Ms. Charlene Beckie is a strong proponent of clean energy and the improvement of global health standards. Her approach is goal-driven and she has a solid understanding of achievement and comprehensive business strategies. She has post-secondary education degrees in Psychology, Business, Geophysics and Geomatics Engineering with a robust understanding of Business and Marketing. She has gained significant international experience through personal and work travels. Ms. Beckie supports the education and entrepreneurship of female and under-represented groups through her mentorship roles and executive positon on the Canadian Federation of University Women – Calgary chapter.
Julia Elvidge is an advisor, board member and investor to high technology companies. Educated as an engineer, Julia designed microchip circuits before she moving into the business side of technology. As President and co-founder, Julia helped build Chipworks into an industry leader delivering patent and technology analysis services and later SaaS products to electronics firms worldwide. In June 2016, Chipworks was sold to Techinsight. After the completion of the integration process, Julia was able semi-retire in early 2017.
Rahul is a Sr. Product Manager on Shopify’s research and development team. An engineer and co-founder of a SaaS analytics company, with prior experience at Microsoft & SAP, Rahul has led his team at Shopify to power the technology behind the world’s most influential online-to-offline brands including Kylie Cosmetics, Alo Yoga, and AllBirds. Rahul deeply believes UpSpace is at the centre of an important convergence in digital & offline experiences. He continues to advise UpSpace in product development and strategy leveraging his 10+ years of experience in the Tech industry.
Kurt Schurer, CPA is an M&A advisor based in Calgary focused on the sale of successful mid- market companies. Having served clients while working with local, national and international firms his focus is exceeding client’s expectations by collaborating with international sector experts. He has closed a number of mid-market deals in various industries, including oil and gas services, manufacturing, pipeline construction, pipeline inspection and HVAC. In spare time I enjoy travelling with my better half, fishing, chess and serving the community through Rotary. I am excited to be included as an advisor to Upspace as I see the company serving a niche, providing a community service, and being good for the environment by increasing utilization of existing assets. Oh, and I get enormous satisfaction to be a part of Jennifer’s success. I am hopeful my knowledge on marketing and scale up will benefit Upspace.