Carnaval del Sol - Latin American Week

WE’RE BETTER TOGETHER

We have a talented and passionate team dedicated to the success and growth of Latincouver. We are committed to sharing Latin American culture within Vancouver’s multicultural society and assisting new comers in achieving their professional goals.

Paola Murillo

Paola Murillo

Executive Director

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.

Pilar Hansen

Pilar Hansen

Project Manager

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.

Pedro Moraes

Pedro Moraes

Project Coordinator

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.

Fabian Montenegro

Fabian Montenegro

Financial Manager

Electronic engineer. Web developer passionate about IT. Fabian is our Operations Manager and his job is to keep Latincouver running well and growing.

Milena Godoy

Milena Godoy

Human Resources Coordinator

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

Mariana Coimbra Silveira

Human Resources Assistant

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.

Malcolm Aiken

Malcolm Aiken

Artistic Director

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 .

Juliana Fiallo

Juliana Fiallo

Operations Manager & Arts Plaza Coordinator

Born and raised in Brazil, she is a passionate about sharing his Latin American heritage. She is a highly skilled communicator in four languages.

Mike Fox

Mike Fox

Sales Executive

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.

Yolanda Santos

Yolanda Santos

Sales Executive

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 Morales

Paloma Morales

Social Media Coordinator

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.

Maria Fe Velasquez

Maria Fe Velasquez

Social Media Assistant and Blogger

Originally from Lima, Peru and was raised in multiple countries, including South Africa and Italy. Maria Fe is currently finishing her degree in Communications and Sociology at Simon Fraser University.

Linda Purcell

Linda Purcell

Grands Writter and Fundraising

Linda is a Chartered Professional Accountant and will be graduating next May from UBC with 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

Lisa Mighton

Public and Media Relations

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.

Daniela Carmona

Daniela Carmona

Media Sponsors & Public and Media Relations

Daniela Carmona is a TV host, journalist, and artist born in Manizales, Colombia, 1991. She currently works in Vancouver and across Canada as freelance journalist for Univision Canada and NTN24, Colombia. After obtaining her Journalism Bachelor’s Degree in Vancouver, Daniela began freelancing for major Latin American media outlets. Daniela strives to unite her Latino Canadian community through communication, acting, and music.

As an immigrant, she feels an immense desire and responsibility to be a voice for her people. Her work emphasizes the importance of ethnic diversity and professionalism in our society, igniting pure love for multiculturalism.

Marcos Badra

Marcos Badra

Photographers coordinator

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.

Scott Prea

Scott Prea

Event Planner

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.

Terance Chan

Terance Chan

Mobile Application & Cooking Demo Show Coordinator

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.

Mavi Reynoso

Mavi Reynoso

Kids Plaza Coordinator

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

Lya Fichmann

Lya Fichmann

Latin Youth Video Contest & Storytellers

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

Dennis Arellano

Latin Youth Video Contest & Storytellers

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.

Toqa Mohamed

Toqa Mohamed

Web Developer

Toqa is a junior web developer, Originally from cairo-Egypt. she believes that design and development go hand in hand and she thrives on making them meet.

Sara García

Sara García

Graphic Designer

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 Yue Wei

Office Assistant

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.

Estela Bermudez

Estela Bermudez

Fashion Show - Family Plaza Coordinator

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.

Natalia Parga

Natalia Parga

Consultant - Former Project Manager

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.

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