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Community Review Panel

All Self-Employment Clients benefit from the insight of our Community Review Panel (CRP). Every SEP entrepreneur has an opportunity to present their business plan to the panel and receive feedback. CRP members volunteer to read, review and share comments, in turn, enhancing our clients’ experience in the Self Employment Program and their chances of success.

We gratefully acknowledge the CRP’s very important contribution with huge thank you from all of us at the Self-Employment Program at Douglas College!

Sherrin Western

Sherrin is an expert in marketing, customer relationships and brand image and owns a graphic design and marketing agency – Shervin Communications, with her partner Kevin. They are celebrating 26 years in business in 2018. In their business, they work with companies to help articulate and honour their unique “brand” image, which includes marketing consulting and visual representation through the development of a corporate identity package and all supporting promotional materials, website and online marketing. 

For her dedication and effort, Sherrin has been a “Woman of Distinction” in Burnaby and was one of 20 finalists for the “Influential Woman in Business” 2000 and won “National Volunteer of the Year” for Canadian Women in Communications in 2004. Her company is listed in the Business in Vancouver publication as one of the top Graphic Design Agencies in BC. Shervin was also awarded the “2006 Small Business of the Year” award in the city of Burnaby and has been on in Top 100 fastest growing businesses list in Vancouver.

Trish Tarisai Mandewo

Trish is a Speaker, Facilitator, Serial Entrepreneur and Author of her upcoming Book (The Art of Building a Successful Business: An Immigrant's Perspective). She is the owner and president of Gymbus Entertainment, Co-founder of Women’s Collaborative Leadership Hub and managing partner of Ubuntu StratEdge, a performance enabling company which focuses on culture, diversity as well as overall organizational effectiveness.

Trish is a 2018 Candidate for Coquitlam City Council.
She has won numerous awards including 2017 RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrant. She has been featured and highlighted in several media outlets and is a recipient of Canada 150 Sesquicentennial pin for leadership and community service.

Dean Robertson, RCE

Vice President, Business Development Strategist and Project Manager for 4th Utility Inc.
Dean is a principal and has over 30 years of industry experience with a focus on wireless networks and the systems they support. Since joining 4th Utility in 2000 Dean has been involved with extensive design, implementation, business development and project management activities. Dean’s passion for service, hard work, creativity and a client-centric approach are a winning combination.

Involvement in the Community Review Panels gives Dean a chance to share his experiences and give back to the community. 

Bruce Farrend 

Bruce Farrend practices in the area of Business Law, assisting companies and individuals from start-up and continuing through the life of the business.  Bruce began his career with a large firm in downtown Vancouver and has practiced in smaller firms as well as being an entrepreneur and in-house counsel for a software company. His experience both as a lawyer and as a businessman has given him a broadly based understanding of the issues facing businesses today.