Originally from Colombia, she holds a business and marketing degree from the University of Kentucky and an MBA in International Business from the Grenoble Graduate School of Business in France. Previous to arrive in Canada, she lived in USA, Kentucky for 10 years and in Grenoble France for 3 year, she considered her-self a truly Latin-Country/French girl, Although she embraced, respect and love to be in truly multicultural environment like Vancouver, BC, she is very passionate in promoting her Latin American culture and building new business opportunities.
Born in Lima, Peru and raised in Quito in Ecuador, Pilar has a natural gift for bringing people together. She studied at the world renowned Steigenberger School in Munich, Germany, and worked at the Five Star, Hilton Colon, Guayaquil. She has been working with Latincouver since 2010.
In 2015, she helped organize the Pan American Games in Toronto. She is experienced at managing complex banquets and conferences for distinguished guests. She hosted many prestigious and high profile conferences for the Presidents and dignitaries of many South American countries. With her experience and national reputation for excellence, she operates, ‘Pili Hansen Events.’ Her personal touch and passion for creating the best events are always evident to clients and guests alike.
Natural from São Paulo, Brazil, Pedro studied Social Communications specialized in Radio and TV Broadcast productions at Methodist University of São Paulo, Brazil. His background includes executive production for corporative events, reality TV shows, broadcasted events, and in his last experience, 3 years as special projects planner for brands in the advertising agency Leo Burnett. Currently studies Advanced Arts and Entertainment Management at Capilano University.
Milena is originally from Colombia. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Marketing and a master’s degree in International Business. She is also a specialist in Neurolinguistics Programming and Emotional Intelligence.
Milena’s strong passion and persisting desire to grow in the marketing and business industry has led her to gain over 10 years of successful experience in international companies with a focus on planning, controlling and executing all marketing, negotiations and human resources functions.
In addition, Milena has an entrepreneurial spirit having been an entrepreneur for more than 6 years in Colombia after founding and managing her own marketing company. In 2011, she moved to Calgary, Alberta and continued her professional growth in the oil and gas industry. Milena packed her bags again and moved to Vancouver in 2016 to further her experience and studies in business, marketing, and human resources.
Mariana Coimbra Silveira
Born and raised in Brazil, Mariana holds a Degree in Law and is now pursuing her Post Graduate Diploma in Business Management at Capilano University. She successfully changed her career path from being a corporate tax lawyer to work with something that she is passionate about: people and culture. Helping employees to develop their careers and being prepared to perform in a competitive and fast-paced environment is the kind of challenge that keeps her eyes shining.
Olivia Yin is currently studying Human Resources Management at BCIT. She has a passion for talent management and is driven to master the art of employee attraction, development and retention. She believes that putting people first leads to organizational success. She graduated with a B.A. and L.L.B from SWUPL.
Vancouver producer and musician Malcolm Aiken is proud to join the team at Latincouver as this year’s Artist Programmer for the 2017 Carnaval del Sol. He’s performed with Chucho Valdez, Jimmy Bosch, Noel Gallagher among others, and will bring his experience as a international touring artist and world music manager to the live music stage.
He’s excited to bring to the festival top international talent, local favorites and to support new up and coming bands in a diverse and engaging weekend of live music performances. For more info check out www.malcolmaiken.com and be sure to follow his countdown to the festival @malcolmaiken on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter .
Michael is founder and owner of Po’Boy Management, a specialized event management company assists not for profit arts groups and charities maximize their revenues from their special events. Michael brings over 30 years of sales, marketing, media and event experience to all the projects he is involved with.
Born and raised in Monterrey, Mexico, Yolanda has a bachelor degree in industrial engineering and administration from Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon in Mexico, and a master in management from Harvard University.
Early in her career she focused in sales management and International commerce in the food and beverage industry for the Latin American market.After that experience, she moved to the USA where she worked in the Hi-Tec industry in customer relations, product management, and general management including manufacturing and sales operations; she also worked in the electronic industry in business development.
The work experience that she has enjoyed the most is the process of building long-lasting customer relationships.
Paloma has a professional background in Journalism. She started working in Mexico in 1997 for a newspaper in her hometown. In 2004 she moved to London to study English. After she works for a Spanish newspaper in London, “Noticias Latin America”.
In 2008 she moves to Sydney Australia and become member to MAWAI a Mexican Australian Welfare Association Inc. Paloma was working to promote the Mexican culture in Australia and organize fundraising events to a Refuge for kids in needs in Tapachula Mexico. At the same time she works as a Freelance Journalist in “Noticias y Deportes” the Spanish newspaper for latinos and Spanish speakers in Sydney Australia.
