A B O U T U S


Social entrepreneurs can build a better world.


BfE teams provide early-stage social entrepreneurs in the developing world with the tools they need to become investor-ready.


M I S S I O N

We collaborate with early-stage social entrepreneurs in the developing world to scale business ventures and empower local communities.

V I S I O N

We see a more inclusive and sustainable future built by social entrepreneurs driving local change.

BfE is run by a global community of purpose-driven professionals and students. As a non-profit established in 2015, we expanded rapidly to operate from five student chapters and developed a client base spanning over 30 countries. We collaborate alongside a growing network of over 200 professional mentors who provide strategic guidance to chapter teams and assistance to startups. In 2020, we welcomed the Vancouver Chapter to the BfE network, our newest addition. Situated in the center of Canada’s most ethnically and linguistically diverse city, the Vancouver team will be playing an essential role in providing advisory services to social entrepreneurs in BfE's Incubation Programme.


Our team of diverse business backgrounds will be jumpstarting BfE's flagship pro bono programme in Canada, helping early-stage businesses in the developing world with existing revenue and a clear mission to create social impact for their beneficiaries. The team will complete two full engagement cycles by the end of 2021.

Our History

O U R L E A D E R S H I P


We are a group of professionals committed to driving social change.


Erina Kikuchi

PRESIDENT, VANCOUVER CHAPTER

Hi there! My name is Erina, and I’m a fourth year Finance student at UBC with a concentration in Sustainability & Social Impact. I’m inspired by passionate social entrepreneurs who leverage business as a tool for good and seek to align myself with spaces that are conducive to their impact. In my role, I’m excited to help grow the Vancouver chapter and increase our presence in the local social innovation ecosystem. In my free time, I enjoy cooking, reading, and kickboxing!

Kate Hanson

VICE PRESIDENT, VANCOUVER CHAPTER

Hi! My name is Kate and I’m a fourth-year student pursuing a dual degree in Sociology, Law & Society, and a Master of Management at UBC. I’m a passionate believer that people are agents of change and have the capability of making positive social impacts. Through my previous position as a Consulting Associate, I enjoyed leveraging my academic knowledge with my experience in the manufacturing sector to help entrepreneurs achieve their social missions and create a sustainable impact. As Vice-President, I now look forward to scaling our team and supporting impact-driven students in becoming trusted advisors for social entrepreneurs.

Soham Punjabi

CONSULTING DIRECTOR, VANCOUVER CHAPTER

Hi, My name is Soham and I am a second-year MBA student at the UBC Sauder School of Business. I am passionate about sustainability and social impact. In my role as the Consulting Director, I am looking forward to helping entrepreneurs making a stronger impact in the society. In my free time I love reading, photography, and theater and have done a bit of amateur acting and direction on stage in the past.

Ethaniel Tan

COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR, VANCOUVER CHAPTER

Hey! My name is Ethaniel and I’m a second year student at UBC planning to specialize in marketing at the Sauder School of Business! Having worked with not-for-profit cases and passionate about entrepreneurship, BfE provides me with the opportunity to blend these two things together! Some interests of mine include playing guitar, boxing, and film photography!

Philip Shi

COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR, VANCOUVER CHAPTER

Philip is a third-year student at the UBC Sauder School of Business, specializing in Business Technology Management and Operations & Logistics. Having a long-standing passion for social entrepreneurship, he is excited to join the BfE Vancouver Team to help further its impact on emerging businesses. Philip is also a photography enthusiast. In his spare time, he loves going to the Vancouver International Airport to capture pictures of fast-moving planes as they land.

Ryan Wong

SENIOR CONSULTING ASSOCIATE, VANCOUVER CHAPTER

Hello! My name is Ryan and I’m a fourth-year student at UBC with a specialization in Finance and a concentration in Business Law. I’m passionate about the ways in which entrepreneurship can create positive social and environmental change in the world. In my role as the Senior Consulting Associate, I’m excited to explore the vision of social entrepreneurs and support them in scaling their impact. In my free time, I enjoy playing the piano, reading philosophy, and doing yoga

Alexander Chow

CONSULTING ASSOCIATE, VANCOUVER CHAPTER

Hello! My name is Alex, and I am currently in my third year at the University of British Columbia, specializing in Accounting and working towards a concentration in International Business. I joined BfE to gain insights and experience of strategy development for social impact driven businesses on the international level. In my free time I enjoy playing ultimate frisbee, video games, and collecting shoes!

Doris Huang

CONSULTING ASSOCIATE, VANCOUVER CHAPTER

Hi all! My name is Doris, and I’m currently a second-year Sauder student specializing in Finance. I am deeply passionate about making a difference in the world and BfE’s mission drew me in. In my free time I enjoy horseback riding, kiteboarding, and snowboarding. If you are looking for a buddy to go skydiving with, let me know! I’ve been meaning to go for the longest time!

Kevin Lee

CONSULTING ASSOCIATE, VANCOUVER CHAPTER

Kevin is a third-year student at the Sauder School of Business and specializes in accounting. Kevin joined BfE as a communications associate in 2021 to pursue his passion for social impact and assist early-stage companies to achieve an efficient social enterprise. He also enjoys reading philosophy and playing music in his free time.

Michelle Lim

CONSULTING ASSOCIATE, VANCOUVER CHAPTER

Hello! My name is Michelle, and I am in my fourth year at UBC Sauder specializing in Marketing and Real Estate with a concentration in Business Analytics. I joined BfE for the unique hands-on experience of collaborating with social impact entrepreneurs, working to make a difference in our global business landscape. Through BfE, I am humbled to be a part of an international community of intelligent, passion-driven changemakers. In my free time you can find me playing tennis on the UBC Women’s Team, hitting the slopes at Whistler or front row at a local movie theater.

