Archive for January, 2012

Green Construction Technology, SIREWALL – Keenan Turner – Business Development Manager

Entering the workforce at 14, Keenan began his journey to find meaningful employment.  He graduated High School in 1999, and moved out on his own.  He bagan, like most young people, with the idea that making money was the most important thing in life.  He never took the opportunity to go to college or university, it didn't make sense to him at the time.

Keenan enjoyed being competitive and serving others, so he found sales to be his calling in the fall of 2000.  He stayed with Future Shop for 7 years, never really happy with what he was doing, it ended up being unchallenging and limited.

In 2006 Keenan went into Real Estate, in a city and province he had never before seen, Red Deer, Alberta.  Keenan and his Mom joined forces after his Mom took early retirement from policing.  He had never known about construction or home building previous to this, and he and his Mom dove in with both eyes open.

After a year of selling these ugly, cookie-cutter homes for huge price tags, and it not making sense to him, they began looking into creating their own brokerage and building with alternative materials.  Through course work they had done, they were introduced to Meror Krayenhoff and his family, who developed SIREWALL, and took their Introduction to Rammed Earth Course on Salt Spring Island.  That weekend was a wake-up call for Keenan.  Two weeks later he had moved back to the coast to work for SIREWALL.  He first took on being a Labourer/Project Manager, and now the Business Development manager for the company.  Sirewall is located in Vancouver, and Keenan is on a mission to create SIREWALL as a mainstream building technology.

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SIREWALL will have a professional display booth at the Buildex Show this coming February 8th and 9th.  Get your FREE ticket here:




Mia Weinberg – Artist

Born in London, England, Mia Weinberg left a career in industrial manufacturing, and moved to Vancouver in 1987.  She graduated from the Emily Carr University of Art and Design in 1994.

Mia Weinberg

Mia Weinberg

Subsequently, her work has been exhibited across Canada and internationally.

In 2002, Mia participated in a collaborative residency at The Banff Centre (Alberta) that resulted in the acquisition of her work by the Walter Phillips Gallery.  Mia has collaborated with artists, ballet dancers and musicians.

In 2004 she was awarded an Earthwatch Artist Fellowship to participate in an archeological project in Washington State, USA.  Mia's image "Atlin II" received the Director's Selection Award from the Center for Fine Art Photography in Fort Collins, Colorado, USA in 2008.

Her first public art commission - an engraved granite pyramid - was installed in 2009 at the entrance of the Muttart Conservatory in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

Recently, Mia has created two public art projects for the Canadian City of Richmond, BC.

At the center of her creations are images of plants...flower petals & leaves.  Mia uses these to create magnified visions that she transfers to whatever medium she chooses.  In this interview, Mia describes what inspired her to become an artist, and her process.

Mia Weinberg creates artwork that brings people into close contact with the extraordinary beauty of nature.  In her studio in Vancouver, BC, she uses a digital scanner to enlarge the architectural intricacies of flower petals, plants, and the living veins and dried skeletons of leaves.

Mia's artwork sometimes plays upon the remarkable resemblances between fragments of plants, tree branches and roots, river deltas, topographical and street maps, and features of human bodies.

Mia believes passionately in the power of art to reawaken us and to encourage us all to become more present and engaged in our world. She often chooses to work with botanical specimens that are in the process of decay because especially in their passage through death, they lead to regereration, new beginnings, and a sublime quality of elegance and grace.

In addition to her solo studio work, Mia creates site-specific public art projects that enrich viewers' personal connections to their communities and their local environments.


Contact: @miaweinberg


The Mortgage Diva -Julie Waterman Cochrane – Dreamer Girl

Mortgage Diva

Mortgage Diva

Julie Cochrane became a Mortgage Expert to help fuel her larger passion of helping to educate and open conversations around people's finances.  Along with the everyday mortgage financing needs for purchasing, refinancing, renewing and equity-take-outs, she has a diverse clientele, with niche markets in working with investors, working with women and their families along with helping to provide financing options for those looking to purchase homes in mexico and the U.S.

In this interview, Julie shares a touching story of a single Mom and how she helped this Mom with her two boys to buy a new home and get out of the basement suite they were living in.

These are turbulent times, and also times of great opportunity for those in the know.  Julie works with many real estate investors who are strategically growing their portfolios, following a couple of specific systems.  She helps her investor clients create mortgage solutions based on their portfolio needs which is very different from financing your personal home mortgage.  It's about the BIG picture, not the individual with a professional if investing is in your future or you could find yourself stuck for financing down the road.

Another one of Julie's niches is based around her understanding the unique and distinct needs that many women may have who are looking to acquire a mortgage.  Whether they are on their own or with a partner, first time buyer or saavy investor, she can speak to the needs and concerns that they may have as well as provide trusted referral sources to help them either establish or build on their overall financial well-being.