In 2010 Paloma’s moved to Vancouver and working and volunteer with Latincouver, She had covered a variety of events, conducted many of interviews and involved in Public Relations Marketing. She was a Social Media Coordinator for LatinCouver leveraging many of the fantastic networking services available today such as a Twitter, Facebook and Instagram among others.
A nature and sports lover with a Latina heart. Paola Acero was born and raised in Bogota, Colombia. Paola has a degree in advertising and management, and has been part of government teams in her country to offer services online. Her specialties include organizing events and engagement strategies.
Linda is a Chartered Professional Accountant and has a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and Creative Writing. She has a wealth of experience that includes writing in numerous genres, working as an owner/manager at Top Producer Systems, creating a book review blog at Books-TreasureOrTrash.com, and finalizing the cookbook Veggie Outlaws.
Lisa Mighton has worked extensively in communications strategy, media relations, event coordination and broadcast journalism, including many years at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. She has worked for Latincouver handling media relations on past events.
Born in the city of Cordoba, Argentina, Marcos Badra has been working with graphic design and photography for over 20 years. He has earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Management, graduating from Blas Pascal University in 2005. He was awarded the honorific title of “Master Degree in Business Leadership” by The World Confederation of Business in Huston, Texas because of the results he achieved in the Educational Sciences Inter-American Foundation. He is currently working toward a Master’s in International Cooperation Projects at FUNIBER University which will be completed in 2017.
Born and raised in Vancouver, Canada, Scott is currently studying business and marketing at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. He enjoys coordinating events as well as marketing through social media. Eventually, Scott hopes to run his own pop culture media site. Scott’s hobbies include playing soccer, reading, and listening to music.
Catherine Hennig was born in Calgary, Alberta, but spent the better part of her life in Costa Rica. After graduating high school in Costa Rica, she moved to the United States to continue her education. She is currently studying at William Woods University where she is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Management Information Systems. For the summer of 2017 she will be working with the Latincouver team as an Event Planner.
Born in Hong Kong, and an alumnus of Kitsilano Secondary and the School of Health Informatics at the University of Victoria, Terence has 8 years of project management experience as a certified PMP. At Latincouver, he provides information management solutions, coordinates events, and oversees the design, development, and deployment of the Latincouver Mobile App.
My name is Mavi Reynoso, I am originally from Guadalajara Jalisco Mexico. I am an art teacher and event planner. I have worked with children for more than 18 years teaching art workshops such as dance, theater, painting and crafts. I currently live in Vancouver Canada organizing children's events
Originally from Panama. She is a professional in trade marketing, events and visual merchandising. Maria graduated from the University of Panama where she studied Business Administration with a specialization in marketing. Also, she holds a Master Degree in Marketing and Communications. Additionally, she has 10 years of being a professional salsa dancer. Some of the companies where Maria has developed are: Cable & Wireless Panama, the largest telecommunication company in Panama and MARS Caribbean , the manufacturer of brands like M&M and Snickers chocolates.
Lya is originally from Toronto, but she was raised in Brazil. She has a Journalism Degree from PUC-SP (Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo). She moved to Vancouver this year, where she intend to improve her professional career. She works for Latincouver as a Social Media and she’s also part of the team responsible for the Latin Youth Video Contest.
Dennis Arellano was born in Peru and lived there until the age of 8, when he moved to Canada in 2001. Ever since a young age, he’s been curious to listen to people’s stories and concerns. His interest in people eventually led him to explore Journalism, where he hopes to one day create documentaries for a living.
Sara was born and raised in Mexico City. She has an Animation and Digital Design Degree from Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey. She is currently working as a volunteer in Latincouver, while she searches for school to do her master degree here in Vancouver. She came here to Vancouver to improve her skills and work in her professional career.
Julie Yue Wei
Julie is from China and has engineering bachelor degree. As an experienced engineer, she had worked for more than fifteen years in China Petroleum and an international engineering corporation China branch before she came to Canada. She loves swimming, skiing and doing Yoga.
Born and raised in Spain. i studied Business and Administration. I worked in a Tv Channel my last 4 years. Graduating from the University of Oviedo (Spain) with experience in negotiation and project management both nationally and internationally . With an expertise in managing and leading different work teams in the Business Management. My passion is the fashion event so i am happy to can participate in this project.
Originally from Colombia, She is an effective leader and motivator, skilled in communication and managing.
Natalia finished her bachelor’s Degree as a social communicator and journalist and later she specialized with different diplomas. Organization of Corporate Events, Cost and control of food and beverage, and hospitality and resort business management at the Canadian Tourism College.
Passion is her word, “Do the things that you really love to do and you will never regret one day of your life”. With more than seven years of experience in the hospitality industry Natalia was working for a group of restaurants called “Grupo Nazca” and was in charge of 3 restaurants. This Colombian woman wants to shine with Carnaval del Sol.