and holds a Masters in Law in Banking and Finance from Osgoode Hall in Toronto. She is a member of CPA Alberta, the Canadian Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Professionals, the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, and the ADR Institute of Alberta.

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