Join Our Team

Urban Matters CCC is always looking to develop new relationships and opportunities with social entrepreneurs. If you are actively trying to shape and develop social innovations that challenge one of the complex issues faced in communities today, we’d like to hear from you. More specifically, in the not too distant future, we expect to be posting for a Social Planning Lead position, an Admin Lead position, and a Corporate Social Responsibility Lead position. Please reach out to us at info@urbanmatters.ca.

Community Catalysts

Trina Wamboldt

Urban-Matters-trina_wamboldtTrina is our lead consultant in the areas of collective impact, shared value, and social procurement. She also leads our Bridging the Gap program and serves on our Board of Directors.

Trina is a certified management consultant and offers expertise in community engagement, strategic planning, and organizational development. Trina is well-versed in Indigenous community relations and has worked closely with Elders and Cultural Knowledge Keepers to understand cultural-based employment competencies. She holds a master’s degree in professional communications and is a certified PROSCI change management practitioner. Trina is passionate about helping communities and organizations build socio-economic capacity.

Matt Thomson

Matt is the lead consultant for our Community Housing practice. He has extensive experience in housing research, policy and development, and has worked both as an independent consultant and for the Social Planning and Research Council of BC. His work involves collaborating with with community service providers and governments to develop housing solutions across BC, Alberta and Saskatchewan.

Matt holds a Master’s Degree in Planning from the University of British Columbia and is based in Gibsons, BC.

 

Erin Welk

Erin finds her passion where people, community, and environment intersect. She has over 11 years of experience working with municipalities to help them improve housing outcomes, adapt to growth or decline, and address climate change. These challenges are often complex, far reaching, and require a diverse set of input from community actors. As a result, Erin’s work centres around convening conversation and catalyzing action.

Erin is also a fellow of the Alberta Energy Futures Lab (EFL), and has previously worked at non-profits including SmartGrowthBC and the Pembina Institute. Erin holds a Master’s Degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Simon Fraser University.

Erin leads in the development of Urban Matters’ portfolio of civic social innovation initiatives. She helps local governments move towards positive social and community outcomes by using organizational change management, partnership brokering, leadership development, and social enterprise incubation.

She is an avid world traveler, cyclist, and urbanist, and is based in Kelowna BC.

Jerome Lengkeek

Urban-Matters-Jerome-LJerome is our Director of Social Finance. He is currently developing a suite of finance solutions for our projects and initiatives while assisting our partners with creating tailored financing packages for their social ventures.

Jerome has experience in Canada’s cooperative financial system including with BC credit unions and Desjardins. He holds a BBA degree from Thompson Rivers University and a Masters in Development Finance from the University of Stellenbosch. He also attended Oxford University’s Impact Investing Programme to develop his social finance toolbox.

A passionate advocate for using innovative financing mechanisms to advance social change, Jerome lives in Surrey, BC, with his family.

 

Ken Gauthier

Urban-Matters-ken-gauthierKen is our resident social entrepreneur. He serves as our President and leads our activities in social venture incubation. Ken spearheaded the creation of Urban Matters as a means of supporting other social entrepreneurs and community-focused organizations in reaching their potential.

Ken is also a principal and owner at Urban Systems Ltd, where he gained experience working with governments in the planning and development of physical infrastructure initiatives. Ken holds a degree in Civil Engineering with minor in Management from Carleton University. He is further accredited with Certificates in Leadership (Queen’s University), Sustainable Community Development (Simon Fraser University), and Social Entrepreneurship (Stanford University).

Ken is based with his family in the beautiful Okanagan Valley of BC.

David Carruthers

David works with Urban Matters as a Social Venture Analyst. David brings practical experience from his previous position at a strategy consultancy in Vancouver with the knowledge and interests developed studying Political Science and Philosophy at UBC and Finance at BCIT. David supports the Urban Matters team in a variety of ways, with a focus on research and analysis.

David is based in Richmond BC.

Collaborators

Our collaborators are the leaders of social ventures that we have successfully incubated or are currently incubating. Although they may no longer work directly with us, they remain close to our team. We would be happy to connect you with our collaborators if you require advice in their respective areas of focus. Get in touch with us here.

Danielle Levine

Urban-Matters-daniellelevineDanielle is the Executive Director of Kanuu Indigenous Innovation Society.She also currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Vancouver Native Housing Society. Prior to these positions, Danielle ran the Ch’nook Indigenous Business Education program at the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia where she taught, coached andinspired Indigenous leaders and entrepreneurs from across Canada.

Danielle is a business educator, advisor, and social enterprise practitioner, and holds an MBA from Royal Roads University. Originally from Winnipeg, MB, Danielle is Metis and is a passionate advocate for social enterprise and innovation in Indigenous communities.

Andrew Greer

Urban-Matters-Andrew-GreerAndrew is the executive director of Purppl a community enterprise accelerator. Andrew is an experienced program manager, sales manager, and community builder. He plays an active role in building acceleration programs for tech startups with Accelerate Okanagan. He is a director with Big Brothers and Big Sisters (Okanagan), Okanagan Changemakers, and UBC’s Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies.

Stan Leyenhorst

Stan is the lead design consultant with Universal Access Design, a company whose goal is access for everyone, everywhere, all the time. Stan has spent the last several years focused on accessibility in the built environment: performing assessments of existing sites, preparing recommendation reports and presenting reports to interested parties. With respect to new construction, he reviews blueprints, crafts accessibility design criteria manuals and collaborates with city staff, architects and developers at stakeholder meetings. In addition, Stan has been involved in educating customer service representatives, designers and engineers by means of simulation training and language and etiquette presentations.

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