The Team


Andrew Gaucher

Andrew started in the construction and land development industry with creating and operating Green Solutions Inc., a general contractor for sustainability-oriented single family homes. Andrew now works at G Group Developments, managing roles in sales, marketing, finance and municipal management. In his spare time, you’ll find Andrew engaged in various outdoor activities, and pursuing interests in various other creative business endeavors.


Christy Lovig

Born in Edmonton and raised in the beautiful Okanagan, Christy is a business and real estate lawyer with Doak Shirreff LLP. Her pre-law life saw her through a number of entrepreneurial adventures, borne of her MBA in marketing and driven by a passion for new business creation and development, marketing communications and real estate development. Christy is fueled by her many miles on the road, whether cycling, marathon training or chasing her wolves; her active involvement with the BC SPCA, as Advocacy chair; her political dealings as a Director of the Kelowna-Lake Country Conservative Party of Canada EDA; and acting as Coach Christy at the helm of various running clinics.


Allyssa Costerton-Grant

Allyssa is dedicated to making connections in her community. She is a long-standing volunteer for several organizations throughout the Okanagan. Her drive to share inspiring messages for the betterment of others fuels her passion for TEDxKelowna, and continues to shape her career as a Marketing and Communications Strategist at The University of British Columbia.


Josh Byron

A graduate of UBC Okanagan, Josh is inspired to see individuals engaged in issues of social justice both locally and internationally.  Josh is active in the community in several roles:

  • Director, Interim-Chair with Hope for the Nations, a NGO based in Kelowna, B.C which empowers 'children at risk' to become leaders in their nations. 
  • Former Convocation Senator with the University of British Columbia Okanagan
  • Long-time volunteer with  Global Citizen Kelowna - a week-long series of events to entertain, educate and inspire Kelowna's citizens to action on the United Nation's 8 Millennium Development Goals.

During the day you can find Josh working in Project Management with Moving Pixel Productions, a Kelowna based digital marketing and web development company, dreaming of ways to leverage technology to advance the work of non-profits.



Drew Vincent

Drew is the OYP Collective Officer, a program under the Central Okanagan Economic Development Commission that aims to attract and retain young professionals in the region. Drew is passionate about sustainable change through social innovation and enterprise. While taking an ‘Entrepreneurship in Developing and Emerging Nations’ course through Okanagan College, Drew travelled to Ethiopia and realized that simple ideas and effective execution, when combined with free enterprise, can change the world. Inspired by Muhammad Yunus, Drew’s goals are focused on utilizing the free market to enable and support those in need.


Tamara McLellan

Tamara's is driven by a passion for storytelling and will tell anyone who listens about the keynote speech by John Wood (Founder, Room to Read) that changed her life. Since then, she's volunteered on projects related to wildlife conservation, women empowerment, and food security in Africa, India and Central America. She works a day job as the Director of Marketing for an organization that fundraises for large non-profits and holds several volunteer positions in her local community. Tamara spends as much time outdoors as possible and often brings along a friend or five for the wine and laughter.



Ali McLeod

Ali is a lawyer at Doak Shirreff LLP practicing in real estate and business law. Prior to settling in Kelowna Ali moved often for work, to study, or for travel. Having now established herself in Kelowna she is excited to be involved in the community and TEDx. With a passion for being active and outdoors Ali keeps herself busy with the year-round recreation the Okanagan has to offer.


Christina Ferreira

Christina Ferreira founded Impact Events in 2008 and has managed and organized corporate and community events throughout the Okanagan, Vancouver and Prince George. She has worked with leaders in business and industry Christina has a diverse and impressive client list including: Big White Ski Resort Ltd, Tourism Kelowna, BC Restaurant and Foodservices Association, Okanagan Symphony Orchestra, Bottleneck Drive Winery Association, Hotel Eldorado and previously the Okanagan Wine Festivals Society to name a few. She is also co-owner of Diner en Blanc Okanagan.

Christina also likes to be involved in her community serving on the Board of Directors for the BC Wine Institute, Okanagan Chefs Association and previously the Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association, the Okanagan College Alumni Association, and Creative Okanagan. You will also find her playing roller-derby and hiking many of Kelowna’s trails with her dog Grace.


Hannah Parsons

Hannah graduated from the business program at UBC Okanagan in the top of her class. With a focus in psychology, Hannah is fascinated by people and loves to learn. During the week, you can find her organizing the team at Sayvee as the Project Manager. In her spare time she's probably outside doing something active... cycling, mountain biking, hiking, snowboarding, boating, or traveling the world.
As a youth leader for 7 years, she is passionate about seeing our young girls reach their potential and build true confidence despite instability in our world. Social justice issues tug at her heart and she tries to fight for our most vulnerable.


Dani Marshall

Dani was born and raised in the Okanagan. After graduating high school, she went to Ontario and played volleyball at the University of Western Ontario, where she also attended classes and graduated with a political science degree. She then went on to play intramural volleyball at the University of Victoria, where she also spent some time in the law library learning contracts. After completing her legal studies, she moved back to the Okanagan and is now an assistant coach for T2, a local volleyball club. In her spare time, she works as an articling student at Doak Shirreff and will be called to the bar in May 2017. Dani looks forward to a long career in volleyball and outdoor activities, as well as continuing her hobby of full-time lawyering.