Do you have a desire to acquire a second/vacation home in Mexico or the U.S.?  Having a second home in Mexico herself, she has an intimate knowledge about how the process there works along with referral partners both there and in the U.S..  She can lay out your best options for making your dream come true.

Contact Details:  604-943-8713


The Lifestyle Protector and Financial Architect – Lynn Williams

Lynn Williams grew up in Saskatchewan, went to university at Western and has worked in London, ON, Toronto; Auckland; London, Eng; Sydney, Melbourne and Vancouver (where she plans to stay.)

The Lifestyle Protector

Financial Architect

She started her career at Ernst & Young and worked in chartered accounting for over a decade.  After shifting from public practice to industry, Lynn moved into direct marketing with a focus on customer relationships.  Her work garnered significant attention from marketing associations and Lynn's company received a Direct Marketing Agency of the Year award from AdNews in 2001.  Two years later, she was awarded an ADMA Direct Marketing Effectiveness award.

Lynn still derives great satisfaction from working with clients to analyze their current financial state and show them how they can benefit from the straightforward, easily digestible wealth and lifestyle planning advice that The Lifestyle Protector offers.

Lynn carries on her father's dedication to helping entrepreneurs and other professionals protect the lifestyles they have and create the wealth they want.

Lynn Williams is a successful financial "architect" and CEO.  As president of The Lifestyle Protector, a company of professional financial advisors Lynn's father started in the 1960's and she inherited in 2011.  Lynn is motivated to see business owners and professionals do more with their money.

Contact details: 604-833-0348


Market YOUniversity – Eric Duchin

Eric Duchin, owner of Pinpoint Promotions & Marketing, market YOUniversity and co-founder of Launchpad Creatives, has been in the marketing industry for the past 10 years.

Eric Duchin

Eric Duchin

With clients from small to large, Eric focuses on building client revenue with various methodologies including advertising specialties, online marketing, social media training and co-working education.

Eric is a member of many different networking groups and understands the value of creating relationships and paying it forward.

He offers free social networking webinars on, Middlesex Chamber of Commerce, and BNI.

If you find Eric not working on his business, you'll probably see him playing poker or watching the New York Football Giants.

Contact Eric: Website:


Drive4You Services – Kathy Richards

Kathy Richards worked at BC Tel/Telus for 28 years.  For many years, she was the voice on the other end when you dialed "0" for the operator!  She worked in a variety of positions over the years, all of which provided customer service on the front line.

Kathy Richards

Kathy Richards

In 2008, Kathy left Telus to pursue a dream to drive truck for the longhaul!  Talk about turning her life upside down!  She drove truck all over North America, and would be away from home for weeks at a time living out of the cab of a truck.  She ate and showered in truckstops.  It was a whole different life.  All the long hours alone on the road were a challenge for her, because she became very lonely.  It was then that she decided to "turn her life upside down again!

Kathy decided to be self-employed.  So, in 2011, she came up with the business idea that resulted in forming the company "Drive4you Services".

Now Kathy gets to be with people every day as she drives them to appointments, shopping, errands, parties, wherever they need to go.  The passengers also get a treat, not only with the ride being provided for them, but with Kathy's sunny smile and positive outlook on life, full of fun and laughter.

Kathy Richards is pleased to be of service to others while she "Drives 4 You"!

Contact Drive4You: Facebook: Twitter:  @drive4youcanada


Make Your Mark Business Mastery – Colin H.A. Sprake

Colin H.A. Sprake is a Business Transformation Specialist that fully understands how to build businesses in any kind of economy.  This comes from decades of experience in both male and female
Colin Sprake

Colin Sprake

dominated markets and having worked in over 70 countries.
Born in south Africa and having both an engineering and business degree, he brought his expertise to North America in 1998 and is now a Canadian citizen and resides in South Surrey, B.C. Colin is a vibrant speaker that has helped 1,000's of small businesses.
He captivates his audience by delivering marketing, sales & business strategies and tools in very simple and easy to understand formats. One thing Colin always guarantees his audiences is that you will walk away from his presentations, no matter how long or short, with tools you can use immediately in your life & business.
Once you have had the opportunity of experiencing one of Colin's Business Courses, you will want to take them all!  When you want to grow your business exponentially, you need to have Colin and his programs in "your back pocket".

5 Critical Ingredients to Increasing Your Income & Profit
(7pm - 9pm - $149 value - Give them Customer Care Number 3541 and there will be no cost for you to attend)
July 16th - Best Western Coquitlam
July 31 - Holiday Inn Burnaby
2 hours of solid business knowledge, tools and tips. Call ASAP (778-565-4090) as we do book up quickly.

