Nat recently joined SEF Canada in April 2014. She moved to Vancouver in 2008 with an Industrial Engineering degree from Thailand. With her interests in finance and business, Nat continued her education in Financial Management at Langara College, pursued a MBA at Thompson Rivers University in 2013, and is currently enrolled in a Canadian Securities Course.
During her MBA program, Nat developed her understanding of the business world through research, client projects and case studies. She is interested in corporate social responsibility and believes that organizations should better work with communities to create sustainable economic futures around the world.
Nat looks forward to working with communities and develop her passion for sustainable development in the business world through being a part of the SEF Canada team.
Director of Corporate Social Responsibility
Spencer earned his Bachelor of Peace and Conflict studies from the University of Toronto and his Masters in Environment and Society from the University of Pretoria, South Africa which was focused on solid waste management systems in developing countries. Spencer is currently completing an Executive Certificate in Communications and Negotiations at the University of British Columbia’s Sauder Business School.
Spencer has nearly a decade of business development, project coordination and communications experience in the field of corporate social responsibility and the natural resources sectors. In addition to his primary role of identifying and managing corporate growth opportunities for our Entrepreneurial Development programming and CSR related business prospects, Spencer also oversees the research and stakeholder engagement for SEF’s latest project examining the relationship between local procurement regulations and mining company practices in the South African and Namibian mining sector. This project is in association with the Mining Shared Value venture of Engineers Without Borders Canada (EWB) and the Canadian International Resources and Development Institute (CIRDI) at the University of British Columbia (UBC). - http://cirdi.ca/local-procurement/
Spencer brings diverse career experience to SEF Canada having worked with New Gold Inc. and the Association for Mineral Exploration British Columbia (AMEBC) in his home town of Vancouver, while internationally his experience extends to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Zambia and the Government of Canada in South Africa. Spencer is currently a member of AMEBC’s Corporate Social Responsibility committee.
Associate Project Implementer & Trainer
Zé works with individuals and entrepreneurs in Europe, Africa, North America, South America and Australia. He has the unique ability to perceive what is happening under the surface to help people and businesses untangle complex issues that impact their effectiveness, creativity, competitiveness, fulfillment and potential. Zé is passionate about contributing to a world where individuals are fully supported in becoming their best in every aspect of their lives. For Zé, a great world, a great country, a great community, a great business, a great family, is one where the greatness of the individual is drawn out, nourished and supported to its fullest potential. Zé is a coauthor of"The Gift"
Trained as an engineer, Zé has worked in the defense industry and in the electrical power industry for some of America’s giant corporations. In the early 2000, Ze led the start up/implementation of more than a dozen certified Enterprise Facilitation® Projects (30-month projects focused on community, economic, and entrepreneurial development) throughout the U.S., UK, Canada, and Australia. He excelled in forming A-caliber teams to work together across cultural, geographic, and political boundaries to raise funds, create managing boards of directors, and hire/train local experts.
Zé is an intuitive listener and is passionate about asking great questions. Born and raised in Africa and traveling extensively over the years, Zé speaks fluent Portuguese, Spanish, French and English.
Yvonne Fizer launched her professional life in the Public Sector. As Educator and Partnership Coordinator in the Consumer and Corporate Affairs Department, she was a member of the taskforce which enacted Plain Language legislation; coordinated and delivered media messages to create awareness on a variety of consumer and corporate issues; and liaised with industry stakeholders. Her consumer experience prepared her to advocate for home-based businesses and women in business in the Economic Development Department. Yvonne advised entrepreneurs on setting up 2 successful enterprises and helped City Governments reconcile their local regulations to allow businesses to incubate from home.
In 1996 Yvonne left the public sector to invest 14 years developing the market for Enterprise Facilitation, developed by Dr. Ernesto Sirolli. As Executive Director responsible for business development at the Sirolli Institute International, Yvonne negotiated and partnered with all levels of Government, Crown Corporations, Financial Institutions, Non-profits, Colleges and Universities and private sector firms that wanted to take on support for enterprise in fulfillment of their economic development agendas. She coached leaders to articulate the rationale for local Enterprise Facilitation and advised on fundraising strategies.
Yvonne left the Institute and has joined SEF Canada bringing with her enormous experience. Yvonne has a personal passion for strength-based team building strategies, helping organizations to realize their potential.
Project Coordinator & Trainer
I have been working as an exploration geologist in the Yukon for the past four years. I graduated from Queen’s University in 2011, with a degree in Environmental Science and Geology. I also participated in a semester abroad at University of Havana and have extensively travelled through South and Central America, where I have developed advance Spanish language skills.
