Meet the WESK Team

From start up to scale up, your success is our only goal.

Since 1995, WESK has helped thousands of women start, purchase and expand their businesses. Now, we’re taking an even bolder approach focused on innovation and excellence. We’re stepping up our training, engaging with great partners, and bringing you even more resources to generate success.

As a non-profit, membership-based organization, we keep our services affordable — and many are FREE! The return, however, is priceless. Join us!

Our Vision
To close the gender entrepreneurship gap in Saskatchewan.

Our Mission

Empowering women entrepreneurs in Saskatchewan to start, grow, and scale businesses to drive economic growth.

Our Values

Collaborative – We embrace the power of community by providing opportunities for connection.

Diversity – We build trust with open hearts and open minds.

Bold – Our relentless pursuit of achieving our goal is fueled by heart and courage.

Helping people follow their dreams of business ownership is a privilege and a pleasure. We’re here to do everything we can to support you! 

Saskatoon

Prabha Mitchell, (Hon.) CPA, CGA, M.S.W

Prabha Mitchell, (Hon.) CPA, CGA, M.S.W

Chief Executive Officer

Prabha is passionate about driving change to close the gender entrepreneurship gap and the resulting gender economic gap. To read more on Prabha Mitchell click here.

Lori Jestin-Knaus, MBA

Lori Jestin-Knaus, MBA

Regional Manager, North

Lori leads and supports WESK’s team of business and lending advisors. She also leads and develops specific entrepreneurial projects and programs. To read more about Lori, click here.  

Danielle Grimes, MBA

Danielle Grimes, MBA

Business Advisor

Danielle is passionate about helping her clients achieve their goals by working one-on-one with entrepreneurs at all stages of business development. To read more about Danielle, click here.

Josie Fries, MBA

Josie Fries, MBA

Marketing Advisor

Josie enjoys spreading the WESK buzz throughout the community, being hands-on with the planning and execution of events, and values building strong relationships with partner organizations. To read more about Josie, click here.

Kaurie May, CPA, CA

Kaurie May, CPA, CA

Manager of Finance & Administration

Kaurie assists WESK in the daily financial processes and is responsible for leading five key areas of the organization: finance, accounting, lending, administration, and IT. He also leads various strategic projects. To read more about Kaurie, click here.

Grace Lam

Grace Lam

Lending Advisor

As WESK’s lending advisor, Grace is responsible for assisting clients during the lending process, from initial stages of gathering client information to completing the loan application and providing after-care support to the clients. To read more about Grace, click here.

Jodi Macmillan, CPA, CMA

Jodi Macmillan, CPA, CMA

Financial Analyst

Jodi is a CPA with over 20 years of extensive management and accounting experience. She is passionate about the stories that financial data can tell. To read more about Jodi, click here.

Naqsh (Nick) Kochar, MBA

Naqsh (Nick) Kochar, MBA

Program Advisor

As a program advisor for The Exchange, Nick provides advice and guidance to clients on all aspects of their business. To read more about Nick, click here.

Colleen Gynp

Colleen Gynp

Matchstick Administrator

Colleen is responsible for the administration of WESK’s Matchstick program for Indigenous female entrepreneurs. including assisting in planning and execution of training workshops and other events. To read more about Colleen, click here.

Carly Beckman

Carly Beckman

Social Media Coordinator

As WESK’s Social Media Coordinator, Carly’s areas of focus are marketing, communications, and all things social media. Carly is passionate about creating engaging content and connecting with the WESK community. To read more about Carly, click here. 

Cara Cote

Cara Cote

Business Advisor

Cara is a serial entrepreneur having owned and operated multiple businesses since 2001. She believes in being kind, honest, and helpful in all aspects of her life, and loves helping WESK members put their big ideas to life. To read more about Cara, click here.

Yvonne Dopson

Yvonne Dopson

Administrative Assistant

Yvonne is recently retired from a career in office administration, which she loves, and she isn’t ready to quit yet! Yvonne’s role at WESK includes membership, reception, and administrative coordination. To read more about Yvonne, click here

Regina

Brittany Scott

Brittany Scott

Project Coordinator

Brittany is responsible for planning all aspects of The Exchange including meetings, workshops, training, and mentoring sessions. You may also see her at many of the Regina events! To read more about Brittany, click here.

Amanda Parkinson

Amanda Parkinson

Business Advisor

Amanda’s passion is helping others by identifying their challenges and opportunities and creating action plans to make meaningful and impactful progress. As a self proclaimed “foodie” you can find her at any new restaurant or spending time with her 11-year-old Chihuahua, Ronnie. To read more about Amanda, click here

Heather Blouin

Heather Blouin

Regional Manager, South

Heather is proud to support women entrepreneurs achieve success through providing business advising and WESK programming. Heather leads and supports WESK’s team of business advisors in the southern region and is also involved in program development. To read more about Heather, click here