OUR FOUNDERS

Shyra Barberstock

President, North America
Chairperson, Global
 

Shyra jokes that she has been described as ‘popcorn’ by her fellow colleagues, and understandably so, just like popcorn she is everywhere. Shyra is an up-and-coming rock star on the social innovation scene and has quickly risen through the ranks to become a recognized and coveted social connector and advisor for government, corporate, and community entities across Canada. A serial entrepreneur and Indigenous scholar, Shyra’s business journey began, with the advent and debut of the Okwaho Network; Canada’s first social networking platform dedicated to the empowerment of Indigenous business on a global scale.

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Rye Barberstock

Vice-President, North America
Chief Operating Officer, Global
 

Known at corporate headquarters as the company’s ‘behind the scenes workhorse’ our office staff are convinced Rye is a paper shuffling superhero worthy of his own movie. An impressive marvel of administrative genius and innovation, Rye plays an invaluable role as a lead advisor, senior communications strategist, and engagement specialist in Indigenous relations and sustainable economic development frameworks for Indigenous businesses and First Nations communities across Canada. An Indigenous scholar and entrepreneur, Rye’s business journey began in 2014; a year that he attributes as being his ‘entrepreneurial wake-up call’.

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Luke McIlroy-Ranga

President, Australasia
Chief Strategy Officer, Global
 

Luke is described as the entrepreneur who is continuously succeeding at challenging the status quo. When his peers thought of which universities to attend, he instead turned his energy to patenting his first of several inventions, disrupting the telecommunications marketplace. Since then, he has armed himself with an invaluable cohort of mentors and business partners allowing him to spearhead ventures in the technology, telecommunications, marketing & public relations, fashion & beauty, hospitality and general retail sectors. He sharpened his leadership abilities within the corporate world, spending over a decade in senior

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OUR TRUSTED ADVISORS + CONSULTANTS

Dr. Terri-Lynn Brennan

 Archaeologist | Educator | Cultural Heritage & Social Analysis Specialist
 

As a Cultural Heritage Professional, with a 25-year career spanning social equity-based administrative & educational leadership, Dr. Brennan is committed to providing visible platforms with a focus on intangible culture for those who remain voiceless & faceless in society.

Odelle Brown

Entrepreneur | Public Speaker | Talent Development, Rentention & Acquistion Expert
 

As founder and CEO of Evolve People, a certified Woman-Owned Enterprise, Odelle has consistently pushed boundaries in the evolution of recruitment. Her unique blend of art and science engages leaders to conquer what it means to attract, develop and retain the best talent.

Glen Harman

TECH ENTREPRENEUR | SME & GAZELLE INFRASTRUCTURE SPECIALIST
 

A self-confessed start-up junkie, Glen’s talent lies in an uncanny ability to see entrepreneurial opportunity where most wouldn’t. He is recognized for building revolutionary technology solutions that foster first to market positioning and an unprecedented growth acceleration.

David Harrison

Global Procurement, Strategic Sourcing, Outsourcing & Transformation Specialist
 

David is an innovative supply chain executive with extensive multi-industry experience across South East Asia, Europe, Australia & New Zealand. He has a proven track record for leading teams to design, lead & adopt ‘best in class’ capabilities, driving innovative tools, insights & improvements.

Denise Coley

GLOBAL SUPPLIER DIVERSITY VETERAN | MBE INCLUSION & DEVELOPMENT SPECIALIST
 

Denise brings to the table over two decades of building economic vitality and sustainable strategic partnerships for minority businesses. Her leadership within the supplier diversity sector is widely recognized throughout corporate America and in Australasia, where she has been an active mentor & advocate for the Indigenous business sector.

Dr. Sonya Pearce

ENTREPRENEUR | ACADEMIC PRACTIONER | INDIGENOUS ENGAGEMENT EXPERT
 

Dr. Pearce, a Gooreng Gooreng woman, has invested 30 years in working alongside Aboriginal & Torres Islander communities in the challenging yet rewarding realms of education. With a focus on social, Indigenous economic development, & entrepreneurship, she is recognized for her unique, refreshing and engaging approach to strategy and program development.

Dr. Paul Chaput

Métis academic | Filmmaker | Actor | Singer | Songwriter | Poet
 

Dr. Paul Chaput’s research interests include Indigenous curriculum development, film as a method for transmitting findings back to Indigenous communities, & cultural continuity. He has had an extensive communications career, as co-producing, hosting TV series & producing two films. He was awarded the Star of Courage by the Governor General.

Darren Whalen

SENIOR PROCUREMENT ADVISOR | GLOBAL SUPPLIER DIVERSITY & ENGAGEMENT CONSULTANT
 

Darren is known for driving revolutionary methodologies, metric-based approaches & high-value delivery to c-suite stakeholders. He possesses an extensive global supply chain lens & expertise in Government, Not for Profit, Finance, Telecommunications, IT, Defence, Aerospace, Automotive & Manufacturing industries.

Keith Wilson

TELECOMMUICATIONS ENTREPRENEUR | GLOBAL LEADER | TRUSTED EXECUTIVE & BOARD ADVISOR
 

Keith has an extensive dossier of senior finance executive & board level leadership. A natural market disruptor with over 25 years experience in launching successful start-ups in the technology & telecommunications sectors. Keith is also a chartered accountant & company secretary with widespread international experience.

Brandon Barberstock

INDIGENOUS YOUTH ENGAGEMENT SPECIALIST & JUNIOR CONSULTANT
 

Brandon is our in-house Indigenous youth engagement specialist. He holds a junior consultant position at Okwaho Equal Source Inc. and is our go to expert on all things related to Indigenous youth outreach.

Okwaho Equal Source acknowledges Indigenous Peoples as the Traditional Owners of the Lands we visit throughout our work. We recognize their continuing connection to the Land, the Water, and all Living Things.

We pay our respects to Ancestors, and to Elders; Past, Present, and Future.