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Founding Investors

Leading the Way

Founding Investors

Anna Bubel
Anna has worked as a consultant for the past 25 years.  Her practice focuses on community economic development. She teaches a 3rd year business class in Social Enterprise as well as a Social Enterprise bootcamp.   Anna has started two social enterprises and has written business plans for numerous start ups.  She was involved in the creation of the Social Enterprise Fund, the Edmonton Community Development Company and the Central Edmonton Community Land Trust.  She has won the YWCA Woman of Distinction Award in entrepreneurship as well as two awards from the Canadian Institute of Planners.

Anna has extensive experience with new construction and renovation of residential and commercial properties in Edmonton’s inner city.  She has overhauled a number of small commercial properties and developed 14 new duplex units in McCauley as co-owner of A Better Lot.  Housing clients include InnRoads Housing Coop, Technical Services Advisory Group and Women Building Futures (mixed use project.)   Recently, Anna renovated an historic building using a Social Enterprise Model.

Anna’s formal qualifications include a Masters of Business Administration (2000), Masters of Community Economic Development (1999) and a Masters of Environmental Design (1989).    Her relevant, previous, volunteer work includes sitting on the City of Edmonton’s Derelict Housing Committee, and serving as a Board member of Right at Home Housing Society, the McCauley Community League Zoning committee, and Home Ed.

Ken Bregenser
Ken spent about a decade in property management, a decade in silviculture, half a decade in landscape design and development and a decade-and-a-half running Zocalo, a plant, flower and gift gallery in Edmonton’s Little Italy with his partner, Miranda Ringma. They have been partnering with the City of Edmonton’s Blooming Boulevard’s program for the last decade, working with a number of Business Improvement Areas supplying street flower baskets and streetside flower barrels.

Ken studied Communications at Simon Fraser University, is a past Board Member of the Chinatown Little Italy Business Association and a present Board member of Viva Italia District Association.

Jonathan Christenson
Jonathan is the artistic director of Catalyst Theatre. The company creates original stage productions that have been presented at local, national and international festivals and theatres, including in London’s West End and New York’s Broadway district. These productions have been recognized with more than 135 British, Canadian and American awards and nominations. His plays have been published in the United States and Canada, his music can be found online at iTunes and Broadway Records, and his productions are featured in leading magazines across North America.

Jonathan has led directing and creation seminars in the United States, England and Canada and has taught in the graduate directing and undergraduate acting programs at the University of Alberta. He was instrumental in the conversion of a disused warehouse into a 150-seat black box theatre in Old Strathcona and in the renovation of the Maclab Theatre and lobby in downtown Edmonton. He previously worked in the UK as the coordinator of a teen arts festival, was the administrator of festivals and schools at the Citadel Theatre, and co-curated an international theatre festival which hosted the work of artists from across Europe, Africa and North America.

Jonathan was named one of “Alberta’s Fifty Most Influential People” by Venture Magazine and Alberta Playwrights Network chose him as one of Alberta’s one hundred most significant theatre artists of the past one hundred years. He lives with his wife and son in Little Italy, overlooking Giovanni Caboto Park in the heart of McCauley.

Shafraaz Kaba
Shafraaz is an Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) expert and architect who thrives on facilitating problem solving of any kind that is ecologically aware. He is previously known for his work at Manasc Isaac Architects, where he focused on net-zero energy and carbon-emission reducing goals for buildings. Shafraaz now facilitates the creation of regenerative, net zero energy, and carbon neutral architecture using Lean culture and design thinking. He brings together architects, engineers, trades, contracts and clients to enable high performance results.

Miranda Ringma
A resident of McCauley for almost 30 years, Miranda has run Zocalo—a garden cafe and gift gallery in Little Italy—with her partner, Ken Bregenser for the last 16 years. After a stint as a professor of philosophy, Miranda spent a few years doing editing, writing and design consulting work before opening their retail store. She has committed a host of volunteer hours working with community groups that particularly focus on the continual growth and thriving of a strong, independent retail strip of Little Italy, where she lives and works.

Alayne Sinclair, B.A., LLB
Alayne is a retired municipal manager, a former member of the Law Society of Alberta, and a former director of Public Agency Appointments with the Government of Alberta. She worked for the City of Edmonton in several roles including, City Clerk, Executive Director of the Office of the City Manager, Acting Director of Operations, Director of Governance and Legislative Services, and Executive Director of the Landlord and Tenant Advisory Board. She serves as a member on the City of Edmonton Ward Boundary Commission, the Governance Committee of the Multicultural Family Resource Society, and is a member of the Community and Social Services and Children’s Services Appeal Panels. Alayne has recently moved back to McCauley community, having lived there before for 14 years.

Teresa Spinelli
Teresa wasn’t destined to lead her family’s grocery business. But life takes many turns and the leader is what she became. Born in Edmonton in 1961 Teresa grew up at the Italian Centre Shop, taking her first steps in the pasta isle. By age 13 she was working in the store regularly as a cashier, never dreaming she would one day ascend to the Presidency of the company. Family misfortune changed the course of Teresa’s life, “We were a traditional Italian family, and I had a brother, so automatically, because he was the boy, he was going to take the business.”

With her vision of changing the business from a local grocery store to a major importer and distributor, in her first year of Presidency, she grew the business to 12 million in sales. Today, the company has grown 8 times with 4 stores (located in Edmonton and Calgary), over 500 employees and sales exceeding 70 million. “For me, it’s not about selling salami. For me, it’s about people. The reason I get up in the morning is because I want to grow people.” ~Teresa Spinelli~

Teresa is President Viva Italia District Association, 2018 MacEwan University Allard Chair in Business, 10 years running in Canada’s Top 100 Women Entrepreneurs as ranked by Profit magazine.

Dr. Siân Williams
Siân is the owner of Alinio Chiropractic, a newly-opened multi-disciplinary clinic located in the Ice District. She obtained her Doctor of Chiropractic at Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in Toronto, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude and was valedictorian for her year. After beginning her practice in Adelaide, Australia, Siân returned to Canada to continue her work here in Edmonton.

Originally from Wales, Siân completed her undergraduate degree in Theatre and Television at King Alfred’s College in Winchester, England before coming to Canada to obtain a Master of Arts in Theatre at the University of Alberta. After completing her theatre studies, Siân worked as a professional actor, writer and arts educator. Her work as a performer took her to theatres and festivals across the UK and Canada. During this time, she also taught undergraduate theatre students in the University of Alberta’s Department of Drama and high school students from across the province at Theatre Alberta’s Artstrek.

Siân sits on the Victoria School Foundation Board of Directors, has given her time to various committees in downtown Edmonton, and has volunteered at the Boyle McCauley Health Clinic. She has completed seven marathons (in Toronto, Vancouver, Victoria, Winnipeg, Mississauga and Edmonton). She lives, shops and socializes in McCauley.

Edmonton Community Development Company
The Edmonton Community Development Company is a non-profit company owned by the Edmonton Community Foundation, the United Way of the Alberta Capital Region and Homeward Trust. The ECDC engages and collaborates with urban core neighborhoods to understand their needs and aspirations and to help build community capacity to further their economic and social development.

The ECDC is providing in-kind services to the Issuer to support the Offering and closing of the Acquisition.

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