Guest Expert Interview Library


Dana Gordan – Making sure your business is legally solid

Owner / Lead Counsel at Benchmark Law Corporation. Dana was called to the British Columbia bar in 2005, and began practicing litigation in a boutique firm, handling cases for commercial clients from varying industries. She then worked in-house at the British Columbia Medical Association, where she was responsible for negotiating and drafting contracts with the provincial government. Dana was inspired to establish Benchmark Law after several friends and colleagues with small businesses came to her for advice. Knowing that many small businesses lack the ability to afford the typical high cost of retaining a lawyer, she set out to create a firm that provides high quality legal advice without excessive costs.


Gloria Roheim McRae – Importance of personal branding

Amazon Best-Selling Author, Speaker & HuffPost Columnist. Best-selling author of BYOB: The Unapologetic Guide to Being Your Own Boss, and Co-Founder of Wedge15 with her husband, Ricardo McRae. Together, they create tailored strategist for businesses to help them get the momentum they need on their projects. Their flagship program Branding School, also helps solo business owners build their personal brand around their business.   .

Shannon Lee Simmons – Making your finances simple, easy and LEGAL!

Shannon Lee Simmons is a certified financial planner (CFP), Chartered Investment Manager (CIM), speaker, media personality, entrepreneur and financial literacy advocate. Simmons is the brain and brawn behind The New School of Finance – a fee-for service financial planning firm where Canadians can get objective, affordable financial advice and learn about personal and small business finance in a fun and exciting way.

Marie Poulin – Managing your online presence and creating effective websites

Digital strategist, designer, founder of Digital Strategy School and co-founder of Doki, an online platform to help entrepreneurs teach online. In short, Marie helps small businesses bring their ideas to life in the digital space.  With a rare trifecta of expertise in online business strategy, design, and development, Marie collaborates with everyone from small entrepreneurs to blossoming online empires, helping them find their voice, grow their audience, and execute carefully crafted marketing strategies that take their business to the next level.

Lucas Mattiello – Using public speaking to get yourself known

Certified Professional Coach, Professional Public Speaker and Founder of LevelUp Living, where he trains others how to speak like a pro. He educates audiences on the techniques, strategies, and lifestyle changes he used to propel his and his client’s lives to turnaround and thrive. Assisting business professionals to become empowered with stress management tools is Lucas’ passion. He is an internationally renowned trainer that has been featured in Forbes and numerous news shows. His corporate clients include: Abercrombie & Fitch, BC Oil & Gas Commission, and Cactus Club.

Josh Stanton – SEO and getting found online

Josh Stanton is the co-founder of Screw the Nine to Five—his (and his wife Jill‘s) little slice of the internet where they teach unsatisfied 9-to-5’ers how to take what they know and turn it into an online business they love. He’s got an inappropriate love for pugs and Crossfit and can’t seem to stay in one place for more than a few months at a time. You can find him at