Meet the Team Behind the Project

Carmen Massey, B Comm.

Carmen completed her Bachelor of Commerce (with Distinction) at the University of Calgary in 1996 and moved to the Shuswap shortly after, where she has owned and operated businesses for the past 22 years.

Carmen believes in the triple-bottom-line approach to life:  sustainable economy, sustainable ecology and sustainable community. She is currently undertaking her Masters of Science in Environmental Science at Thompson Rivers University.  She owns and operates Reach Marketing Consulting and Massey cabinetry, and sits on the boards of various community not-for-profit organizations.

Carmen believes passionately in the empowerment of female entrepreneurs to strengthen communities and economies and is steadfast in her commitment to bringing opportunities to diverse women of the Shuswap.

Caroline Grover

Caroline serves us as the EIR, Chair of the Advisory Roundtable Committee and supporting the development of new programs. In addition, she serves on the Board of Interior Savings Credit Union, and was previously the CEO of the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce and a volunteer mentor with the Women’s Enterprise of BC.

An extensive career as an Economic Development Officer and as Manager of several Business Improvement Associations gave Caroline the opportunity to work extensively with hundreds of business owners. Her career began in retail management and includes Event Management.  Caroline currently designs and sells jewelry developing her Nice & Pretty brand.

Andrew Klingel

Andrew is an Executive in Residence at Accelerate Okanagan and a Professor at the Okanagan School of Business.

He has consulted to major corporations such as Telus, TD and General Motors, but his real passion is entrepreneurship.  Andrew was an early member of a software start up that grew to over 400 employees and $100 million in annual revenue. He also developed and launched a line of consumer products now sold in over 10,000 retail locations across North America including Home Depot and Lowe’s.

He is most proud of co-founding the Framework Foundation, a non-profit, which has raised over 200,000 volunteer hours while investing $1 million in local artists.

Robyn Cyr

Robyn Cyr has been involved in Economic Development and Tourism Development for over 20 years, and has recently opened her own business Brabyn Business Solutions. Robyn has recently been taken on the role of Diversity Coordinator for the Tsuts’weye program in addition to  developing the newsletter and providing business consultation for Tsuts’weye.

Kari Wilkinson

Kari Wilkinson has been designing creative solutions for her clients since 1999. The owner of Toliver Advertising & Design Inc., her boutique design studio specialises in logo, branding solutions and website design. Kari has created and guided the Tsust’weye branding including the website design from the inception of the program.

Jenna Robins

Jenna Robins is the owner of Trilogy Solutions, an interactive multimedia design studio specializing in social media and website design. Jenna and her team are integrally involved in the management of the Tsuts’weye social media and communications.

Advisory Round Table

The Advisory Round Table is a group of Shuswap business women with varied skills and backgrounds. The purpose of the A.R.T. Table is to guide the Tsuts’weye Women’s Entrepreneur and Innovation Network over the course of the project life span of three years.


Dee Lewis (Chair),  Dee Lewis Employment Consulting

Deb Sterritt, Partner, Deloitte Canada

Kathryn Roussel

Robyn Jespersen, HR West Consulting

Karla Ferster, Frog Friendly Coffee

Kathleen Seeley, Massively Human Leadership

Dawn Francois, Shuswap Nation Tribal Council

“What a difference it has made to me to have someone in my corner who has so many answers! I am so glad there is this program to help women like me. Thank you, thank you!”

Join the Tsuts’weye Network!

Are you a female business owner in the Shuswap? Join the Tsuts’weye Network! It’s doesn’t cost you anything and you’ll receive monthly newsletters, access to resources, tools, skills training, mentorship and be part of something really great for Shuswap female entrepreneurs!