My time in the mining industry has been largely spent doing field work, ranging from small-scale grassroots exploration to larger drill programs. Living in isolated bush camps is a very unique experience because it brings together people of all ages and backgrounds. In a sense, a camp becomes its own community—where each member plays a very different but vital role. I have learned that the best work is achieved when all members of a camp are communicating their needs and goals and working together as a team.
I am excited to work with SEF and help different communities connect, work together and prosper. In my spare time I have pursued a hobby in leatherwork, and through the process of developing this craft into a small business, I have learned about some of the ups and downs of entrepreneurship. I look forward to tying together my interest in small businesses and community involvement at SEF Canada!
Suzette’s background as a successful entrepreneur encompasses being a small business owner to creating a medium size management and consulting firm. As a business owner and manager, she has lead several teams to achieve their goals and those goals of stakeholders. As a consultant she had the insight to relate with business owners while gathering respect from small to large size businesses.
As the first Enterprise Facilitator in British Columbia, her mandate was to assist people in starting their own business and help existing businesses expand within the City of New Westminster. She provided assistance ranging in size from small home based businesses to $12 million development projects. As an Enterprise Facilitator, she personally assisted over 105 new businesses with a success rate of over 90%.
Suzette began working for the Sirolli Institute, as part of the project implementation team and provided support and training to various Enterprise Facilitation projects throughout the Western United States and UK.
In 2012, she founded SEF Canada using her knowledge and experience of the best practises in Economic Development. As the managing director of SEF Canada, she is excited to build upon her vision to assist in advancing Entrepreneurial Development programs.
Director of ED Project Implementation
My name is Javier Nava. I am a mining engineer from Venezuela and moved to Vancouver in 2013 to start a Master's degree in Mining sustainability and the environment at the University of British Columbia.
During my undergrad program I found my passion for helping people.. As president of Student Association of the Mining Department I coordinated different social activities to unify the student´s community, such activities included: movie nights, the restoration of the basketball court and started the restoration program for the “Geological and Mineral Museum Dr. José Royo y Gomez”. Also, as part of my social commitment as engineer I was able to help an indigenous community in "La Gran Sabana", Venezuela, to develop their own quarry project.
Before enrolling the UBC program, I worked as a consultant engineer for Liebherr, a German mining equipment manufacturer. My duties involved advising and communicating with clients from the mining and construction industry. Now that I am enrolled in UBC, I have focused my studies in community engagement and mining coexisting with society. It has always been about people, not me.
My goal is to see businesses and people growing in a safe and rewarding manner. Now that I am part of SEF Canada I am able to engage and connect with different communities and people from all levels. Teaching them and giving them tools to keep dreaming is rewarding for me. I look forward to keep bringing my passion to communities.
Growing up in western China, Bebe received multicultural education since elementary school. Ürümqi, the place where she lived, was a community courtyard where people hold very close relationship with one another.
Bebe discovered a passion in design since her first experience with colored paper folding. The desire to expand her design horizon led her to Vancouver where she graduated from Simon Fraser University in 2014. Her education includes extensive training in graphic design, applied computing, human and computer interactions, media, arts and culture.
Since her graduation, she has worked as a Junior Graphic Designer at Alma Mater Society UBC Vancouver and developed various print and digital graphics for campus-wide marketing campaigns.
Bebe has committed herself to combining attractive visual presentation with business marketing strategy, especially turning information into attention-grabbing visual content.
María Teresa Ledezma
María Teresa is currently working in the Entrepreneurial Development program in "Cerro de San Pedro". María Teresa Ledezma is an industrial engineering student at "Tecnológico de Monterrey", campus San Luis Potosí. She has international experiences in Singapore, Germany and Spain.
Through a previous internship in the Economic Development Office of the Local Government, she gained understanding of the needs and opportunities in San Luis Potosí's economic development.
With her internship at SEF, she aims to learn about entrepreneurial development in underdeveloped communities. With this, she hopes to get experience to be able to significantly contribute in the development and education of Mexico.
She is really passionate about making a change in Mexico, learning new things, knowing people and traveling
Andre Xavier PhD
Andre Xavier has ten years of experience in the education sector as researcher, professor, student advisor and internship coordinator. Andre joined SEF Canada as consultant in Corporate Social Responsibility assisting private and public organizations to evaluate and implement CSR policies and programs.
Since 2011 he has been working as lifelong learning coordinator overseeing mining engineering professional development programs that delivers mining-related courses to individuals as well as private and public organizations worldwide. In addition to that, Andre has been coordinating trades and developing domestic and international partnerships.
Andre has a Ph.D. in the Mining Engineering Department at the University of British Columbia. His research focused on developing a practical guideline to address the adverse socio-economic consequences that the closure of a mine imposes on local communities.