AKAASH BALI  

Co-Founder

Akaash Bali is an honours graduate who completed his Bachelor of Commerce degree in Accounting at the Sauder School of Business at UBC. Currently, Akaash is a student in the CPA Professional Education Program and a Staff Accountant at KPMG LLP. He is a driven, accountable person of high integrity whose passion for business and entrepreneurship drives his motivation to obtain the Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) designation. 
As the Co-Founder and Board of Advisor of Young Investor Program Canada, Akaash is determined to raise awareness of the importance of financial literacy among high school and students. in Vancouver and Toronto. Akaash also served on the Board of Directors at Volunteer Richmond Information Services and was a Policy & Procedures Review Task Force member. After serving on the Board, Akaash was invited to be on the Scholarship Committee with Richmond Cares, Richmond Gives. In August of 2015, Akaash became the Co-Chair of the Community Outreach Committee at the Vancouver Board of Trade and is a member of the Company of Young Professionals Program. When he is not busy with work, Akaash enjoys playing recreational sports, volunteering with non-profits in the community, and watching his favourite shows, Shark Tank, Suits and CNBC's The Profit.

Rohit is a B.Com Graduate from the Sauder School of Business whose father’s life story drives him to obtain the CPA designation. After meeting with Mr. Jim Pattison, Rohit is determined to one day own a growing portfolio of companies with his younger brother, Akaash, and has a definitive mindset to help his parents retire early. Rohit is an individual with high integrity, a life-long learner, and someone who highly values building genuine relationships with his peers.
As the Co-Founder and Board Member of Young Investor Program Canada, Rohit hopes to inspire interest amongst high school students across Canada in learning the importance of financial literacy and how this will enable students to make sound financial decisions in the future. When Rohit is not busy working at KPMG, he enjoys being outdoors, volunteering in the community, and spending quality time with family and friends.

 

PAT WATSON

Principal, Starward Performance

As the business leader of Starward Performance, Pat is a trusted senior advisor and brings global expertise to all projects. Pat has worked as a senior executive in Corporate Head Offices with reach throughout North America, South America, Europe and Asia. She has worked in the following industries: Information Technology, Natural Resources, Manufacturing, Utilities, Health Care, Education and Biotechnology.
Companies include:  ierra Wireless, Methanex Corporation, BC Hydro, Vancouver Hospital and Xenon Pharmaceuticals. She is an Advisor for FusionPipe - a Vancouver based innovator in secure password-less authentication and advanced security solutions.
Pat’s expertise includes project management, coaching, talent retention, policy and organizational development, training, and strategic planning. Pat holds a Bachelor’s Degree and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration.
She is active in the community and is Board Chair of Richmond Cares, Richmond Gives – a hub for volunteering and giving.  She recently served 8 years on the Board of the Richmond Public Library, including 2 years as a Board Chair.

SUSAN KOCH

CFO, Carbon Engineering, Ltd

Susan is a CPA (Chartered Accountant), and since 2009 has been the Chief Financial Officer of General Fusion Inc., a Burnaby based company of 60 people working on alternative energy, recently recognized as BC’s Most Innovative Company. 
On a daily basis she is focused on solving a wide variety of difficult business challenges including fundraising, human resource issues, procedural efficiencies, effective use of company resources, and corporate re-organizations and integrations. Leading the Finance and Human Resource functions, she has had many opportunities to build people and communication skills, to address tough interpersonal issues, to understand and address root causes, while demonstrating the willingness to work with people to resolve conflict.
Susan grew up on Vancouver Island where her parents had a hardware store and she learned the meaning of “cash-flow” before she even knew the words. Susan is an avid reader and is committed to lifelong learner for herself and for all.