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The experts

We have a whole team of mentors and coaches ready to help you reach your goals.

Our Entrepreneurs in residence. 

Natascha Lukawitski

Patrick Olivier

B.Sc, MBA

Patrick Olivier is a hands-on manager with over 35 years of experience in the forest products industry. He is a leader who knows the importance of people and the power of building effective teams. As an operations manager, his background has trained him to focus on productivity and process improvement, plant safety, and keeping the bottom line firmly in focus. As an Industrial Technology Advisor under the NRC-IRAP Program, he spent six years helping his clients develop new and innovative technologies in Prince George. Through this work, he became a champion for the development of the Northern Interior Science Council and the establishment of the Northern BC Technology Centre, which later became the Innovation Resource Centre.

Patrick formed his own consulting company, GPJ Olivier Management Services Ltd. in 2008. His first assignment was to rebuild and refinance the Moricetown Band’s lumber remanufacturing and finger-joint plant and to provide the management and strategic expertise needed to get the mill up and running again as an independent remanufacturer. Since then, he has taken on numerous consulting assignments to help businesses and First Nations with a wide range of business planning, strategic and operational expertise. Most recently he has played a senior project management role in the completion of a $100 million biomass power generation project in Mackenzie, BC. 

Natascha Lukawitski

Michael Daykin

B.A, MDiv

Growing up in a small business family Michael appreciates firsthand the entrepreneurial journey. This has driven him to help small businesses and organizations throughout his career. With a background in software development and systems integration, he has worked in a wide range of industries using these skills over the past 20+ years. Having been involved in web and digital marketing endeavors since the earliest days, Michael brings a long, well-informed perspective on such initiatives. Unlike many who excel at tech, Michael is also a communicator with significant experience in teaching and training. He gets great satisfaction from helping people see what technology can do for them and propel them forward. In 2017 Michael moved to Prince George with his family to start a new season of life. They have fallen in love with the North and want to be a part of making this community better, strong, and more resilient to the changing economic realities. When not helping businesses or teaching classes, you’ll find Michael with his family or making sawdust in his shop. 

Natascha Lukawitski

Adelle Schlick

B.COMM, CPHR

Adele Schlick is a proud BC resident who was born in Terrace and has lived in several other communities in North / Central British Columbia.  As a UNBC Graduate who also holds a CPHR Designation, she is a strong believer in lifelong learning.  Adele brings with her 20 years of experience in business financial services, with experience in business and financial acumen in numerous industries and sectors, coupled with experience in delivering a differentiated client experience. She spent time as a Credit Adjudicator at one of the Big Five charted banks and recently took the position of Cheif Financial Officer at Venture Elevators.

Adele has been an active member in the community over the years, including a Mentor for Futureprenuer,  President of the Chamber of Commerce (2009-2010), as well as various fundraising campaigns.

Kara Biles

CPHR, M.A

Kara is an accomplished human resources leader, facilitator and business partner with over 13 years of progressive experience in unionized and non-unionized environments in private, public and non-profit sectors. Kara is a strategic partner providing expertise, guidance, and advice in all areas of human resources including HR strategy development, change management and workforce planning. Her passion is diagnosing complex problems and providing talent solutions for her clients by helping them build strong HR foundations through technology, programming and people.

In addition to her current role as HR Director and Inclusion & Diversity Lead, she instructs part-time in the Bachelor of Commerce degree program at UNBC and is passionate about growing the next generation of entrepreneurs and business leaders. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Prince George Chamber of Commerce, the Two Rivers Art Gallery as the Vice-President and is past Chair of the Northern Region for the Chartered Professionals in Human Resources – BC & Yukon.

Our Values.

What we do is just as important to us as to why we do it. Here are our guiding values at Hubspace.

Community-focused.

We know that you can’t have a thriving economy without a resilient community. No one succeeds alone, and we are grateful for those whose shoulders we stand on.

Entrepreneurial. 

We are inspired leaders, creators, and self starters. We love what we do and aren’t afraid to fail or try new things.

Tenacious.

We are persistent and will never settle. We get stuff done and we get it done well.

Innovative.

The solutions to yesterday’s problems are not the same as today’s, and today’s certainly won’t be tomorrow’s.

Our Supporters.

We wouldn’t be where we are today without the generous support of our sponsors.