Grayson BainPresident, WOW Ventures Association
Grayson’s strength is starting companies and building individuals into places of success and significance. WOW Ventures (Widening Opportunities for Wealth) portfolio consists of investments in Vukani Network and JusTea. Grayson is VP Marketing of Vukani Network Inc. which provides software for remote site supervisors. Vukani is a Zulu word meaning “Rise up; Do something”. JusTea is targeting investments to provide Kenyan tea farmers with creative support and new avenues to process and distribute their tea. Grayson is an associate with City in Focus providing mentorship courses to young professionals. He is Chair of the board with Sanctuary Mental Health Ministries educating faith communities on issues of mental illness. Grayson spent 30 years in the bicycle industry and is most recognized as the founder and former President of Rocky Mountain Bicycles and Race Face Components. Rocky Mountain is known as the company that built the first mountain bike in Canada and expanded to international recognition in 28 countries.
Tony MartinPartner, KPMG
Tony Martin is an international tax partner with KPMG here in Vancouver. He joined KPMG as a summer student in 1993, graduated from UBC with a commerce degree in 1994 and got his CA in 1996. He joined KPMG’s tax practice full time in the summer of 1996. When Tony first became aware of EMP a number of years ago, he thought that it would be a great way to give back and share some of his experiences with Commerce students. According to Tony, “EMP is an unbelievable way for students to gain access and insight into what goes on in the real business world. At the same time, I am a huge believer in each student getting out of the program what they individually want to get out of it.”In addition to acting as a mentor, as an advisory board member, his role with the EMP is to assist the executive team by sharing his views and thoughts on various matters related to the implementation of the program each year.
Yonah MartinSenator, The Senate of Canada
Senator Yonah Martin is a Conservative Senator from British Columbia who was appointed to the Senate by The Right Honourable Stephen Harper in January 2009. She is the first Canadian of Korean descent to serve in the Senate of Canada and the first Korean-Canadian Parliamentarian in Canadian history. Graduate of the University of British Columbia in 1987, she spent 21 years as an educator until her appointment to the Senate. With the desire to “bridge communities,” she became a community activist and co-founded the C3 Society in 2003. She served as Chair of C3 until her entry into politics as a Conservative candidate in the 2008 election. She is also passionate about mentoring and empowering youth and young adults, which led to the development of a Parliamentary internship program in 2011. Among the many charitable and non-profit organizations on which Senator Martin serves, the Sauder Executive Mentorship Program is one that she truly enjoys and values.
Julie MarzolfPresident, Marzolf & Associates
Julie is president of Marzolf & Associates Strategic Communications Corp., a firm with over 20 years experience in public consultation for complex infill and large scale real estate projects. She has developed and implemented successful communication strategies for clients throughout Metro Vancouver ranging from private sector to institutional and not-for-profit. Marzolf has been active on the board of the University of British Columbia Commerce faculty’s Executive Mentor Program since 2000. The driving force of her continued involvement with EMP is the quality of students who participate in the programme and their desire to “soak up” advice and experiences. “Each year is different, but I find that the students who participate with a good degree of curiosity and the willingness to ask questions and actively engage get the most out of EMP. It also makes it interesting for the mentor, as we learn a lot along the way!” Julie also serves on the Urban Development Institute’s (UDI) Professional Development Committee and the Tour de Delta Board. Julie’s favourite volunteer work includes Sauder EMP, St. John’s Ambulance Pet Therapy Programme, and being an active grandmother to several grandchildren.
Rebecca NguyenDevelopment Manager, Citimark Development Corporation
Rebecca Nguyen has been with the EMP since its inception as an EMP Director during the first two years of the program’s launch. As a past graduate of the Sauder School of Business Bachelor program specializing in Real Estate, Rebecca is currently a Development Manager at Citimark Development Corporation, a locally-based real estate development company. Rebecca is extremely pleased the program has continued to provide students with experiences outside of the school’s walls with support and leadership from the local business community, helping students to “step out of the textbook and into the real world”.