Saori Nishimura

CONSULTING ASSOCIATE, VANCOUVER CHAPTER

Hi! My name is Saori, and I’m currently in my fourth year in Sauder at Univeristy of British Columbia as an exchange student from my home university, Keio, in Japan. My major is commerce and I specialize in marketing and entrepreneurship in UBC. One of the reasons I’ve decided to come to UBC as an exchange student is to learn the sustainable business and engage myself in actual sustainable companies. I joined BfE to pursue my passion for social entrepreneurs and businesses achieving sustainable social impact. In my free time, I enjoy popping dance, appreciating delicious food, watching anime and playing sports.

Sika Paradis

CONSULTING ASSOCIATE, VANCOUVER CHAPTER

Hi! I am in my third year at the University of British Columbia working towards a Bachelors of Commerce Degree in Entrepreneurship, with a Concentration in Sustainability. I joined BfE as I am passionate about building a more sustainable and inclusive future for all. In my free time I enjoy being in nature while on hikes, surfing, kayaking, practicing yoga and skiing.

Henry Stevens

COMMUNICATIONS ASSOCIATE, VANCOUVER CHAPTER

Hi all! My name is Henry Stevens and I’m a fourth-year undergraduate History major at UBC minoring in international relations. I joined BfE primarily because my own personal values of sustainability, social impact, and internationalism strongly align with the organization’s mission. I’m looking forward to helping better establish the Vancouver chapter’s social media presence and spreading the word about BfE’s social impact. In my free time, I enjoy playing guitar, thrifting, listening to music and watching movies.

Sofia Glavas

COMMUNICATIONS ASSOCIATE, VANCOUVER CHAPTER

Hi! My name is Sofia and I’m in my fourth year at UBC studying Marketing and Communications. I joined BfE to pursue my passion for social impact and to empower local communities by helping early-stage entrepreneurs achieve their dreams of creating a sustainable social enterprise. Some hobbies of mine include music, traveling, cooking, fitness and photography.

Alumni

Inbal Pick

CO-FOUNDER & PRESIDENT, VANCOUVER CHAPTER

Oct 2020 - Jan 2022

Inbal is a fifth-year BCom student specializing in marketing with a concentration in sustainability and social impact. Co-founding BfE's Vancouver chapter in October 2020 was a culmination of several things; most notably, being a strong supporter of social enterprises, her passion for social impact, and using her education for good.

Rachel Goh

CO-FOUNDER & PRESIDENT, VANCOUVER CHAPTER

Oct 2020 - May 2021

Rachel co-founded BfE's Vancouver chapter as she has always been interested in leveraging different dynamics amongst people to help solve problems and enhance performance. Her passion for development and social impact led her to complete a dual degree in Political Science and Master of Management at UBC. Currently, she works at Brex, a fintech startup, that seeks to level the playing field against the traditional financial industry. She hopes to leverage her personal experiences and academic background to make an impact and bridge the gap.

Hanting Chen

VICE PRESIDENT, VANCOUVER CHAPTER

Nov 2020 - Dec 2021

Hanting joined BfE in 2020 as a Consulting Associate. Since May 2021, he has been acting as Vice President of the Vancouver chapter, supporting the team in expansion and consulting engagements. Hanting is currently pursuing a BCom in Marketing at the Sauder School of Business, UBC. Having volunteered with Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) throughout his university career, he has developed a strong passion for international humanitarian aid, social entrepreneurship and innovation. Currently, he works as a Business Development Intern at MOSAIC, one of the largest settlement non-profit organizations in Canada.

Latika Malik

CONSULTING DIRECTOR, VANCOUVER CHAPTER

Nov 2020 - May 2021

Latika joined BfE Vancouver in 2020 as a Consulting Director. She comes from a management consulting background and has worked for 4+ years with organizations in the space of Professional services, Public sector and Retail. Latika did her MBA from Sauder School of Business, UBC with a specialization in Strategy & Business Operations. With significant experience in evaluating business opportunities for her clients, Latika is excited to engage with entrepreneurs in developing countries that are on a mission of creating a positive social impact.

Jason Li

CONSULTING ASSOCIATE, VANCOUVER CHAPTER

Dec 2020 - Dec 2021

Jason is a fourth year student at UBC studying Finance and Business Technology Management. He is a firm believer that real change comes from the bottom up and that social entrepreneurs will be the driving force in creating a more inclusive and sustainable future. He joined BfE to help local entrepreneurs realize and scale their ideas in order to co-create enduring social impact.

Kiran Dhatt

CONSULTING ASSOCIATE, VANCOUVER CHAPTER

Sep 2021 - Nov 2021

Kiran is a fifth-year BCom student specializing in Marketing with a concentration in Sustainability and Social Impact. On-campus, she’s the Co-Chair of the Campus Ambassador Program and VP Logistics of Imprint Conference, the largest student-led marketing conference in Western Canada. Off-campus, Kiran is an ambassador for Remake, an organization that advocates for sustainable fashion and garment workers' rights as well as an avid film photographer. She recently completed a Social Impact internship at Unity Technologies and hopes to use that experience to support local entrepreneurs.

Nina Skaaning

CONSULTING ASSOCIATE, VANCOUVER CHAPTER

Nov 2020 - May 2021

Nina is a fifth-year BCom student specializing in marketing at the UBC Sauder School of Business. She is passionate about business development and purpose-driven work in the non-profit realm, which led her to join the BfE Vancouver Chapter in 2021 as a Consulting Associate.