"The training was highly rated by my sales force and myself and more importantly we have seen results in our referral ratio’s and in closed sales."
Ian Cruickshank, Vice-President,  Regional Director, Sales, BC – Bank of Montreal

Contact Colin to find out more about his programs at: Facebook: Phone: 778-565-4090

Finding Businesses with Integrity – iHonest with Gordon Skillen

Gordon Skillen

Gordon Skillen

Gordon Skillen has been a successful restauranteur.  He had a small chain of restaurants across the lower mainland.  Then he ventured into sales and marketing for the nation's largest restaurant association, developing systems that saw their sales soar 3 times higher than the average for 5 years in a row.

In 2006, Gordon and 3 bookkeepers created the Institute of Professional Bookkeepers of Canada, which became the largest non-profit bookkeeping organization in the country, in the first 2 years.

Helping bookkeepers succeed was the best part of his job as the Executive Director, a position he held for almost 5 years.  It is also from his experiences here that Gordon was inspired to start

With, you can find out all about the integrity of the businesses you want to do business with...especially the bookkeeping professionals.  This forum will give you access to all the businesses that have had a criminal record check, among other checks, that help you to feel comfortable in hiring their services.

Contact Gordon Skillen:



The Remarkable Man Project – Dwayne Klassen

Dwayne Klassen is a transformational speaker, writer and entrepreneur with a passion for ancient wisdom.

Dwayne Klassen

Dwayne Klassen

His storied background of both great successes and epic challenges, are timely life lessons that prove that no matter how hard life can get, you can rise up, make a difference and win.

Dwayne's "Perfect Storm" was what it took to hit rock bottom, but also the perfect lessons to help him be the leader he is today.  As he searched and researched for answers to his own life challenges, Dwayne sadly discovered that there wasn't much available to help men overcome their challenges in life.   As a result, Dwayne was inspired to launch "The Remarkable Man Project", so men around the world could have access to the systems that helped Dwayne.

As the Founder and Creator of The Remarkable Man Project, Dwayne has set a global challenge initiative to invite 1M men to play a bigger game in their lives.  -To step up and be Champions To Women, Heroes to Children and Brothers To Each Other.  The project is soon to be the largest men's leadership and empowerment network in the world.

Dwayne is also the author of his book, "The Remarkable Man".


The Leadership Challenge – Why Aren’t You More Like Me? – Ken Keis, MBA, CPC

Ken Keis is an internationally known author, speaker, and consultant.  In the past 22 years, Ken has conducted more than 2500 presentations and 10,000 hours of consulting and coaching.

His first book, My Source Experience Journal, covers a personal discovery process for those Who Want to Lead a Passionate and Fulfilling Life and assists others to discover their purpose.  His second book, Why Aren't You More Like Me?, helps you discover the Secrets to Understanding Self and Others, and has been endorsed by Kenneth Blanchard and Jim Kouzes.

Ken Keis
Ken Keis

Ken is considered a foremost global authority on the way assessment strategies and processes increase and multiply your success rate.  He is the co-creator of the Consulting Resource Group's proprietary development models and written over 3 million words of content for 40 business training programs and 400+ articles.  Ken is an expert on assisting individuals, families, teams, and organizations to realize their full potential and to live on Purpose!

His experience covers all areas of development - career, business, sales, personal, professional, wellness, leadership, communications, team-building, HR and organizational.  He has served clients from Cape Town, London, Tokyo, Sydney, Vienna, and Brussels, to LA, Miami, Vancouver, Toronto and Mexico City.

Many professionals herald Consulting Resource Group (CRG) as the Number One global resource center for Personal and Professional Development.  Over 1 million people in 30 countries and 12 languages have engaged CRG processes to Enrich Their Lives.  Professionals are so impressed with CRG processes, 80% switch to CRG resources - no matter what they have been using or how long they have been using them.  That is unparalleled success.

CRG clients include Boeing, Chrysler, Honda, London Drugs, AT&T, GTE, Manu Life, European Union Center for Leadership Development, Universities, career centers, and thousands of HR professionals, coaches, individuals and small business owners around the globe.

Ken is one of the most passionate presenters you will ever experience, and is also an Internet Radio Host, TV and Radio Guest, and Seminar Speaker.  His focus is sharing CRG's unique developmental models to assist individuals, families, teams, and organizations to realize their potential and purpose in the emotional, mental, psychological, intellectual, interpersonal, physical, financial, and spiritual areas of life.

The first question followers want leaders to answer is "Who are you?"  They want to know what you care about and why they ought to follow you.  You'll be able to address those questions and more when you read Ken Keis' new book, Why Aren't You More Like Me?  It is a refreshingly clear, comprehensive, and practical guide to discovering your Personal Style, what motivates you, and how to adapt to situations and the styles of others.

If you want to improve your personal effectiveness - in a way that is genuine and credible - this book is a great place to start!

Jim Kouzes, award-winning co-author of the bestseller, The Leadership Challenge, is the Dean's Executive Professor of Leadership, Leavey School of Business, at Santa Clara University, California

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